Hotel at a Glance: Omni Berkshire Place
Since 1926, the AAA Four Diamond Omni Berkshire Place has occupied some of the most famous real estate in the world, smack dab between 5th and Madison Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Guests can walk to NYC’s most iconic attractions, including Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and the theaters on Broadway.
- Famous guests: In 1942, Rodgers and Hammerstein cowrote the music of their hit production Oklahoma! in suite 2100.
- Gym with a view: Squeeze in a workout at the 24-hour onsite fitness center, which features a sun deck overlooking Manhattan and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Fireside restaurant specializes in rice bowls, pizzettas, and shared plates, such as jalapeño-spiced crab cakes and grilled lamb bites.
- Awards and accolades: The Omni received TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence, and U.S. News & World Report ranks it among New York City’s top hotels.
Midtown Manhattan: 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.
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