The Empire State Building
Since 1931, visitors to New York City have planned a trip to the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck to get a panoramic view of this intriguing city. From the 86th floor observation deck you can see Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park. This observatory has an outdoor open-air deck as well as a glass-enclosed viewing area that is climate-controlled. It’s a must-see attraction that has many guests looking for accommodations in hotels near the Empire State Building.
Want to go higher? For an additional fee you can ascend to the 102nd floor observatory, 1,250 feet above the street. From this completely-enclosed observatory you can see Connecticut, Massachusetts and even Pennsylvania on a clear day. On your way down, stop at the 80th floor, where an exhibit details the historic building of this magnificent structure. The line for tickets can be extensive, as can the lines for the elevators. If you buy tickets online or get a NYC City Pass, you can skip the long lines for tickets and head straight to security and the Empire State Building’s elevators.
Fortunately, there are exquisite hotels in Midtown Manhattan near the Empire State Building, providing elegant accommodations. Hotel Elysee, at 60 East 54th Street, is an outstanding hotel, also near the Empire State Building and just a 10-minute walk to Rockefeller Center. Each of Hotel Elysee’s 100 guest rooms feature refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, flat screen televisions and DVD players, in-room safes, minibars, and free newspapers. Continental breakfasts are free, and the hotel has both a restaurant and a bar/lounge, as well as a library.
Magnificent views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Ellis Island await guests at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New York City Financial District. Located at 8 Stone Street, Doubletree’s warmly-decorated guest rooms include 32-inch flat screen TVs and high-speed Internet. Other amenities include a fitness center and restaurant with a bar. Business guests have access to the hotel’s 24-hour business center, complete with access to printing and copying.
Shows And Things To Do
If you are looking for entertainment, staying at a hotel near the Empire State Building is the place to be. Broadway theaters are all close by, and many hotels offer theater ticket sales right in the hotel. As for sights to see, consider these nearby attractions: Times Square and Broadway, Restaurant Row, Radio City Music Hall, 5th Avenue Shopping District, and Rockefeller Center. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Chrysler Building, the the Museum of Modern Art, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and the New York Stock Exchange are also just a short distance from the Empire State Building hotels.
Getting Around New York City
When staying at hotels near the Empire State Building, you are conveniently close to all of the attractions just mentioned. Many of these are within walking distance, but with main New York City subway lines running near the hotels and over 13,000 taxi cabs in Manhattan and other boroughs, you’ll certainly have no problem getting to any of the sights you want to see.
While these New York City hotels are near the Empire State Building, as well as many other attractions, you might want to venture just a little farther away from your hotel in order to see the South Street Seaport and the Statue of Liberty (you’ll need to take a short cruise to tour it). And of course, the Empire State Building itself must be on your agenda.