The Best New York Hotels and Guest Suites for Your Marathon Trip
New York City has literally hundreds of hotels and more than 130,000 hotel rooms in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. This astounding figure doesn't include the hotels located outside of the city limits. However, even with so many hotels and rooms, the city and many nearby suburbs will be full come marathon weekend. And rates will be inflated. These things are a given, so make your reservations as early as you can. The earlier you do, the more choice you will have about what area you want to stay in and what price you are willing to pay.
Determining where to stay in New York can be overwhelming at any time of year, so we tasked our Racertrips Ambassadors with recommending lodging based on their own experiences, proximity to starting line transportation, the overall ambiance of the hotel, the neighborhood it's in, and the amenities.
While the NYC Marathon doesn't have any hotels near the starting line, we're highlighting those close to the free transportation that will take you to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, which is adjacent to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge starting point.
This means hotels close to the New York Public Library, the Staten Island Ferry, and the MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. With the greatest concentration of hotels being in Midtown Manhattan, it's pretty easy to get to and from the bus or ferry transportation to the starting line on race day. However, it's a bonus if you can walk to the bus or ferry, to your hotel from the finish, or both! Subway rides are free after the race, so if you can hobble down and then up the stairs, you hopefully won't have to walk too far to your hotel.
(We only write about hotels, lodging and accommodations that have been recommended by Racertrips™ Ambassadors. However, Racertrips LLC is a Booking.com affiliate and may earn commission on qualifying reservations.)
Best New York Hotels Near Free Transport to the Starting Line
The Shelburne Hotel & Suites is part of the Affinia Hotel Collection in Manhattan. Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown East, Racertrips Ambassador Marc advises that the Shelburne will give you more of an apartment-like feel to your accommodations, whether you choose a room or suite. Kid-friendly and pet-friendly with its VIPaws program, incredible sites like Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building are just minutes away.
All rooms/suites include flat-screen cable television, iHome docking stations and a pillow menu to order just your level of comfort prior to arrival.
- Map it: 303 Lexington Ave. (36th-37th St.), 10016
- Call: (212) 689-5200
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at the New York Public Library: 0.5 miles/9 minute walk.
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.5 miles/12 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft, or take M34 crosstown bus via 34th St. to 11th Ave.
Located in the Midtown East area of Manhattan, Fifty Suites is a boutique property in an incredibly convenient location, close to Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and numerous subway lines.
According to Racertrips Ambassador Marc who has stayed here multiple times, the surrounding neighborhood is full of superb restaurants and plenty of local ones, too—markets, delis and pizza places. Guest rooms are furnished with one king or two queen beds, and larger accommodations offer sleeper sofas, separate bedrooms and kitchenette facilities. All with a distinctly residential feel that is also kid and pet-friendly.
- Map it: 150 E. 50th St. (at 3rd Ave.), 10022
- Call: (212) 751-5710
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus from New York Public Library: 0.8 miles/16 minute walk.
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.4 miles/18 minutes by cab/rideshare.
The third of Affinia's residential-style guest room and suite properties, the Gardens is located on the Upper East Side just above the Queensboro/59th St. Bridge and in the heart of the action during the NYC Marathon. After crossing the bridge, more than 50,000 runners will turn north and run several miles along 1st Avenue, just a block and a half from this hotel. In a usually quieter, residential area of Manhattan, the neighborhood will be just that, except for race day when hundreds of thousands of race spectators will line both sides of 1st Avenue from 60th St. northward. This is an ideal hotel location for friends and family to cheer you on when you pass by, says Racertrips Ambassador Holly.
Gardens offers all-suite accommodations—junior, one and two-bedroom, all with full kitchens and even a dining area. And this hotel, like the other Affinia properties, is kid and pet-friendly. The surrounding neighborhood is jammed with scores of restaurants and local shops to enjoy during your stay. Close to Bloomingdale's, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the exhilarating Roosevelt Island Tramway that offers spectacular views of the city.
- Map it: 215 E. 64th St. (2nd-3rd Ave.), 10065
- Call: (212) 355-1230
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at the New York Public Library: 1.6 miles/30 minute walk, Uber/Lyft/taxi, 11 minutes.
- Distance to Race Expo: 3.4 miles/22 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft.
Adjacent to Grand Central Terminal on 42nd St. and across from the art deco Chrysler Building, the Grand Hyatt New York is superbly located for marathon weekend. Convenient to Fifth Avenue, Times Square, numerous subway lines and Bryant Park, the original Commodore Hotel opened in 1919 and became the Hyatt after a complete restoration in 1980. Racertrips Ambassador Marc has stayed here during business trips, and loves the central location in Midtown and the easy subway access via Grand Central Terminal, which is next door.
With 1,298 rooms, you can be sure that many marathoners will be staying here. In addition to 4-star accommodations that are typically Hyatt, the hotel features the penthouse level 24-hour StayFit exercise facility with free weights and aerobic machines. The bustling neighborhood right out the front door is alive 24/7 with literally hundreds of restaurants and shops within a few blocks.
- Map it: 109 E. 42nd St. (Lexington - Park Ave.), 10017
- Call: (212) 883-1234
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at the New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/5 minute walk.
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.4 miles | 19 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft | Or take M42 crosstown bus to 11th Ave. (supposedly slowest bus in the city, but not surprising since it comes from the United Nations with stops at Grand Central Terminal, Fifth Ave., Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. But, just $2.75.).
A great location at a reasonable price is what the U Hotel is all about. And the hotel provides this and so much more in the heart of Manhattan.
Just a block from the Empire State Building and centrally located within an easy walk of endless shopping, including Macy's ("The World's Largest Store" at 34th St. and Broadway), the U Hotel is recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Joe, offering 70 contemporary rooms, all with one full-size, queen or king bed (so great for singles or couples), a spacious bathroom and even a bathrobe. If you are looking for value in Manhattan, which is definitely not easy to find, this may just be the place for you.
And as a bonus, there's a Starbucks downstairs that is accessible from the hotel's lobby.
- Map it: 373 Fifth Ave. (34th - 35th St.), 10016
- Call: (212) 213-3388
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at the New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/6 minutes.
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.7 miles/15 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft, or take M34 crosstown bus to 11th Ave. ($2.75).
Serving guests since the gilded Jazz Age of the 1920's, The Roosevelt has been an iconic part of New York's hotel scene for nearly a century. Racertrips Ambassador Patty loves the great location within steps of Grand Central Terminal and walking distance to much of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer.
The Roosevelt is a comfortable, centrally located property that still exudes the feel of old-time New York, along with its internal elegant architecture. With just over one thousand rooms, there's one laid out just the way you need it—cozy queens, superior and deluxe kings, two double beds, and a variety of suites.
- Map it: 45 E. 45th St. (at Madison Ave.), 10017
- Call: (212) 661-9600
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/7 minute walk.
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.2 miles/17 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft.
Racertrips Ambassador Joe recommends this hotel because it's a contemporary property with a good location close to the Staten Island Ferry. Depending on the room you have, you may also enjoy a great view. There's also an on-site fitness center.
- Map It: 55 Church St. (Fulton-Dey St.), 10007
- Call: (212) 693-2001
- Distance to free Staten Island Ferry (Whitehall Terminal): Walk 0.8 miles/16 minutes.
- Distance to Race Expo: 3.9 miles/17 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft.
Best Hotels for the Budget
Pod 39 is a unique and affordable hotel located in the Midtown East neighborhood of Murray Hill. The hotel offers "pods" of varying sizes, all with private bath. The selections range from single beds to bunks with individual TVs, queen pods and suite-style pods with fully functioning kitchens. Pod 39 is conveniently located for marathon visitors.
Racetrips Ambassador Lydnsey likes the on-site, very hip Salvation Taco tacqueria and cantina and the seasonally open Pod 39 Rooftop Bar with light bites. The rooftop is offered for hotel guest ages 21+. There's also the Playroom Lounge just off the lobby where you can people watch, grab a bite, work and even play a game of ping pong. Colorful, trendy and a fun place all around. The convenient location is within walking distance of Grand Central Terminal and numerous subway lines.
- Map it: 145 E. 39th St. (3rd-Lexington Ave.), 10016
- Call: (212) 865-5700
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at the New York Public Library: 0.4 miles/9 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.6 miles (Best to take M34 bus via 34th St. to 11th Ave. or taxi/Uber/Lyft.)
Off the beaten path a bit but in a great neighborhood, the Belnord "welcomes fiscal-minded travelers to their boutique, Upper West Side hotel." Racetrips Ambassador Holly has stayed here many times and loved it. While they may not offer all of the amenities of the larger, pricier hotels, it is a great spot for a quiet, homelike visit. Rooms are comfortable with coffee and tea available on each floor. Cable TV and free wifi are also standard, along with hair dryers. Twin, double, queen and bunk bed rooms are offered.
While "up" on 87th St., bear in mind that this is just over a mile from the marathon finish line at 67th St. Manhattan's numbered streets are 20 to the mile, so what may sound like a long distance, really isn't. Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History are a short walk away, and the neighborhood is full of restaurants and shopping options. Two subway lines are just minutes away at 86th St., with one at Columbus Ave. and the other at Central Park West. After the race you'll be just two quick stops back to the hotel.
- Map it: 209 W. 87th St. (Broadway-Amsterdam Ave.), 10024
- Call:(212) 873-5222
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 3.4 miles/18 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft, 1.4 miles from the finish line in Central Park.
- Distance to Race Expo: 3.2 miles/13 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft.
Branding themselves as "A New Breed of Hotel in the Heart of Manhattan," Yotel is unique is so many ways. Considered "super cool" by Racertrips Ambassador Holly, this chic hotel offers rooms called "cabins," with many of the room amenities easy to connect to your smartphone. Choose a standard cabin or one with bunk beds. They even have suites. With adjustable SmartBed luxury bedding and rejuvenating rain showers, there's also mood lighting and smart TVs.
You'll check-in at airline-style kiosks and can enjoy the in-house Green Fig restaurant and over-sized rooftop terrace. The restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern, North African and southern European cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also KOMYUNITI, which opens at 6 a.m. and serves pastries, grab-and-go food and coffee/espresso/tea. It's a super co-working spot, too. And don't forget to check out the 24/7 workout facility, with Peleton bikes and free weights. Room rates are well below what you'd expect to pay in New York.
- Map it: 570 Tenth Ave., (at W. 42nd St.), 10036
- Call: (646) 449-7700
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.9 miles/17 minute walk.
- Distance to Race Expo:
0.5 miles/9 minute walk
Racertrips Ambassador Holly is a giant fan of the Riff Hotels. The Riff Hotel Downtown is a short walk to the Statue of Liberty for race day morning transportation, though it'll take a taxi/Uber/Lyft or longish subway ride to return after the race. And, while there is NO elevator, "Their suites are lovely, the decor is awesome, and they are great for big groups or singles."
Rooms categories include City Loft, Balcony Loft and Terrace Loft, all of which offer modern bathrooms, fully stocked kitchenettes, flat panel cable TV, free wifi, and exposed brick walls. There are just 36 rooms, with Balcony and Terrace Loft rooms and suites having either a balcony or terrace (some of which are shared).
- Map it: 102 Greenwich St., 10006 (Carlisle - Rector St.)
- Call: (212) 766-8888
- Distance to free Staten Island Ferry (Whitehall Terminal): 0.6 miles/12 minute walk;
- Distance to Race Expo:
3.6 miles/17 minutes via taxi/Uber/Lyft
Directly across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, Racertrips Ambassador Patty recommends Hotel Pennsylvania for its comparative affordability right in the heart of NYC. The location is perfect for runners arriving by train via Amtrak, as well as for those coming in by bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal just a couple blocks away.
This 100-year-old hotel is the fourth largest in the city with 1,704 modern and comfortable rooms. Attractive for singles, couples and families, room options range from one king to one double, two doubles and even three twins. A massive renovation is ongoing and slated to be completed in April 2019. New rooms have been dubbed The Penn Plaza Collection.
For Trivia Fans: The hotel's original phone number, Pennsylvania 6-5000, was the focal point of a 1940 song made famous by Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters.
- Map It: 401 7th Ave., 10001 (32nd-33rd St.)
- Call: (212) 736-5000
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.8 miles/15 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 0.8 miles/15 minute walk
Right smack in the middle of the action, the historic West Side YMCA is across the street from Central Park at Columbus Circle, which is super close to the marathon finish line.
Recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Valerie for its superb location and for providing in-house access to all of the "Y" facilities, including lap and recreational pools, locker rooms with steam and sauna facilities, plus cardio and weight rooms. While the accommodations aren't fancy, they are clean and comfortable with free wifi, single or double occupancy, housekeeping, vending machines for snacks, and a cafe.
Note: There is a $10 daily guest fee per room for use of the health club.
- Map It: 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Park West-Broadway), 10023
- Call: (212) 912-2600
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.8 miles/14 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.3 miles/17 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
Another truly inexpensive option discovered by Racertrips Ambassador Valerie is the Seafarers International House, which is "simple, clean, modest in cost and available for short stays." Located in Greenwich Village, the guesthouse was founded to respond to the needs of vulnerable Swedish seafarers and immigrants by the Lutheran Church in 1873. Revenue from guest room rentals helps support their ongoing mission, which hasn't changed appreciably in nearly 150 years.
The 84-room guesthouse is just one block from the subway, so getting around town is quite easy. All religions and denominations are welcome to book a stay. Rooms include cable TV, free wifi, coffee, shared and private bathrooms, vending machines and a 24-hour front desk.
- Map It: 123 E. 15th St. (Irving Place-3rd Ave.), 10003
- Call: (212) 677-4800
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.7 miles/13 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.9 miles/22 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
Another favorite for budget conscious runners, the Vanderbilt "Y" comes recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Valerie. While it's on the East Side (so not as convenient to the finish line as the West Side YMCA), it also offers very affordable accommodations and is just a couple of blocks from Grand Central Terminal and numerous subway lines.
On race morning, marathon bus transportation is just a 15-minute walk away. Y facilities include state-of-the-art exercise equipment, steam, sauna cardio and weight rooms, and two pools for relaxation during your stay. Guest rooms are available for single or double occupancy and include free wifi, housekeeping and vending machines for snack purchases. A $10 daily Guest Room Membership Fee will be charged for access to the health club facilities.
- Map It: 224 E. 47th St. (2nd-3rd Ave.), 10017
- Call: (212) 912-2504
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.8 miles/15 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.7 miles/24 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
Best Hotels for Families and Friends
Located on the fashionable East Side, the Kimberly is an elegant, non-chain hotel within easy walking distance of Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The immediate neighborhood is chock full of restaurants, so you won't have to go far to find what you're looking for.
Room varieties are one king, two doubles, or suites. Deluxe rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker. All accommodations have feather beds, Frette linens, and down comforters and pillows. The Kimberly has a newly renovated fitness center says Racertrips Ambassador Holly, including cardio equipment with individual televisions and a universal weight machine. Subway service is just three blocks away at 53rd St. and Lexington Ave.
- Map It: 145 E. 50th St. (3rd - Lexington Ave.), 10022
- Call: (212) 755-0400
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.8 miles/16 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.1 miles (Best by taxi/Uber/Lyft)
The largest hotel in New York with 1,929 rooms, the Midtown Hilton is a bustling 47-story property in the heart of the business district, just a short walk from Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway theater district and Central Park.
Racertrips Ambassador Anthony says that for runners, this is "the best overall place to stay" because it is an official hotel of the marathon. All guest rooms and suites feature a marble bath; in-room temperature control; a 37-inch HDTV with cable and on-demand entertainment; a work area; and access to the Hilton's in-room spa services, which include massage and even haircuts. There's also a fitness facility with Precor equipment and free weights. If you're seeking a full-service hotel in the heart of the action, this could be the place.
- Map It: 1335 6th Ave., (53rd - 54th St.), 10019
- Call: (212) 586-7000
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.8 miles/16 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.7 miles (Best by taxi/Uber/Lyft. You can also walk to E train at 53rd St. & 7th Ave., ride in direction of Downtown/Brooklyn to 34th St./Penn Station, then walk to 35tht St. & 11th Ave.)
This centrally located hotel has long been a popular spot for visitors from around the globe. According to Racertrips Ambassador Marc, its central 7th Avenue location is one of the best in all of Midtown, with easy access to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Broadway theater district, Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art.
Featuring modern and comfortable accommodations for two people in their king-bedded Classic Room and up to four guests in a Deluxe Room with two queens, there are also Premier Rooms located on the higher floors with outside views of the amazing city lights. The Park Central's in-house 7th Avenue Fitness Center is open 24/7, featuring Cybex treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, as well as free weights to get you pumped up for the big race ahead.
- Map It: 870 7th Ave. (55th-56th St.), 10019
- Call: (212) 247-8000
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.0 miles/19 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.6 miles/11 minutes (Best by taxi/Uber/Lyft)
This moderately priced, family-friendly hotel comes highly recommended by Ambassador Anthony. With its location in the heart of Midtown, the Holiday Inn Times Square is a fabulous choice, whether your passion is shopping, seeing a Broadway show or having lots of dining options.
Better yet, kids 11 and under eat free when dining with at least one adult, and kids 18 and under also stay for free in a room shared with a paying adult guest. Room features include flat-screen TV with cable and premium channels, black-out shades, a mini-fridge and coffee maker.
If you feel the need to workout before/after the marathon, the hotel's fitness center offers elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bikes and free weights.
- Map It: 585 8th Ave. (38th-39th St.), 10018
- Call: (212) 473-6200
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.6 miles/13 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 0.6 miles/12 minutes.
Best Luxury Hotel Accommodations
The ultra-luxurious Four Seasons New York Downtown typically a home away from home for business executives visiting the Wall Street financial district. As part of one of the tallest residential towers in the city, this beautiful property is just one block from the World Trade Center and a short walk to Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.
Ambassador Marc also likes the hotel's proximity to the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal, where you can board the free marathon transportation to the race starting line. Also nearby are ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, as well as Freedom Tower and its spectacular One World Observatory more than 100 floors above the city.
The hotel offers a wide array of high-end rooms and suites with amazing city and harbor views. Gourmet dining is in-house, or stroll into the Tribeca neighborhood or Greenwich Village to find a great selection of restaurants. Saying that they "can arrange virtually anything," the Four Seasons Spa features an indoor lap pool, top-of-the-line aerobic and weight equipment, private yoga and guided meditation, massage, skin treatments, and so on. If price isn't a concern, you owe it to yourself to check out this amazing hotel.
- Map it: 27 Barclay St. (Lower Manhattan), 10007
- Call: (646) 880-1999
- Distance to free Staten Island Ferry (Whitehall Terminal): 0.9 miles/14 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 3.3 miles/18 minutes (Best by Taxi/Uber/Lyft)
Recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Marc, the Bryant Park Hotel is a unique and luxurious property ideally located in Midtown Manhattan and is the closest recommended hotel to the free marathon bus transportation from the New York Public Library.
Having won many prestigious awards from highly respected publications including Conde Nast Traveler and the London Times, the Bryant Park has been described as "the most romantic hotel in North America" and "the best place to stay" in New York. Of course, this comes with a price, and the hotel is not inexpensive. But what 5-star hotel is?
Rooms are large, feature 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, hypo-allergenic comforter and pillows, a large LED flat-panel TV with Bose Wave CD player/radio, and importantly, an in-room safe. There's also a marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub to take away the post-race aches and pains. This beautiful hotel is a great upscale and trendy option in the heart of the city.
- Map It: 40 W. 40th St. (5th - 6th Ave.), 10016
- Call: (212) 869-0100
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.1 miles/3 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.2 miles/24 minute walk.
As part of the luxury collection under the Marriott umbrella, the Chatwal is a trendy boutique hotel that brings back the 1930s with its Empire Art Deco design. Racertrips Ambassador Marc highly recommends this intimate, 76-room property that is just steps away from the theater district.
With ultra-stylish rooms and suites that come with an incredibly high level of service, you will be thankful for the level of comfort both before and after the big race. Inspired by early 20th-century travel, the Chatwal's guest rooms are appointed like no other with built-in cabinets, walls upholstered in ultra-suede, bathrooms wrapped with bands of tinted mirrors and 42-inch flat screen TVs. All furniture is also custom-designed for the hotel.
There are several room categories, including superior queen, deluxe king and double-double, an upgraded grand deluxe king, as well as suites that are like a New York City apartment. You'll also be pampered with complimentary butler service that includes steaming, pressing and shoe shine. Bringing along Fido? There's even a pet bed available.
- Map it: 130 W. 44th St. (7th-8th Ave.), 10036
- Call: (212) 764-6200
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/7 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 1.2 miles/23 minute walk.
Describing itself as "an oasis in the heart of Manhattan," The Peninsula New York offers luxury throughout with apartment-style rooms and suites. It is without a doubt, the complete New York City experience for the upper crust, offering a quiet escape from the frenetic city atmosphere just outside its ideal Fifth Avenue Midtown location.
Even the least expensive Superior Room (from $695) with inner courtyard views feature a large executive desk with your own printer/scanner/fax machine, so that you can still have office convenience while on the road. King-size beds are standard, as is a full-marble bathroom. For just $200 more (what's $895 if you're already paying $695 nightly?), the Grand Luxe Room will give you a view of Fifth Avenue or 55th St. through over-sized windows, a 46-inch LED flat-screen TV, separate shower and deep-soaking bath, and even a bathroom television. Of course, if these room categories won't work, there are plenty of suites to consider, too.
The hotel offers an in-house fitness center, says Ambassador Holly, plus a gorgeous spa and pool at the Peninsula Spa for your wellness needs. Consider a massage before or after the marathon and arrive home relaxed and rejuvenated. The hotel is a very short walk to Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the Broadway theater district.
- Map it: 700 Fifth Ave. (at 55th St.), 10019
- Call: (212) 764-6200
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/7 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.6 miles/17 minutes (Best by Taxi/Uber/Lyft)
Consider the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel if you're looking for maximum comfort in a luxury hotel without the pretentious atmosphere of many high-end hotels.
Located on the west side of Manhattan, "Hell's Kitchen" neighborhood locale, is convenient to both the Race Expo and marathon finish line. There are also dozens of great restaurants of every imaginable type within a few blocks.
Rooms have both Manhattan and Hudson River views, and Racertrips Ambassador Holly recommends reserving one with a Jacuzzi tub. The property has a "laid-back ambience and design," Holly says, which will make you feel most comfortable. The suites are beautiful, and the hotel staff is very accommodating.
You're invited to meet local artists and writers during the hotel's nightly wine hours. As a loft-style boutique hotel with just 222 rooms, Ink48 accommodations have high ceilings, plush bedding, lavish bathrooms and they clearly share their "I could live here" vibe with guests. Room sizes range from 225 to 425 square feet, depending on the type of room chosen. In addition to being pet friendly, the hotel is very marathoner friendly in their Ink Spa. Enjoy a facial, foot or whole body massage while listening to your customized music selection.
- Map it: 653 11th Ave. (at 48th St.), 10036
- Call: (212) 757-0088
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.3 miles (Just 1.4 miles from the marathon Family Reunion area)
- Distance to Race Expo: 0.7 miles/12 minute walk
Yes, New York has two very exclusive Four Seasons hotels. One in the downtown financial district which is described in a separate listing, and this one in the heart of bustling Midtown Manhattan. Like its sister property a few miles south, says Racertrips Ambassador Marc, the Four Seasons Hotel New York is a five-star experience from arrival through check-out, and you'll feel like you're in your own home in the big city. In addition, Central Park and 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue shopping are just steps away.
This ultra-luxury hotel includes a 24-hour fitness facility, beauty spa, a walk-in closet in all guest rooms, and even a Rolls Royce house car for that short neighborhood shopping trip. The Four Seasons is so family and kid-friendly that, with advance notice, you'll find toys in your room placed at eye level and will be provided itineraries for attractions that your kids will love.
At 52-stories, this is the tallest hotel in New York, with 368 elegant rooms and suites featuring state-of-the-art technology, custom furnishings and incredible views of this magnificent city. This is the place for those not on a budget, with room rates starting at $995 nightly.
- Map it: 57 E. 57th St., (5th-Madison Ave.), 10022
- Call: (212) 758-5700
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.1 miles/13 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.7 miles/20 minutes (Best by Uber/Lyft/taxi)
Not only is the Mandarin Oriental New York a spectacular hotel property, but it's impossible to beat its location for the New York City Marathon. Located high above Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park, "the Mandarin" is a very short walk from the finish line and Family Reunion area of the marathon.
The 244 rooms and suites offer luxurious linens, custom furniture, marble baths and incredible views. The Time Warner Center, with the dazzling Manhattan skyline just beyond, is just past the floor-to-ceiling windows. If you're someone who appreciates luxury, along with comfort and style, the Mandarin is a place to consider for your New York stay.
With an amazing view of the Hudson River, the state-of-the-art fitness center includes a lap pool and the latest equipment for a complete workout. Ambassadors Holly and Lyndsey tout the hotel's "GORGEOUS upscale spa" with treatments for runners to soothe aching muscles. Massage, vitality pools and steam rooms may be just the right antidote after running 26.2 miles. In addition to a superb marathon location, it's just a short walk to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Broadway theater district, and scores of fabulous restaurants.
- Map it: 80 Columbus Circle (Broadway-Columbus Ave.), 10023
- Call: (212) 805-8800
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 1.3 miles/24 minutes or Uber/Lyft/taxi 14 minutes
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.3 miles/14 minutes (Best by Lyft/Uber/taxi)
For runners seeking luxury accommodations without the pretentious atmosphere of a big name chain, Ambassador Marc thinks this may just be your place. It's a very short walk to the free bus transportation at the New York Public Library and not much farther to the Race Expo.
The Refinery Hotel was developed from what was formerly the Colony Arcade hat factory and Prohibition-era tea room. All 197 rooms feature 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows and distressed hardwood floors. Modernized to include free wifi, Noir bath products and a mini-bar stocked with gourmet foods from Dean & DeLuca. Industrial accents and luxurious custom-made modern furnishings make for an extremely comfortable stay. The hotel offers a wide variety of accommodation options from stylish rooms to unique suites.
- Map It: 63 W 38th St. (5th-6th Ave.), 10018
- Call: (646) 664-0310
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 0.3 miles/6 minute walk
- Distance to Race Expo: 1 mile
Best Neighborhood Accommodations
Just across the Queensboro/59th St. Bridge from Manhattan, "the Z" is a great option for marathoners who want to be close to the action of Manhattan but slightly away from the hustle and bustle. That being said, Ambassador Marc advises that his home borough of Queens isn't exactly quiet with more than 2 million residents.
If you're flying into either LaGuardia or JFK airports, you'll reach your hotel without crossing into Manhattan. While the race expo, free bus transportation to the starting line and the finish line are on the other side of the bridge, all three are still not very far from the hotel. Rates start at just $109, though expect higher costs during marathon week.
All rooms have unobstructed skyline views of Manhattan from floor-to-ceiling windows, with casual dining in-house. The neighborhood is chock full of other food options and is within walking distance of two subway lines that will whisk you into the heart of the action.
- Map it: 11-01 43rd Ave., Long Island City, Queens, 11101
- Call: (212) 319-7000
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 3.1 miles/14 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 4.5 miles/20 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft (Best by elevated train #7 at Queensboro Plaza to last stop at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Estimated time: 16 minutes. Walk 0.4 miles to expo.)
Another good neighborhood option on the Queens side of the East River, The Vue Hotel is an Ascend Hotel Collection Member under the Choice Hotels banner. Located a few blocks from the Z Hotel on the other side of Queens Boulevard, The Vue is also within easy walking distance of the Queensboro Plaza elevated train line and the Queens Plaza underground subway station. Manhattan is just minutes away via both train lines, as well as via Uber/Lyft/taxi, which would be the preferred way to the bus transportation that takes you to the race starting line.
Racertrips Ambassador Marc loves the gentrified and vibrant Long Island City neighborhood, which is close to LaGuardia Airport. Rooms include a refrigerator and coffee machine, as well as comfortable furnishings. A free hot breakfast is also included for all guests.
- Map it: 40-47 22nd St., Long Island City, Queens, 11101
- Call: (929) 208-0006
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 3.5 miles/16 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 4.9 miles/23 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft. (Best by elevated train #7 at Queensboro Plaza to last stop at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Estimated time: 16 minutes. Walk 0.4 miles to expo.)
A hip and trendy member of the Marriott chain, Ambassador Marc advises that the Long Island City Aloft is a fun property with a variety of different room types to accommodate your needs. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour gym with free weights and elliptical machines, the friendly "W XYZ" bar, a 24/7 pantry and a comfortable lobby lounge.
Each room features their ultra-comfortable signature bed, walk-in shower, a charging station for all of your electronics, and a 42-inch LCD television. Manhattan is a short ride away: You're just down the block from the Queens Plaza subway station and within a short walk to the Queensboro Plaza elevated line.
With lots of neighborhood restaurants to explore, the Aloft is a very comfortable option for your marathon stay. LaGuardia Airport is just a few minutes away, and JFK is also easily accessible via the subway and AirTrain connection.
- Map it: 27-45 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens 11101
- Call: (718) 433-9305
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 3.2 miles/16 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 4.6 miles/21 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft (Best by elevated train #7 at Queensboro Plaza to last stop at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Estimated time: 16 minutes. Walk 0.4 miles to expo.)
Unlike the towering skyscraper hotels of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, The Excelsior is a true neighborhood property on the mostly residential Upper West Side. Less than a mile above the marathon finish line, Ambassador Holly feels that this comfortable hotel with traditional furnishings and somewhat smallish rooms is a great option for the visitor who wants reasonably priced accommodations without all of the flair (and expense) of the full-service hotels.
Rates start at $160 for a queen room. There is also a $21 daily per room facility fee that includes in-room internet access, use of the hotel's state-of-the-art fitness center, a 10 percent discount at the in-house Latin restaurant and 15 percent off the daily breakfast buffet. Situated directly across 81st St. from the American Museum of Natural History and less than a block from Central Park, boutique shops and a wide variety of restaurants are all within a very short stroll. Quick subway service to the tourist zones is available within a 5-minute walk.
- Map it: 45 W. 81st St. (Columbus Ave.-Central Park West), 10024
- Call: (212) 362-9200
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 2.6 miles/15 minutes by Lyft/Uber/taxi
- Distance to Race Expo:2.7 miles/18 minutes by Lyft/Uber/taxi
Since 1928, the Hotel Beacon has been a hidden gem on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Upon opening, the hotel installed an airway directional beacon on the roof of the 24-story "skyscraper," something which was very new at the time. This beacon was 5 feet in diameter and produced 1.2 billion candles of power.
Today, the beaux-arts design remains, and the historic Beacon Theater is still next door. Recommended by Ambassador Holly, all 270 rooms and suites come with classic furnishings, plus a fully equipped kitchenette. There are numerous grocery stores and delis in the neighborhood, making it very easy to stock up and save money during your stay in New York. Rooms include free WiFi, a daily New York Times, and complimentary use of the 24/7 fitness center.
If you're staying for more than a couple of days, you may also choose to utilize the large in-house self-service laundry facilities.
- Map it: 2130 Broadway (at 75th St.), 10023
- Call: (212) 787-1100
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 2.8 miles/16 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.1 miles/14 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
While The Lucerne also fits our luxury category, we feel it's best for those who want to be in a neighborhood, rather than in the heart of New York's tourist areas. Built in 1904, the hotel building has protected landmark status from the city and comes recommended by Ambassador Joe.
It's just a short walk from the hotel to the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park and Lincoln Center. The Lucerne is also a great place to consider given it's prime location less than a mile from the marathon finish line.
It has a "neat European/19th-Century vibe," Joe says, and amenities include 24-hour in-room dining, a cafe off the lobby that is popular with locals, valet parking (we do NOT recommend bringing a car into the city), free wifi, rooms with work desks and plush bedding, as well as the hotel's spa and fitness facility.
- Map It: 201 W. 79th St. (Amsterdam Ave.-Broadway), 10024
- Call: (212) 875-1000
- Distance to Free Marathon Bus at New York Public Library: 3.2 miles/16 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 2.4 miles/14 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
The McCarren Hotel is a totally unique option for marathon visitors, with its location in the vibrant Williamsburg section of Brooklyn just minutes from Manhattan by car or subway.
Within walking distance of dozens of local restaurants, the McCarren offers modern accommodations with upscale amenities, including Frette Italian linens and deluxe bath products. Calling themselves an "uber-cool urban retreat," the hotel's heated outdoor swimming pool unfortunately won't be open at marathon time, but there's still plenty to do in the neighborhood.
Racertrips Ambassador Anthony also notes the McCarren is just steps away from the hot-spot Brooklyn Bowl. Explore the tree-lined streets and edgy boutiques, and dine in one of the most eclectic areas of town. There are 64 rooms and several room types, including a glass-enclosed rainfall shower. At the McCarren Hotel, you'll get a chance to familiarize yourself with this trendy area of New York, away from the noise and glitter of Manhattan, but close enough to be there in little time.
- Map It: 160 N. 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11249
- Call: (718) 218-7500
- Distance to free Staten Island Ferry (Whitehall Terminal): 5.5 miles/21 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft
- Distance to Race Expo: 6.5 miles/29 minutes by taxi/Uber/Lyft. By subway, take the G train from Nassau Ave. to Hunters Point Ave.. Change to the #7 line to 34th St./11th Ave.. Estimated time: 23 minutes including transfer at peak hours. Does not include walk to/from Nassau Ave. station.
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