Where to Stay

Financial District & Lower Manhattan

For

Convenient to Tribeca’s nightlife and ferries. Cheap weekend rates at business hotels.

Against

The southernmost areas can feel impersonal, though Tribeca has some great dining options.

SoHo & Chinatown

For

Shop to your heart’s content right on your doorstep.

Against

Crowds (mostly tourists) swarm the commercial streets of SoHo almost any time of day.

East Village & Lower East Side

For

Funky and fun, the area feels the most quintessentially ‘New York’ to visitors and Manhattanites alike.

Against

Options skew toward very pricey or bare-bones basic, with not much in the middle.

West Village, Chelsea & the Meatpacking District

For

Brilliantly close-to-everything feel in a thriving, picturesque part of town that has an almost European feel.

Against

Prices soar for traditional hotels, but remain reasonable for B&Bs.

Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

For

Convenient subway access to anywhere in the city. You’re also steps away from the Village and Midtown.

Against

Prices are high and there’s not much in the way of neighborhood flavor.

Midtown

For

In the heart of the postcard’s version of NYC: skyscrapers, museums, shopping and Broadway shows.

Against

One of the most expensive areas; expect small rooms. Can feel touristy and impersonal.

Upper East Side

For

You’re a stone’s throw from top-notch museums and the rolling hills of Central Park.

Against

Fewer options and wallet-busting prices; not particularly central.

Upper West Side & Central Park

For

Convenient access to Central Park, Lincoln Center and the Museum of Natural History.

Against

More family style than lively scene.

Harlem & Upper Manhattan

For

Great neighborhood vibe, better prices, close to Central Park.

Against

Long subway rides (or pricey cab rides) to the action downtown and in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn

For

Better prices; great for exploring some of NYC’s most creative neighborhoods.

Against

It can be a long commute to Midtown and points north.

Queens

For

Cheaper, tourist-free and well-located for NYC's best ethnic restaurants. Long Island City is a short subway ride from Midtown.

Against

Locations further out in Queens, particularly Flushing, can be a long haul on the subway.