Hotel at a Glance: Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Midtown East
Upon walking into the lobby of this Hilton from the busy Manhattan streets, visitors are greeted by cool marble accents, the crackle of an ultramodern fireplace, and the glow of teardrop-shaped pendant lights. Lime-green and deep-purple chairs add punches of color in this relaxing-yet-hip atmosphere. Guest rooms carry the theme on with accent walls, dark-wood furniture, and blackout curtains with an upscale sheen.
- Grab a bite at the onsite Garden Bar & Grill Restaurant, which serves up classic cuisine, open daily for breakfast and dinner only.
- Freshen up with complimentary bath products from Neutrogena.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi, 37 to 40-inch high definition screen TVs, Keurig coffeemaker, mini-refrigerators in every room, and bedside USB ports
- Walk to Rockefeller Plaza and the Museum of Modern Art in 12 minutes.
Manhattan’s Midtown East: Iconic Sights and Shops Along Fifth Avenue
Midtown East refers to a 17-block stretch of central Manhattan between Fifth Avenue and the East River. The area is known for some of New York’s most famous landmarks, including Rockefeller Center—home to the iconic outdoor ice-skating rink, the Today show, and Saturday Night Live—and Grand Central Terminal, the world’s sixth-most-visited tourist attraction. Though in recent years Grand Central has filled with upscale restaurants and shops, it still serves as a major transportation hub with subway lines, Metro trains, and ziplines heading all over the city.
A stroll down Fifth Avenue is a world-renowned shopping experience: the street is filled with luxury boutiques and flagship department stores, including the original Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. For a little tranquility in the middle of the city, follow Fifth up to the southeast corner of Central Park. Just a few feet off the street is the Pond, which is spanned by a stone bridge. A little farther north, you’ll find the heart of Central Park Zoo.
Another New York landmark towers over Madison Avenue, opposite Rockefeller Center and the 24-foot-tall Atlas statue out front. The late 19th-century neo-Gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral occupies an entire city block and holds Mass more than 2,400 times every year.