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New York City "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

New York's Times Square

Congratulations on deciding to visit the Big Apple.

Whether you choose to spend time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or shopping at Bloomingdale’s Department store, or both, you’re in for quite an experience. NYC isn’t nearly as crazy as movies make it out to be, so relax and enjoy its intrinsic uniqueness.

By the way, we’re assuming that you want to visit Manhattan. The other boroughs (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) all have their own charms, but save those for your next visit.

Here are just a few of the many hotels in New York City that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book a guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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InterCon opens in Times Square

InterContinental Hotels Group today began checking guests into the 607-room InterContinental New York Times Square. Rising 36 stories above the iconic New York skyline, the property is the largest new-build hotel to open in Manhattan since 2002. The hotel’s Grand Opening Ceremonies will be held on July 29.

Located on 44th Street just west of Times Square, the hotel is in the heart of the Broadway Theatre district, a short stroll from Fifth Avenue shopping and world-class museums, making it an ideal location from which to explore the city. Featuring panoramic views of Manhattan from virtually every guestroom, the new InterContinental New York Times Square delivers an insider’s view of the city by providing a contemporary and vibrant yet intimate experience.

Wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, the InterContinental New York Times Square’s guestrooms average 350 square feet in size and include an oversized, spa-inspired bathroom complete with walk-in rain showers. The hotel boasts 25 Panoramic Avenue Suites with stunning views of the city that allow guests to sightsee without moving their feet. Additionally, the hotel’s three-bedroom, 2,700-square foot bi-level Penthouse Suite showcases dramatic panoramic views of Times Square, Broadway, the New York City skyline and the Hudson River.  

As one of the closest hotels to Javits Convention Center, the property boasts 10 meeting rooms totaling 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, inclusive of a 4,000-square foot ballroom. Additionally, there are 25 flexible suites available that can be utilized as event space.

And you thought new luxury hotels opening in NYC were a thing of the past?

Currently there are 33 hotels that are scheduled to open in New York in 2010 and almost half of them are in the luxury category.

Gansevoort Park New York

InterContinental New York Times Square The 36-story contemporary hotel with 607 rooms is set to open July 12 with sweeping river and city views, a 2,700-square-foot presidential suite that features panoramas of the city, a French bistro led by chef Todd English and more.

Andaz 5th Avenue This hotel, scheduled to open July 5, claims to be bookishly similar to the New York Public Library, which sits across the street, but can any Andaz be that subdued? The limestone facade is historic — the 1916 Rogers Peet Building — and the hotel promises high ceilings with 184 rooms. The hotel is offering a preview rate of $295 per night, excluding tax, from July 25 through Sept. 1.

W New York Downtown This W hotel is set to open Aug. 16 in the Financial District with 217 rooms on 58 floors. The suite includes a dining table for four, wet bar, panoramic views, two 42-inch TVs, living room and bedroom with work desk. Of course, there are Wonderful and Spectacular rooms too, much more down-to-earth.

Gansevoort Park Avenue The 20-story building with 249 rooms features an indoor/outdoor heated rooftop pool with terraces, indoor-outdoor fireplaces and transparent floors. A tri-level bar and extravagant three-story atrium lobby round out the new digs. The hotel is now accepting reservations.

Hotelmine Travel Planner – Taking in New York City

New York City, one of the most fascinating places on earth, offers a wide range of activities and adventures for everyone. Even if you’re lucky enough to visit New York more than a few times, you still won’t even come close to seeing all the secrets the city has to offer. Deciding exactly where to go and what to do is definitely a fun process, but it can also be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never been to the city before. Here is a summary of the 5 top things to do in New York City:

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1. Lady Liberty and Ellis Island

The ever unique and widely diverse history of our country can be found at Ellis Island, where years ago so many of our ancestors set foot on American soil for the very first time looking for freedom and prosperity. If you’re a genealogy buff, look through the registry for names of relatives who may have stepped off a boat here before heading on to visit the Statue of Liberty, fondly known as Lady Liberty. If you’ve never seen the statue in person, she is definitely a sight to behold with her strong, majestic presence and watchful eyes overlooking the ocean. To visit Ellis Island from the city, or from New Jersey, take a ferry for $12, which also goes to Liberty Island where the statue is situated. Tickets often sell out, so buy yours early if at all possible, either online or from the site where the ferry departs. You can also tour the crown of the statue, but this might entail an extra cost. These tickets sell out fast as well, so reserve them quickly.

2. Times Square

There is so much to do in this one district and it’s all for free! (Well, unless you buy souvenirs of course). This is where you can watch the ball drop every New Year’s eve. There are plenty of shopping opportunities and stores to go into. There are also plenty of places to dine and eat. There is a tourist information center on 7th Avenue close to 46th Street. From Times Square there are endless possibilities. You can get tickets to one of the many Broadway shows or just sit back and enjoy the night life.

3. Central Park

You definitely won’t be bored in Central Park, which is free to visit unless you plan on riding the big, colorful carousel or visiting the zoo located inside of the park, which both charge admission. If you’re a John Lennon fan you won’t want to miss Strawberry Fields, the aptly named monument to the former member of The Beatles, located across the street from the Dakota, the apartment building Lennon lived in and lost his life in front of in 1980. The solitary word “Imagine,” one of Lennon’s most beloved hits, marks a circular set of stones to honor the late musician.

4. Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

For ’50s style fun, delicious food, and an incredible ambience for both kids and adults, visit Ellen’s Stardust Diner, which is not too far away from Times Square, located on 51st and Broadway. At Ellen’s you will be sung to by waiters and waitresses who know all of the best Broadway show tunes. In fact, several employees of Ellen’s Stardust Diner have gone on to successful careers on Broadway. If you can, sit in the upper dining area which provides a view of the whole place. Food is on the pricey side, but well worth it. While reservations aren’t necessary, the diner is rather well known, so plan on waiting in a long line most days.

5. The Empire State Building

Head to the top of the Empire State Building on a clear day and you will be rewarded with a stunning view of all the surrounding states. This is New York’s tallest building and is also one of the world’s most recognizable structures. It has appeared in several well known movies. Adorned with red and green lights for the holidays, the top of the Empire State Building also has various look-out points and binoculars for visitors to use. Admission to the building is $19 for adults, $2 less for those with a military identification, and discounts can often be found through AAA, in entertainment books, and newspapers. You can also buy tickets in the building’s lobby, but because this is one of the city’s most popular attractions, be prepared to wait in line many times during the year.

When in New York…