We always stay at The Marriott Eastside on Lexington and 49th. The staff and concierge lounge are outstanding. The hotel is four blocks from Rockefeller Center, 3 blocks from 5th Ave., an easy walk to Broadway, an easy walk to Central Park.
If the crush of people in Times Square is more to your liking, then the Marriott Marquis is the place.
There are many good restaurants all around the area, depending on the type of cuisine you like. Smith & Wollensky is one block from the Eastside and many others are also close by. go to nyc.com/restaurants and you can see almost any type of eating place that you might like and you can look them up by location. There are also many posts on the Insiders that mention certain restaurants in the city. Try a search on Insiders.
Hope this helps. have a great trip! It's really a fun city.
Watch for the deals!
On a budget, I have had great luck at the CY Times Square South. It is close to the Marriott T/S, but without the price and crowds.
Two great places to go on a budget to dine that you can walk to are Duke's (Deli) and Barrymore's (Lunch and Dinner).
Have a great time!
Above: The Algonquin on West 44th Street, the newest addition to the Autograph Collection.
W/o hestitation, I highly recommend a suite at the newest addition to the Autograph Collection, The Algonquin. Conveniently located on West 44th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, this hotel was built in 1902 and unanimously designated as a New York City Historic Landmark in 1987 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Like Marriott's Custom House in Boston and Marriott's Wentworth by the Sea near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Algonquin is iconic and luxurious. The hotel's best known tradition is hosting the most celebrated writers, critics, actors and comics known as The Algonquin Round Table.
Left to Right: New York City Yacht Club, Bar Association of the City of New York, Harvard Club
The hotel neighbors with other landmarks on the same block including, the New York City Yacht Club, Bar Association of the City of New York and the renown Harvard Club of New York City and is steps away from Bryant Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Theatre District, St. Patrick's Catedral, the Museum of Modern Art, Grand Central Station, Jacob Javits Convention Center, upscale shopping and culinary dining.
For business or leisure, The Algonquin is charming and majestic, unique and luxurious. This hotel is guaranteed to please and exceed the most demanding Elite expectations.
Keep in mind that from mid-May into June, New York City colleges and universities have commencement excercises. The city is bursting with activity and hotels book-up quickly. Whatever you and wife decide, consider making advance reserfvations, now.
Above: Ritz Carlton New York as seen from Central Park.
For the pinnacle of New York elegance, breathtaking views of the glory of Central Park in May, the ultimate in upscale shopping and dining and no nonsense personalized recognition and service, consider the Ritz Carlton New York.
At 50 Central Park South, you and your wife will enjoy the time of your life. You'll be at the doorstep of the heart of New York and the oldest landscaped public space in the country, Central Park. You'll be steps away from some of the most celebrated attractions New York has to offer including, but not limited to the Central Park Zoo, Time Warner Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
Take time to stroll uptown along Central Park West and explore the Upper West Side. Walk west to Broadway and experience the animated life along this major artery as you head south back to the Ritz.
Best of all, if you stay at the Ritz Carlton you need not be tethered to an automobile. Unlike any other Marriott property, you can be assured that taxis and limos are at beckon call to take Ritz guests wherever they want w/o the que.
I doesn't matter if you are spending $ or points, all of the hotels are pricey in NYC. I travel there frequently for business and pleasure. I always stay at the Marquis when traveling for pleasure. Great hotel, very friendly staff in the lounge. Revolving restaurant gives a unique view of the city. All of the best shows and restaurants are close by.
Above: Residence Inn @ W39th and Avenue of the Americas
Agreed, the Residence Inn is an excellent choice if a limited-service brand is ok. But, it's curious why they named it, Residence Inn Manhattan Times Square. The Algonquin on 44th is actually closer to Times Square than the Residence Inn. Residence Inn Manhattan Midtown might be more accurate based upon its location and character.
On the corner of West 39th Street and Avenue of the Americas (aka 6th Avenue), it's on the eastern fringe of New York's famous and thriving Garment District, an area dominated by showrooms for wholesale garments available for retail at a fraction of the cost. For the thrill of "looking like a million bucks while spending pennies", the Residence Inn in the Garment District is a great home base for that road warrior turned bargainista shopping spree.
Unlike the bright, brilliant and ostentatious billboards of Times Square surrounding the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, only the solitary Residence Inn sign brightens this corner. The location is a brisk 10 minute walk crosstown and uptown (northwest) to Times Square. But, only steps away from Herald Square which is a short 4 blocks downtown (directly south).
Above: Herald Square where 34th Street, Avenue of the Americas and Broadway converge only 4 blocks from the Residence Inn.
Below: Bryant Park Grill @ W40th near Fifth Avenue
Bryant Park is a short walk and the Bryant Park Grill on W40th near Fifth Ave. is a personal favorite for casual dining. The 6th Avenue Subway lines at 42nd Street provide easy access everywhere else. With complimentary breakfast included at the rates mentioned, the Residence Inn provides a very affordable solution when visiting New York City.
We stayed at a Fairfiield in Queens near LaGuirdia. Much more reasonable. They offer free shuttle to LaGuirdia, and 4 blocks from the subway that takes you to Manhattan. The rooms are bigger/better in Queens, more affordable, and the subway ride is quick and easy. Plus you get to ride the subway with real New Yorkers. Very safe, no problem. Actaully in a neighborhood that has some nice resteraunts.
Thanks for mentioning this property! The Fairfield Inn LaGuardia Airport is one of a handful of Marriott hotels in the 'hood', that is, the northern Queens neighborhood of Astoria, home to a diverse mix of peoples with Dutch, German, Greek and Lebanese ancestry among many others.
A great vantage point for spectacular views of the New York City skyline, Astoria is among several neighborhoods in the outer boroughs along the East River that is undergoing new development as well as rapid gentrification. Astoria is linked to Manhattan and the Bronx via the Triboro recently renamed the RFK Bridge. Astoria is also the northern terminus of the N Train or the Broadway Local, and the Q Train, the Broadway Express. Buy a Metro Card and experience an elevated subway ride with spectacular skyline views before descending into New York's underground only to emerge in Midtown Manhattan less than 10 miles away. For all the history buffs out there, check out the photos of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.
Above: Elevated railway station in Astoria
A vibrant neighborhood with a range of dining options located along 31st Avenue. Highly recommended and a personal favorite, Picolla Venezia is among the restaurants topping the Fairfield Inn's list of Dining Nearby. For more, see the New York Magazine neighborhood dining guide, Know Your Side Street.
I highly recommend one of the Autograph Series: The Algonquin Hotel New York. It's very affordable and you definitely get what you pay for.
Mr. Gary Budge is the GM of the property and he and his staff perform like a well-oiled machine, and go to extraordinary lengths to make your stay comfortable and memorable. The hotel is steeped in rich history, from The Algonquin Round Table and it's hisorical members in the early 1900's, to Matilda, the Algonquin Cat. The Oak Room gave many famous singers their start, Harry Connick Jr among them.
We have stayed in numerous hotels in NYC, but the Algonquin is perfect. Located on 45th, just 1 Long block east of Times Square, and 1 long block west of Grand Central Station, and 1/2 block from 5th and 6th Ave shopping, it's quiet at night, and a short 3-4 minute walk to Times Square or 6th Street shopping. and great local food. Ask the staff. It's also 1 short block north of Bryant Park.
Above: Oak Room @ the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street
Agreed on the dining at the Oak Room Supper Club at the Algonquin. Do note that the Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on West 44th between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. The Theater District and Times Square are only steps away directly west.
it was great for the price. it is in the middle of the square looking at the building they drop the ball from. the resturant is right there facing it. Great view
Above: Marriott announces several package deals valid through March 31, 2011 - Explore Your New York
Explore the city by guided tour, bus, or bike. Whatever you want to explore, we make it easy with the Explore Your New York package - allowing you to choose three participating attractions* per pass plus skip the line benefits and discounts for shopping and restaurants.
• Two adult NYC Explorer Passes + guidebook
with choice of three out of 40 attractions*
• Two-night minimum
• Breakfast for two or $50 Bonus Bucks
(option varies by hotel)
*Attractions participating in the New York City Explorer Pass
The hotels participating in this promotion exclude the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South and The Algonquin.
Have stayed at every Marriott property in NYC. For a weekend with the wife I would stay at Renaissance Times Square or Hotel 57 (also Ren. property). With kids I would go to the Marriott Marquis Times Square - bigger, central location and more restaurants. Ren. Tim Square in a small suite is out of this world. Awesome space.
take a look at the Marriott in Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights. They've offered great deals compared to the ones in Manhattan, it a block from the Brooklyn Esplanade, which gives you the walk alongside the East River with the view of Manhattan, and its a subway stop into lower Manhattan to go wherever you want. Its only a few years old.
My wife and I stayed at the Marriott Upper East Side. It is a well located hotel and I greatly enjoyed walking about the neighborhood.
The hotel was fine. The front desk staff was nice. The waiter in the lounge was a bit of a jerk. Made my wife and I move from a table for four to a small table for two, which would have been fine if he had a party of four to seat, but he did not. Another couple promptly sat at the table for four. I know for the future to see if there actually are people who need it.
Anyway, the best meal we had in NYC was the 2 for $5 pizza with a soda down the street. We didn't stay in any other hotels in NYC but enjoyed the location of this one.
There is no one location central to everything. There is SO much to see. As long as you are close to a subway, you can get to everything, though.
The Marquis is in the middle of Times Square, which is iconic and a must see,but VERY crowded and touristy. I would want to walk through Times Square and see it but I wouldn't want to have to deal with the crowds ,everytime I step out of my hotel.
We like the Courtyard near the NY Public Library and Bryant Park and we like the Fairfield on W40th. We spend very little time in our room and so are not looking for "swanky" or fancy, just a nice clean room.
For our next visit, we will likely stay in the new Courtyard in Soho,near Greenwich Village and stuff. We LOVE the Village..:)
Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. EXCELLENT hotel and an easy subway ride to the city. I stayed there for the New York City Marathon weekend and then again for 6 days over Thanksgiving. Went in to the Macys' Parade and did lots of commuting in to NYC. Very easy, very reasonable rates and great staff.
We like the Courtyard on Third Ave. It's far enough away from the Times Square crush but close enough for good access to shopping, museums, plays, and other attractions. More importantly, the rooms are larger than most Manhattan hotels and the pricing is competitive. If you are looking for a good deal at a full service hotel, check-out the Renaissance on 57th. Really close to Bloomingdales and other great shopping.
Above: Brooklyn Bowl, a hybrid dining-entertainment venue in Williamsburg, a diverse and thriving neighborhood in Brooklyn. Photo by New York Magazine.
Startled that several Insiders mentioned the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, the hotel is a stones throw from the Brooklyn Bowl, a very trendy dining and hybrid entertainment venture in up and thriving Williamsburg. Williamsburg is one of New York's many neighborhoods where developers have focused increased attention. With nearly 15,000 fans on Facebook, recently featured as a Critics Pick by New York Magazine and on the very popular Food Network, Brooklyn Bowl is a venue for live music entertainment, Americana dining and bowling - a game with 10 pins brought to America by the Dutch colonists.
Brooklyn Bowl features 16 lanes, is smoke-free and open 7 days at 6 pm for adults 21 or older. Families are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6 pm.
I've stayed at Fairfield, Residence Inn, and Marriott Marque. The Fairfield was horrible, the Residence Inn was mediocre, and the Marque was a typical old big hotel. Their rooms were the largest (corner room) but their suites are under construction. The Executive Lounge is nice, good breakfast and evening receiption. No reception at Fairfield or RI. Good location near Times Square.
Above: Edgy exterior facade of the Fairfield Inn Times Square.
Are you referring to the Fairfield Inn Times Square? Located across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the area at ground level is at best - unremarkable. However, the south views from the upper floors must have extraordinary unobstructed vistas that stretch across Midtown to Wall Street, New York harbor and the lower Hudson River.
I certainly didn't find the RI mediocre, how long since you stayed there (we were last year)? No concierge lounge (of course), but they do have a lounge/bar and the breakfast was great. This was our view...
Above: New York Marriott East Side at Lexington Avenue and East 49th Street
If anyone is considering an extra long romantic weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day or a family winter getaway in New York City using Marriott Rewards points, brace yourself - the New York Marriott East Side has a very special PointSavers reward. A Hotel Reward at this Category 7 hotel is typically 35,000 points per night for a standard room. But, check-in Thursday, February 10, 2011 and book 5 nights checking out Tuesday, February 15, 2011 for only 120,000 points by combining a PointSavers Award with the Redeem 4 Get the 5th Night Free.
And, if you add a minimum of 2 paid nights (consecutive) be sure to check-out the Explore New York promotional packages that includes several goodies (like breakfast) using the CUE code. The Marriott East Side has a number of offers, deals and promos with affordable rates at $179/night worth checking out, too.
By stringing together PointSavers, Redeem 4 Get the 5th Night Free and the Deal that works for you, you can build your own New York vacation at a very special value.
We (family of four) have stayed at the Courtyard Manhattan Midtown East, at Lexington & 53rd, in 2008 and again in 2009. We thought it was probably the best Marriott value in Manhattan if paying with points (which we did on one occasion) or money (which we did on the other occasion). Room size is fairly decent. Located right next to a subway station so in that sense it's easy to get pretty much anywhere. Central Park is an easy walk from there. Close to Park Ave and Madison Ave, as well as lots of other shopping. Walk to Grand Central Station is only about 15 minutes. Times Square and the theatre district is across town but you can get there easily by subway or taxi (we found subway vastly preferable to taxi during rush hours). All in all, we thought the rooms were decent, the location was good, and it was a good value (by NYC standards).
At 53rd and Lex, the Courtyard Midtown East is very convenient. The subways are right there, the MOMA, St. Patrick's and Rockefeller Center are steps away. I'm very familiar with the area, my daughter graduated from Cathedral High School a few blocks away. Upgrading to a suite can be challenging since that property has only 4 of them. (The Courtyard Upper East Side on 92nd has 16 suites). With more than 300 rooms, the Courtyard Midtown East is one of the largest Courtyards around.
Best of all, 53rd Street is one of nicest Midtown blocks to stroll crosstown from Sutton Place and 1st Avenue to Dewitt Clinton Park between 11th and 12th Avenues. At that point you can head north on the Hudson River Greenway and circle back east along 57th Street.
Whichever Marriott brand, location and price point works for you, keep in mind that your first time experience in New York is more than the hotel. Book your reservation with Marriott's Promotional Code CUE and enjoy 2 New York City Explorer Pass tickets + guidebook with a choice of 3 out of more than 40 attractions and VIP extras per pass that New York has to offer plus skip the line benefits, too.
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I just spent a night at the Marriott Downtown in NYC and it was a stellar experience. I was traveling with my daughter and 2 of her friends. We had a beautiful room with 2 double beds and a view of the Harbor and Statue of Liberty. Everything was clean and crisp. The front desk staff was warm, efficient and welcoming. Housekeeping was prompt and helpful. The restaurant food was pricey, but delicious. Even though this hotel is not in Midtown, it is a great and quiet place to stay. There is a subway stop nearby or you can easily take a cab anywhere in the city. You won't be disappointed!