New York City is the number one tourist destination in the US and the second most visited city in the world.
In 2008, 10.7 million international tourists visited the city, according to Euromonitor, second only to London. Tourists flock to the city that never sleeps for business, pleasure or both, lured by the bustling streets, excellent shops and extensive cultural offerings.
This week alone, the city will host the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a major exhibition of the work of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and a Christie's auction of the late Irving Penn's photographs.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has set an ambitious target of attracting 50 million visitors annually by 2012, from 45 million in 2009. To do so, the city plans to introduce "Stopover and Stay" packages, allowing airline passengers with transits at JFK or LaGuardia to see more of the city by staying one or more nights. US carrier American Airlines has promised to invest $30 million (€22.4 million) in the airports' terminals and to add 13 new routes from New York City.
The most famous and the most visited place in New York, Manhattan's shops and restaurants have dominated the New York tourism scene for decades. Unfortunately, the island also has prices to match, with an average night coming in at $446, over double that of the other boroughs. Computers for guests, a DVD rental service and a beautiful library room helped push the boutique book-themed Library Hotel to number one.
1 Library Hotel
2 Casablanca Hotel
3 The French Quarters Guest Apartments
4 Hotel Giraffe
5 The Ritz-Carlton New York
Average price of top five $446/€333
Brooklyn is on the up, if the celebrities are anything to go by. There has been an exodus to the understated Brooklyn from Manhattan recently, putting the area for the first time on many tourist routes. The "clean and safe" Hotel Le Jolie beat the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which drew mixed reviews.
1 Hotel Le Jolie
2 Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge
3 Hotel Toshi
4 Hotel Le Bleu
5 Sleep Inn Brooklyn
Average price of top five $246/€184
The Bronx has been undergoing a renaissance of late, with cranes dominating the skyline and city dwellers flocking to its expansive parks. There were mixed reviews all around for the area's hotels by TripAdvisor users.
1 Econo Lodge
2 Howard Johnson Inn Yankee Stadium
3 Days Inn Yankee Stadium / Bronx
4 Best Western Bronx Inn
5 Howard Johnson Express Bronx
Average price of top five $138/€103
Queens is home to both JFK and La Guardia, but standing on the waterfront looking towards Manhattan Island brings the rest of the city so close you could almost touch it. The Verve Hotel took top spot amongst the area's hotels, with travelers praising its proximity to Manhattan.
1 Verve Hotel, An Ascend Collection Hotel
2 Country Inn & Suites NYC in Queens
3 Holiday Inn L.I. City-Manhattan
4 Fairfield Inn New York Long Island
5 La Quinta Inn Queens
Average price of top five $171/€127
Staten Island has a small hotel selection, dominated by mid-range chains catering to a business market. Hampton Inn and Suites was the most popular hotel, but to complete the list, we've added the Fort Place Bed and Breakfast, described as "almost perfect" by one couple. Fort Place was the most popular bed and breakfast establishment in Staten Island.
1. Hampton Inn and Suites Staten Island
2. Staten Island Hotel
3. Comfort Inn Staten Island
4. Holiday Inn Express Staten Island
5. Fort Place Bed and Breakfast
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Data is taken from millions of independent reviews and rankings surveyed at TripAdvisor taken on April 7, 2010.