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The borough of Manhattan—which most people think of as just "New York"—has always been the cultural anchor of the city, the east coast, and some would say, the entire country. Blessed with some of the best museums in the world, from long-standing juggernauts like the American Museum Of Natural History and the Guggenheim to younger, flashier must-see institutes like the New Museum Of Contemporary Art and the Neue Galerie—the almost fourteen miles of Manhattan have been attracting travelers from all over the world like few other cities in the last century.

One of New York City's most popular tourist destinations—in the unparalleled Central Park, with its breathtaking 1.2 square miles of greenery—is flanked on the south by some of the cities best hotels. On the west side, the dual towers of the Time Warner Center house the Mandarin Oriental and its considerable accommodations, each with breathtaking views of the park and the city. Not to be outdone, the adjacent Trump International Hotel also offers spectacular luxury on Columbus Circle. Across the park, the inimitable Plaza Hotel continues to set the standard for luxury and service.

Presiding over Midtown East is The Plaza's only real competition for the title of Most Revered Hotel in New York: the storied (and towered) Waldorf Astoria. The Art Deco landmark boasts spacious accommodations and extraordinary service, marrying innovation and tradition in a way that has been often mimicked but seldom reproduced. The two New York Ritz-Carlton hotels—which stand sentinel at the ends of the Downtown-Midtown stretch in Central Park—also exemplify the classic hotel stylings of New York City.

The W Hotel chain has also made a great impression on the city, with the W New York and the W Times Square in the vanguard of a hospitality armada that also includes The Court, The Tuscany, the W Union Square and the W Downtown.

For more moderately priced accommodations, the Wyndham Garden Times Square South offers both reasonable prices and a location that can't be beat for Broadway enthusiasts, while the Wyndham Garden at Broadway and Fifth Avenue puts New York's best shopping right at your doorstep. The Hilton Garden Inn on West 35th Street also offers one of New York's best values, balancing location, accommodations, and service in Midtown as deftly as its cousin, the Millenium Hilton, does Downtown.

For an affordable stay and the comfort of a location that isn't at all touristy, the Jane Hotel—with its West Village address—is a cozy, if slightly nautical, choice. Similarly, the Hotel 17 is just far enough from the bustle of Union Square to make feeling like a New Yorker easy and reasonable. Towards the north end of Central Park, the Marrakech Hotel and the Hotel 99 are both options well-worth the money.

But no matter where you stay in Manhattan—and who's to say you won't find Brooklyn an agreeable option?—there are hundreds of choices on NYC.com for restaurants, nightlife, and the world-class shows and attractions that have made the borough of Manhattan the cultural axis on which the world turns.