New York City is an awesome destination and for many a ‘must do’ on their bucket lists. Whether you have been once or many times you could never get bored visiting this vibrant community. Enjoy the sights and energy that sets this iconic city apart from many other world centres.
Lower Manhattan is the central borough for business, culture, and government in the City of New York. Often referred to as Downtown Manhattan. The Lower Manhattan neighbourhood encompasses everything south of 14th Street, flanked by the Hudson and East Rivers, down its southernmost tip at New York Harbour.
When it comes to booking accommodation, New York is not a cheap destination. However, for many of us this may well be a once in a life time trip, so stay, we will. Here’s a guide to help you choose a suitable place to lay your head, whether rich or poor. We have taken 3 main factors, amongst others, into account when recommending these hotels: location, price and reputation.
The Jane Hotel
The Jane Hotel is in an excellent location in West Village, Greenwich overlooking the Hudson River. The hotel was built in 1908 as a home for sailors and lovingly restored in 2008. Comprising 200 nautically themed rooms, The Jane offers a choice of beds and bunks. Most of the rooms have shared bathrooms. However, for a reasonable supplement 30 Captain’s Cabins offer guests an en-suite option.
The Jane Hotel provides its guests free Wi-fi access and you have the free use of bicycles to explore the city. The hotel restaurant serves good food and the Victorian-style bar is a hoot.
In the area, try the Barbuto Restaurant just around the corner in Washington Street, great for brunch, lunch or dinner and the Spotted Pig on 11th Street is great for a late-night meal. Just so many cool places around here.
The Leon Hotel
The Leon Hotel in Chinatown occupies an excellent location for exploring Lower Manhattan. The hotel provides fantastic value for money in comfortable, stylish and clean accommodation in what is a convenient city neighbourhood.
The rooms have air-conditioning, iPod docking station and cable TV. Ask for a room with a view of the Manhattan Bridge, it’s awesome. There is a subway nearby and it’s an easy walk up to the East Village, Little Italy and SoHo.
Club Quarters Hotel – World Trade Center
The Club Quarters Hotel offers stunning views of One World Trade Center and the reflecting pools of the National September 11th Memorial.
The World Terrace Club, located on the 20th floor, caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a pleasant venue to just go and chill out and enjoy some delicious cocktails while you soak up the views of the Hudson River, the World Trade center and across the Lower Manhattan skyline.
You can enjoy a relaxing meal or you can order room service from the World Terrace Club.
The Club Quarters Hotel provides a variety of rooms, all well-appointed, clean and nicely decorated. Guests can choose from a lead-in standard rooms, club rooms to superior rooms and one-room suites with kitchenettes. Guests looking to stay at the hotel for longer can opt for the studio or deluxe studio apartments.
Feeling ravenous and in the mood for an awesome meal? Well great news, you don’t have far to travel for one of the best steaks ever, just get downstairs. Morton’s The Steakhouse, located at the entrance of the hotel features legendary steak and seafood dishes on its exclusive menu.
Morton’s bar is a great place to chill, meet people and enjoy some tasty nibbles, but save on the nibbles for the real deal. Try the Lobster Bisque it’s amazing and the Porterhouse Steak was fabulous.
The steaks served at Morton’s are USDA Prime-Aged Beef and trust me when you get that succulent piece of prime meat in your mouth you realise just how amazing it is. Apart from meats, the seafood menu is appealing, try the salmon fillet, it’s delicious.
Alternatively, you can visit a multitude of local restaurants in the vicinity. If you feeling tired or lazy, just order from one of the many take-away outlets and have a meal delivered to your room.
This hotel offers a shared lounge and a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi access is available for guests. The hotel is well-placed next to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and just 200 metres from Ground Zero and the One World Trade Center. It’s just a 3-minute walk to the Subway. There is so much to see and do in the area, it’s great.
Choosing to stay at the NobleDEN Hotel in Little Italy is a great choice. Apart from the amazing, vibrant neighbourhood and the easy access to numerous tourist sites in Manhattan and beyond, there are great restaurants, bars, cafes and deli’s in which to soak up that New York ambiance.
All the hotel guest rooms are pleasantly decorated, presenting a clean and fresh look with delightful hardwood floors. Each en-suite room provides a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a hairdryer, in-room safe and air conditioning. Some of the rooms do have a terrace or balcony.
The comfortable accommodation comprises a variety of room types from Double Queen, Double Full, Double Full with a balcony, King, King Juliette and the awesome King Penthouse.
Thoughtful attention has been given to even the smallest details including a minibar by your bedside to the extra storage at the foot of your bed, genius.
The highly rated 54 bed NobleDEN Hotel offers guests a warm welcome and you feel at ease as soon as you arrive. The attentive and genuinely friendly staff add to ensure that you have a good stay, they are really, very helpful.
Experience comfortable rooms in a hotel that is in striking distance of not just Little Italy but Chinatown, Nolita, Soho, and the Lower East Side. NobelDEN is a great choice for a mid-range hotel in New York.
You must go and have a pizza at Lombardi’s, it’s an institution that has been consistently producing awesome pizzas since 1905 and it’s just around the corner from the NobleDEN Hotel.
The Ferrara Bakery has been creating fine Italian dishes, cakes, desserts and serving delicious coffees in their renowned café. Now managed by the 5th generation Ferrara family: still to this day, consistently creating the finest products, since 1892.
The Marlton Hotel
Once you’ve booked at The Marlton, expect to discover a glamorous and stylish, luxury boutique hotel, dating back to the 1900s. The Marlton Hotel is such an awesome establishment, conveniently located in Greenwich, you feel privileged the minute your eyes feast upon the entrance. Once inside, you cannot stop admiring the décor, and you just want to wander around, taking in more and more. The bar and restaurant are just unbelievable.
The Marlton Hotel guest rooms are well-appointed affording you a comfortable and luxurious stay. The rooms are tastefully decorated with stylish furniture, brass fittings and finished-off with amazing wooden floors.
There are a variety of room types available from the classic Petite Queen Rooms to the fabulous Penthouse Suite, all with marble bathrooms stocked with luxurious Côté Bastide toiletries and bathrobes. The penthouse suite includes a separate living area and a private rooftop terrace.
All bedrooms have comfy beds, fine linen and snug pillows, leaving it just for you to engineer a great night’s sleep. The guest rooms have flat-screen cable TV’s, fully stocked mini-bars and in-room safes.
The Margaux Restaurant offers a selection of dishes with sunny, dynamic flavours, influenced by the cultures and cuisines of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, France and California.
The quality of the food at Margaux is outstanding; the service is fantastic. The emphasis is on quality food in line with the seasons and availability.
The Cocktail Bar is fascinating and captivating, stepping back in time to a by-gone era. This entrancing venue creates an ambience of sophistication, yet off-set by the engaging, attentive and helpful staff, which add to the theatre of this charming venue.
A stay at the Marlton Hotel in New York is a treat like no other, cherish it yourself.
Great value for money and an outstanding hotel by all accounts. The Broome journey starts with the staff and ends in sheer pleasure. If you have the budget think no further; this is a great hotel. Located in the fashionable neighbourhood of SoHo this is a great area to explore New York from.
Designed around an open-air, Moroccan-tiled courtyard with just 14 guest rooms on offer; you will need to grab a room in this private oasis when there is availability.
The Broome’s guest rooms are spacious, bright and airy, offering clean and stylish furnishings with a selection of either a Deluxe Queen or Deluxe Queen Patio room.
Each room provides guests with flat-screen cable TV, luxury Bellino bed linen and a work desk. The en-suite bathrooms feature a bathrobe, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries made especially for the hotel.
In addition, there is a 300-square-foot Deluxe Junior Suite which overlooks Broome Street. The Broome’s 320-square-foot Penthouse with a private terrace provides guests with a charming suite from which to enjoy the comforts of this fine hotel.
The breakfast at The Broome is special. Served in the Parisian-style Broome Café and open-air courtyard on the ground floor you will enjoy a selection of selected organic and locally sourced products. Guests are treated to a ‘farm-to-table’ breakfast with breads and pastries from Balthazar Bakery, fresh dairy products from Rhonnybrook Farms, fresh-squeezed orange juice, Oro- Granola and made-to-order egg dishes.
The public areas are decorated with the owner’s personal art collection which includes works from many renowned artists. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi and complimentary infused water, coffee, tea and seasonal fruits in lobby throughout the day. Those wishing to keep in shape will be pleased with the complimentary access to Drive 495 fitness centre on the corner.
The Broome is just one block away from Little Italy. The Prince Street underground station is a short walk from the hotel.
This SoHo Boutique Hotel offers it’s guests an intimate and comfortable base in the City. Lower Manhattan’s, SoHo neighbourhood is a great location from which to explore the many sights in this remarkable and vibrant city.
The Broome is an exclusive residence which will have you coming back every time you visit New York.
Andaz Wall Street – A Hyatt Hotel
Located in the heart of New York City’s financial hub is the Andaz Wall Street – A Hyatt Hotel. The Andaz Wall Street is located within walking distance to the South Street Seaport, New York Stock exchange and ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island.
This area offers visitors a brilliant location from which to discover the city. The area is just so awesome, you can feel the energy of the city, the buzz of the many people hurriedly going about their business.
The neighbourhood around Wall Street is packed with historical sites and is close-by many tourist attractions.
Visit Stone Street, Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, Federal Hall and Trinity Church. The National Museum of the American Indian is interesting. The South Ferry area is where you can catch a ferry to the islands or visit the Statue of Liberty.
The modern guest rooms at The Andaz Wall Street offer the guest a choice of five categories including: Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Premium suites, as well as Accessible Rooms.
For those tired of exploring and seeking a ‘night in’, the good news is that the Andaz offers guests a pleasant and contemporary Bistro and Bar – Dina Rata. Have a relaxed meal at the bar or during the warmer months relax in the beer garden and watch the world go by with some tasty nibbles. For those too tired to move, there is room service available with a selection of beverages.
If you want to stay in shape you will be pleased to hear that there is a gym which is open 24 hours and for those seeking a little pampering the Spa is a great and offers good deals.
For those on business and needing some private meeting rooms you will be pleased to note that Andaz has five high-tech conference rooms, a private dining room, courtyard and garden terrace for hire.
The Bowery Hotel
This is such a remarkable hotel, it’s like stepping back in time; the décor, antiques and general ambiance is just so appealing. The staff bring The Bowery Hotel to life, it’s personal, not over-powering and leaves you feeling wanted, appreciated and valued.
The classic rooms at The Bowery Hotel offer guests four choices, the Bowery Queen, Bowery King, Bowery Suite and the Bowery One Bedroom.
Every room is well-appointed and tastefully decorated with large windows to facilitate an awesome view over the city. Large marble bathrooms with rain showers, plush towels and luxury C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. The rooms feature flat-screen televisions, TV with cable channels and a mini-bar. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi. The rooms are inviting and the beds just so comfortable, you just don’t want to get up.
The Lobby Bar and lounge is well, just amazing. Sit and let your imagination flow as you look over the endless features and fittings which make this such a special place. The bar is truly unbelievable, you can spend hours sipping away, enjoying the ambiance. The staff are fabulous; this is a great hotel.
The Italian restaurant Gemma offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday, and 24-hour room service is also available.
The Bowery Hotel in East Village is within walking distance of several music venues including the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge.
The nearest metro station is Bleecker Street, 300 yards away. Newspapers are complimentary, as is the use of bicycles and DVDs. There is 24-hour concierge service at The Bowery Hotel.
The Bowery Hotel is an experience to savour, enjoy the stay.
Conrad New York
It’s modern, it’s comfortable and luxurious and it sets the tone for a great stay at a renowned address in New York City. This 5-star Hilton property is in Battery Park offers guests fine accommodation and facilities in a contemporary and pleasing environment.
Conrad New York Hotel offers guests 463, well sized, luxury hotel suites which are simply amazing. You feel like you are being pampered the moment you enter the guest rooms. Exquisitely furnished, practical and with some of the best views ever.
There are three main categories of rooms including: Guest Rooms, Suites and Accessible Rooms. This offers a choice of thirteen different configurations to choose from. From a Deluxe Suite to a Luxury Corner Suite and everything in between.
The lead-in 430sq ft. Deluxe Suite offers guests a private bedroom equipped with an HDTV and a comfortable living room boasting a wet bar with Nespresso machine and mini-bar. A dedicated work space makes it easy to keep up with work. The bathrooms feature a rainfall shower.
As a guest at the Conrad New York expect the finest dining and the best cocktails, expertly created by the inspirational and skilled staff. The ATRIO Wine Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant offers guests a modern Mediterranean selection of dishes. Great to just unwind or entertain guests with stunning views over the city and the Hudson River.
The Loopy Doopy Bar is the place to sip a cocktail or enjoy a cold beer while you soak up the extraordinary vistas from this popular rooftop bar. Meet fellow travellers or business colleagues and enjoy, what has to be, one of the most iconic rooftop bars in New York City.
In a hurry? The coffee bar features espressos, cappuccinos and pastries. The expansive bar, with its vast selection of wines by the glass, is the perfect place to unwind. The all-day menu offers a variety of light snacks through to more substantial meals.
The Conrad is a great hotel choice for New York, offering contemporary accommodation in well-sized and comfortable suites.
With great food and beverage offerings strategically placed to capture the surroundings, the Conrad is certainly a fine choice for the discerning traveller whether on holiday or business.
Close to many sights and just a 5-minute walk from the closest subway you have the Big Apple at your disposal to discover from one of the city’s finest hotels.
The Greenwich Hotel
This magnificent 88 room boutique hotel in Tribeca was conceived by Robert De Niro.
The Greenwich Hotel oozes charm with the stylish en-suite guest rooms offering guests a comfortable and relaxing stay. Choose from no less than thirteen room categories from a lead-in Queen Room to the outstanding Tribeca Penthouse.
The Tribeca Penthouse features three bedrooms, kitchen, living room and a drawing room. The kitchen has a Chef’s Kitchen with full size refrigerator, oven and stovetop.
The lower and upper terrace area comes with an eighteen-seater table for al fresco dining. This is New York at its best, rates for the Tribeca Penthouse start at $15,000 per day.
The hotel supports an in-door swimming pool, gym and the Japanese style spa – Shibui Spa. The on-site Italian Restaurant, Locanda Verde is simply superb. Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner Chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini delivers great fare in a vibrant and charming setting.
The staff are outstanding, helpful and knowledgeable, making your stay not just outstanding but so memorable. You will feel like a celebrity staying at this awesome New York Boutique Hotel.
Crosby Street Hotel
Be prepared to be pampered and flattered in one of the world’s finest hotels. The Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo is rated amongst the very best hotels in New York for a reason, they offer a fantastic product and exacting service to meet the needs of their privileged guests.
Located on a cobbled street in the trendy Soho neighbourhood this is a gem of a hotel. The décor is amazing, a truly awesome luxury boutique hotel. The 86-guest room and suites are big for a New York property, expertly fitted out with the most comfortable bed ever. The bedrooms are equipped with flat-screen cable TV, DVD player and iPod docking station.
This Firmdale hotel has a brilliant inner-courtyard which is perfect for chilling out and the restaurant is amazing. Good Wi-Fi and a well-equipped gym will keep you busy. Visit Lombardi’s in Little Italy which is nearby for an amazing pizza. The Spring Street subway is close by as is a host of great speciality stores.
Enjoy Lower Manhattan. This is a small part of New York, but it’s vibrant, it oozes charm, excitement and it’s a dynamic place to interact with locals, business people and fellow travellers.
Last word beware! when making a reservation most quoted rates do not include the 14.75% tax, the US city tax and sometimes even a resort fee may be charged. Read the small print.
We hope this blog will help you on your travels. Our next blog on New York will focus on ‘Where to Eat’ in Lower Manhattan.
Till then, enjoy the Big Apple.
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