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Located at the intersection of West Broadway, Hudson, and Chambers and just steps away from the 1, 2, 3 trains, the Cosmopolitan is located in a convenient but congested spot in TriBeCa. A diner, wine bar, and bakery are all on neighboring streets as well as a host of other eateries and shops.
Once industrial and warehouse districts -- then gritty, underutilized areas where starving artists flocked to set up cheap loft and studio spaces -- SoHo and TriBeCa have since been transformed into two of New York's premier neighborhoods -- characterized as much by destination shopping (SoHo), luxury loft apartments (TriBeCa), and fine dining (both) as by the well-preserved cast-iron architecture and cobblestoned streets that evoke their industrial past. Though these abutting neighborhoods have lost much of their edge since the days when only the artists appreciated their gritty beauty, both still draw the young, hip, beautiful, and moneyed in droves -- and together they embody New York's haute bohemian downtown shopping and nightlife scene.
Small, plain rooms contain Ikea-style furniture that is awkwardly organized and tight.
About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports
New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
With just over 100 rooms and a cute, cozy cafe, the Cosmopolitan has a quaint, bed-and-breakfast vibe, set between the upscale restaurants and fashion boutiques in TriBeCa. But features are scarce, and there is nothing too exciting about the cramped, styled-on-a-budget guest rooms. It's about simple, no-frills convenience, at a fair price.