Old World charm meets modern convenience at the Bedford Hotel, whose appealing brick facade is just steps from everything Midtown Manhattan has to offer. This boutique hotel in the Murray Hill neighborhood is especially convenient for those traveling to New York by train; the hotel is only 2 blocks from the world's largest train station, Grand Central Terminal. Even if you fly in, Grand Central is worth checking out. The local subway stops at the station, too--so plan on walking around the gorgeous, expansive space before you hop aboard to other city sights.
You don't need the subway to start sightseeing, though--plenty of top attractions are within walking distance. Fifth Avenue shopping is an easy 5-minute stroll up the street from the Bedford, and you only have to cross Fifth to find the huge New York Public Library. Bryant Park, directly behind the library, is a great place to grab a sandwich and relax. Be sure to check out the view from the Empire State Building, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Spent most of your cash but still want to see live theater? Hoof it 20 minutes to the TKTS booth in Times Square to purchase day-of-show tickets at a discount.
Before curtain time, enjoy dinner at Fagiolini, the Bedford's Italian restaurant, offering varied menu options to please everyone in your party, as well as delivery to your guestroom. If you're in the mood to venture out, the concierge can recommend an eatery nearby--or you can use the complimentary Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel) to read up on reviewers' favorite NYC hot spots. Coin-operated laundry facilities, located on site, are an additional convenience.
In the guestrooms, refrigerators, or well-appointed kitchenettes, are handy for cooking up snacks and light meals. Grab some hot popcorn and a cool drink, and relax in front of the flat-panel TV. Microwaves are also available on request. Email friends or keep up with work via complimentary wireless Internet access. Don't feel like cooking? Bloom's Deli, right down the block, offers delivery service (surcharge); you can order online. If your guestroom is on an upper floor, you'll enjoy views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.