SoHo, Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and Chinatown: These are among Manhattan's most popular and fascinating neighborhoods. And the GEM Hotel SoHo puts you within easy reach of all. Paid parking is available nearby. Walk 1 block to the heart of SoHo for some of the city's best shopping, housed in handsomely restored cast-iron buildings from the 1800s. Northwest of SoHo, Greenwich Village is home to New York University and the youthful vibe surrounding Washington Square Park (always good for people-watching).
Just south of the hotel is the traditionally Jewish Lower East Side. Indulge in a heaping hot pastrami sandwich on rye at Katz's Deli, just 4 blocks away. While you're in the area, visit one of Manhattan's lesser-known gems, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, for a vivid glimpse into 19th-century immigrant life. Walk southwest and meander along the narrow streets of Little Italy--a great midday destination for an espresso or gelato. Just a few blocks farther, Chinatown bursts at the seams with restaurants and street vendors jam-packed onto precious sidewalk space, selling everything from seafood to sunglasses. Venturing farther afield? Several subway lines are within walking distance of the GEM. Hop aboard the F train just across the street and take it north to the Theatre District and Times Square.
Make the most of your New York getaway with complimentary GEMwalk self-guided tours, downloaded onto your iPod. Before heading out, check out the GEMmine, a lobby chalkboard posting daily tips for neighborhood happenings. You can even sign up for GEMtext messages. Or do your own research via complimentary wireless Internet access, provided throughout the hotel.
Once you're back in your room, kick back on your pillowtop mattress and watch a Showtime series or a late-night movie on the LCD TV. The coffeemaker brews premium blends from Wolfgang Puck; bottled water is complimentary. The bathroom offers bathrobes and Gilchrist & Soames amenities. Connect your iPod to the bedside dock, and wake up to your favorite tunes. And rest assured: This hotel is smoke-free.