New York is the biggest urban area in the United States and one of the most densely populated regions on the planet. The city boasts population of 8.3 million New Yorkers combined with an additional 47 million tourists each year. With so many residents and guests to accommodate, the Big Apple has more hotels to choose from than any other city in the United States, Mexico, or Canada.
According to careful analysis of the most searched for hotels on Google, we have determined the five most highly sought-after locations in the city. We also consulted with Hotels.com for the inside scoop on these five landmark hotels, as well the discounts they typically offer.
These are not necessarily the fanciest hotels. They are not the most expensive – though they tend to be upscale. These are simply the 5 most popular hotels in New York City.
1. The Plaza
Resting at the southeast edge of Central Park is the epitome of luxury hotels in Manhattan, dubbed The Plaza. It is adjacent to the flagship store of Bergdorf Goodman and within walking distance to MoMA. The suites at the Plaza are large and sumptuously appointed with plush chairs, Mascioni linens, plasma TV's, and butler service.
Here's an insider luxury tip: Have the butler to draw you a bath. The Plaza’s famed concierge staff are all members of Les Clefs d’Or, the Official National Organization of Hotel Concierges. He or she will be happy to oblige.
2. InterContinental New York Barclay
The InterContinental New York Barclay was a really big deal when it was built by the New York Central Railroad in 1926. It was constructed a 10-minute walk from the iconic Grand Central Station, finished in 1913.
If you intend to recreate that dramatic moment when your significant other stops you at the last minute before you catch the train, in order to confess their love in front of a crowd of cheering onlookers, then the Barclay is perfect. The beds have a reputation for being ridiculously soft with feather duvets and a nightly turn down service.
3. New York Marriott Marquis
The sleek and modern towers of the New York Marriott Marquis stand in the heart of New York’s Time Square. If you are on a New Year’s Eve adventure, the Virgin Megastore where the ball drops is right across the street.
The Marquis is centrally located in the heart of Broadway and is only three blocks from over 30 historical theaters. To complete the musical experience, see a show at nearby Radio City Music Hall or Carnegie Hall. For an extra thrill, ride one of two high-speed glass elevators through the hotel starting at a glass-enclosed gymnasium and ending at the 37-story tall atrium.
4. W New York
W Hotel, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts has an international reputation for catering to a younger crowd of successful creatives and bohemian types. (And using the letter W whenever possible.) The New York Downtown Hotel and Residences is a 57-foot skyscraper that was completed in 2010. The lower level is a hotel and the top floors feature apartments.
The W Hotel has a midtown location that makes it easy to explore the best of New York. You may remember it from an episode of Dream Home Giveaway on HGTV in 2010. University of Central Florida student Adam Venckauskas was the lucky winner of a luxury apartment as well as an Acura ZDX.
5. New York Hilton Midtown
The New York Hilton Midtown as actually one of the best deals in the area, even with the feather duvet and pillow-top mattress. The Lobby Lounge and Bridges Bar of the Hilton Midtown offer people-watching as well as appetizers and cocktails. For an additional charge you could have 24-hour access to the cavernous fitness center.
The 46-story building is one of the largest hotels in New York. It is one block from MoMA and within walking distance to Fifth Avenue, Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and Times Square.