Just 4 blocks south of Grand Central Terminal, the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers itself offers a grand, central location, with surprisingly affordable rates. Situated between the bustle of Midtown and the neighborhood restaurants of Murray Hill, this handsomely restored 1920s hotel provides easy access to top attractions - including the Empire State Building, 4 blocks away - but offers a little distance from the throngs of tourists. Times Square, with its lively crowds and dazzling lights, is less
than a 15-minute walk. En route to Times Square, take time to explore Grand Central. Far more than a transportation hub, it's also an architectural masterpiece - and a great place to grab a deli sandwich and dessert from the dozens of cafés and food stands.
Two blocks south of the hotel, you'll find one of New York's lesser-known gems, the Morgan Library & Museum. The impressive collection includes original manuscripts from Thoreau, compositions by Mozart, and paintings by Rembrandt. Or visit a more-famous library: The New York Public Library is a 5-minute walk. Snap a picture with the famous marble lions guarding the entrance, then kick back and people-watch in adjoining Bryant Park.
You can start your day with espresso and Italian pastry at the hotel's Caffe Buongiorno. Room service from the café's menu is available till mid-morning. A buffet breakfast is available daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM (surcharge). At the Whaler Bar, sip a few happy-hour drinks while enjoying live jazz. Other amenities at the hotel include a conference center.
When you're ready to call it a day, guestrooms include some surprisingly nice touches: Furniture carved from Italian cherry wood, Venetian glass lamps, and marble countertops in the bathrooms. Desks come with Art Deco-style leather chairs. Catch up with friends or take care of business via wireless Internet access (surcharge), available throughout the hotel. Your TV comes with HBO, so you can keep up with your favorite shows. Small pets are welcome here, too; a surcharge applies. You and your furry friend can rest assured: The hotel and all rooms are smoke-free. Fines apply for violations.