The hotels in this section are located above Fifty-ninth Street in upper Manhattan, a good place to stay if you are planning on spending time at the American Museum of Natural History, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or in Central Park.
215 West 94th Street (at Broadway)
West 96th Street station (1 train)
North of the action, the hotel is only two subway express stops to Times Square and the theater district. A new addition to the Days Inn chain, the facility offers quality rooms at a comparatively good price.
Rooms are sizable, with free wireless access, coffeemakers, in-room safes, irons and boards, basic TV, and refrigerators available on request. There's laundry and dry-cleaning service, and an exercise room and business center on-site.
There is a great hotel in Brooklyn Heights, so if you're staying there to see family, or you want to spend a day at the Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Garden, and Junior's, try the New York Marriott in Brooklyn (call 1-888-436-3759 for more information). It has an Olympic-length lap pool and a kosher menu available. Rooms have eleven-foot ceilings (unheard of in Manhattan), and the lobby features seats from the old Ebbets Field.
This is your standard place to stay, not elegant, not fancy, but comfortable and a good choice for the family who doesn't mind seeing a New York neighborhood up close and hopping the subway for a quick ride to the attractions. The Key West Diner is next to the hotel, and across the street is a twenty-four-hour deli.
Comfort Inn Central Park West
31 West 71st Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue)
West 72nd Street station (B or C train)
An inviting European-style boutique hotel with big-city amenities located in a compelling Upper West Side neighborhood, it's a short trip to the sights with judicious use of the subways. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast, concierge, guest laundry, dry-cleaning service, exercise room, and discounted parking. There are plenty of stores and eateries nearby as well.
2528 Broadway (between West 94th and West 95th streets)
West 96th Street station (1, 2, or 3 train)
An outstanding value, the Newton attracts travelers who seek good accommodations at a very low price. This is a smallish hotel, with 102 rooms and suites and nine floors. The rooms, inspected and approved by the AAA, are large and comfy with basic amenities such as cable TV with free movies, irons, and twenty-four-hour room service. Some bathrooms are shared, so make sure to specify you want a private one. There is a restaurant next door and plenty more in the neighborhood. Indoor parking is available. The hotel is on an express subway line, so it's a quick two-stop ride to Times Square.