Hotel at a Glance: Manhattan NYC, an Affinia Hotel
Manhattan NYC, an Affinia Hotel puts you right in the middle of the action in New York City, with easy access to Madison Square Garden, midtown Manhattan’s iconic landmarks, and Chelsea’s art galleries and show venues. During your stay, the hotel makes guests feel at home with its signature bedding, as well as an onsite restaurant that serves small plates and fresh seafood.
- Where you’ll stay: Brightly colored guest rooms feature flat-screen HDTVs. Hook your IPod up to the docking station to keep it charged and fill the room with your favorite tunes.
- Dine in style: At Niles NYC, the hip onsite restaurant, you can start out with a small plate of pan-seared scallops, and then move on to an entree of roast duckling or portobello mushroom risotto.
- Craft cocktails: Sip Godiva chocolate martinis and pomegranate mojitos beneath glittering crystal chandeliers at the nearby Seven Bistro. Homemade burrata and pretzel-crusted salmon help satisfy late-night appetites.
- See the sights: Catch a Broadway show, see live comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, or stroll Times Square. All are within walking distance of the hotel. If you’re looking for a quiet spot, the city has many lesser-known green spaces.
Chelsea, NYC: Hip, Artsy Neighborhood near Times Square
Rows of independent art galleries line the blocks of 25th and 26th streets in Chelsea, located just southwest of Midtown Manhattan. Throughout the neighborhood are more than 350 such spaces—mostly in converted warehouses and factories—contributing to the area’s elite status in the contemporary art world. In addition to visual arts, prominent dance venues such as The Joyce Theater and The Kitchen showcase eclectic performances ranging from ballet to traditional Indian choreography.
From Chelsea, you can easily walk to Midtown to catch a Broadway musical or watch live basketball, hockey, or big-name musical acts at Madison Square Garden. A little further up Broadway, Times Square buzzes with sparkling billboards, giant wraparound news tickers, and nonstop neon lights. Even the MTA station here glitters. Keep an eye out for One Times Square, the site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. Other points of interest include the Paramount Building and the Empire State Building, where you can see the city from the King Kong–approved 86th-floor observation deck.