In the skyscraper-packed southern tip of Manhattan, Wall Street traders weave between tourists along narrow, historic streets. Home to City Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, the cobblestoned streets of the South Street Seaport, Ground Zero, the Brooklyn Bridge, and ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan is a premier tourist destination.
But the area generally shuts down after the Wall Street market closes, and there's scarce activity on the weekends. Shopping is of the bargain-hunting variety -- though the locally loved Century 21 comes with incredible designer deals -- and there are considerably fewer restaurants and bars than in most of Manhattan. Still, there are ample subway lines that will take you anywhere in the city, and the swank arts and nightlife scenes in SoHo and the Lower East Side are only a $5 to $10 cab ride away.
Near Battery Park, on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, hotels like the Ritz-Carlton offer stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. A few blocks north, in the heart of the financial district, new designer boutiques like Gild Hall are cropping up among the complex web of cobblestoned streets. Across from Ground Zero, where the city has some breathing room, there's the Millenium Hilton, with its 40-foot indoor swimming pool. Also, since most Lower Manhattan hotels target business travelers during the work week, great deals can be found on the weekends.
The dead-by-night area of Lower Manhattan is convenient to Wall Street and Financial District offices and very popular with business travelers. The hotels on this list have fast and reliable in-room wireless Internet connection, a comfortable and well-equipped business center, and a professional staff used to handling business-oriented requests.
|Newark Liberty International|
|Peak:||April - June|
|Off-Peak:||Jan. - March|
|Visa:||No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% in restaurants and cabs|