With an endless list of hotels in New York in every price range and choosing where to stay in New York City can be overwhelming and time-consuming… That’s why we decided to list all the best places to stay in New York we personally like the most within the best neighborhoods we recommend you to go to.
We divided the best places to stay in New York into the 7 best areas to stay in New York which makes it easier when you plan your trip. All accommodations in this article are trendy, with a good location and an excellent rating.
Read also: 18 best things to do in New York
How to get to New York?
By plane: The best way to enter New York is by plane if you travel overseas. There are many flights a day from all over the world arriving in one of the three major airports, JFK, EWR, or LGA. We flew from Brussels to JFK with Brussels Airlines.
Visa requirements for New York City, USA
Before you check out the best hotels in New York, you’ll need to check the visa regulations for your country and to visit New York you’ll need to apply for an ESTA, which is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization for the USA. Please note: visa requirements keep changing for every country. Please make sure you check all visa and passport requirements in your own country before booking your tickets or via the search box below.
7 Best areas to stay in New York City
Best hotels near Times Square & Mid Town
Mid Town is a perfect choice for anyone who is visiting New York City for the first time. This vibrant neighborhood is located right in the heart of Manhattan where you’ll find all the iconic attractions, such as Times Square, Broadway, Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. Mid Town is a great place to find the best hotels in New York and also a great choice for anyone who loves to go shopping. Fifth Avenue is located here where you can find literally every kind of store.
Mid Town, Manhattan
Hotels in Lower Manhattan: SoHo & TriBeCa
SoHo & TriBeCa are both trendy neighborhoods located in lower Manhattan. SoHo stands for ‘South of Houston’ and is the most popular place to stay in New York for shopping. From lovely cute boutique shops to trendy retail stores, you’ll find everything here.
TriBeCa which stands for ‘Triangle Below Canal Street’ is a bit further down than SoHo and is one of the hottest and most expensive neighborhoods in New York. It’s known for its trendy restaurants, the famous Tribeca Film Festival, and for being the home of many celebrities like Beyoncé, Robert De Niro, and Taylor Swift.
Best places to stay in Chelsea
Chelsea is a very popular neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan and has it all! Art galleries, trendy little stores, diverse restaurants, nightclubs, and many famous sights like the High Line and Chelsea Market. DEfinitely one of the best places to stay in New York City.
Best hotels in the Upper West Side
If you’re searching for family-friendly accommodations or you’re a fan of museums, Upper West Side is the place for you! It’s a charming residential neighborhood located between the Hudson River and Central Park. Upper West Side is a lovely place to walk around with a relaxing atmosphere and a lot of great restaurants and small shops.
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Where to stay in the Lower East Side
Lower East Side is another hip neighborhood located in downtown Manhattan near Little Italy and Chinatown. It’s famous for its nightlife, trendy bars and has plenty of good budget restaurants. In Lower East Side you’ll find some lovely flea markets with lower prices, some interesting museums and it shows a fascinating side of New York’s street art.
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Where to stay in Brooklyn
If you don’t mind staying outside Manhattan, Brooklyn is a lovely choice. Brooklyn is a borough like Manhattan and covers the super trendy neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Heights. The best place to stay in New York City for vintage-lovers. Expect a lot of interesting art galleries, graffiti murals, hipsters spots, coffee shops, vintage stores, and the most amazing Manhattan skyline views.
Brooklyn, New York
Where to stay in Queens
If you’re flying to New York, chances are high you’ll be landing in the borough of Queens. (both LaGuardia Airport and John F Kennedy Airport are located here) Queens is a place where the locals love to live and very safe to go to. It’s an interesting area with a great history and a perfect choice for anyone searching for more affordable but still the best place to stay in New York City. Above all, if you choose to stay in Long Island City (which is a famous neighborhood in Queens) you’re only 2 subway stops away from Manhattan.
Queens, New York
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