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The best Jersey City hotels

The best Jersey City hotels

Jersey City—and Jersey City hotels— are probably not on too many bucket lists of vacation destinations. While it has a vibrancy and historical appeal all of its own, the chances are you’re looking to stay here for these reasons: 1. you’re on a business trip; 2. you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Manhattan room rates; 3. you’re waiting it out for an early-morning flight from Newark; or 4. you’re stopping over for a game at MetLife Stadium. Might we suggest another reason—the best goddamn view of Manhattan you’ll ever see! Plus, it’s a short commute over the Hudson to explore the best Manhattan restaurants and the best Broadway shows. Whatever the reason for being here, JC offers a variety of different properties, rooms and rates worth checking out.

The best Staten Island hotels

The best Staten Island hotels

You’re looking for the best Staten Island hotels? Surely you have your reasons. To most New Yorkers, it is synonymous with the Staten Island Ferry, and that’s about it. But this often overlooked borough does have quite a bit of history. Staten Island was discovered in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazano and named by Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1898, Staten Island became one of New York City’s five boroughs. Service to Manhattan actually began in 1712, although the Ferry as we know it today was instituted by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1829. Today, the borough has an extensive park system, historical homes and the Greenbelt, a nature preserve that spans 2,800 acres, and of course Staten Island Zoo. You can even dine at the best Staten Island restaurants. In fact, some of the best New York pizzas can be found on Staten Island.   RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC

The best hotels in Harlem

The best hotels in Harlem

Experience an electric part of Manhattan history when you stay at the best hotels in Harlem. Harlem, New York is a large, vibrant and exciting residential, cultural and business center, typified by beautiful brownstones, legendary food, and historic religious institutions. In the 1920s and 1930s, Central and West Harlem was the focus of the “Harlem Renaissance”, an outpouring of artistic work without precedent in the American black community. In 1934, the Apollo Theater opened on 125th Street in a former burlesque house. During that time, between Lenox and 7th Avenues, there were more than 125 entertainment venues, including speakeasies, cellars, lounges, cafes, taverns, supper clubs, rib joints, theaters, dance halls, and bars and grills. More recently, Harlem residents have made major contributions to hip-hop, including Tupac Shakur, A$AP Rocky, Diddy and Azealia Banks. Today you can feast at the best Harlem restaurants, sip craft cocktails, and see a real slice of local life. The Harlem hotel market is small and remains largely untouched by the big chains, which in turn offers visitors the opportunity for a more unique and memorable experience. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC