New York City Accommodation
If it’s your first time visiting the city, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the convenience and amenities a hotel has to offer (24/7 concierge, security, a good location for sightseeing). It’ll put your mind at ease to know there’s always someone there you can ask for advice, or somewhere safe to leave your belongings. Usually big hotels will be situated in the very touristy areas, for example if Broadway shows are your thing it’ll make sense to stay around Times Square. Here there’s little or no residential housing, so hotels will be your only option. Fashionable neighbourhoods like Tribeca, Nolita and Soho are best for celeb-spotting, cool bars and restaurants, but hip boutique hotels will come with a matching price tag. In Midtown; Chelsea and the Meatpacking District have some reasonably priced rooms in sharing accommodation on Airbnb. You’ll be near the Highline and in the centre of the best nightlife. However it’s probably not the best spot to bring kids. For solo travelers, a room in a shared Airbnb might work out cheaper, similarly for big groups where you can book an entire home. You’ll also be able to use kitchen facilities saving on pricey New York breakfasts (remember tax and gratuities are added to your ‘check’). Check-in times and minimum stays will be less flexible than in a hotel, but you could meet a local and get some insider info on the city.