Whether it's for business or leisure, traveling to a new city is always a challenge. This is especially true for large metropolitan areas like New York City. Inevitably, one of the first questions to come to mind is where one can find the best hotels? The answer to this question is somewhat subjective because some visitors are happy with just having a comfortable place to sleep, while others are looking for luxury and class. Let's look at a couple of the top rated hotels in New York.
Everybody has heard about the Ritz-Carlton and other fancy hotels in Manhattan, but let's start out with less expensive options. Most of them are around the outskirts of the city, rather than downtown. However, the Comfort Inn Central Park West gives you an excellent view of Central Park without breaking your wallet. An average room goes for $149 per night. If you purchase a package through a travel agent you can often get it for as low as $89 per night during the off season.
The Hotel Stanford is also an inexpensive option. Located near the heart of midtown, it isn't a luxurious option and has only the basics, but if you want to be close to the action without going broke it is a good option.
One of the biggest issues you will find with hotels in New York is that higher prices do not necessarily equate with quality. Just because a room costs $400 per night does not mean that it is going to be better than the lesser expensive options mentioned above. But if you are prepared to spend that kind of money on a hotel in the city some of the best options include the following:
The Hampton Inn located in Times Square will run you about $250 per night, and provides very comfortable rooms. Visitors rate this hotel an average of three out of five stars in terms of comfort and quality.
The Algonquin Hotel, also located near Times Square is also highly rated and runs about $400 per night. The rooms are very contemporary, and quite spacious.
The St. Regis New York is one of the most luxurious hotels in New York. Room decor is Louis XV, and it is in an old historic building. It is located in the heart of the city and the price per night averages between $600 and $700.
Last but not least is the famous Four Seasons Hotel. The rooms are spacious with handsome decor and wood paneling. It is one of the highest rated hotels in the city. The cost per night will be between $800 and $900 depending upon how you acquire it.
Having reviewed some of the top hotels in New York you are now able to make a more informed decision about where to go and what to choose based upon your level of interest and budget. There are many other options not listed here, so be sure to conduct more research, or get help from experienced travelers, and you should be able to find precisely what you are looking for.