New York City and Hotels Guide
The most popular and populated city in the United States of America, New York City is super-charged every waking minute. No matter what hour the clock shows, the city is always alive with activity and things to do. Known as the Big Apple, New York City is the centre for trade, commerce, international governance, entertainment, art, food and every other thing under the Sun.
Sights & Sounds
There is just too much to see and do, at New York City, in one lifetime. New York City’s lungs – Central Park is a massive show of nature’s beauty, right in the middle, as New York City keeps on rushing around. The high rise buildings and lack of space has made it necessary for New York City to create its own greenery and the Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows and others are amongst the beautiful parks that fill the city’s voids.
If you are interested in touristy-things, then New York City offers a fantastic array of options depending on the time of the year. Fifth Avenue & Madison Avenues are heaven for any shopaholic, while Time Square is like the place to be where everything happens. There are thousands of restaurants serving food from all over the world while clubs and music fills the air with their charm and aura.
The city is mad about sports with the most successful baseball team of all times, the New York Yankees, residing in the city. In all, New York City has two major baseball teams, one basketball team, two football teams, two ice hockey teams and one soccer team – a haven for sports fans of all kinds!
One rule in New York City – keep those eyes open as you walk around because there’s always something special round the corner.
Art and entertainment has a special place in New York City’s history and culture. The city is America’s second-largest centre for films and has over 2,000 art & cultural centres along with over 500 art galleries of all shapes & sizes. 39 of New York City’s finest theatres line up next to Time Square in a fabulous thoroughfare known as Broadway. The city is home to some of the finest schools, for the performing arts, in the world, such as the Julliard Academy and the New York City Ballet.
New York has plenty of museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that are considered amongst the best in the world. Depending on when you are in the city, New York City will throw up fantastic parades like the Halloween Parade, the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And then there’s Christmas in New York City, always a special occasion for those who love the lights and magic of the holiday season.
New York City is a concrete jungle and the damp & cold winter makes it seem more so. Temperatures go below freezing quite regularly in winters, while summers are hot and humid. The maximum temperatures in summers can hit upto 250C while the winter maximum rarely goes above 100C. However, a phenomenon known as the “Urban Heat Island” guarantees that summer highs go up to 350C every four to six years.
The best time to visit the city is in spring, as Central Park blossoms with the beauty of Mother Nature.
Popular Hotels in New York City
Down by New York City’s east side, the Courtyard Hotel dominates East Midtown. Close to the United Nations Headquarters as well as the Rockefeller Center, the Courtyard Hotel is ideally placed for all business & political travelers. However, that doesn’t mean that leisure travelers are left out because Fifth Avenue is just a few seconds away. Then there’s that short walk down to Central Park’s eastern side and straight into “Museum Mile”. The hotel is on the edge of Grand Central Terminal and is well connected to JFK, La Guardia as well as Manhattan.
The hotel has a modern fitness centre, three meeting rooms as well as a full-service business centre. If the restaurants & dining options in the area do not suit your taste, try out the accommodations in-house dining options for a fantastic experience.
The Sofitel hotel stands in the most exciting part of New York City. Minutes from Time Square, Fifth Avenue and even the Museum of Modern Art, the Sofitel Hotel is a traveler’s dream hotel – business or leisure. The hotel is just a short walk from the Grand Central Station and offers fantastic public transport options to its guests.
For those who are interested in staying in, rooms are divided into classic, superior, luxury and much more – each divided on the basis of its extravagance. There are marble baths and mini bars in rooms, with a host of other amenities. The restaurants, at the Sofitel Hotel, are elegant and serve fantastic food, while guests also have access to other facilities such as a 24 x 7 concierge service as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Manhattan, is smack in the middle of Times Square. The hotel is a reveler’s delight with Broadway right opposite the hotel’s grand entrance. Business travelers can walk down to the business district while shops and restaurants are abundant.
A magnificent hotel, in the middle of a busy street, the Crowne Plaza offers brilliant dining options of its own as well as comprehensive business and fitness centres and an indoor pool.