I know these types of questions don't go down hugely well (certainly not on the London forum where I post occasionally) but I'd really like some suggestions of potential areas to stay.
My fiance and I (mid-late 20s) are visiting NYC from the 3rd June to 10th June. We have a budget of ideally $200 per room per night, possibly stretch to $250. This is our first time in NYC.
We live in Inner London and consider ourselves fairly urbane. We are very at ease with large busy cities and mass transit but both feel walking is the best way to see cities.
While in NYC we hope to do the following:
- A LOT of wandering/exploring different areas
- drinks in roof-top bars (i.e. Top of the Rock) with views
- a bit of shopping (nothing too high end for me, partner wants to go to Tiffany)
- lots of sitting and people watching in square/parks (Central Park and the High Line are musts)
- visiting tourist sites (Times Sq, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island)
- a museum or two, less fussed by this as we have a lot of (free) museums and art galleries in London
- maybe a show
- I want to see lots of architecture (I'm an urban planner so have a lot of interest in gentrification etc.)
- eating at cheap, street vendor type places. Will avoid fine dining as again have plenty in London for what appears a lot cheaper
I would be really grateful for some suggestions for neighbourhoods/districts we should stay in based on the above. Specific hotel suggestions would be appreciated! We would rather stay in quirky, boutique style hotels rather than large corporate places.
Finally, are hotel rates cheaper during the week or weekend? I'd consider in staying in different hotels if it saved money.