Where to Stay in New York: New York City Hotels By Neighborhood

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Welcome to the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, and for many visitors and natives, the heartbeat of the United States. Home to five boroughs and countless neighborhoods, New York can be intimidating to the first-time traveler. Choosing your New York City hotel can dramatically influence the tone of your trip - from a high-flying Upper East Side luxury property to a quirky little boutique hotel in SoHo or TriBeCa or a tiny room right in the heart of Times Square, you'll want to take into consideration much more than price when planning where to stay in New York.

Most hotels are clustered around major tourist and business attractions - centered from Midtown up towards the Upper East and Upper West sides. But with careful planning and research, it's possible to choose a hotel that both fits your area of interest and your price point.

Here, we've outlined several major New York City neighborhoods and selected properties that match with each.

Where to stay in New York: Uptown

Boasting a reputation that's synonymous with "Old Money," (or perhaps just affluence in general), the Upper East Side begins at the famed hotel The Plaza on 59th Street and is home to both the famed Museum Mile and many of the country's finest designer stores and boutiques. For a taste of New York City luxury, stay at The Surrey, The Pierre, or The Carlyle, all high-end New York City hotels that put a strong emphasis on sumptuous amenities, five-star service and discerning clientele. On the Upper West Side, consider The Empire Hotel, which Gossip Girl fans will recall character Chuck Bass "owns" in the series.

Where to stay in New York: Chelsea / SoHo / TriBeCa / Meatpacking

Visiting NYC for shopping or theater? Explore and stay in one of these trendy neighborhoods. In Chelsea, consider the new Fashion 26, which is just steps from the Fashion Institute of Technology or Eventi (a Kimpton hotel) properties. In TriBeCa, there's no better than staple property Tribeca Grand. SoHo, a more established neighborhood, offers numerous options for lodging, including the new Trump SoHo or New York's outpost of famed Chicago property The James or staples like 60 Thompson and Crosby Street Hotel. If you're in the Meatpacking district, The Standard is your gold standard.

Where to stay in New York: Financial District / Downtown

Wall Street types no longer need to depend on boring business hotels, thanks to the recent influx of stylish and consumer-oriented properties like Andaz Wall Street and W Downtown. Traditionalists will love the New York Marriott Downtown and luxury seekers should book at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park.

Where to stay in New York: Midtown

Many visitors to New York City will want to stay in Midtown, close to many businesses, shopping and attractions like Times Square and Madison Square Garden. But staying in a "popular" area doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice style. New hotels have sprung up like wildfire. Our top picks? The chic Setai Fifth Avenue, the over-the-top luxury at The Chatwal, new Hyatt boutique hotel Andaz Fifth Avenue or quirky The Ace.

Did we leave out your favorite property? Leave it in the comments section, below.

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