As travel to New York continues and we see an increasing influx of travelers from my native home of Ireland, I am always asked the same questions, where should I stay?, where should I shop? and what should I do? Here are a few tips to share with everyone:
Where should I stay? It really depends on when you come and your budget, but the most important thing to remember is that there is life outside of Times Square!! There are some great deals on the East Side and Upper East, like the Marmara Hotel, a luxury suite property on the East Side with great views, service and value for the suite that you get. Because the subway is such an easy mode of transport, I encourage people to look outside the center to get better value for money and see more of the city.
Where should I shop? Well those in the know go to Macy’s, and it’s not just for the selection. When you go to Macy’s bring a passport, or your hotel key and you will get a discount coupon for 11% off everything in the store - yes that includes electronics!. This is only for International Travelers. Most sales have some exclusions, but this coupon does not. Additionally, open a Macy’s account and you can get another 15-25% on top of that for the next 48 hours. That’s a lot of savings. For the braver bargain hunter willing to fight for their deal, go to Century21 downtown. It gives you the opportunity to see Wall Street and Ground Zero at the same time.
What Should I do? Well, if you are interested in museums they are donation admission (free but some with a donation suggested) on Friday and some Saturday evenings. By now, most know about the discount Broadway tickets available at the TKTS booth, but just be aware that the location has a temporary location at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Finally, for those beguiled by the long lines for the Empire State Building, my personal opinion and preference is to go for Top of the Rock. The views are spectacular and you have the Empire State Building in your skyline to admire. To show I am serious - that’s where I got engaged!! Have fun on your visit and I will let you know where to eat next time.
(A view from Top of the Rock)