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New York City Travel Guide: Make The Most of Your Trip to New York City with American Express Travel

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New York City is the illustrious home to many of the world’s most iconic museums, restaurants, nightclubs, and landmarks, with a reputation for world-class entertainment. From Broadway and the Opera to Major League Sports, Master Chefs, and Destination Shopping, Manhattan shares some of the finest of what the world has to offer. Get the most out of your visit by staying at one of the Fine Hotels + Resorts® properties and enjoy benefits such as daily breakfast for two, a $100 experience credit unique to each property and a room upgrade upon arrival, when available.1 Plus, if you haven't received the annual $200 Hotel Credit* yet, you'll get $200 back in statement credits on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection2 bookings each year through American Express Travel when you pay with your eligible Platinum Card®. Explore insights below from Harrison, one of our American Express Travel Consultants and a New York City destination expert. 1Certain room categories are not eligible for upgrade. 2The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Between April and October but it’s very humid in August. December is very popular for the festive activities.

GETTING THERE

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 16 miles

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) 8.5 miles

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 17 miles

Where to Stay in New York City

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1The Dominick

PERFECT FOR: Couples Getaway

SoHo at your fingertips! Take advantage of The Dominick’s ideal location and stroll the shops on cobblestone streets from Spring St. to Crosby. SoHo is host to high-end boutiques and upscale classics from Rag & Bone and Alo to Saint Laurent and Maison Goyard.

INSIDER TIP:

Enjoy the sweeping views of Manhattan and the Hudson River from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Stop by Dominique Ansel Bakery; it was once named the best bakery in the world–for their signature Cronut pastry.”

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2 The Greenwich Hotel

PERFECT FOR: Couples and Special Occasions

A TriBeCa staple and celebrated classic! Explore the heart of TriBeCa from Robert de Niro’s own Greenwich Hotel and immerse yourself in a neighborhood known for its hot restaurant scene with celebrity locals and high-profile occupants.

INSIDER TIP:

Enjoy a lantern-lit swim at the Shibui Spa's pool and lounge under the roof of a 250-year-old wood and bamboo farmhouse.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Secure a table at the buzzing French bistro Frenchette (a short walk from the hotel) or enjoy a riverside lunch with fresh oysters on a decommissioned luxury sailboat at Grand Banks.”

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3Conrad New York Downtown

PERFECT FOR: Families

A luxe experience on the Hudson River in Battery Park! Just steps away from the World Trade Center and a moments’ walk from the charging bull of Wall Street, discover New York’s southernmost part of Manhattan.

INSIDER TIP:

Forget your reading material at home? Allow the hotel to offer a complimentary book to enjoy during your stay and take home.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Grab a world-class breakfast and espresso from Sant Ambroeus (about a 5 minute walk from the hotel) before perusing the shops of Brookfield Place or on your way to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum.”

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4The Plaza

PERFECT FOR: Special Occasions

A New York icon and hospitality marvel! Emerge from the 19th century landmark Hotel and immerse yourself in the heart of the city on the edge of Central Park. The Plaza’s idyllic location is the perfect place to start any New York adventure. The Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim, and shops of 5th Ave all within walking distance.

INSIDER TIP:

Enjoy live jazz and a drink at the iconic Rose Club.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Take advantage of The Plaza’s Warren-Tricomi Salon and treat yourself to the luxurious Guerlain Spa for an in-house wellness retreat.”

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5The Peninsula New York

PERFECT FOR: Families

A Midtown classic in quintessential New York! Hit the ground running and step out into one of the most expansive (and expensive) shopping streets in the world. Stroll 5th Ave or walk to The Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, and Central Park.

INSIDER TIP:

Be sure to explore Keys to the Kitchen, a curated culinary experience in partnership with New York City’s most coveted restaurants, exclusively available to Peninsula guests.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Secure a table at Salon de Ning and unwind at the Peninsula’s coveted rooftop bar after a long day out.”

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6Equinox Hotel New York

PERFECT FOR: Couples and Wellness

A luxurious Mecca of wellness located in Hudson Yards! Hit the ground running from the world-class amenities of The Equinox Hotel to the multi-billion dollar re-imagining of New York’s newest neighborhood. Explore The Shed or scale a skyscraper for a unique city view with City Climb.

INSIDER TIP:

If you're looking to beat city traffic, reserve your seats and travel directly to Hudson Yards via helicopter in as little as five minutes from all three major New York airports.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Snag a table at Peak for an outstanding experience 101 floors up before making your way to The Edge for a cocktail on New York’s tallest rooftop bar.”

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7Mr. C Seaport

PERFECT FOR: Families and Couples

Sophisticated charm by Ignazio Cipriani! Discover the endearing neighborhood of South Street Seaport and walk past the historic waterfront mercantile buildings and renovated ships along the East River. While boasting some of the oldest architecture in Manhattan, you are also just steps away from The Financial Center, Two Bridges, and The Civic Center neighborhoods.

INSIDER TIP:

Start your day with a visit to the morning barista coffee station in the Lobby Bar.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Reserve a spot at Dave Chang’s Momofuku Ssam bar and request to be seated upstairs at the Korean grills for a dry-aged Wagyu steak.”

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8The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

PERFECT FOR: Couples and Special Occasions

Located in an Art Deco building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, has been an icon since 1930. Within walking distance of Museum Mile and Central Park, this upscale legendary hotel is an ideal New York City home base.

INSIDER TIP:

Be transported to a bygone era with an intimate experience at Café Carlyle. Begin the evening with an elegant dinner, followed by a cabaret performance by incredible talent – from classic performers to modern day acts.

TRAVEL CONSULTANT INSIGHT:

“Head to Ladurée for an espresso and macaron before perusing Central Park and the galleries of 5th Ave. Spend an afternoon in the Met and gradually make your way to a destination dinner with a table booked at Daniel.”

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