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Empire State Building

View the stunning Manhattan skyline for the top of this iconic superstructure and experience a truly bird’s eye view of the entire city.

The Empire State building is known worldwide as icon of incredible architectural engineering. This formidable landmark goes hand in hand with the name of New York City and is for many, a symbol of determination, perseverance and courage. The building itself has featured in numerous movies such as “An Affair to Remember”, “King Kong” and “Sleepless in Seattle”, to name but a few.

In 1931, the Empire State Building made its debut as the tallest building in the world, superseding its predecessor the Chrysler building. This record was held for over 40 years and is for New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Space Needle to Seattle or Big Ben to London.

Measuring a colossal 443 metres tall, this prodigious superstructure offers a unique view of Manhattan’s bright lights from two observatories. For an in depth history of the buildings construction, stop off at the Dare to Dream Exhibit on the 80th floor. This permanent exhibit documents the construction of a global icon, including photographs, construction notes and detailed engineering information.

The first observation platform is located on the 86th floor and offers visitors an exceptional view of Midtown, Lower Manhattan and Central Park via an open-air deck. It is well worth the opportunity to take a photograph of the sprawling New York jungle beneath your feet, or a close up look through the old fashioned binoculars posted around the promenade deck. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as New Jersey and Connecticut.

The second observatory is situated on the 102nd floor and is the highest point open to the public in the city. This platform sits just under the broadcasting antenna and is perfect for viewing in the winter thanks to its enclosed observation area.

With its great location and excellent views, it is no wonder that wedding proposals are not an uncommon occurrence at the top of this romantic superstructure.

Due to its central location in Midtown, Manhattan, the Empire State Building is easily accessible either by bus, subway or train. It’s best to purchase tickets through the Empire State Building’s official website, as queues for the ticket office and lift are often long.


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Arlo NoMad

Arlo NoMad

11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

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    Best Western Premier Herald Square

    Best Western Premier Herald Square

    50 W 36th St, New York, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Empire State Building, 5th Avenue and Macy's. Times Square and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is only a 4-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 6 minutes.

      Arlo SoHo RM337
      Arlo SoHo

      Arlo SoHo

      231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

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          Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Times Square and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Broadway and New Amsterdam Theater are also within 10 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 7 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South RM346
          Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South

          Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South

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            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Archer Hotel New York

            Archer Hotel New York

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              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West RM320
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              Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West

              444 10th Ave, New York, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Manhattan Times Square

                60 West 37th Street, New York, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Bryant Park. Empire State Building and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station are within a 5-minute walk.