Hotel at a Glance: Stewart Hotel
It’s impossible to visit Manhattan and not find something to do night after night, from visiting Times Square to lounging in Central Park to sampling the culinary treats at Chelsea Market. Stewart Hotel helps its guests ease the transition into the city life, attempting to mirror the feeling of being in a buzzing Broadway theater with its modern design and NYC-inspired lobby. Best yet, you’re within walking distance of some of the city’s best attractions, including Madison Square Garden and Empire State Building.
- Stylish accommodations: Guest rooms welcome guests with chic floral designs, and are complete with flat-screen TVs and iHome docking stations.
- Grab a drink or a dinner at the on-site Niles NYC Restaurant.
- Location, location, location: The hotel puts itself smack-dab between Times Square—the city’s neon-lit, uber-busy tourist capital—and Chelsea, an affluent shopping district with an artistic streak.
Chelsea: 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.