Would like to stay in New York City in September/October for a long weekend and then drive to the Long Island area for a couple of days. Any suggestions on where to stay in New York City? There are so many properties and I've never been to New York City. We plan on going to Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center site, Broadway play and we are foodies. Any suggestions for hotels and restaurants? Also, how about the Long Island area? I realize if I want to stay near the ocean, there may not be any Marriott hotels close. We also want to visit some wineries and the Hamptons area. Help.
Hey, dreamtrip, I encourage you to do some surfing/searching/reading on this site - lots of Insiders visit NYC frequently, and I think you'll find an abundance of information from many different perspectives.
Just one example, here: Re: NYC - Market Pricing - but, again, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I prefer the Marriott on Lexington; it's walking distance to 5th Avenue, Central Park, Rockefeller Square, etc. If you're arriving via plane, it's a question of paying $60 cab fee for more immediate delivery to your hotel, or time consumed on train(s) and walking with your luggage. For me, the cab fee is most advisable.
Plenty of good restaurants in the area, but perhaps one not so familiar is lunch in basement of Bergoff-Goodman store, but for a real treat, take time (and money) to have lunch at the Plaza Hotel dining room. It's an experience just to walk around in the lobby and shops of this place!
I stay in NYC often and really like the Renaissance Times Square. It is still in the heart of everything but a little off the side. Very comfortable rooms and nice walk in shower. They do not have a concierge lounge but they turn the nightclub into a Gold/Platinum are for breakfast in the morning and the view of Times Square in unbelievable. In addition, they give you vouchers you can use for appetizers (almost like a meal) at the bar so at night you can have a nice appetizer or desert. I love the area, rooms and the ambiance of this hotel.
We've stayed at a few Marriott properties in NYC to include the Historic Hotel NYC | The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection®, Hotels Near Grand Central Station | Marriott East Side New York Hotel, Hotels Near Grand Central Station | Marriott East Side New York Hotel and Hotels in NYC | Manhattan Broadway Hotel | New York Marriott Marquis. All of them were very nice with the Algonquin having the smallest rooms, boutique style they're known to have adopted.
While we enjoy the Times Square area on occasion we'd much rather walk through it when we want rather than stay there again.
Our favorite by far was the Eastside. Wonderful dining right around the corner, walking distance to Broadway Shows and more dining, very nice rooms and were upgraded to a nice one room suite. The new M Club Lounge | New York Marriott East Side which was nice to walk into and grab some water and snacks during the day. The hotel has easy access to LGA as you're on the east side of Manhattan and not a bad walk to Central Park. Subway stations are all over the place should you desire to head down to SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and Freedom Tower.
NYC is such a wonderful spot. Not really sure how native New York folks get the bad rap they do for not being friendly, but we have always found the natives to be extremely helpful, friendly, fun and a great time hanging out with them in the bars, restaurants and deli's. Maybe it's the transplants that are the rude folks, haven't found many of them in many many visits over the years.
If you have kids, do yourself a favor & stay at the Marriott Marquis. Nice size rooms with pullout sofabeds, a great concierge lounge, in the middle of all the Broadway shows and close to a subway station that will take you anywhere. Plus Times Square is right outside the door.