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Made famous by the song “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra, this is truly a city that doesn’t sleep. Whether shopping on 5th Avenue, or enjoying a show on Broadway, there’s always something going on in the “Big Apple”. If looking for a destination where you can have a great time on a tight budget, this is the place too. Strolling Central Park, or the Zoo, grabbing a slice of New Yorks famous “slice pizza” and sitting on a park bench people watch

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When to Visit Based on Price

New York City is one of the few U.S. major cities that don’t really have a low season for visitors. All year long international and domestic visitors arrive to an already busy city that hosts business events. That being said, there is a window of opportunity when crowds slightly diminish, and better prices can be found, and that’s between January and March.
• Low Season: January through March is less busy. Average Daily Rates of:
  • 2 Star: $59-$540
  • 3 Star: $73-$520
  • 4 Star: $145-$690
• High Season: March through December offers the best weather, and destination for families. Average Daily Rates of:
  • 2 Star: $63-$590
  • 3 Star: $80-$800
  • 4 Star: $200-$900

Magic Savings Tip: Visit one of the many city “Tourist Centers” for discount coupons for top attractions. Street vendors and smaller Pizza restaurants serving slices is your best bet for savings on money and time in line.

Sights you mustn’t miss

Take a ride to the top of the Empire State Building, and see if King Kong is still hanging around. This is a great way to get a feeling of just how large an area New York City and it’s 5 boroughs take up.
Walk the streets of Time Square, and explore the stores and business’s there.
Visualize what it must be like as the ball drops on New Years Eve, with thousand’s of people freezing while packed like sardines.
Any visitor to New York City should visit the World Trade Center Memorial building and it’s bronze panels with the victim’s names on it.
For families, a visit to the New York Zoo and Museum of Natural History with its impressive dinosaur collection is a must.

Fun things to do

A visit to Central Park no matter what time of year is a wonderful experience. A great place to stretch you legs for a walk, pack a picnic lunch, and sit on a bench to relax, or take a horse drawn carriage ride. Probably not the best place to be doing this after dark, but with deals of Broadway shows, and after hour’s clubs, there’s plenty to do instead.

Wine and Dine Tips

When visiting New York City, your dining options are beyond comprehension. Here you can find every ethnic restaurant in the world, from China Town, Little Italy, and so much more. Depending on where you decide to stay, will no doubt determine what area you decide to dine.
Your options don’t have to be five star restaurants to enjoy New Yorks finest food. Asking your front desk or Concierge services where they suggest for the price range and type of food your looking for will no doubt tweak your taste buds and still leave room on your credit card.
One thing to remember is that the taxicabs of the city are excellent for getting to and returning from evening dinner or attractions.

Day Trips

Always a fun adventure is a visit to Cony Island, for a ride on the famous old wooden roller coaster, and a Coney Island hotdog.
Another must do is to take the ferry out to Liberty Island for a visit of the Statue of Liberty. In summertime, you can take a ferry from lower Manhattan to Rockaway Beach, and be a New Yorker for a day.
If wine is your pleasure, visiting some of the Vineyard Wineries outside the city can be quite rewarding. Wineries like the Bedell Cellars on Long Island where you sip in an old restored barn, or a glass on the lawns of Warwick Valley Winery in Warwick.

Where to Stay

New York is arguably the most famous city in the world. It's a place where people with grand aspirations go to live their dreams, and it has a price tag to match. It's not known for being the most affordable city, but if you know where to look, you can find the perfect accommodation to stay at, ranging from fancy to budget-friendly.
A great place to start exploring the city is downtown Manhattan. This tourist hub is where the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art and Grand Central Station are located. Hotels like the Hilton New York, The Sheraton or the Westin Times Square all offer luxurious rooms close to these hotspots and are a great base for your city adventures.
The thriving tourism industry in New York City hasn't escaped the ‘green revolution', with many hotels catering to the eco-friendly market. One of the ‘greenest' hotels to stay in is 70 Park Avenue, located only blocks from famed entertainment venues like Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. This innovative hotel offers discounts to hybrid car owners and commits to eco-friendly practices like conversion of kitchen oil to biodiesel fuel.

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  • Book Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York.
    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
     
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    What we like There are two great things about the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. One is the excellent location, which is by Times Square and close to many of New York’s most popular attractions and areas of interest. The second is the luxury and comfort that you will be able to look forward to when you stay at this four-...
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  • Book Grand Hyatt New York in New York.
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    What we like What we liked about this hotel was the fact that it enjoys a prime position in the city, with easy access to a wide range of attractions, sights, facilities and amenities. This is ideal for those who do not want to have to drive while in New York as well as for visitors who want to be able to explore the city with ease. ...
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  • Book Park Central New York in New York.
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    What we like One thing that most people will love about the four star Park Central New York in New York City is its excellent location close to a range of the city’s world famous sites. When you stay at this hotel you will have a host of attractions, sights, and places of interest to explore right on the doorstep, with places s...
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  • Book Park Lane Hotel in New York.
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    What we like With its four star facilities and elegant decor, there is a lot to like about the Park Lane Hotel in New York. One of the great things about the hotel is its very convenient location, which puts you in the heart of the city and gives you the ability to explore and enjoy the local attractions with ease and convenience. Th...
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  • Book Royalton in New York.
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    What we like The 4.5 star Royalton Hotel in New York has plenty going for it, which includes a great choice of luxury accommodation. There are various accommodation options you can select from when you stay at this hotel, which includes standard rooms, superior rooms, deluxe rooms, loft suites, and alcove suites. All of these offer b...
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  • Book DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City - Times Square in New York.
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    What we like The key appeal of the Double Tree Suites by Hilton New York City – Times Square is the impressive amount of space you can benefit from. This is the ideal accommodation for families, as you can enjoy having access to kitchen facilities, separate rooms, plenty of sleeping space, and plenty of space to move around and...
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  • Book Warwick New York Hotel in New York.
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    What we like The 4-star Warwick New York Hotel is very conveniently located and provides you with the perfect base for your stay in New York City. The location of the property is just one of a range of things that people like about this hotel, with the attractive decor, range of facilities, and comfortable guestrooms also being big p...
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  • Book 70 Park Avenue Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel in New York.
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    What we like One of the things that really stands out about the 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York is its beautiful contemporary design, with elegant decor and a stunning finish. This is a four-star hotel that provides guests with attractive and comfortable accommodation along with a range of amenities and facilities. It is also an exc...
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  • Book Wyndham New Yorker in New York.
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    What we like There are two great things that people love about the Wyndham New Yorker in New York City. The first is the unadulterated four star luxury that the hotel offers to guests, with its well equipped comfortable guest rooms and a variety of facilities available onsite. The second is the great location of the hotel, which puts...
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  • Book The Paramount - A Times Square, New York Hotel in New York.
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    What we like The sheer elegance of The Paramount, Times Square, New York hotel is one of the things that many people find appealing about it. The 4 star hotel has quite a regal and stately look about it but also infuses this with modern elegance and chic style to create the perfect setting for a memorable stay in New York City. Anoth...
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  • Book The Benjamin in New York.
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    What we like One of the many things we love about the 4.5 star Benjamin Hotel in New York is the facilities and amenities that are provided for the comfort and convenience of guests. This includes the provision of kitchenettes in the rooms, which means that you can save yourself money on the cost of eating out when in the city. In ad...
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  • Book Affinia Manhattan in New York.
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    What we like This four-star hotel has plenty going for it and there are a number of different reasons why people love to stay here. The first is its central location, which puts you at the heart of Manhattan and close to a variety of world famous attractions and sights. Another appealing factor when it comes to this hotel is the rang...
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  • Book Ace Hotel New York in New York.
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    What we like: The cosy ambiance along with the central location of this hotel makes it a very popular choice amongst visitors to New York. If you are coming to the city to explore and see the sights, you will find it easy to access some of the most popular attractions when you book this hotel as your base. You can also look forward ...
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  • Book Trump Soho New York in New York.
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    What we like The thing that will really appeal to you when you stay at the Trump Soho New York is the unadulterated luxury that you can look forward to. Opulent, luxurious and stylish are just three of the words that can be used to describe this stunning five-star hotel. Located close to the Brooklyn Bridge, this is a hotel that prov...
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  • Book Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel in Brooklyn.
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    What we like If you want some four star luxury in the heart of Brooklyn this is an excellent choice of hotel. There are many reasons why people love the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel, which includes its location, the comfort levels it provides, and its wide variety of facilities. It also offers very reasonable prices given its loc...
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  • Book Mondrian Soho in New York.
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    What we like This 4.5 star hotel has a huge amount going for it, from its location to the level of luxury it offers to guests. When you stay in one of the rooms at the Mondrian Soho hotel you can look forward to a host of facilities and amenities designed to provide you with the ultimate in comfort. This includes everything from plas...
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New York stories

  • Harlem - hot new neighborhood New York
    Harlem - hot new neighborhood New York

    Harlem and Upper Manhattan was for years considered much of a no go. Today people will still look askance at you for suggesting a visit. But it's no longer a risky visit and Harlem today is a hugely vibrant and significant area.

    At the southern end of Harlem is 125th Street. You'll love the shopping here because it's a vibrant retail corridor with all the big chains you'll know, plus an eclectic array of locally owned shops, restaurants, and offices - including those of former President Bill Clinton. Between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards is the famous Apollo Theater, where Amateur Night discovered the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, one of the first winners, followed by the famous Billie Holiday, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor.

    Harlem's gospel church services are highly regarded for their pumping music and passionate preaching. You'll be welcomed at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, led by the influential Reverend Calvin Butts and renowned for its choir, and Mother A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) Zion, the state's oldest black church, founded in 1797.

    If you love a little grandeur, check out Columbia University and its quite stunning main campus, as well as the incredible Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest gothic cathedral. This outstanding architectural statement has a nave as long as two football fields. Incredibly, it has been under construction since 1892, and is now two-thirds done, with no completion date in sight.

    Explore it and you won't regret it. First, however, get great deal on accommodation in the Manhattan area and save your cash for big spending elsewhere.

  • Hidden secrets in New York
    Hidden secrets in New York

    Sometimes exploring the off-the-beaten-track secret spots in a city are far more enticing - especially if a previous trip has enabled you to enjoy the more mainstream highlights.

    Manhattan is a great place to stay - and many hotels are surprisingly cheap. Find cheap accommodation in New York now and make the most of your vacation.

    New York is all about the high life, and some of the best is on the high line. Stroll the elevated former freight railway running along Manhattan's western flank, and you'll see Chelsea and the Meatpacking District from 30ft up. Walk the full length from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street in lower Manhattan.

    Head to the beach - Brooklyn's Coney Island is a great spot for day-trippers with its carnival rides, freak shows and street performers. Brighton Beach's boardwalk is also a lot of fun - and the 'Little Odessa' reputation gives it a real cosmopolitan vibe.

    Again with the high life... the Cantor Roof Garden on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a different big-name sculpture exhibition every summer. Not only will you enjoy the art but you'll get a bird's eye view of Central Park and the Midtown area.

    Visit a New York street market - Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side opens up next to Seward Park every Saturday, and you'll find dozens of foodie temptations as well as vintage jewelry and accessories from up-and-coming NYC designers.

  • Explore Williamsburg, NY
    Explore Williamsburg, NY

    There's so much to see and do in NYC that sometimes it's easier to just pick a neighborhood and really get to know it well. NY has a slew of places that will captivate you and we especially love Williamsburg in the Brooklyn area. There's plenty of excellent accommodation to be had on our site all over the city and you'll love the range and the pricing.

    The place to start your exploration is on Bedford Avenue, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, anchored by the Bedford Mini-Mall (218 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts). This is where you'll a much-admired collection of small, boutique and indie style shops, plus a range of eclectic food and coffee shop choices and the occasional modern art gallery.

    Getting there: arching out west from the East River to Newtown Creek, which forms the border with Queens, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is bounded by Greenpoint to the north and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the south; you can get to Williamsburg on the G, J, M, Z and L subway lines—the latter stops at restaurant and retail hub Bedford Avenue.

    One of the must-do's is Reynard in the Wythe Hotel; this is seriously good fun and comprises the innovative movie-theater-cum-restaurant Nitehawk Cinema. You'll be talking about it back home for months so make sure you do it.

    Once spring is here, you'll love the seasonal gastronome extravaganza Smorgasburg in East River State Park - one of the city's best street fairs.

  • A big day NYC-style
    A big day NYC-style

    You don't have to love New York's hustle and bustle but you have to agree this is the biggest, loudest and most alive city in the known world.

    If you're stuck for time, here's how to do 'all' of NYC in a day - preferably two. Start your morning early at the Rockefeller Center and climb your way to the top. Or catch the elevator. But either way get to the Top of The Rock Observation Deck and enjoy the vistas spreading out in front of you. The viewing deck opens at 8 in the morning, so it's a good first stop. From up on high, you'll also see your next destination.

    Head uptown to Central Park - because everyone has to walk through this magical place at least once in a lifetime. There are 843 acres, more than 26,000 trees, 58 miles of walking paths and 36 bridges to stroll over romantically hand in hand. Depending on the season, you can go roller skating or ice skating.

    Now, having had a small break, head down Museum mile and choose which of the 10 museums on this cultural haven you'll visit. If you've really only time for one, your best bet is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at East 82nd Street. Here's where you can view limited-time exhibitions as well as objects in the museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 2 million works of art that span the breadth of human history.

    There's plenty of excellent accommodation to be had on our site and you can really live it up on the savings.

  • Fleas in NYC?!
    Fleas in NYC?!

    Who doesn't love a good flea market - all the treasures of old from all corners of the globe as well as trinkets and artisan crafts for all the folks back home. It sure beats one of those 'My Mom went to NYC and all I got was this lousy T-shirt' gifts!

    Artists and Fleas is in two locations - 88 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, and 70 Seventh Street, Brooklyn - so you're spoilt for choice. It's very much based around clothing and fashion designed by local artists and up and coming students. There's a little something for everyone - from jewelry to accessories to bicycle parts to home decor.

    Brooklyn Flea is at One Hanson Place, Brooklyn and it's outside during summer and inside during winter - perfect. Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors every weekend selling antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, and handmade jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. You'll also find delicious snacks and healthy, fresh food.

    Chelsea Antiques Garage is something special at 112 West 25th Street, Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There's a triplet of markets in the area and this is the best. It harks back to the best traditions of flea markets - slightly scungy surrounds in a parking garage with an abundance of quirky, designer-led accessories and nic-nacs.

    See Cheaprooms.com first of all and find a budget room in New York and get ready to scratch that shopping itch.

    New York is a big city so choose the top attractions you'd love to see and center your hotel choices around that. Find a New York room in Manhattan and you're away!

  • Lemme tell ya 'bout Brooklyn
    Lemme tell ya 'bout Brooklyn

    New York is such a big, vast metropolis full of crazy things to do it's hard to get a handle on what exactly you should see. If you've 'done ' the main sights of NYC, why not get off the beaten track and explore one of New York's more quaint neighborhoods? Brooklyn! Find Cheaprooms.com accommodation in New Yorkand enjoy the diversity of Brooklyn.

    The best part about New York is it's public transit system. Getting to Brooklyn from Manhattan is very easy. You need to take the B, Q, or R train to Dekalb Avenue and then walk east. Find cheap accommodation in New York and look for packages that include breakfast.

    If you like a bit of art and want to spend a very pleasant morning in a wonderful building, check BLDG 92 in a former military residence on the grounds of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It's a small museum space which chronicles the story of this former shipbuilding area. There are permanent exhibits and temporary - for example the significance of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and the Pearl Harbor casualty USS Arizona, which were both built in the area.

    The Brooklyn Bridge is no mere bridge - this is an icon! A beautiful piece of architectural art, the span represented a real feat of engineering at the time it opened in 1883. It was indeed the longest suspension bridge in the world for a period of time. You can stroll the mile long crossing and get great views of the city and the Statue of Liberty and more.

    The Brooklyn Flea is a market of some fame. Since it started 5 years ago, it has gained in popularity every year because of the quality of its offerings - in the main, the vintage pieces. There are a ton of product stalls as well as food vendors so you can thoroughly enjoy a full morning here. It's open every weekend.

  • New York for misers
    New York for misers

    Well, not really. I mean, who doesn't want to save a buck here and there on a vacation trip - life is expensive enough without spending silly money on stuff you don't need to? Find Cheaprooms.com accommodation in New Yorkand enjoy a perfect stay in one of the world's great tourist meccas.

    New York is way more than museums and set pieces like the Statue of Liberty. There are fabulous parks (yes, CP is well worth going to) and great cultural institutions that are worth visiting. And many are free or very, very cheap! Check out the good deals on Cheap Rooms and look for packages that also include breakfast - this will save you a lot of money.

    One of the best ways to see the Statue of Liberty is to head out on a boat from the Battery Park area and cruise the harbor on a regular ferry service. The commuter ferry you're looking for is the Staten Island ferry and it's a couple of bucks - for a grandstand view of Manhattan, the Statue and of course, the bonus of hopping off at Staten Island and wandering the small port area. There's not much here, but it's fun and you get to hear that fabulous New York accent as spoke by the true locals!

    The New York Public Library is one of the city's great public institutions and worth a visit for the attached shop alone selling all the souvenirs mugs and pads and so on. It's right next to Bryant Park and wandering the halls and reading rooms is like stepping back in time to a more genteel, cultured era.

  • Why New York is a premier city
    Why New York is a premier city

    Rated as a number one city to visit by folks the world over, New York must have something going for it. An awesome nightlife, literally hundreds of must see attractions, the vibe, what? Check Cheaprooms.com first of all and find a budget room in New York and enjoy the best big city in the world.

    More than 700 hotel choices means there is something for every budget in New York. Find cheap accommodation in New York and get to know some of the drawcards that drag people back to NYC time and again.

    Shopping is a big must do for a lot of visitors to New York - and if you're a shoe girl, here's our tip. Head straight for Barney's at 660 Madison Avenue and revel in shoe paradise. They've recently overhauled the shoe salon and you've a fab 22,000 square feet in which to indulge your obsession. Cruise the racks, speak to the assistants and most of all, let your eyes do the walking. If you can't find something here, there's nothing for you anywhere!

    What's the best scenic viewpoint in the city? People argue between the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. Our vote goes to the Empire State. This is a world-wide icon, much like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Big Ben in London. You haven't seen NYC until you've traveled to the top of this beautiful art deco building and gazed out across the city to the harbor, or the rivers.

    What's New York's most famous - and possibly, best - music venue? Hands down it's Madison Square Garden. This place drags in the best of the best artists and has hosted some of the all-time best gigs in rock over the years. It's at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave) in Midtown West.

  • Your favorite part of NYC?
    Your favorite part of NYC?

    The locals know their city and they'll often reference a particular neighborhood for its specific attributes. But which neighborhoods do many frequent visitors to New York nominate? You may be surprised. Check Cheaprooms.com first of all and find a budget room in New York so that you can spend less on hotels, and more on your vacation.

    There are more than 700 hotels in New York to choose from and you'll be surprised at the bargains to be had in some of the big name locations. It's a big city so consider the main attractions and neighborhoods you want to visit first and then explore our site to select the most appropriate hotel. Find cheap accommodation in New York and get to know a favorite part of New York.

    The good news; wherever you stay, the transit system is safe and convenient and, with no more than one or two changes, will get you to most attractions.

    Harlem is a favorite neighborhood for many people. The area has drastically cleaned up its act and the place is being rejuvenated by an explosion of new folk buying and doing up old brownstones. The famous Apollo Theater is here and you can tour it. There are a couple of museums and other attractions, but the real attraction is the scene - the food, the local bars, the Sunday markets. It's a vibrant, fun place to use as your NYC base - and rooms are appreciably cheaper.

    Inwood was once a no-go area, but, like Harlem, has rebuilt itself to the extent that the influx of students, artists and musicians has delivered a lovely place for the casual visitor. Highlights include beautiful Fort Tyron Park which overlooks the Hudson and The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicated solely to medieval art. It boasts famous tapestries, medieval gardens and sculpture.

    The Upper East Side (59th Street to 96th Street between 5th and York Avenues) is your 'money is no object' part of NYC. Stay here rather than live here because its proximity to the fabled “Museum Mile” section of 5th Avenue makes it a very handy location.

  • Exploring New York
    Exploring New York

    More and more people are discovering the joys of exploring a new city on foot. You can really take in the sights, stop where you wish and get an in-depth look at the rich and diverse culture of a city. Many major cities now offer walking tours in various forms and New York is one of them. Go to Cheaprooms.com and find a great New York hotel room in the middle of Manhattan and get to know New York up close and personal.

    If you're constrained by time, choose the various boroughs, or sights you want to see, get a good map from your concierge and plan your walking tour around the major sites of interest. Find cheap accommodation in New York now and make the most of every aspect of your trip.

    Why not start in one of the grandest train stations in the world - Grand Central Station? Explore the outside of this magnificent building by walking the streets surrounding it then venture inside to take in the grandeur of this magnificent building. Pay particular attention to the Clock and the information booth, look out for the Whispering Gallery and the roofline. The surrounding area is home to the Chrysler building and the Chanin building.

    A little local culture? Try exploring SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown areas. They're all relatively close to each other and you'll spy on 'famous' mafia hangouts and historic event sites, you can gaze in awe at the cast iron buildings of SoHo (and watch the rich and famous come and go) and check out famed areas like Canal and Mott and the former Five Points District made famous in the Gangs of New York movie.

    Greenwich Village is still largely residential and the quiet streets, brick townhouses and genteel air make it an easy place to stroll. You can see the 'Friends' apartment building, Washington Square is close by and more.

  • New York with children
    New York with children

    Taking the family to New York will be one of their most memorable trips - full of fascinating experiences and the sights and sounds only a big city can deliver. Check Cheaprooms.com first of all and get yourself a room in New York that's inexpensive and close to the all the downtown Manhattan action.

    If you're venturing into the great outdoors - and why ever not - you'll need to rug up with layers that can be easily discarded as you move into the warmer indoor areas. Find cheap accommodation in New York and enjoy great shoulder season rates.

    We live in a celebrity culture and even if you're not entirely convinced this is a good thing, you can show the children the inner workings of a TV studio as they put together the 'Today Show' live at the Rockefeller Center. You can watch it all take place live through the large studio windows.

    If a little bit of culture (real culture) is in order after partaking of all things celebrity, why not take the children to the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West at 79th St. The children may like to try their hand at assembling the cast skeleton of a Prestosuchus, a 14-foot-long reptile from the late Triassic Period. Or you could take in the Hall of Dinosaurs, hunt for hidden creatures in the two-story African Baobab Tree and much more.

    Once you've worn them out intellectually, try a leisurely stroll through the outer reaches of Central Park. You'll find street vendors with plenty of food, or collect a sandwich from Alice's Tea Cup.

    A relatively inexpensive and arguably more fun way to see New York is from the ubiquitous Staten Island Ferry. It's only 5 miles and twenty minutes but it delivers sensational views of the harbor, iconic lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.