Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn Staten Island
Comfort Inn Staten Island makes exploring the Big Apple a cinch with free shuttle service to the Staten Island Ferry, which zips you across the Hudson River in just 30 minutes. Other complimentary amenities include a hot breakfast, WiFi, 24-hour coffee and tea, and three-day passes to a nearby LA Fitness.
- Continental breakfast spread with make-your-own waffles, cereal, a selection of breads and pastries, eggs, and breakfast meats
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, coffeemaker with Royal Cup coffee, and a full-size desk
- Sleep easy on Sealy Posturepedic mattresses swathed in plush bedding.
- Nearby attractions: the Staten Island Zoo and the National Lighthouse Museum
Staten Island, NY: Museums and Botanical Gardens Close to Manhattan
You don’t hear as much about Staten Island as NYC’s other boroughs, probably because it’s the most residential. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. The island features the beautiful Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a group of Greek Revival-style buildings that house an art museum and feature the Staten Island Botanic Garden. There’s also the Staten Island Museum, a natural science, art, and history museum with several interesting exhibits, such as a cicada collection.
When you’re ready to venture into Manhattan, take the iconic (and free) Staten Island Ferry, which passes by Liberty Island and offers great views of the skyline. If it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want to head for Times Square, located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in Midtown. The famous address—affectionately known as “the Crossroads of the World”—is home to hypnotizing billboards, giant wraparound news tickers, and the neon lights of Broadway. Beyond the glitz and gimmicks, the area boasts a number of world-class cultural offerings, ranging from museums to Michelin-rated restaurants. Buildings of historical and architectural interest include the art-deco-style Paramount Building and One Times Square, site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop.