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Within walking distance of central Chelsea yet just east enough to access subways to virtually any Manhattan neighborhood
Though situated on an industrial, garage-loaded street, Four Points Chelsea is also located between 6th and 7th Avenues, which offer a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Plus, Four Points is just one block east from the famous Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre (for improv comedy), one block north from the famous Chelsea Hotel, and a few blocks east from rows among rows of the contemporary art galleries which distinguish the neighborhood.
Many elements of the West Village culture -- the gay clubs, art galleries, and trendy restaurants -- have migrated north to the bordering neighborhood of Chelsea over the past decade. Chelsea is now the center of both Manhattan's gay community and, with some 350 art galleries, New York's contemporary art scene.
Office-style lamps, modern technology, and clean lines give the guest rooms a sterile, workplace look.
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.
When a good bed and a little desk space are all you need, the 158-room Four Points by Sheraton delivers, and then some -- free Wi-Fi; printing; gym; business center; room service. It's near the Chelsea art galleries, restaurants, and ample subway lines, too. But be sure to compare rates to the comparable Holiday Inn 6th Avenue before booking.