New York City hotels - Our Expert's
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By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Charming English style in a great location.

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Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

A boutique hotel charmer in the heart of downtown.

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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

The benchmark for cool luxury and great service in Midtown.

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#4/80
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Sumptious spot that’s perfect for a once in a lifetime occasion stay.

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Price from: £414
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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Old New York City opulence at its finest.

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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Asian service in the Time Warner complex.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Excellent location for business and leisure travelers with spectacular views of Central Park.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A huge renovation has made this a top luxe spot.

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Price from: £385
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Right in the heart of Soho - one of New York's best hotels.

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Price from: £329
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#10/80
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A New York classic with real history.

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Price from: £401
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A charming small hotel in Midtown with great service and thoughtful touches.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A happening property that's a stone's throw from Chelsea and Meatpacking area.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Wonderful boutique hotel in a pretty neighborhood.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A trendy downtown gem with friendly service.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

One of the city's trailblazers, now a hidden gem.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A refreshingly affordable spot in the heart of the Financial District.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A very well priced boutique property with an amazing address.

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#18/80
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A new outpost of the cosmopolitan hotel chain.

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Best for Nightlife -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A luxurious landmark in New York City's Theater District.

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A reinvented landmark that's become a New York must.

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I've been a travel writer and editor for more than 12 years and am always kept up-to-date on hotel openings here and abroad. My friends back home in Detroit often ask me for hotel recommendations that offer a bang for your buck and I am happy to help.

My Simonseeks selections offer a broad spectrum of choices, from small, hostel-like accommodations to chic, year-old boutique hotels to swanky landmarks known for luxury and service. You'll definitely find what you are looking for here. I have first-hand knowledge of these establishments having stayed there at least once. 

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The New York hotel scene has never been more favorable for travelers.

In 2010, 40 new hotels will debut in New York City at a time when bookings aren’t nearly as strong as they once were and there are many more rooms on the market.

That means great deals, especially for savvy shoppers willing to shop around and travel off peak (avoid Christmas, Easter and all of the American holidays like Memorial Day weekend (the last week of May), July 4th, Martin Luther King Jr weekend in January and Presidents’ Day weekend in February, for example).

Ask about two for the price of three night offers, special rates and weekend deals—most property rates fall on Friday to Monday nights when business travelers head home.

And it’s not just the bargains, especially compared to a few years back, that are such a draw; it’s the dizzying array of kinds of hotels that have cropped up in the last decade. So much so that whenever I come back I stay in one or two hotels myself because they each give me such a different take on the city than staying in an apartment. Whether it’s a hip boutique hotel, a newly revamped grand dame, an intimate small pad or palatial digs overlooking Central Park, there really is something for every taste and budget. So start planning your trip.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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