Times Square, a busy tourist intersection of neon art and commerce and is an iconic street of New York City
Luciano Mortula - LGM/Shutterstock.com

Midtown Manhattan Hotels: Our Guide on Where to Stay

Updated by Pat Dorri on January 16 2024

When you think about visiting New York City then the sights and sounds of Midtown Manhattan arguably pop up in your first thoughts, like the energy of Times Square, prestige of Fifth Avenue, or iconic Empire State Building. If you choose to also stay in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, then your visit will be truly unforgettable.

From catching a new Broadway show, to strolling around Central Park, viewing masterpieces within the Museum of Modern Art, or people watching from Top of the Rocks, Midtown Manhattan will take your breath away. With so much to see and do it'll be hard to leave, but with many great hotel options, whatever your budget, why not stay a little longer?

Read on for our favorite hotels in each category below, or click the links to skip to the hotel type you're looking for:

Where should I stay in Midtown Manhattan?

Our favorite hotels in Midtown Manhattan are all shown on the map below.

Click the icons to see each hotel's name, its category, and a quick link that takes you straight to more information further down the page.

Our favorite luxury hotels in Midtown Manhattan

You are visiting the Big Apple, why not add even more sparkle to your visit and consider a stay at one of the more luxurious hotels in Midtown Manhattan? If you are looking for a hotel that will loan you a guitar, treat you to afternoon tea, or show an evening film, then we have you covered.

Aerial view of lush green Central Park and surrounding Manhattan buildings and skyscrapers, New York
Prepare to be blown away by the views across New York City.

Midtown Manhattan is the heart of New York City, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking somewhere to stay. With a luxury hotel you can expect incredible service and gourmet food, all adding to a visit you will never forget. Check out some of our favorite luxury abodes below.

1. The Whitby Hotel

'The Relaxed One'

๐Ÿ“ 18 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019

Book a stay at The Whitby Hotel if you are looking for a Midtown option that has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where style meets unpretentiousness, and you can indulge in an afternoon tea, evening film or escape with a book from the hotel library.

Bow bridge and surrounding lush green trees in Central Park on a sunny day, New York City
You won't need to stroll far from The Whitby Hotel to enjoy famous Central Park.

Why we love staying at The Whitby Hotel

A stay at The Whitby Hotel has real personality but without any stuffiness that you might expect from some of the other luxury options in the city. This uniquely styled hotel is also in a prime location close to Central Park.

  • Great location, close to Central Park and world-famous Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
  • The rooms enjoy floor to ceiling windows, with some enjoying a private terrace and views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Stunning interiors were designed by renowned interior guru Kit Kemp.
  • Come evening relax in the in-house private cinema. The perfect way to unwind.

What is there to do close to The Whitby Hotel?

The Whitby Hotel couldn't be closer to some of the most visited New York neighbourhoods and top attractions. Here are some of our favorite local places to visit.

  1. Central Park - A retreat in the heart of the city, offering a peaceful escape amidst the urban buzz of Manhattan.
  2. The Museum of Modern Art - A sanctuary of 20th and 21st-century art, featuring a collections from Van Gogh to Warhol.
  3. Trump Tower - A prominent feature of New York's skyline, known for its striking architecture and luxury residences and retail spaces.
  4. Rockefeller Center - An iconic complex in Midtown Manhattan, famous for its Top of the Rock observation deck, and annual Christmas tree lighting.

Click here for more information about The Whitby Hotel

2. Hard Rock Hotel New York

'The Famous One'

๐Ÿ“ 159 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

At The Hard Rock Hotel you can expect a stay packed with music, memorabilia and memories. This first-class hotel is lively and exciting and a great place to then head to dance the night away.

Aerial view over New York City at sunset. The Empire State Building is colored in red to honor the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
Catch an early morning panorama of the New York skyline from one of New York's many observation decks.

Why we love staying at The Hard Rock Hotel New York

If you are a music fan then The Hard Rock Hotel is the place for you. With memorabilia-laden interiors and an energetic atmosphere, this is sure to be a buzzing stay. Keep reading to see what else you will find.

  • Love music? Enjoy the use of a Crosley record player, or request a Fender guitar, with over-ear headphones and an amplifier!
  • Head to the on-site Technogym with innovative training systems and state-of-art equipment. Your best ever fitness experience.
  • Friendly and helpful staff are renowned as being professional and courteous, treating you like friends not just guests.
  • If you are bringing along your pet, then receive a complimentary sWAG bag on arrival.

What is there to do close to The Hard Rock Hotel New York?

You'll find The Hard Rock Hotel conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just steps away from iconic attractions. If you do leave the hotel comforts then here are some our best picks to visit locally.

  1. The Top of the Rock - This observation deck offers a breath taking, unobstructed 360-degree view of the New York City skyline.
  2. Radio City Music Hall - Known as the "Showplace of the Nation," this entertainment venue inside Rockefeller Center has Art Deco design.
  3. The Museum of Modern Art - A dynamic museum with extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.
  4. RT60 - Found on the 34th Floor of Hard Rock Hotel, this legendary rooftop bar hosts well-known DJs and enjoys unrivalled views.

Click here for more information about The Hard Rock Hotel New York

3. citizenM New York Times Square

'The High-Tech One'

๐Ÿ“ 218 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

At this impressive, ultra-modern, high-tech hotel, with lounge areas filled with world-class art, books to browse and iMacs to use, and rooftop pool for a dip and drink. This luxury hotel has it all.

Close up view of Times Square sign with yellow cab and bright lights of Times Square in the background
Visit citizenM New York and iconic Times Square couldn't be closer.
Stuart Monk/Shutterstock.com

Why we love staying at citizenM New York Times Square

A visit to citizenM New York Times Square promises cutting-edge technology, top design and lively atmosphere, all set against the backdrop of Times Square's dazzling lights and energy. Here is what else you can enjoy.

  • The three outdoor terraces, including fitness centre and yoga facilities.
  • Be spoilt with a 24-hour food and beverage service, including barista-made coffee and freshly made cocktails.
  • With the room iPad, or the free citizenM app, you can control room lights, black-out blinds, curtains, temperature, TV and radio channels, and stream from Netflix, Prime or Disney+ accounts.

What is there to do close to citizenM New York Times Square?

citizenM New York Times Square is surrounded by many top sites, and great bars and restaurants. There is plenty to keep you busy close to the hotel, and here are some of our top picks.

  1. Central Park - An oasis in the middle of Manhattan, here you can enjoy walking paths, lakes, and cultural attractions.
  2. Rockefeller Center - An entertainment and shopping complex, famous for its Art Deco buildings and "Top of the Rock" observation deck.
  3. The Empire State Building - Towers over Midtown Manhattan, with observatories that are one of the city's highest vantage points.
  4. canteenM Restaurant - Make a reservation at the hotel's on-site Restaurant, enjoy dinner, before retire to rooftop CloudM Bar.

Click here for more information about citizenM New York Times Square

Our favorite Boutique Hotels in Midtown Manhattan

Looking for a hotel stay with a difference during your bucket-list adventure in New York City? Then there are plenty of amazing hotels that fit the bill, with bold designs, contemporary artwork, and world-class service to enjoy.

Epic skyline of New York City uptown west waterfront evening view
As day turns to night New York City becomes a dazzling playground to explore.

Staying at an exceptional boutique hotel adds an extra level of excitement to an already unforgettable visit. It is certainly more than just a place to sleep. Keep reading to see some of the best boutique hotels to try in Midtown Manhattan.

1. The Muse New York

'The Sporty One'

๐Ÿ“ 130 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

If you are looking for a stylish hotel that has plenty going on right on the doorstep, as well as behind hotel doors, then The Muse is a great choice. Close to all the top attractions it also has lots to keep you a-muse-ed once you head back to the hotel too.

New York: tourists and skaters in the famous Rockefeller Center during the Christmas holidays.
Visit in winter and you can enjoy ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, found right by The Muse New York.

Why we love staying at The Muse

Offering a peaceful retreat with personalized service, the newly revamped The Muse is a modern and contemporary hotel in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district. Here are some amazing perks you can expect when you visit.

  • Fabulous fitness center, with Peloton bikes, Life Fitness treadmills, a Fight Monkey Heavy Bag, and Precor Ellipticals.
  • Complimentary bicycles are available to explore the city's bustling streets and iconic landmarks.
  • Need to keep an eye on work during your stay? You can enjoy the complimentary business lounge.
  • If you are bringing along your pet, then reception are first-class in advising pet-friendly parks, restaurants and outdoor attractions.

What is there to do close to The Muse?

The Muse is in a fantastic location in the Theater District, rubbing shoulders with Broadway and top entertainment hotspots. Check out where else is just a short stroll from The Muse.

  1. The Chrysler Building - An Art Deco masterpiece that has been an emblem of innovation since the 1930s.
  2. MMC Plaza and Park - Quiet urban park, with green spaces and seating areas, and perfect for a lunch break or peaceful stroll.
  3. Lehman Brothers Park - Bustling with financial district professionals, this is a quiet spot amongst the skyscrapers.
  4. Rockefeller Center - On the doorstep of The Muse, it is not only a hub of bustling activity with its famous ice-skating rink and annual Christmas tree lighting, but also a center for NBC Studios and top-notch dining and shopping.

Click here for more information about The Muse

2. The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

'The Elegant One'

๐Ÿ“ 400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Rather like the jewellery you could buy along Fifth Avenue, The Langham is a timeless classic, stylish and luxurious but with a modern twist. Make sure to soak up the cityscape views from the terrace as the sun goes down.

Close up of the fountain, with parkland in the background and people strolling and relaxing in Bryant Park, New York
Make a visit to pretty Bryant Park, nestled between the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan.
Marik Peter/Shutterstock.com

Why we love staying at The Langham

The Langham stands out for its timeless elegance and modern style, making for a luxury stay where your every whim is catered for and it's easy to see why The Langham is so popular. Keep reading to see why you'll also love this hotel.

  • You can expect world-class service at The Langham, with concierge and 24 hour front desk.
  • If you need a pick-me-up in the morning, then all rooms have espresso machines.
  • Come evening, sit back on the Bar Fiori terrace with an aperitif and enjoy the views.

What is there to do close to The Langham?

The Langham New York is in center Midtown Manhattan, super close to cultural hotspots, theaters and world-famous stores. Take a look at some of our favorite places to head. You will be wanting to extend your trip!

  1. 5th Avenue - Renowned as one of the top shopping streets in the world, with high-end boutiques and historic landmarks.
  2. Bryant Park - Here there are year-round events to enjoy plus cozy outdoor reading room behind the New York Public Library.
  3. Herald Square - Home to the famous Macy's flagship store, it is a shopper's paradise with retail outlets and eateries.
  4. The Chrysler Building - Impressive Art Deco architecture and a symbol of American innovation.
  5. Ai Fiori - On-site Michelin-star restaurant at The Langham, New York, this delicious restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine. A must-visit.

Click here for more information about The Langham

Our favourite Budget Hotels in Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan couldn't be closer to so many of the top attractions, dining spots and entertainment that you'll be desperate to see once you arrive in New York City. With so much to see and do it's worth making your budget stretch to fit it all in, and just because you might be spending a little less on where you stay, doesn't mean you have to scrimp on quality.

Times Square intersection in Midtown Manhattan, with yellow cab in foreground, and bright store fronts each side.
Staying in the heart of Midtown Manhattan you have all the epic NYC sites just steps away.

There are plenty of great budget hotels to consider when you visit New York, which still offer great style as well as great value. If you are thinking about staying in Midtown Manhattan on a budget, then here are some of our favorite hotels to check out for a memorable stay.

1. Archer Hotel New York

'The Stylish One'

๐Ÿ“ 45 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018

Black walls, mood lighting, and industrial style fixtures, make Archer Hotel really stand out compared to other hotels, and with choices of where the wine and dine within the hotel, you'll be hard pushed to want to leave.

New York City skyline with the Empire State Building and Manhattan Midtown as the sun sets.
No visit to the Big Apple would be complete without a visit to view the incredible Empire State Building and surrounding cityscape.

Why we love staying at Archer Hotel

The Archer Hotel blends industrial chic with plush comfort, and although you might be on a budget, it boosts designer rooms, five-star bedding and locally sourced minibar. Below you can see lots of other treats you can expect at this hotel too.

  • A dark and industrial design, this is a memorable hotel with a relaxed vibe, and stunning city views.
  • Marvel at the curated collection of artifacts from local New York artists dotted throughout.
  • Check out the Spyglass Rooftop Bar serving delicious, gourmet, American dishes.
  • Wake up with a spring in your step using the coffee machine available in every room.

What is there to do close to Archer Hotel?

A great choice for those looking for a stylish hotel in a central Manhattan location with stunning views of the Empire State Building. Archer Hotel is no an excellent location with so many great sites a short walk away. Here are some of the bes.

  1. Bryant Park -This town square buzzes with activity year-round, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a quick escape from the midtown hustle.
  2. The Empire State Building - Offers visitors the chance to visit and climb its famed observatories for views of the city's incredible skyline.
  3. Times Square - Neon lights and towering digital billboards, Times Square is at the center of New York City's entertainment and nightlife.
  4. AKB Hotel Bar - Make sure to book a reservation at this top restaurant, where you can wine and dine throughout the day.

Click here for more information about Archer Hotel

2. Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square

'The Convenient One'

๐Ÿ“ 145 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

This contemporary and convenient hotel ticks plenty of boxes when it comes to a quality but affordable stay. Plus you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning which really is a bonus when it comes to a NYC hotel stay.

Entrance to Madame Tussaud along busy New York sidewalk, decorative and bright red frontage with tourists milling around
When staying at Riu Plaza Manhattan meet some celebrities at Madame Tussauds attraction close by.
Sergii Figurnyi/Shutterstock.com

Why we love staying at Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square

Staying at Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square places you right in the heart of New York City, in a modern, comfortable and welcoming setting. Perfect for a budget stay, you can still expect some hotel perks. See below for some of our favourites.

  • Modern rooms, lounges, and state-of-art fitness center open 24/7.
  • Tuck in to the complimentary breakfast, with American, vegetarian or gluten-free choices available each morning.
  • Y Park Avenue Restaurant offers American cuisine. or check out the "Capital" Grab & Go snacks to take away.

What is there to do close to Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square?

When staying here you couldn't be closer to iconic Times Square, offering convenience for theater-goers, shoppers, and sightseers alike, as well as accessing all the other amazing sites NYC has to offer. Here are some of our top picks.

  1. Top of the Rock - An open-air observation deck at Rockefeller Center that provides views of New York City's skyline and landmarks.
  2. Madame Tussauds New York - A celebrity-filled wax museum, featuring life-like figures of A-list stars, historical icons, and sports legends.
  3. Grace Plaza - A a small, serene public space in Midtown Manhattan, offering a peaceful spot within the city's buzzing atmosphere.
  4. Times Square - A world-renowned square, buzzing day and night, with flashing billboards, Broadway theaters, and annual New Year's Eve ball drop.

Click here for more information about Rui Plaza Manhattan Times Square

Our favourite Family Friendly Hotels in Midtown Manhattan

If you are making a visit to New York City and bringing the whole family then you are going to have a wonderful time. The city is brimming with exciting places to visit for all ages. With this in mind there are plenty of fabulous family-friendly hotel options for this epic visit.

Rockefeller Square with fountain and gold statue of Prometheus, surrounded by different country flags
A stay in Midtown Manhattan has so much on the doorstep, including world-renowned Rockefeller Center.

Choosing a family-friendly hotel in Midtown Manhattan makes sure both adults and children have a comfortable and enjoyable stay, and you are not going to be far from all the action if you decide to stay in this area. Check out some of our top picks below.

1. The Peninsula New York

'The Elegant One'

๐Ÿ“ 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

The Peninsula New York is a prestigious, brimming with luxury and elegance from floor to ceiling, inside and out, including a divine rooftop terrace offering incredible views over the city.

Close up of the Statue of Atlas holding the celestial spheres in New York City's Fifth Avenue
Staying so close to Fifth Avenue you can visit The Statue of Atlas whilst you browse the surrounding high-end stores.

Why we love staying at The Peninsula

This five-star hotel really has the wow factor, with incredible architecture and interiors whilst still welcoming and comfortable for the whole family. Take a look at why this is a top pick for families looking for an extra special stay.

  • Super easy when you arrive, with valet parking on site.
  • Stunning spa with heated indoor pool, steam room and fitness center.
  • Visit Salon de Ning, the modern rooftop bar and terrace that offers a range of signature cocktails and Asian-inspired dishes.
  • Travelling with a baby? Then cots are available on request, and you can make use of babysitting services at an extra cost.

What is there to do close to The Peninsula?

Located steps from Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan you really are in the center of the action, and families visiting this hotel really rate the location and convenience. Plus you are just a short walk from 5th Avenue and 53 Street Subway Stations, so easy to explore other parts of NYC.

  1. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - A world-leading museum dedicated to contemporary art, showcasing an expansive collection from 19th-century classics to cutting-edge exhibits.
  2. Rockefeller Center - Cultural hub in Midtown Manhattan, known for its Art Deco buildings and Top of the Rock observation deck.
  3. Central Park - In the heart of Manhattan this space overs a peaceful escape, plenty of activities, and cultural events. A must-visit.
  4. Clement Restaurant - Make a reservation at the hotel's gourmet restaurant, serving contemporary American cuisine and city views.

Click here for more information about The Peninsula

2. The Knickerbocker

'The Historic One'

๐Ÿ“ 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

In a great location close to all the entertainment you could ask for, once you head back to The Knickerbocker after a busy day you'll be greeted with a warm welcome, spacious bedrooms and plenty of tasty treats on offer too.

Sea Lion Pool at Central Park Zoo, New York City
The whole family are bound to be enthralled with a visit to Central Park Zoo.
Alan Tan Photography/Shutterstock.com

Why we love staying at The Knickerbocker

A stay at The Knickerbocker Hotel is a luxury experience, with its rooftop bar offering some of the most stunning views of Times Square, as well as great sized rooms and central location for all the family. Here are some other highlights you can expect.

  • The hotel is in stunning historic building, with beautiful decor and design inside and out.
  • Large rooftop terrace overlooking Times Square, where you can enjoy aprรจs-lunch, or sunset cocktails.
  • During certain weekdays you can enjoy the tunes from DJ Dippa from St. Cloud Rooftop Bar.
  • Modern, spacious rooms, that are well rated if travelling with little ones.

What is there to do close to The Knickerbocker?

The Knickerbocker is well located close to Times Square, the theater district, Bryant Park, and within easy reach of the rest of Midtown's attractions via nearby subway stations. Take a look at what else you can expect to find.

  1. Times Square - Brightly lit billboards and energetic atmosphere is loved by all, and family-friendly attractions like the M&M's World and Disney Store.
  2. Central Park - A children's adventure playground, with its historic carousel and model boat sailing at Conservatory Water.
  3. The Children's Museum of Manhattan - Interactive exhibits and playful activities designed to inspire and teach children about the arts, culture, and science.
  4. Madame Tussauds New York - This interactive experience with life-like wax replicas of celebrities, allowing for fun photo opportunities.
  5. The Knick - Make sure to visit the acclaimed restaurant led by Charlie Palmer, offering dazzling American cuisine.

Click here for more information about The Knickerbocker