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Destination guide

Holiday rentals in New York

Between the proud Statue of Liberty and the steel-clad skyscrapers of Manhattan, the vast megalopolis of New York spreads out in all its glory. It's a real chameleon of a destination, catering to sightseers with its grand monuments, culture vultures with its fizzing local life, foodies with its creative gastronomy, arty types with its world-class galleries – the list goes on. Holiday lettings in the iconic Big Apple are your ticket to the boulevards of this original American city, whether you're looking to strut between the department stores of 5th Avenue or hit a show on Broadway, munch hotdogs in Central Park or whizz around on the ice rink of the Rockefeller Center.

Things to do

Attractions around your New York holiday let

Holiday homes in New York usually have oodles of bucket-list-busting attractions in the vicinity. The majestic Statue of Liberty looms large over the Upper Bay area. You'll want to check that one off – and Ellis Island, too – before moving onto Central Park, where leafy walkways wiggle around carved monuments, babbling fountains and vintage pavilions. There's arguably no better view in town than the sweeping panoramas of the Hudson and Manhattan that unfold around the Empire State Building – a mighty masterwork of American construction. And then, of course, there's Times Square. A kaleidoscope of flashing lights and tooting horns, it's the sleepless nerve centre of the city.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around New York

Do you want to find things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes New York a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Floating Pool (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Bronx Zoo (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Restaurant Row (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • NBC Studios (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Central Park Zoo (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in New York

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, New York is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Central Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Battery Park (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Bryant Park (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Herald Square (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Channel Gardens (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around New York

Fly into New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Teterboro, NJ (TEB), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, New York W 32nd St. Station, New York Grand Central Terminal Station and New York Penn Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of New York by jumping on the metro at Times Sq. - 42 St. Station, 42 St. - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station or 49th St. Station.

How to get around

Navigating around your New York holiday rental

There are plenty of choices when it comes to getting around the Big Apple. A car is usually not recommended, unless you've bagged a New York holiday home on the outskirts and want to make a roadtrip up to the leafy Hudson Valley and beyond. Instead, dodge the traffic of Manhattan and hop on the famous Subway. You'll need a MetroCard to get on the rails, which run all the way out to Brooklyn, The Bronx and even to Staten Island. The same MetroCard works for the New York bus network, too, which is often a great way to go shorter distances of a block or 2 between the various attractions. Yellow cabs are ubiquitous in Manhattan and the central boroughs, while ferries depart regularly for New Jersey and Staten Island across the Hudson River.

Restaurants and bars

Cutting-edge restaurants in New York

From sizzling sidewalk hotdog stands to Michelin-starred celebrity kitchens, New York holiday rentals are beset by all sorts of eateries:

  • Midtown Manhattan is home to chic fine-dining restaurants that serve epicurean delights and crafted European fare
  • Head to Little Italy to get your fill of cannoli and homemade bolognese, New York style
  • Bubbling broths and soy-scented noodle plates beckon between the karaoke bars of Koreatown
  • Greenwich Village is known for its hip cafes, and vegetarian and vegan bars
Essential info

Facts for those renting New York holiday homes

  • This is a huge city with loads of different neighbourhoods, so be sure to pick a New York holiday let in an area that suits you
  • Everyone from taxi drivers to bellhops in hotels get tips in New York – 15–20% is the customary amount on restaurant bills
  • Always watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers on public transport and in popular sightseeing areas
  • Strict smoking restrictions apply in public places, restaurants and the like
  • New York winters can get very cold, so be sure to pack accordingly if you're travelling between November and March
Shopping

Shopping in New York

Retail therapy is one of New York's strong points. If you're based in a holiday rental in Manhattan, then you'll be surrounded by some of the most iconic department stores and flagship outlets in the United States. They line up along 5th Avenue, bearing names like Saks and Bergdorf Goodman and Apple in glowing colours, in between the Art Deco facades. High-street fashion continues on down Broadway, where big-brand labels fringe the longest street in Midtown. Then come the vast malls of NYC. They range from the bustling food courts of Grand Central Terminal to the more offbeat Staten Island Mall, away from the bustle of the centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around New York?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,571 holiday lettings around New York. From 3,767 flats & apartments to 863 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in New York?

If you're into staying smack bang in the action, you may want to consider booking somewhere nice and central. HomeAway has 672 city centre rental properties available. After a different holiday vibe? See if any of our other properties take your fancy. Our selection here includes:

  • 165 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 130 water-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 89 seaside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in New York?

Explore this destination like a local from the comfort of a cosy apartment. You'll feel like part of the neighbourhood before you know it! You'll be able to choose from 3,752 different options with the help of HomeAway. If you get in quickly, you could spend as little as £24 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 944 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.
  • Hotel: 638 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Studio: 296 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.

Can I stay in New York in a large group?

Nothing comes close to catching up with old friends or spending a week or so with your beloved relatives in an exciting new place. And the best thing is HomeAway has options to suit you. Apartment holiday rentals are the most popular option here for big groups of guests. Our extensive database currently has 669 available. Properties for rent around this area that can house large groups include:

  • Are you searching for rentals that can house 6 guests? We have 990 that will be ideal. Prices start from £54 per night.
  • If you've got 5 in your squad, you'll be pleased to discover that there are 577 holiday rentals that are ideal. Prices start at £31 per night.
  • Looking for rentals suitable for 8 guests? You'll be glad to know we have 395 that will fit the bill. You can bag one for as little as £46 a night.

You and your posse will be in good hands when you book your New York holiday through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in New York?

HomeAway has loads of wonderful budget-concious possibilities. Treat your posse to a fancy dinner or stay a few extra nights with all the cash leftover. Upper Montclair is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 2 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £83 a night, it's not difficult to see why. Somerset is another place worth considering. We have holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £98 a night.

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