Here’s the million dollar question (literally): Where’s the best place to stay in New York City?
I’m a downtown kinda girl. When we make our annual pilgrimage to New York City, we always stay south of Houston Street. During our most recent visit to the Big Apple, however, we went even further downtown, staying at Millenium Hilton in the Financial District.
Initially, I had my reservations that the surrounding area would prove to be “too touristy” and not “quaint” like my beloved Tribeca. But the truth is that Hilton Millenium is one of the best places to stay in New York City and possibly the best hotel in downtown NYC. The hotel is perfectly situated in a safe, secure part of downtown and is only about a 10-minute walk away from the great dining options in Tribeca and SOHO. What’s more, the hotel is super close some of the best things to do in downtown NYC, listed below.
THE 9/11 MEMORIAL
Our room at Millenium Hilton was located on the 47th floor and looked directly upon the 9/11 Memorial. I thought the view might make me feel sad, but instead it made me feel empowered and proud. The reflection pools looked so tranquil early in the morning before visitors arrived. Visiting the memorial is free, but it’s a good idea to plan ahead and buy your 9/11 Museum tickets online to save time by not waiting in line.
BATTERY PARK & THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Millenium Hilton is about a 10-minute walk from Battery Park, the launching off point to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Again, book your ferry tickets (and visit to the Crown or Pedestal) in advance. You can only book the visit to the crown and pedestal in advance will not be able to do this at the ticket office at Battery Park or on Liberty Island. These experiences fill up quickly, especially during the summer and other high-demand periods. Try to schedule your trip before 9 am to beat the crowds. Statue Cruises are the “official” ferries, not the tour boats that make other stops and cost a lot more money.
Although the Statue of Liberty is fun to visit at any age (watch out for the huge gift shop), Ellis Island is best appreciated by a slightly older crowd. Our daughter just turned 12-years old when we visited, and she seemed to take it all in. Before getting on the ferry and starting your climb to the crown or pedestal, be prepared to go through airport style security and have cash on hand for lockers to store your belongings if you plan to go to the pedestal or crown of the Statue of Liberty.
CENTURY 21 DEPARTMENT STORE
Open from dawn to dusk (sort of), Century 21 is a NYC must for any bargain shopper looking for high-end fashion at good prices. The massive department store is literally across the street from Millenium Hilton. Slip in for an hour or two while your family naps. Check store hours in advance and plan to spend at least a few hours if you are a serious shopper. Bring a picture ID because they will check it if you use a credit card for your purchase.
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, especially early in the morning when the crowds are thinner, is a NYC classic. Millenium Hilton is just steps away from the start of this invigorating walk. You can walk both directions or once you are in Brooklyn, hop on a nearby subway and make your way deep into the borough. If you are feeling adventurous, venture out to L&B Spumoni Gardens for delicious Sicilian-style pizza and old-school ambiance.
Another reason why Millenium Hilton is one of the best places to stay in New York City is that it has some of the best local transit connections available in the city. In addition to the Fulton Street Station with tons of connections going in all directions, the hotel is across the street from the World Trade Center PATH Station that will take you to Newark (Portugeuse food anyone?) or Hoboken.
The verdict is in…..
Millenium Hilton is a clear winner in my books. In addition to its unbeatable location and friendly staff, the rooms are spacious and the beds can’t be beat. Granted, we had an unbelievable one-bedroom corner suite, but even the standard rooms are nicely fitted and have some room to stretch out after a long day. Don’t forget to join Hilton Honors so you can choose your own room and qualify for free WiFi.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.