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Upper East Side

Leafy home to the city's beautiful townhouses, the Upper East Side is a quiet spot to base yourself, just moments from Central Park and Museum Mile, where big names like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum sit alongside gems like Neue Galerie and the Frick Collection.


Best for: Fashion-conscious shoppers, fans of fine-dining and those who prefer an upscale residential neighbourhood.


Stay: The Mark​

Midtown East & Murray Hill

Steps from Manhattan's most iconic activities, Midtown East and Murray Hill are filled to the brim with picture-postcard New York City moments. Home to such icons as the Chrysler Building, the United Nations and Grand Central Terminal, there's plenty more to attract those more interested in the city's dining, nightlife and cultural scenes.


Best for: Lovers of architecture, world-class shopping, late-night drinks, and sushi (Murray Hill is awash with hip cafés and bouncing bars and Midtown East is a mecca of Japanese cuisine).


Stay: Four Seasons Hotel New York | Refinery Hotel​

Midtown & Midtown West

This is the New York everyone around the world knows from a million TV shows, with all the noise, colour, flash and bustle of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller Center. But these neighbourhoods aren't just about sightseeing and shows: they also boasts top-draw restaurants and bars, including the Theatre District's Restaurant Row and rowdy Hell's Kitchen's bars and clubs. Hotels here are aplenty, but because of their location they do fill up fast, so prices are generally higher than anywhere else in the city.


Best for: Anyone who wants to have a front-row seat to 'the city that never sleeps', just steps from the theatres of Broadway, a whole lot of shops, and a choice of restaurants to suit every budget.


Stay: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park | 1 Hotel Central Park | Chambers Hotel |  Mandarin Oriental, New York | Park Hyatt New York | Baccarat Hotel & Residences

TriBeCa, The Lower East Side and Nolita

Once home to industrial warehouses, TriBeCa is now the land of celebrity-owned lofts (some of the city's most expensive real estate); while the unpretentious, no-frills attitude of the Lower East Side has a unique, eclectic identity. Both offer a true taste of New York neighbourhood living, with lots of some of the best nightlife, dining, and entertainment in Manhattan, while the less-residential Nolita has a distinctly charming vibe all its own, with cosy cafés, stylish boutiques and a burgeoning bar scene.


Best for: A true taste of downtown life.


Stay: The Greenwich Hotel, Tribeca​


Garment District

South of Times Square, Rockefeller Centre and Radio City, and perfectly-located to easily combine with a visit to Central Park, Broadway, SoHo or TriBeCa, the Garment District is home to many of the world's most famous fashion designers. And the best way to see the neighbourhood where fashion was born? A behind-the-scenes shopping tour that visits a combination of wholesale showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden sample sales.


Best for: Fashionista bargain hunters, pure shopaholics, and anyone interested in seeing a legendary design centre at work. 

Stay: The Knickerbocker Hotel | Andaz 5th Avenue ​


The city's most fashionable neighbourhood has no shortage of trendy spots for shopping and dining, but careful explorers will find Soho's true charm in its cobblestone streets, cast-iron architecture, and sweeping lofts and galleries. And when it comes to hotels, this is a neighbourhood that's strictly high-end.


Best for: Quaint cafes, a bohemian, creative vibe, and endless options for upscale shopping, dining and entertainment (it's close to Chinatown too).


Stay: Crosby Street Hotel​

Greenwich Village

A beloved mix of the very best New York has to offer, from the sprinkling of brownstones on its beloved tree-lined streets that add a homey, suburban feel to the neighbourhood; to iconic Washington Square Park, intimate eateries, elegant boutiques, a vivacious bar scene, and of course, its diverse group of residents.


Best for: Those wanting a bustling, centrally-located historic neighbourhood, where active days blend into fun, relaxing nights.


Stay: Walker Hotel​

​​Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy Park

The gateway to downtown, Union Square is just a stone's throw from the East Village, the West Village and the Meatpacking District. It's also about as close as New York gets to a European piazza, with a Greenmarket, peddling artisans, and street performers all in one hub. The Flatiron district, quiet by day, boasts some of New York's most celebrated dining options; and Gramercy Park is one of the city's best residential neighbourhoods – an ideal mix of calmness and convenience, sprinkled with charming bars, bodegas, and cafes.


Best for: Visitors wanting a central location, with easy subway connections and a real sense of community spirit.


Stay: Ganesvoort Park Avenue NYC | The New York EDITION​ 

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