The neighborhood of Midtown West in New York City, also known as Hell’s Kitchen or Clinton, stretches down the side of Manhattan just west of Times Square and Midtown, below the Upper West Side, and north of Chelsea. Midtown West includes the area between 34th to 59th Street, from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River. Set aside from the bright lights of Broadway and excitement of Times Square, Midtown West hotels used to be located in a gritty neighborhood of working-class Irish-Americans, but has undergone gentrification within the last several decades. Due to its proximity to Broadway, many aspiring actors live here.
Getting to Midtown West in NYC:
The A/C/E subway line runs down 8th Avenue near many Midtown West hotels in New York City. Plenty of buses and taxis pass through, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal is between 40 and 42nd Streets. Penn Station and Madison Square Garden are located in a corner of Midtown West at 34th Street and 8th Avenue with plenty of Midtown West hotels close by. The West Side Highway runs along the west side of Midtown West and the Lincoln Tunnel connects New York City to New Jersey from Midtown West. On the other side of West Side Highway is the 550-acre Hudson River Park, which has a bike and running path all the way to Battery Park City. Located near many Midtown West hotels, the park has recreational facilities and playgrounds, and there are multiple piers along the shoreline for fishing and rowing. Midtown West hotels are in a neighborhood where gas stations and car lots can be found, a rarity in Manhattan.
Must-See Midtown West Attractions:
Another must-see near Midtown West hotels is the massive Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City’s largest convention complex, taking up the length of five city blocks from 34th to 39th Street. Museums near Midtown West hotels include the Museum of Arts & Design in Columbus Circle and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at North River Pier 86. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is on 9th Avenue, and there are also various music-recording and broadcast studios in Midtown West, such as where The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is taped. Ninth and 10th Avenues are lined with boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and trendy bars. The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market takes place every Saturday and Sunday on 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and is a great place for antiques and bargain hunting. Some of the best Midtown West restaurants in New York City include 44 & X Hell’s Kitchen for New American, Molyvos for Mediterranean, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill for Japanese and Marseille for French, Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisines.
Top Midtown West Hotels
Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden is two blocks from Madison Square Garden in Midtown West. The hotel features complimentary buffet-style breakfasts, an evening social hour, wireless high-speed Internet throughout the property, a fitness center, and garden terrace. Guestrooms have coffeemakers and four pillow choices. Pets are allowed.
Hampton Inn MSG
Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden Area Hotel, located near Madison Square Garden and Herald Square, is a great option for budget-minded travelers. The 136 guestrooms have Euro-boutique décor, hardwood furnishings, flat-screen plasma TVs, and high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. Features also include complimentary hot breakfasts and wireless Internet access in public areas. Small pets are allowed.
Hotel Pennsylvania is located across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, offers a complimentary continental breakfast, and guestrooms and public areas have high-speed Internet access. The hotel also features independently owned Lindy’s, a diner known for its cheesecake, Joe O’s, serving American cuisine with Italian accents, and City Perk, a 24-hour coffee shop.
Wingate By Wyndham
The Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan is located two blocks from Madison Square Garden and one block from Macy’s in New York City. A business center, wireless Internet in public areas and guestrooms, function space, complimentary breakfasts, and a 24-hour fitness center are all available. Guestrooms include flat-screen TVs, high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, and floor-to-ceiling windows providing city views.
Chelsea Star Hotel
Chelsea Star Hotel, located a block from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, is a budget hotel featuring a variety of guestrooms, such as private theme rooms, deluxe and superior rooms, apartment suite, and dorm style rooms. Specialty rooms have enormous wall murals painted in different themes, such as Betty Boop, Madonna, Dali, and Saturday Night Fever. Guestrooms have cable television and pets are not allowed.
Radisson Martinique on Broadway stands one block from the Empire State Building, and a subway station is outside the front door. Onsite dining options include Cafe Martinique, serving American-style favorites, and the bi-level Kum Gang San, a Korean restaurant with sushi bar. There is 20,000 square feet of function space, wireless Internet throughout the hotel, and a fitness facility. The 19-story hotel offers 533 guestrooms.
The New Yorker
The Ramada Plaza New Yorker Hotel is across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, and one block from Macy’s in New York City. Restaurants here include the Tick Tock Diner and the semi-formal Cooper’s Tavern, both serving American cuisine. The 21-story hotel with 912 guestrooms has a business center, 25,000 square feet of function space, fitness center, and gift shop in the lower lobby.
Hotel Stanford, a boutique hotel, is located less than a block from Manhattan Mall. Korean restaurant Gam Mee Ok is in the hotel lobby and is open 24 hours a day, as well as Cafe Ele for coffee, tea and pastries, while Maxim Lounge is on the second floor. The hotel serves complimentary continental breakfasts, complimentary newspapers are delivered to guestrooms, and high-speed Internet access is available. Pets are not allowed.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn New York is two blocks from Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building in New York City. It has a 24-hour business center, complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby and guestrooms, a fitness center, gift shop, and onsite restaurant Great American Grill open for breakfast. Guestrooms have flat-panel TVs and pets are not allowed.
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Wyndham Garden Hotel is four blocks from Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Onsite restaurants include E.R.L. Wyndham Café, and Greenhouse 36, an eclectic organic bistro. The hotel has fitness and business centers, Internet access, and guestrooms feature Hudson River and cityscape views, 32-inch LCD televisions, and Bath and Body Works toiletries.