Manhattan, West and East Sides

Instead of choosing to stay on the East or West side for this trip, we indulged ourselves by staying in and exploring both.

Manhattan, West and East Sides

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by hwlrmnky on June 25, 2002

I visited the United Nations for the first time. What an eye-opener! It's a lovely and educational tourist-friendly site.${QuickSuggestions} Be sure to eat at least one Italian ice while in New York. My favorite is chocolate, closely followed by cherry.${BestWay} Public transportation is remarkably efficient in New York. However, if you choose your hotel wisely you'll be able to walk to most of the places you desire seeing.

Belvedere Hotel

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hwlrmnky on June 25, 2002

The Belvedere is a lovely hotel in an older building in Theater District on Manhattan's West Side. The architecture has all the solidity of a turn-of-the-century structure but the hotel has been charmingly redone to contemporary standards. The staff is very friendly in a genuine way. Our eleventh floor guest room was comfortable and clean. The decorative details gave the room a special feeling. The rooms are not overly-large but can lodge, in my opinion, two people extremely comfortably or three quite comfortably for extended stays.I would suggest the standard room holds four adults for stays of three nights or fewer; it could begin to get a little cramped after a few days and the beds are full-sized as opposed to queen-sized. This is by American standards. Visitors from Europe who are more accustomed to modest floor plans may find the room more than adequate for an extended stay. The bathroom was well-appointed and full-sized with a tub and shower. There is also a small kichenette alcove in the standard room complete with refrigerator, sink and microwave. This is a wonderful plus for saving money on dining. It is enjoyable to rest in the rooms. There are in-room movies for $9.95 each as well as video games or internet through the television (no laptop needed) for ten dollars per 24-hour period. The internet rates are an especially good deal for New York. The neighborhood surrounding the Belvedere is pleasant by NYC standards, which means safe and well-populated if not exactly clean. There are numerous small grocery stores with food, sundries and ATM machines. If you are interested in attending the theater while in New York, this would be an excellent hotel choice. A brief walk of about a block and a half brings you to your first Broadway theater and they grow thicker in number as you continue. The TKTS half-price ticket booth is only about 5 short blocks away. Additionally, this hotel is well-situated for catching the subway up to the American Museum of Natural History or down to the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Belvedere Hotel
319 West 48th Street
New York, New York, 10036
(212) 245-7000

Millenium UN Plaza

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hwlrmnky on June 28, 2002

This four-star property is on the very East Side of Manhattan, directly across from the United Nations. A lot of diplomats and senators stay at the Millenium. Consequently, security in this area is truly excellent. If you have ever been nervous about visiting New York because you've heard about the crime, this may the spot for you.

The rooms are spacious and equipped with a small refrigerator and sink. There is also a safe, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries including body lotion and shower cap. The soap is really high-quality; mild and creamy at the same time. What is not complimentary is the little basket of munchies in the room; there is a price card also in the basket and you must be very strong to keep from breaking into an eight-dollar jar of Jelly Bellies late at night. Happily, there is a 24-hour deli only one block up so you may stock your bar area with your own snacks without much trouble.

This property has recently undergone an upgrade and there are two kinds of rooms: Classic and West Tower. My West Tower room was great: lots of lighting options, and a wonderfully comfortable king-size bed. The Classic rooms are more recent in decor with a very modern flair. If the newness (as opposed to cleanliness; my room was very clean) of a room is important to you, make sure you ask for Classic.

Each room also has a fax machine on a long desk for working, plus table and chairs by the window. Guest rooms start in the mid-20's floor and go up to the 40th floor. There are conference rooms and offices below. Hence,the rooms are quiet, away from traffic sounds and bound to have some kind of view.

There is a small but well-stocked convenience store in the hotel open from 7am to 9pm; prices are good. There is also a small business center that is located IN the conveniece store. I was surprised at the informality of the set-up but it is well-equipped with PC, laser printer and color inkjet printer, as well as a fax machine. Prices start at 69 cents a minute for internet and go up from there. I think the business center here is really for afterthoughts and emergencies. There are also indoor pool and tennis courts on site.

The UN is literally across the street; definitely worth seeing and you could spend most of a day there. The Empire State Building is only a dozen short blocks away and it's an easy cab ride to 5th Avenue for shopping or to Central Park for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The Theater District is a pleasant walk over to the West Side. The only reason I wouldn't stay there again is if I was planning to go to the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side for several days running.

ONE UN New York
One United Nations Plaza
New York, New York, 10017
(212) 758-1234

Z Deli Discount Supermarket

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by hwlrmnky on June 25, 2002

This deli is around the corner from the Belvedere Hotel. My husband and I promptly went there to stock up on snacks and soft drinks after checking in at 11 pm at night. They are cheerfully open late with a variety of grocies and sundries as welll as a deli menu that includes sandwiches (including a Vegetarian Brie Baguette and a Reuben)and salads and desserts. It's not posh but it is comprehensive and the food is good. The neighborhood is active late at night and you can walk to Z Deli without trouble if you keep your common sense firmly attached.
Z Deli Discount Supermarket
803 8th Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 315-1659

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hwlrmnky on June 25, 2002

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most renowed cultural institutions in the United States with world-class collections of antiquities, Impressionist paintings and musical instruments, among other exhibits.

The beautiful thing about a trip to the Met is that it can be as short or as long as you want it to be, and as inexpensive or posh as you wish. If you want to take in one exhibit and then go to the adjecent Cental Park you may, if you want to make it the focal point of your trip to New York and visit every day for four days you can do that too. Food options range from reasonably priced snacks to gourmet cafe dining requiring reservations.

Guided tours are available in English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. There are also recorded audio tours for $5 rental. The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. General admission is suggested at $10 but if you really can't afford it you may offer them less.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10028
(212) 535-7710

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