New York City Breaks: an Overview

New York certainly lives up its name as the city that never sleeps and is the ultimate city break metropolis, buzzing 24 hours a day and the island of Manhattan has something for every taste and culture.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • New York is certainly a contender for the coolest city in the world
  • No one does brunch like New Yorkers do, and we simply can't say no to huevos rancheros and mimosas
  • Taxis are cheap, and there are plenty of them
  • Those in the know no longer only go to Manhattan - there is a lot happening in Brooklyn too - a whole new hood to explore during a New York city break (think the equivalent of London's Shoreditch)

Holidays and Luxury Travel to New York: the Detail

For those that haven't been before, simply walking down one of New York's streets or avenues is an eye-opener. New York shopping is superb, from the flagship stores of 5th Avenue to the chic boutiques of Greenwich Village; the meat-packing district and SoHo are home to some of the hottest nightclubs in a city with many contenders; Broadway consistently hosts some of the best acts in the world, and in terms of culture, New York boasts many of the world's finest museums, including the Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art. Finally, for sports fans, a trip to see the New York Yankees or Knicks playing at home is an incredible experience.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn is now the place to which modish Manhattanites are lured like moths to the flame. So how did the originally Dutch 'Broken Land', previously famed for mobsters (as in Goodfellas) and Travoltas (as in Saturday Night Fever) become the spiritual home of the hipster? Plenty of reasons, from the prosaic - property prices for warehouses and brownstones alike are (or were) way down on those on Manhattan - to the rise and rise of local boy Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and the success of Lena Dunham's Brooklyn-based Girls. Whatever the reasons, while the Beckhams were laughed out of town when eldest boy Brooklyn was born, the decision now looks pretty prescient.

Original Travel are regular visitors to New York, keeping tabs on favoured old haunt hotels as well as the hip new hangouts, and can advise you accordingly on the ultimate city break. We also know the in places to eat, drink and party so you can hit the ground running on any stay, be that for a weekend or longer.


Original Highlight

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In the city synonymous with sky scrapers even parks are elevated. The High Line runs from the Meatpacking District to the northern edge of Chelsea and is the best place to be in NYC on a sunny day.

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A note on price

A weekend city break in New York will cost around £900 per person (not including shopping!), but you can also easily spend three weeks of complete luxury on holidays in the USA which cost in excess of £10,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Top picks for New York

Terrace Bar at Ganservoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue

New York

Fusing the elegance of midtown Park Avenue, with the grit and funk of their flagship hotel in the Meatpacking district, the Gansevoort Hotel Group have certainly delivered with the Gansevoort Park Avenue. With the nearest subway (28th St.) being just a block away, this is the perfect base from which to explore NYC.

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Interior at Gramercy Park Hotel, luxury hotel in New York

Gramercy Park Hotel

New York

The legendary Gramercy Park Hotel has been given the full Ian Schrager treatment since the 2006 relaunch, with about as eclectic interiors as a hotel can get away with and stay the right side of good taste.

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The Bowery Hotel

The Bowery Hotel

New York

The Bowery Hotel sits in the heart of New York’s East Side. With a boho-chic vibe and a stylish interior, the hotel offers guests a sophisticated space to relax in the heart of New York.

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The Mercer, luxury hotel in New York

The Mercer

New York

One of the best new boutique hotels in New York, and sister hotel to Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont, the Mercer prides itself on its service and attention to detail.

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Greenwich Hotel

Greenwich Hotel

New York

Any hotel owned by Robert de Niro is likely to be pretty cool, but you can be pretty sure there won’t be too many unhappy customers demanding face to face complaint time with the owner either.

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Viceroy New York

Viceroy New York

New York

New York is famously the city that never sleeps, but if there’s any hotel that might tempt you to get a little shuteye it’s the Viceroy New York.

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