4-Star DoubleTree Hotel in Midtown Manhattan
From The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan, you can walk to a number of New York City landmarks—both Times Square and Central Park are within a mile, as well as the fashionable boutiques and restaurants along Fifth Avenue. Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall are less than a half-mile walk away, as is the iconic Chrysler Building. It’s just as easy to explore more distant neighborhoods: the subway is around the corner, and Grand Central Terminal is a 10-minute walk away.
This 4-star hotel was built in 1961 by Morris Lapidus, an architect known for his art-deco designs. The building has been renovated since then, but it retains much of its original character, starting with the groovy green-and-red sign out front. Just off the main lobby, you can grab a buffet-style breakfast at the Met Grill; the space transforms into a chic lounge after hours.
Guest rooms and suites have been updated with new carpets, furniture, and bathroom fixtures. Each one has a wall-mounted 37-inch flat-screen high-definition TV and luxurious bedding that includes down-filled duvets and plush-top mattresses.
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.