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New York is a bucket list destination for many travelers. It’s a city you can visit for the weekend or one you can spend a few weeks exploring. No matter how long you choose to stay in NYC, if sightseeing is on your agenda you’ll want to base yourself in Manhattan to be in close proximity to all the major sights and attractions in the city.

If you are looking for the best boutique hotels in New York City, this is a great place to start.

W New York Times Square

The W New York Hotel is a place to see and be seen. Famous for its sleek and stylish decor, great on-site dining, and a superb location just steps away from the bright lights of Broadway, W New York Hotel is one of the best hotels in Manhattan.

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The rooms aren’t cheap (rates start at $374/night), but are well outfitted. Enjoy a range of modern amenities like plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, rainfall shower heads, hip lighting, blackout curtain and more!

Hilton Times Square

The Hilton Times Square Hotel is another classic choice for those looking to stay in the heart of the action. All newly renovated 460 room boast panoramic views of the Hudson River and New York City. The rooms are spacious and include a 46-inch flat-screen television, an MP3 player and a radio with an alarm, in-room refrigerator, and a laptop-size safe.

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Expect to pay around $300 for a night at the Hilton. It’s not cheap but the experience of being based right in Times Square is worth the price

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

For a more classic option, consider staying at the Carlyle. This New York landmark offers a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from superior rooms to long-term residency suites. Inside each room, you’ll find a selection of small luxuries like slippers, bathrobes, and Kiehl’s toiletries, along with all the other mandatories, like flat screen TV, free wifi and iPod dock.

Superior rooms at the Carlyle start at $400 and go up to well over a $1,000.

Hotel Stanford

If you are traveling on a budget, Hotel Stanford is a great alternative to expensive hotels in Midtown Manhattan. At only $125/night, the hotel offers a comfortable stay in one of its 122 non-smoking guest rooms. Each room is set up to provide the utmost comfort after a long day of exploring in NYC. Enjoy comfortable full-sized bed with premium linens, down comforter, and duvet cover, along with cable TV with premium channels and a work desk.

Pod 51

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Pod 51 Hotel is by far one of the coolest hotel concepts in the city. The pod rooms are small, but so are their nightly rates. Starting at just $155/night Pod 51 offers bright modern affordable accommodation equipped with all the modern amenities you would expect in a regular hotel.

Pod 51 also offers a café and a restaurant on site, along with a rooftop deck, perfect for catching picturesque views of the city at sunset.