Top Places To Get a Breathtaking View in NYC

What’s the point of living in the Big Apple if you can’t enjoy seeing the city from high up? Whether you’re visiting and enjoying exploring the city or you’ve lived here for years, you need to plan on hitting up these famous sites.

The View Restaurant and Lounge

Want to enjoy dinner from up high? Make reservations at The View Restaurant and Lounge. This award-winning dining experience calls the Marriott Marquis, in New York City, home. According to The View, their restaurant and lounge is the only revolving rooftop in all of New York!

From up above the streets of New York, you’ll get great 360 degree views of the cityscape. What’s super cool about this restaurant is the fact it revolves. The floor makes a complete turn every hour. This allows diners to get a different view every minute from their table. The View Restaurant and Lounge is forty-eight stories in the air!

One visitor from the United Kingdom gave a good review on Yelp saying, “My visit to The View in Times Square was great. The service was incredible and so was the view as the restaurant constantly revolves 360 degrees to give you a panoramic view of the Manhattan.”

The food served is considered contemporary American. The View prides itself on using fresh ingredients and incorporating regional produce, meats, and seafood. The best deal is the dinner prix-fixe menu, which is $89 per person. Roasted Atlantic Salmon, Sterling Ribeye Steak, and Roasted Breast of Chicken are all main entrees that you can choose from.

Another popular option is the Sunday Brunch. For $59 per person, you can enjoy a massive buffet with an omelette bar. The price also include two champagne mimosas per adult. For a list of the entire menu, click here.

Rockefeller Center

You simply haven’t experienced New York City until you’ve been to the top of the rock. If you don’t know what the “top of the rock” is, then you really need to go! Rockefeller Center offers an unforgettable experience and fantastic views of the city.

First, before heading up to the top, you’ll want to take a minute or two and appreciate the Joie Chandelier. This beautiful light is made up of 14,000 crystals and has fiber optic capabilities. Other fun things to see before heading up include the Mezzanine Exhibit. Here is where you’ll learn all about Rockefeller Center and it’s place in New York history.

Two other wonderful experiences to take in include the Beam Walk and the theater. The Beam Walk is a fun way to get a glimpse of what workers saw when building the skyscraper. It’s simply beam that lays over a flat surface which depicts the view from up above. The theater will teach you even more about the building.

Jump on the Sky Shuttle. This elevator ride is unlike any I’ve ever ridden. The website isn’t kidding when it says you’ll remember it for years. I was there about ten years ago and still remember it! I won’t tell you why, you’ll have to go and see for yourself!

Once at the top of Rockefeller Center, you continue the fun! You can look out from the 67th and 69th floors with floor-to-ceiling windows. If those views aren’t enough for you, go outside onto the 70th floor! You’ll feel the air on your face and won’t be able to stop taking photos. I remember being able to see very far from high above and enjoying the amazing views of Central Park.

Along with the views, Rockefeller Center has a gift shop, an interactive Breezeway, and a Radiance Wall made of Swarovski Crystals.
Tickets are $32 for adults and $26 for children. You can purchase a Sun & Stars pass which allows you to come during the day and night for $47 for adults and $36 for children. For even more information, click here!

Le Bain at The Standard


Another fabulous place to get a glimpse of the city from up high is Le Bain at The Standard. Along with being one of the hottest night clubs in the city, it also has one of the best views.

Outside is a faux grass space with chairs and tables. During the day, guests sit back and read books and enjoy cocktails with friends. During the evening, you’ll see A-list celebrities and lots of beautiful people looking out over the city. The glass walls make it the perfect place to look out.

On the inside of the club, there are floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you can see the city from all angles. There’s also a hot tub for those who want to take a dip. Drinks are strong, but a little expensive. It’s also difficult to get in unless you’re on the guest list. Of course, all this red tape is worth the end result. Even the bathroom has a fabulous view!

One reviewer says, “The rooftop is awesome too. Like, what a view. There’s a bunch of cabana beds to sit and relax. Off to the side, there’s the cutest crepe stand that’s open all night long. It’s really the best way to end the night.“



7 Unique Hotels To Stay At While In NYC

1. The Library Hotel

If you’re a book lover, you may want to book The Library Hotel before visiting New York. This swanky spot is one of the most unique hotels in the city. Inspired by the Dewey Decimal System, each of the ten floors has a specific theme. There’s also over 6,000 books available to explore and read! Guest rooms are decorated with a sleek style and are filled with library books. Special touches like logo bathrobes, Gilchrist & Soames bath supplies, and a DVD player with access to their DVD collection make this New York hotel stand out.

One of the coolest things about The Library Hotel is the 24 hour Reading Room. With stunning views of Madison Avenue and Library Way, the space has plenty of seating to read a book. You can also enjoy complimentary teas, coffee, espresso, cafe au lait, cookies and fruit.

2. The Refinery Hotel

Fashion can be found all around The Refinery Hotel. This neo-Gothic tower was built in 1912. Originally the hotel was a manufacturing space and on the first floor Winifred McDonald served up “tea.” The tearoom would serve women, who weren’t welcome in bars, tea, which was spiked with gin or whiskey. This rich history is detailed here.

The hotel is in the heart of New York’s fashion district and is alluring for many fashionistas. Each of the 197 rooms are custom furnished and have a writing desk designed to resemble an early 1900’s sewing machine.

One of the best attributes of The Refinery is their Prohibition-era Jazz bar. This space, which was once the “tea shop,” is now an official bar with lots of tasty throwback drinks.

3. CitizenM Hotel

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Claiming to be a “new kind of hotel,” the CitizenM Hotel is taking the hotel world by storm. This chain offers accommodations in Amsterdam, London, and other world cities. The New York City branch is located in Times Square and has plenty of unique amenities.

First off, the lobby and shared spaces look like your own living room, only more stylish. According to CitizenM, “our living rooms are relaxing, comfortable spaces filled with books, magazines and fun items from all over the world, so they really do feel like home.” Other amenities include free wireless internet, free movies, and 24 hour food and drinks available for purchase.

Also, each room has a floor-to-ceiling window, an extra large bed, and a rain shower. One of the most unique things about staying at CitizenM Hotel is the Moodpad. This digital tablet allows guests to control their own TV, window blinds, colored lighting, temperature, and wake up alarm themes. Chic, right?

4. The Jane

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If you ever wondered where sailors stayed when in New York, all you have to do is stop into The Jane. The building was once known as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailor’s Home and Institute. It was built in 1906-08 and is famous for housing the survivors of the Titanic during the American inquest into the sinking of the ship. The hotel is located on Jane Street, hence the name.

Everything at The Jane feels as if it’s stuck in time. From the bellhops to the cleaning staff, it seems as if you’re on the set of a movie. Instead of regular guest rooms, The Jane has “cabins.” You’ll feel as if you’re aboard a historic ship, like the Titanic. Although the rooms are a little crowded, the design and kitschy style make it worth the stay.

5. The Hotel on Rivington

How can you stay in New York City without having floor-to-ceiling windows? The Hotel on Rivington is one of the most unique and hippest hotels in all of the city.

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Although the hotel itself is stylish and comes with fantastic amenities, the reason it’s so unique is because of the Owner’s Suite. This 1,000 foot suite has floor-to-ceiling windows on three exterior walls, a freestanding soaking tub, and a balcony that spans the entire North face of the building.

6. Chelsea Pines Inn

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Did you know that you could stay at a bed and breakfast in New York City? Even though it sounds like a strange mix, the city and a bed and breakfast, the Chelsea Pines Inn is a cozy place to stay within the bustle of New York.

Built in the 1850s, this five story walk up home was purchased by Sheldon Post and Jay Lesiger and transformed into a bed and breakfast in 1983. Although Sheldon passed away, Jay still operates the inn.

Each room is cozy and includes an extended breakfast. Guests love the homeyness of the inn and love that you can help yourself to snacks anytime. Even though the Chelsea Pines is a bed and breakfast, it’s all updated with your own personal bathroom, luxury bath items, a flat screen tv, and free wireless internet.

7. The Sherry-Netherland Hotel

Not many hotels can say they’ve been recognized as the “#1 Hotel in the United States” by TripAdvisor. The Sherry-Netherland can! This luxurious hotel has been in service since 1927 and is located next to Central Park. “We’re at the Sherry,” is a phrase that’s been used by countless elite and celebrities. What makes this hotel so unique is its rich history and world class service. Historically, the building was recognized as the world’s largest apartment complex in 1927.

In 2014, the hotel’s mural on the lobby ceiling was restored to it’s original 1920’s style and is a signature piece to the hotel. Another notable highlight includes the signature sidewalk clock. Rooms include views of Central Park, marble bathrooms, and unique decor. The Sherry-Netherland’s lobby was modeled after the Vatican library.




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