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How to choose the best bed in New York

It might be the city that never sleeps, but exploring New York is exhausting and you certainly will want to rest your head and the rest of your body in the best bed for you before another day in this blow-your-mind city.

It's easy to be overwhelmed by the vast array 
of accommodation options.

As a first time New York visitor I was a little overwhelmed by the vast accommodation options. After a week in residence, my opinion the best bed is the one that suits both you and your budget.  What I appreciated most was somewhere that was very comfortable to relax in after a hard day's sightseeing which for me was Hotel Beacon on the Upper West side.

It's not hard to get anywhere in New York, and you'll be travelling widely to enjoy all the city has to offer. If you are new to to the city,  you might look at a map and think it's all very walkable.  While this is definitely a city where you should pack your comfortable shoes, unless you are really, really into walking,  the distances between destinations are large, and there are easier ways to get around including the subway.  Luckily the Hotel Beacon is only four minute's walk from the closest subway entrance.

An establishment that seems to be particularly well known by Australian travellers, this is a hotel where it's all about comfort and feeling at home.  The oversized rooms welcome you like a long-lost cousin and with views of Central Park on one side or the Hudson River on the other, offer a gentle introduction into the New York lifestyle. The tree-lined streets of the Upper West contain some of New York's most expensive real estate, and the surrounding brownstones are a joy to view.

If you feel like cooking or even just whipping up a quick breakfast, the mini kitchen in my room (1808) has everything you need, including a coffee maker. It would also be ideal if you were planning a longer stay. Stock up at Zabar's Deli and you may not even want to dine out - no promises on that.

Kitchen, Hotel Beacon, New York
Kitchen, Hotel Beacon

The bedroom came with plenty of storage space including a walk-in wardrobe and a separate television.

Here I am looking very pleased that I have somewhere nice to put my feet up after a day of exploring New York.

The bathroom is not the biggest or most luxurious I've seen, but it's very comfortable with everything you need plus plenty of style.  Check out the amenities range, with a dental kit, shave kit, mending kit, shoe shine and more, there's nothing left to chance there.

Beacon Bar, located on the ground floor to the right of reception, is a place to catch up over a glass of wine or from their selection of interesting wines and boutique beers.  The menu includes coffee and light options.

Right next door to the hotel is the Beacon Theatre.  It was just our luck that Steely Dan was playing the week before we arrived.  It's worth checking out the theatre's schedule which when I last looked included acts such as Bryan Ferry, Cyndi Lauper and George Thorogood & The Bad Seeds. Take me back now!

It's a seven-minute walk to the American Museum of Natural History, a place made even more famous by its staring role in the film A Night at the Museum. The hotel is also very close to the Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Perhaps my favourite attraction close by is Central Park. It's a quick 10 minute walk to the park which takes you past the Dakota Building where John Lennon lived and died.  His memorial, Strawberry Fields, is just inside the entrance to the park located adjacent to the building.

Central Park, New York

There are plenty of good eating options close by including Fairway Cafe, just on the otherwise of the road, where you'll find an excellent breakfast.  The bottom level is a market filled with groceries but head up the stairs to find the cafe.

Breakfast at Fairway Cafe, New York.

Also within walking distance, Shake Shack has many fans who love its burgers.  I have to admit to being not so impressed, especially when served by staff who were not particularly helpful and jipped by a local who jumped the queue for tables.  However, your children might love it.

Shake Shack burger.

Shake Shack 

And just in case you thought New York had lost its edge, here's what they tell the tourists so you'd better get your drop bear stories ready.

Hotel Beacon

How did I get to New York -   When a long flight doesn't mean a long night
What to do in Central Park -  On the hunt for a fabulous feed

Bottom line:  The best online rate for Hotel Beacon I could find was $373.59 including taxes and fees. My room was 1808,

Best tip: When pricing hotels in New York always check whether taxes and fees are included.

Disclaimer: EdbK stayed as a guest of Hotel Beacon.

Kerry Heaney is a food sherpa, travelling the world bite by bite. For her, it's all about where to go to eat and where to eat when you go, and she's been writing about that for the past 20 years. A writer and editor who contributes regular food and travel feature stories for RACQ's The Road Ahead and a range of other print publications, Kerry has been sharing food love through Eat, drink + be Kerry for eight years. Although dedicated to eating her way around the world, Kerry is an expert on Queensland food and has written the Queensland food component for several Hardie Grant titles.  Kerry is immediate past president and a current committee member of the Australian Travel Writers Society (ASTW). Talk to Kerry on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram.


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