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Beacon Hotel, is it easy to get to tourist sites from hotel?

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Beacon Hotel, is it easy to get to tourist sites from hotel?

Hi everyone, we will be in New York from 16th to 23rd December, where a family of 4. Our youngest son has High Functioning Autism so we think staying out of Time Square would be better. I have come across the Beacon Hotel and it looks good, however I'm unsure if it is to far away from the tourist spots like Time Square, Rockafella, Statue of Liberty etc. Are you able to get to these easily by public transport and is the area the hotel in ok. Cheers and thanks

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1. Re: Beacon Hotel, is it easy to get to tourist sites from hotel?

Yes.....

If you are not already aware of the 'get directions' function on google maps, I'd recommend you have a play with it. It's fantastic as it gives you options for how to drive or walk from one place to another, and best, especially for NYC, public transport options....train or bus.

So, for example, it would take 11 minutes on the 1 or the 2 train to Times Square. Another 20 minutes on the same trains will get you to a station at Battery Park where you get the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

The area around the Beacon is the Upper West Side ....its gorgeous. Wait till Litsa, the UWS guru on this Forum, sees your question.....

Have a wonderful holiday.

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2. Re: Beacon Hotel, is it easy to get to tourist sites from hotel?

You will be within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, the Planetarium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, which I think your son will probably enjoy. Understand that tourist sites are spread very far across Manhattan. For instance, if you stayed near the Statue of Liberty ferry you would be more than 5 miles from the Metropolitan Museum, while if you stayed in Times Square you would be several miles from both the museum and the ferry, etc. The Beacon is a great hotel in a great location and you'll love it.

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3. Re: Beacon Hotel, is it easy to get to tourist sites from hotel?

Hey Travelbug E:-) Actually the #2 or #3 express subway.. practically at your doorstep at the 72nd Street stop takes barely 4 min to get to Times Square/42nd Street since it's the next stop;-) The area is very family oriented.. you're in a wonderful residential area yet close enough to walk to midtown.. passing Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle on the way;-)

You've got Fairway right across the Street.. a huge market with a café upstairs.. where you can stock the fridge up .. more restaurants in area than you can shake a stick at.. check the West 60's, 70's 80's at www.menupages.com/ An added advantage is that you have both Central and Riverside Parks in either direction.. with the latter on the Hudson River.. great views up to the George Washington Bridge;-) Again, you're out of the madness of TS/midtown, yet close enough to even walk.. but you've got great transport options right there.. consider taking the M5 bus right at the corner on Broadway and 72nd.. will take you past all mentioned.. crossing Central Park South.. heading down Fifth Avenue.. leaving you smack in front of Rock Center;-) I think you've made a great call here.. Happy planning and EnJOY!

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