Top Reasons to Stay at the Royal Park Hotel
The redbrick hotel is located amid the Upper West Side’s classic brownstones, about a half-mile from Central Park.
The newly renovated Double and Double Double Ensuites feature contemporary furnishings, private bathrooms, and modern artwork.
In nearby Central Park, you can take a gondola ride, fish in the Harlem Meer, browse the whimsical Shakespeare Garden, and hike along 57 miles of walking paths.
Nearby attractions include the American Museum of Natural History and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Hop on a 1, 2, or 3 train at the 96th Street subway station, just a block from the hotel. The trains can take you straight to Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and the Theater District.
There are dozens of dining options within walking distance, including trendy brunch spots on Columbus Avenue, and celebrity-chef owned restaurants.
Guests can sign up for tours at the front desk, and have access to internet kiosks in the lobby.
New York City’s Upper West Side: Residential Neighborhood with 19th-Century Townhomes and Waterfront Parks
This prosperous residential neighborhood along the Hudson River enjoys a leisurely pace and pockets of unrivaled beauty. Classic brownstones and pre-war buildings line the streets, including The Dakota, where John Lennon was assassinated in 1980, and the Ansonia building, once the home of Babe Ruth and Thomas Dreiser. Today, the Upper West Side is a popular landing spot for young families and professors from nearby Columbia University.
Sandwiched between Riverside Park and Central Park, the neighborhood is one of Manhattan’s greenest spaces. To the east, Central Park brims with carousels, bike paths, and manmade lakes. You can access the park via the entrance of 72nd Street. The locals head west to Riverside Park for its beautiful flower gardens and waterfront picnic spots.
The Upper West Side may not have the same volume of cultural landmarks as other parts of Manhattan, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s largest museums. Exhibits range from a life-sized model blue whale to a Tyrannosaurus Rex whose 65 million year-old fossils are arranged in a walking position. The Lincoln Center just south of here is also in a class of its own. Home to the Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Juilliard to name a few, the center bursts with artistic genius.
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