New York Holidays

Your New York holiday

Don’t let a long New York holiday pass you by! Enjoy the chance to visit Manhattan Island surrounded by the city’s four outer boroughs. The famous Statue of Liberty and Staten Island are just a ferry ride away from Manhattan’s tip in Battery Park. The city’s centre near Times Square provides the vibrant heartbeat of all theatrical performance, and Central Park’s green space lies some blocks away. So take a flight to New York and see all of the best of what the Big Apple has to offer.

New York was originally founded by a small trading post set up by the Dutch. In 1624, the first governor purchased the Island of Manhattan from the local Native Americans. From the Southern tip of Manhattan, New Amsterdam was born. The first settlers to the area were French, Belgium, Dutch, and English, yet African slaves constructed much of the first colony.

Many present day neighbourhoods such as New Harlem and the Bronx are named after early Dutch settlers and officials. However the British took control of the area after a 10-year struggle from the Dutch in 1674, joining the colonies that would eventually make up the first 13 United States. By the 1700 New York’s population had grown from around 5,000 to 60,000 people only a century later.

After gaining independence as a free colony, New York began setting out city plans with gridded streets and by 1860 had 813,000 inhabitants. Before the turn of the 20th century, many of the city´s cultural landmarks such as Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Metropolitan Art were just getting established. This was also a period of major immigration in New York from European countries like Ireland and Italy.

Much of the famous New York architecture like the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings were created in this time frame, and soon afterward many of the top new companies like IBM, and World Financial Center arrived. In 2001, the city´s largest two buildings – the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers – were destroyed in a terrorist attack. The city has since recovered. It has now a population of 8.2 million.

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Park Central New York

4 stars
3.9 / 5 32 reviews
Views of Times Square from elegant New York surroundingsPark Central New York is an elegant and luxurious establishment ideally located in Midtown Manhattan and just steps from Central Park and Carnegie Hall. After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation in October 2013, the hotel is showcasing newly refurbished guest rooms, elegant interiors, expansive meeting and event rooms, and public spaces inspired by iconic New York locations. Guests will enjoy a cool and stylish lobby as well as Park Kitchen, a new signature bar and restaurant serving Modern American cuisine and tailored cocktails. Central Market, a fine foods "grab and go", provides guests with fresh and flavourful bites such as Nespresso and New York vendors such as Amy's Bread and Jacques Torres Chocolates. Reasons to stay Superb locationClassy interiorFamily friendly amenities Park Central New York RoomsAll 761 newly-renovated and plush guest rooms are equipped with 46-inch flat-screen televisions, and the option of internet access (fees apply). Guests will enjoy bath products from C.O. Bigelow, a writing desk, iron and ironing board, safe deposit box and hairdryer supplied in every room. Things to do nearbyGeorge Gershwin Theater (0.3 mi/0.4 km)Broadway (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Museum of modern Art (0.6 mi/0.8 km)Central Park (0.6 mi/0.8 km)Times Square (1.0 mi/1.6 km)Central Park Carousel (1.0 mi/1.6 km)Intrepid sea, air and space museum (1.3 mi/2.0 km) Policies and feesNOTE: Nightly service fee of $20 (plus tax) will be charged at the hotel. Fee includes the following: wireless (Wi-Fi) high speed access at rooms and public spaces for up to five devices, unlimited local and domestic long distance calls, luggage storage on arrival and/or departure up until 9pm, unlimited use of the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and an alcoholic (house wine or signature cocktail) or non-alcoholic beverage with the purchase of an entree during lunch or dinner service in Park Kitchen, the new Restaurant and Bar that is open seven days a week.Minimum check-in age is 21.
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Wolcott Hotel

Get some rest and rejuvenation in a centrally located NYC hotelFrom the moment that guests lay their eyes on the Wolcott Hotel, they will notice its impressive construction, complete with classic French style and decor.  This hotel prides itself on providing accommodation that is rich with elegance, but that is also reasonably priced.  It is situated in a prime location, thus making it convenient for guests to walk to the many desirable sights, including shops, dining, world-famous attractions and theaters.  Visitors can also obtain tickets to the numerous local attractions via the concierge desk.  For those traveling on business, the Wolcott Hotel has a 265 square foot meeting room. Reasons to stay Within walking distance of theaters, shops, dining and attractionsPlush, luxurious accommodation at affordable ratesSeveral room size options, including two-room suites Wolcott Hotel roomsThe Wolcott Hotel features 200 guest rooms, including 63 two-room suites that come with two or three beds and a common parlor area.  Standard rooms come with either two twin-sized beds or one queen-sized bed.  No matter what size room a guest chooses, in-room amenities include TVs with pay-per-view and Nintendo gaming systems, telephone with voicemail service, iron and ironing board, safe and bathroom with shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.  Some rooms also provide great views of the Empire State Building. Things to do nearby Empire State Building (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Macy's Herald Square (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Madison Square Garden (0.6 mi/1 km)Theater District (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Central Park (3.2 mi/5.1 km)Ground Zero (3.3 mi/5.3 km)Yankee Stadium (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
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Row NYC

4 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality by meeting NYCs signature urban grit with grandeur - transforming our guests stay into a completely contemporary experience. With a front row view to Times Square that's truly incomparable. Our guests reside in the middle of it all, with exciting access to everything and anything - 24/7. The modern and dynamic lobby also features Iconic M, international magazine and gift shop. On the same level, District M provides a European style cafe by day, a Neapolitan pizza bar and cocktail lounge by night. The focal point of District M is a digital gallery of celebrities photographs during the late seventies and early eighties by the famed paparazzo Ron Galella. Our contemporary guest rooms are chic with Manhattan-inspired decor in white-hot hues mixed with unexpectedly vibrant custom furnishings. The room colors are inspired by the vibrant colors of the NY subway lines and fun graphics sayings on the walls that give homage to our Times Square location. Walk through our floors and enjoy murals from New York City neighborhoods. The hotel is surrounded by 24 theaters, 1 block from Restaurant Row and the excitement and energy of Times Square. We are conveniently located to Jacob Javits center, Macy's, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building and many of the top NYC attractions. Subway Stations, Port Authority and Penn Station are just steps away from the hotel. Row NYC is MORE NEW YORK THAN NEW YORK
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Park South Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 83 reviews
Set in a restored, historic building, The Park South Hotel is ideally located between the business district of midtown and the dining and cultural hot spots of downtown Manhattan.
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The Strand

A breath taking view from the sky in contemporary luxuryAt The Strand Hotel, stay above the fray and enjoy service 365 days a year at the on-site 21st floor bar – the Midtown Manhattan rooftop bar and lounge. Observe the Empire State Building from the rooftop while enjoying a panoramic view of the rest of Manhattan, and visit nearby major area attractions and business centers, as well as a variety of dining options within walking distance. The Strand Hotel boasts its own dining options, including the American Bistro with meals and desserts prepared by executive chef Kelvin Fernandez. 3 Reasons To Stay:Bar and lounge on the 21st floor has a retractable roof and amazing view of the Empire State BuildingContemporary hotel designed by Gene Kaufman and decorated by Conde NastClose to both the exciting attractions and business centers in Midtown Manhattan The Strand RoomsThe superior, deluxe, executive and premier guest rooms at The Strand Hotel all contain mahogany furnishings for a contemporary feel. The Strand Hotel boasts large, picture-view windows in all 177 of its spacious guest rooms to provide stunning views of iconic downtown Manhattan. All rooms feature designs by Lisa Knight, and offer dark walnut furnishings and vintage fashion photography. The hotel gives off a sleek and modern feel, from the mahogany furnishings to the clean, fresh linens. Granite countertops and European style tiling give even the bathrooms a dash of fashion and elegance, allowing guests to enjoy the feature walk-in showers and bathtubs. Stay connected with flat-screen televisions and complimentary newspapers, including The New York Times and USA Today, and get work done on a business trip with multiple telephone lines including voice mail. Room service is also available. Premier rooms additionally feature balconies that offer stellar views of the Empire State Building. Things To Do:Herald Square (0.1 mi/0.2 km)New York Yankees Official Clubhouse Shop (0.1 mi/0.2 km)Bryant Park (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Empire State Building (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (1 mi/1.6 km)Madison Square Garden (1 mi/1.6 km)Broadway Theaters (2 mi/3.2 km)
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The Iroquois New York

Quiet oasis escape in the heart of New York CityStep into tranquil Iroquois New York and be swept away from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. The hotel is within walking distance of popular destinations such as 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, Bryant Park and the theaters of Broadway. In contrast, discover a calm and tranquil sanctuary inside of the building. The French-American restaurant on-site inspires the design of the hotel. The Iroquois New York feels like an elegant private mansion and serves complimentary morning coffee. 3 Reasons To Stay:The façade of the building is comprised of original 1900s French limestoneWalking distance from many of the most popular and well-known destinations in New York CityAmenities appeal to both leisure and business travelers Iroquois New York RoomsThe 114 rooms of the Iroquois New York hotel contain fresh Frette linens and contemporary decor. Brass carriage lamps surrounding mahogany doors welcome guests in classic European style. The rooms provide comfort for both leisure and business travelers. The nine suites in the hotel ramp up the luxury. They include bonus amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs, two HD televisions and views overlooking 44th Street in New York City. The sophisticated design boasts features such as Italian marble in the bathrooms. The Iroquois New York raises the bar by adding distinctive touches such as turndown service with Le Belge chocolates, Molton Brown bath products and iHome complimentary in each room. Things To Do:Bryant Park (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Fifth Avenue (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Times Square (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Grand Central Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Rockefeller Center (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Chrysler Building (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (1.1 mi/1.7 km) Policies and feesPlease note that The Iroquois Hotel is a nonsmoking property.
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The Empire Hotel

Sophisticated Upper West Side hotel near Central Park, Lincoln CenterThe rich brown, grey and gold decor accented with animal-print pillows sets a tone of sophistication. Touches such as Frette linens and a cool rooftop bar make this hotel ideal for guests who appreciate luxury without stuffiness. A complimentary fitness center, a salon accessible from the hotel and a seasonal rooftop pool deck are just some of the amenities available to guests. HighlightsRooftop bar and pool deckComplimentary fitness centerA block from Central Park, Lincoln Center Location The Empire Hotel is right by Lincoln Center and Central Park. It's a short walk to the Time Warner Center, which is home to Per Se, by the celebrated Thomas Keller, and sushi restaurant Masa, by chef Masayoshi Takayama. Rooms The 420 rooms and suites are sophisticated and chic, with neutral decor and contemporary touches. Beds have Frette linens, and other amenities include 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations with speakers and free Wi-Fi. Dining On-site Ed's Chowder House is a sleek setting for seafood dishes such as tuna steak frites, chowders and a raw bar. The pool deck serves a limited menu, and guests also can eat at the Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Room service is available. The Rooftop Bar & Lounge boasts views of Lincoln Center and the skyline under the iconic Empire Hotel sign. The bar has a menu featuring signature cocktails, wines by the glass, bottle service and hearty appetizers. RecreationThe pool deck is open seasonally May through September. Guests can cool off in the plunge pool, or retreat to a private cabana (fees apply) with flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. The pool deck menu features food and drink items. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's complimentary fitness center. Transportation La Guardia Airport (25 minutes)John F. Kennedy International Airport (35 minutes)Newark International Airport (35 minutes)MTA Subway 1, 2 lines at 66th St - Lincoln Center Attractions Lincoln Center (0.1 mi/ 0.16 km)Central Park (0.1 mi/ 0.16 km)Time Warner Center (0.3 mi/ 0.48 km) Business Meeting space for up to 250 peopleFree Wi-Fi Policies and fees There is a $12.95 charge per 24-hour period for Wi-Fi.
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Amsterdam Court Hotel

Intimate boutique hotel near the Broadway showsThe Amsterdam Court Hotel is ideally situated for theater buffs and visitors who want to be in the heart of Times Square. The boutique hotel is across the street from the Gershwin Theater. Other popular attractions, such as Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center, are a short walk away. At the Amsterdam Court Hotel, guests can grab a bite at the on-site restaurant and relax in beds with Belgian linens and down comforters. Highlights Complimentary espresso in the loungeSteps from Broadway and across the street from the Gershwin TheaterEasy walk to Central Park and Rockefeller Center Location The hotel is in the heart of the Theater District. Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art are within walking distance from the Amsterdam Court Hotel. Visitors can walk half a block to Broadway and stroll the street to experience Times Square. Families may appreciate the Ferris wheel in the Toys "R" Us store. For a more luxurious shopping experience, visitors will find stores such as Cartier and Bergdorf Goodman along Fifth Avenue. Rooms The 197 rooms at the Amsterdam Court Hotel are decorated in soothing beige tones and have either one double or one queen bed. Beds have Belgian sheets and down comforters. In-room amenities include hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, Internet access (fees apply), safes and complimentary bath products. Features Guests can enjoy complimentary espresso in the lounge and pick up a free newspaper in the Amsterdam Court Hotel lobby.   Dining The one-site Natsumi restaurant serves Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine. The Times Square area has hundreds of restaurants to choose from -- everything from diners and delis to four-star eateries. Nearby restaurants include Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Le Bernardin and Ellen's Stardust Diner. Transportation MTA Subway A, C, E lines at 50th StreetGrand Central TerminalPenn StationLa Guardia AirportNewark Liberty International AirportJohn F. Kennedy International Airport Attractions Times Square (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)Rockefeller Center (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)Carnegie Hall (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)Museum of Modern Art (0.5 mi/ 0.8 km)Central Park (0.6 mi/ 1 km)Madison Square Garden (0.9 mi/ 1.5 km) Policies and fees    Starting 01 January 2014, the hotel will be a smoke-free property.    Guests must be at least 21 years old to check in.
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Hotel Grand Union

3 stars
2.8 / 5 6 reviews
We invite you to enjoy your stay at the Hotel Grand Union. We offer a traditional style of elegance, a convenient location, and a multilingual staff. The Hotel Grand Union is located in Midtown Manhattan, between Madison and Park Avenue. We are centrally located only two blocks from the Empire State Building and major shopping areas. Also, within walking distance are the New York Public Library, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center- to name just a few. The hotel offers a coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy our newly renovated lobby featuring the art of David Dewey. Whether for business or pleasure, we hope you enjoy your stay in the heart of New York.
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Pod 39 Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 98 reviews
Pod 39 offers a hip, convenient and personalized accommodations for the stylish and spend thrifty traveler. The Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan and is the best value for visitors on a budget. Each Pod is individually climate controlled and equipped with efficient, stylish furniture that's designed to maximize your comfort and your living space.
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Park Central New York

4 stars
3.9 / 5 32 reviews
Views of Times Square from elegant New York surroundingsPark Central New York is an elegant and luxurious establishment ideally located in Midtown Manhattan and just steps from Central Park and Carnegie Hall. After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation in October 2013, the hotel is showcasing newly refurbished guest rooms, elegant interiors, expansive meeting and event rooms, and public spaces inspired by iconic New York locations. Guests will enjoy a cool and stylish lobby as well as Park Kitchen, a new signature bar and restaurant serving Modern American cuisine and tailored cocktails. Central Market, a fine foods "grab and go", provides guests with fresh and flavourful bites such as Nespresso and New York vendors such as Amy's Bread and Jacques Torres Chocolates. Reasons to stay Superb locationClassy interiorFamily friendly amenities Park Central New York RoomsAll 761 newly-renovated and plush guest rooms are equipped with 46-inch flat-screen televisions, and the option of internet access (fees apply). Guests will enjoy bath products from C.O. Bigelow, a writing desk, iron and ironing board, safe deposit box and hairdryer supplied in every room. Things to do nearbyGeorge Gershwin Theater (0.3 mi/0.4 km)Broadway (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Museum of modern Art (0.6 mi/0.8 km)Central Park (0.6 mi/0.8 km)Times Square (1.0 mi/1.6 km)Central Park Carousel (1.0 mi/1.6 km)Intrepid sea, air and space museum (1.3 mi/2.0 km) Policies and feesNOTE: Nightly service fee of $20 (plus tax) will be charged at the hotel. Fee includes the following: wireless (Wi-Fi) high speed access at rooms and public spaces for up to five devices, unlimited local and domestic long distance calls, luggage storage on arrival and/or departure up until 9pm, unlimited use of the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and an alcoholic (house wine or signature cocktail) or non-alcoholic beverage with the purchase of an entree during lunch or dinner service in Park Kitchen, the new Restaurant and Bar that is open seven days a week.Minimum check-in age is 21.
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Wolcott Hotel

Get some rest and rejuvenation in a centrally located NYC hotelFrom the moment that guests lay their eyes on the Wolcott Hotel, they will notice its impressive construction, complete with classic French style and decor.  This hotel prides itself on providing accommodation that is rich with elegance, but that is also reasonably priced.  It is situated in a prime location, thus making it convenient for guests to walk to the many desirable sights, including shops, dining, world-famous attractions and theaters.  Visitors can also obtain tickets to the numerous local attractions via the concierge desk.  For those traveling on business, the Wolcott Hotel has a 265 square foot meeting room. Reasons to stay Within walking distance of theaters, shops, dining and attractionsPlush, luxurious accommodation at affordable ratesSeveral room size options, including two-room suites Wolcott Hotel roomsThe Wolcott Hotel features 200 guest rooms, including 63 two-room suites that come with two or three beds and a common parlor area.  Standard rooms come with either two twin-sized beds or one queen-sized bed.  No matter what size room a guest chooses, in-room amenities include TVs with pay-per-view and Nintendo gaming systems, telephone with voicemail service, iron and ironing board, safe and bathroom with shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.  Some rooms also provide great views of the Empire State Building. Things to do nearby Empire State Building (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Macy's Herald Square (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Madison Square Garden (0.6 mi/1 km)Theater District (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Central Park (3.2 mi/5.1 km)Ground Zero (3.3 mi/5.3 km)Yankee Stadium (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
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Row NYC

4 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality by meeting NYCs signature urban grit with grandeur - transforming our guests stay into a completely contemporary experience. With a front row view to Times Square that's truly incomparable. Our guests reside in the middle of it all, with exciting access to everything and anything - 24/7. The modern and dynamic lobby also features Iconic M, international magazine and gift shop. On the same level, District M provides a European style cafe by day, a Neapolitan pizza bar and cocktail lounge by night. The focal point of District M is a digital gallery of celebrities photographs during the late seventies and early eighties by the famed paparazzo Ron Galella. Our contemporary guest rooms are chic with Manhattan-inspired decor in white-hot hues mixed with unexpectedly vibrant custom furnishings. The room colors are inspired by the vibrant colors of the NY subway lines and fun graphics sayings on the walls that give homage to our Times Square location. Walk through our floors and enjoy murals from New York City neighborhoods. The hotel is surrounded by 24 theaters, 1 block from Restaurant Row and the excitement and energy of Times Square. We are conveniently located to Jacob Javits center, Macy's, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building and many of the top NYC attractions. Subway Stations, Port Authority and Penn Station are just steps away from the hotel. Row NYC is MORE NEW YORK THAN NEW YORK
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Park South Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 83 reviews
Set in a restored, historic building, The Park South Hotel is ideally located between the business district of midtown and the dining and cultural hot spots of downtown Manhattan.
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The Strand

A breath taking view from the sky in contemporary luxuryAt The Strand Hotel, stay above the fray and enjoy service 365 days a year at the on-site 21st floor bar – the Midtown Manhattan rooftop bar and lounge. Observe the Empire State Building from the rooftop while enjoying a panoramic view of the rest of Manhattan, and visit nearby major area attractions and business centers, as well as a variety of dining options within walking distance. The Strand Hotel boasts its own dining options, including the American Bistro with meals and desserts prepared by executive chef Kelvin Fernandez. 3 Reasons To Stay:Bar and lounge on the 21st floor has a retractable roof and amazing view of the Empire State BuildingContemporary hotel designed by Gene Kaufman and decorated by Conde NastClose to both the exciting attractions and business centers in Midtown Manhattan The Strand RoomsThe superior, deluxe, executive and premier guest rooms at The Strand Hotel all contain mahogany furnishings for a contemporary feel. The Strand Hotel boasts large, picture-view windows in all 177 of its spacious guest rooms to provide stunning views of iconic downtown Manhattan. All rooms feature designs by Lisa Knight, and offer dark walnut furnishings and vintage fashion photography. The hotel gives off a sleek and modern feel, from the mahogany furnishings to the clean, fresh linens. Granite countertops and European style tiling give even the bathrooms a dash of fashion and elegance, allowing guests to enjoy the feature walk-in showers and bathtubs. Stay connected with flat-screen televisions and complimentary newspapers, including The New York Times and USA Today, and get work done on a business trip with multiple telephone lines including voice mail. Room service is also available. Premier rooms additionally feature balconies that offer stellar views of the Empire State Building. Things To Do:Herald Square (0.1 mi/0.2 km)New York Yankees Official Clubhouse Shop (0.1 mi/0.2 km)Bryant Park (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Empire State Building (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (1 mi/1.6 km)Madison Square Garden (1 mi/1.6 km)Broadway Theaters (2 mi/3.2 km)
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Flights to New York

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin New York Wed 23 Apr - Wed 30 Apr €499
Shannon New York Wed 4 Jun - Thu 12 Jun €439
Cork New York Thu 12 Jun - Thu 19 Jun €554
Chicago New York Wed 18 Jun - Wed 25 Jun €212
San Francisco New York Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Las Vegas New York Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Boston New York Mon 9 Jun - Tue 24 Jun €153
Buenos Aires New York Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Copenhagen New York Thu 22 May - Fri 30 May €534
London New York Tue 13 May - Tue 20 May €539
Miami New York Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Toronto New York Sun 8 Jun - Wed 11 Jun €203
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New York highlights

  • Pass Through Central Park

    Located in the centre of Manhattan Island, this 843-acre park has landmarks hidden throughout, including statues of Alice and Wonderland, Balto, and William Shakespeare. The section of Strawberry Fields is dedicated to the late Beatles great John Lennon.

    You can check out all of your favourite animals in Central Park Zoo, and if you are the sporty type you can choose between skating rinks, baseball fields, tennis courts and a public swimming pool. However nothing beats a trip by horse drawn carriage during the evening hours.

    Tour Madison Square Garden

    A great way to spend a New York evening is to see a live basketball or hockey game, a concert or another major performance. You can also take an All Access Tour through the famous arena.

    Try the New York Skyride

    Located in the Empire State Building, you can step into New York’s only aerial simulator and let it take you on a tour of the city on an IMAX sized screen with High Definition. Moving platform seats allow you to get the total experience.

    Visit the Theatre District

    Walk down the glitzy billboards and lights along Times Square and you can find all of the biggest and best of the Broadway theatre shows.

    For the true theatre buffs, you can see something in a smaller and less expensive neighbourhood like Greenwich Village, which offers theatre in much smaller venues. These less-touristy performances will give you access to the cutting edge of the New York theatre scene.

    Visit New York’s Neighbourhoods

    Take a stroll through many of the culturally distinct neighbourhoods that give New York its diverse identity. Some favourite destinations include Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, but head out from Manhattan and you are sure to find some of the most diverse 21st century immigrant communities in the city’s distinctive outer boroughs, like Brooklyn and Queens. Regardless of where you go, the variety of restaurants and diverse cultural eateries are in abundance.

Top New York attractions

  • The Empire State Building

    This US National Landmark towers 1,250 feet above the bustling streets of Manhattan. The skyscraper has an Art Deco architectural design and is the tallest building in New York City, and the third tallest building in the Americas.

    From the 86th floor, visitors can enjoy a 360 degree outdoor view of the entire city, and smaller indoor observation point can be accessed on the building’s highest 102nd floor.

    Statue of Liberty

    A gift from France following U.S. independence in 1776, the statue arrived in New York harbour in 1885 and took several months to re-assemble. Frenchman Federic Auguste Bartholdi designed the massive copper sculpture, which was designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations almost 100 years later. Today the interior of the sculpture can be toured.

    The Guggenheim Museum

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum may be more than worth the visit. This doesn’t even include some of the most extensive collections of modern art.

    Follow the large and spiralling ramp from bottom to top to see works by artists such as Kandisky, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Chagall, among others. A variety of changing exhibitions are also on display.

    Ellis Island Museum

    Step back more than a hundred years to the turn of the 20th century and the peak arrival time for millions of immigrants to New York harbour. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was used as the first federal immigration centre.

    Today a museum exists where the immigration station was operated, but now relates the immigrants’ history of the space and their stories leaving their countries for a new destination. Be sure to see the Wall of Honor with over 700,000 names and registrations.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York’s most important museum is known colloquially as the Met, and lies on the edge of Central Park. It houses more than two million works of art from all over the modern and ancient world. This includes art, sculptures, and even antique instruments, weapons, and interior designs from Medieval and Roman times.

New York holiday travel tips

  • Common Forms of Transportation

    Most New Yorkers use public transportation, but if it's more convenient for you to drive around, check our offers of car hire in New York City.

    Visitors can choose from the New York City Subway, known as Metra. It is the largest rapid transit system in the world in terms of track distance and the second oldest subway system in the United States. Around eight million riders use the system every day, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Airport Services

    If you need to get to and from the airport, then the best option is the intermodal rail system. AirTrain JFK connects Kennedy airport flights to New York City’s subway and commuter rail systems, and tickets cost around $5.

    Buses

    New York also uses buses with over 200 different routes. The main bus gateway is the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.

    Taxis

    If visitors want a quick and more comfortable ride they can also flag down a taxi: 13,000 operate in the city. Fares usually vary from $2.50 to $4 to begin, and visitors have to keep an eye out for the familiar yellow Medallion Taxis as they are the only vehicles permitted by the New York City Taxi Commission to be hailed down from the street.

    Other Modes of Transport

    Bicycling in New York has become a growing trend, as an estimated 120,000 residents bike each day. Bicycle rickshaw drivers can also be found in high commodity. If you are looking for a romantic ride, horse-drawn carriages can be found near Central Park.

Where to stay in New York

  • Having recently completed a $70 million renovation, the Ramada New Yorker Hotel is a 40-storey Art Deco hotel that provides incredible views and access to some of the great city attractions. It’s the closest hotel to the Javits Convention Center, Macys and Penn Station. It’s three blocks from the Empire State Building, and next to Madison Square Garden.

    Considered the top of the line when it comes to luxury, the Hotel Gansevoort combines extreme comfort and style in the lively Meatpacking District. Blocks from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, boutiques, and bars, Hotel Gansevoort has an incredible rooftop, bar, and a 45 foot-long outdoor pool. Guests can dine at Japanese Pub and Sushi Bar, which serves small Japanese plates including grilled items and sushi rolls. The hotel also has a fitness centre open 24/7 and a spa and wellness centre.

    Another classic hotel that feels like new is the Hilton Manhattan East. The newly renovated hotel has contemporary accommodations and amenities but is designed as a 1931 neo-gothic tower. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the 300-room luxury hotel neighbours Grand Central Terminal, and the United Nations. Room accommodations are top of the line and the hotel lobby restaurant has all of the best plates of international and American cuisine.

    The Mayfair New York Hotel has the perfect small boutique setting within the theatre district. This hotel combines friendly services and new conveniences. The hotel is situated within the city’s business and theatre area.

    If you’d like more choices, consult our selection of New York hotels.

New York restaurants

  • The Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street) is one of New York’s most popular restaurants. Executive chef Michael Anthony creates American Cuisine in a fine dining environment. Located in a historical building, the restaurant is known for its warm service and classic American dining feel.

    If you want to eat some eastern flavours, try the Taj Restaurant and Lounge (48 West 21st Street). This modern and elegant Indian Fusion cuisine is just as good as its environment. Sandstone dancing shivas add to the décor, as does the copper and mahogany-topped bar.

    When it comes to affordable eateries in New York, the Boneshakers (134 Kingsland Avenue), a restaurant/biker pit stop serves out salads, bagels, and burgers. But the real attraction is their signature vegan sandwiches. A favourite dish is the Makeout Party, a ciabiatta sandwich containing spicy tofu, sauerkraut, garlic hummus and onion. Other menu selections like the barbeque seitan and coleslaw sandwich are under $10.

    The small Pinche Taquería (227 Mott Street or 333 Lafayette Street) boasts some of the city’s best fish tacos. Fresh fish, shrimp and other seafood is stuffed into corn tortillas with cream, transporting visitors straight to the US-Mexican border. The menu also features other meats such as pork, and grilled steak for only $5 a piece.

    One of the city’s top restaurants, Per sé (10 Columbus Circle) is run by renowned chef Thomas Keller and offers only two prix fixe menus. The chef himself has his own nine-course menu that changes daily. When it comes to chic dining this French restaurant creates a unique experience.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no required vaccinations to go to New York. Tap water is potable.

    Accidents or Health Problems

    The city’s health infrastructure is top notch but expensive. Only an ambulance has priority on arrival in a hospital emergency ward.

    Public health clinics include New York Hospital: (212) 746 5434 or Mount Sinai Hospital: (212) 241 7171.

    Security

    New York is relatively safe considering its size; assaults are infrequent and visitors can travel at any time. However, common sense tips apply. Do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas, and be careful in empty subway stations at night. Do not walk around with visibly expensive jewelry or other items that may attract unwanted attention.

    It is also highly recommended that you carry photocopies of all important travel documents in case that they are lost or stolen. Many hotel rooms will have a safe where you can store these valuable and sensitive items – just ask the front desk.

    In the rare instance that a security problem does arise, always call 911 – a free number from any public phone; in non-emergencies, you can call 311 for free from any pay phone to connect to the police 24 hours a day.

    New York’s traffic from passing buses, taxis, and cars can be an issue. In light of this, visitors need to make sure they are out of the way before they cross the street in any direction, even if they have the right-of-way.

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