New York City
One of the Most Affordable and Relaxing Hotels near New York City
Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites and the sights, sounds and attractions of New York City are just 20 miles from your front door. But deciding what to and see in NYC can be a little overwhelming. In a city with so many different personalities, from the European magnificence and dazzling restaurants of the Upper East Side to the quirky West Village and the not-as-buttoned-down-as-you-think Wall Street area, the possibilities are endless. Explore it all from this hotel near New York City.
To make things a little easier, the staff at our Hampton Inn near New York City has broken the city down into more manageable bites. Once you settle on a neighborhood, whether it’s the East Side, West Side, uptown or downtown, you can decide how to make the most of your adventure. Our advice? Pick one or two destinations and leave plenty of time for unplanned discoveries.
While the world-famous New York City sights will always be the main draw – the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty – it’s the little places that you stumble upon yourself – a charming restaurant in Little Italy or a TriBeCa art gallery that nobody’s ever heard of – that find a special place in your heart.
The East Side
This is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of private wealth in the city, where crisply starched doormen patrol the sidewalks and protect the grand entrances from the “hoi polloi.” It’s also where you’ll find the Guggenheim and the Met, fabulous Madison Avenue shopping, and Millionaire's Row, a majestic lineup mansions overlooking Central Park.
East Side Attractions
This lush 843-acre park is where all of New York comes to get back to nature. In addition to horse-drawn carriage rides, rock climbing and boating on the Lake, Central Park hosts live concerts and theater performances during the summer.
Empire State Building
Sure, every tourist in New York City comes here, but until you’ve seen the city from 1,250 feet above street level, you haven’t taken in the best views in town.
A magical toy emporium established 150 years ago by German retailer Frederick August Otto Schwarz, this is where Tom Hanks danced a duet across the giant piano in the 1988 film “Big.”
Fifth Avenue / Madison Avenue Shopping
The ultimate NYC shopping experience awaits. Spend the morning poking around Jimmy Choo, Prada, Bergdorf Goodman and Ralph Lauren, then think about grabbing a bite at Saks Fifth Avenue’s simple-but-chic Café SFA.
The Morgan Library & Museum
This former private library of American financier J.P. Morgan was donated to the public by his son in 1924. It’s a treasure trove of rare artistic, literary, and musical works from ancient times through the Medieval and Renaissance periods and up to the present day.
You’ll find almost every world-famous NYC museum along this stretch of 5th Avenue – including the Met, the Guggenheim, the Modern, the Whitney, the American Natural History Museum, the Gagosian Gallery, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), and the Rose Center for Earth & Space.
United Nations Headquarters
Catch a rare and fascinating glimpse of our world leaders at work through a guided or self-administered tour (audio assistance is available).
The West Side
While the brilliant marquees and bustling sidewalks of Broadway and Times Square are what give New York City an energy unlike any in the world, the West Side also offers a number of quieter neighborhoods. It is also one of New York City’s easiest neighborhoods to reach, with access to every major subway line.
West Side Attractions
Performers say if you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. And if you can’t perform, but can make your way here, you’ll have your choice of the world’s best plays and musicals – performed day and night at over 40 venues.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This 16-acre performing arts complex is home to some of the finest theater, music, film, and dance programs in the world. Take in a concert or a play, or enjoy a guided tour of Lincoln Center’s many impressive theaters, including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House.
Poke around the studios of NBC Nightly News and Saturday Night Live before taking in a panoramic view of Manhattan from the 70th Floor “Top of the Rock” observation deck. If you’re in town just after Thanksgiving, be sure to take in the sparkling lights of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Visit this classic French Gothic-style cathedral, the largest in the United States and the 11th-largest church in the world. St. Patrick’s is one of New York City’s architectural wonders – with 330-foot spires, a 7,300-pipe organ and a capacity of 2,500.
The “Crossroads of the World,” as it’s known, is New York City in all its neon radiance. In addition to the shops, theaters, restaurants and souvenir stands, Times Square also is the headquarters for NASDAQ and The New York Times.
Travel north of 125th Street to find the restaurants and clubs of Harlem, the elegant brownstone mansions of Sugar Hill and Striver's Row, and the scenic Hudson River views from Fort Tryon Park.
Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Think of it as Medieval-Europe-on-the-Hudson. Constructed from the parts of five 14th-century French cloistered abbeys that were disassembled and shipped across the Atlantic brick-by-brick, this tranquil museum features peaceful gardens and hushed colonnades perfect for escaping the bustle of NYC for an afternoon.
In addition to the rich historic, musical, and artistic experiences at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Schomburg Center, Studio Museum, and the Apollo Theater, Harlem is where you’ll find some of the finest global cuisine in the city.
In addition to busy Wall Streeters scrambling along the narrow, historic streets, downtown is also home to City Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Learn about the history of the WTC complex, experience the events of September 11th as they occurred, and pay tribute to the stories of those determined to rebuild in its aftermath.
Learn how a 44-acre grid that once contained over 250 slaughterhouses turned into one of NYC’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Despite its near universal gentrification, the Meatpacking District has managed to retain some of its blue-collar authenticity, with several wholesale meat companies still in business.
SoHo’s eclectic boutiques, high-design lofts and artistic sensibilities make it a magnet for the stylish and well-to-do.
This is the home of the New York Stock Exchange, where historic buildings and modern skyscrapers live elbow to elbow. Once eerily deserted whenever the stock exchange wasn’t in session, the Wall Street area is now a thriving residential, dining, and nightlife district.