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Upper West SideNew York

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Not far from Times Square’s neon lights, New York’s Upper West Side offers totally different experiences. Enjoy peaceful tree-lined streets stretching between two of Manhattan’s beautiful large parks filled with grassy spaces and shady trees. Visit wonderful performing arts centers featuring New York’s highly respected companies.

The Upper West Side runs north and south for 50 short blocks between Central Park West and Riverside Park. Keep young kids happy with a walk along the edges of either park to let them run on the grass, climb rocks or scamper on playground equipment.

In Central Park, jog around the reservoir or the lake and enjoy sunshine or play soccer on the Great Lawn. Stop at the visitor center in the 1869 Belvedere Castle, stand in line for a free concert at the open-air Delacorte Theater or see an engaging performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Walk to Strawberry Fields and the John Lennon Memorial and gaze at the Dakota apartment building where the musician once lived.

Like Central Park, Riverside Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1800s. Use newer additions of skate parks, tennis courts and Hudson River kayak launch sites. Gaze up at the tall Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, unveiled in 1902 with a parade of veterans from the U.S. Civil War.

Between the parks are residential streets lined by row-houses and luxury co-ops built more than 80 years ago. The renovated 1929 Beacon Theatre now hosts top-name musicians and comedians. Choose from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and other performing arts organizations at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Catch a rising star at Juilliard School recitals. Bring kids to the American Museum of Natural History for dinosaurs and much more.

Along with refreshing parks and stimulating cultural spots are numerous restaurants and clubs. Schedule morning coffee, Sunday brunch, fine dining or a late-night dessert around your many other activities in the Upper West Side neighborhood.

Top hotels in Upper West Side

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Arthouse Hotel New York City
Arthouse Hotel New York City
4 out of 5
2178 Broadway at W 77th St, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
€147
per night
12 Apr-13 Apr

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beacon Theater, Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Lincoln Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,206 reviews)

"Friendly staff, comfy beds. Willingness to accommodate requests"…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Arthouse Hotel New York City
Empire Hotel
Empire Hotel
4 out of 5
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller Center. Grand Central Terminal and Empire ...

3.8/5Good! (9,644 reviews)

"The Empire Hotel was a lovely place to stay in New York - fabulous location and really polite and friendly staff. However, the room was slightly tired looking and could have done with some maintenance e.g. fresh paint. One of our floorboards was also loose/squeaky. However the room was always cleaned ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Empire Hotel
Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
2.5 out of 5
215 W 94th St, New York, NY
€107
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Children's Museum of Manhattan, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Modern Art and American Folk ...

2.9/5 (3,457 reviews)

"Days Inn is very nice. The people are very nice, you could not ask for anything any better. Love it."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
The Lucerne Hotel
The Lucerne Hotel
4 out of 5
201 W 79th St, New York, NY

Located in Upper West Side, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beacon Theater and Central Park. American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,385 reviews)

"It is a terrific location and the staff is great. A good deal."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

The Lucerne Hotel
Excelsior Hotel
Excelsior Hotel
3.5 out of 5
45 W 81st St, New York, NY

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Beacon Theater and Metropolitan Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,819 reviews)

"Location, location, location. I have stayed in many different parts of Manhattan. I loved this spot because it is right next to Central Park and the B & C Subway lines. The staff were friendly. The hotel is old-fashioned. The fan in my bathroom was very loud."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Excelsior Hotel
Hotel Newton
Hotel Newton
3 out of 5
2528 Broadway, New York, NY
€73
per night
6 Apr-7 Apr

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Central Park, Columbia University and Beacon Theater. American Museum of Natural History and ...

3.8/5Good! (2,278 reviews)

"It’s very quite on a New York busy street surprisingly it has a nice vintage boutique feel"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Hotel Newton

Popular things to do in Upper West Side

Lincoln Center
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Lincoln Center

4.5/5(45 reviews)

See some of the world’s greatest performing arts events in one of the most culturally rich cities on the planet in this large architecturally impressive complex.

Riverside Park
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Riverside Park

Feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City as you stroll along the Hudson River in the Upper West Side’s famous waterfront park.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Admire the remarkable architecture, beautiful music and spiritual ambiance of this historic landmark just north of Central Park.

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The Upper West Side: An Early, Gorgeous New York City Suburb
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The Upper West Side: An Early, Gorgeous New York City Suburb

€35
Per adult
New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker
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New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker

100% of travellers recommend
€132
Per adult
Waterfront Hudson River & Central Park Bike Tour
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Waterfront Hudson River & Central Park Bike Tour

96% of travellers recommend
€50
Per adult
The Original Central Park Bike Tour
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The Original Central Park Bike Tour

94% of travellers recommend
€41
Per adult
Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours
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Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours

80% of travellers recommend
€59
Per adult
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE
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PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE

€17
Per adult

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