THE ULTIMATE ROOFTOP BAR
Located in super central Midtown Manhattan, Aliz Hotel Times Square is a unique hotel and it is an ideal base for those who want to explore New York which is home to shopping, restaurants, bars, major sports and much more. Complete with a rooftop chill out area, coffee shop, restaurant, fitness centre and much more, this is a great place to stay!
Situated just a short walk away from the vibrantly famous Times Square, you will find yourself in an energetic city atmosphere, oozing luxury and unique decor making it extremely comfortable, cosy and stress free. The rooms are brilliant, offering cosy furnishings and amenities, designed with your comfort in mind.
If you find yourself in New York City, United States then I would highly recommend booking a few nights stay at Aliz Hotel Times Square.
- Super friendly and welcoming staff
- Comfortable, cosy, clean rooms
- A fantastic large rooftop area with two balconies
- Chill out area with sofas and chairs
- Nicely secluded away from the hustle and bustle
The King Room
During our stay at Aliz Hotel Times Square we opted to stay in the King Room which was perfect for our needs and provided a very comfortable night’s sleep. With fantastic city views of Times Square, aesthetically pleasing decor, spacious and comfortable furniture we almost didn’t want to leave to explore the city.
Furnished with a large window, it was a brilliant way to wake up in the morning and look out over the city. It comes with a large king size bed that was honestly so comfortable we really did struggle to get up in the mornings. We had our own modern marble ensuite bathroom, desk, air-conditioning/heater, plenty of power points, coat hooks, mirror and a large flat screen TV.
What you get
The room comes equipped with free toiletries, strong Wi-Fi, fluffy pillows, clean towels, soft linens, flatscreen TV, slippers, hairdryer, mini fridge, safety deposit box, bathrobes, clothes steamer and plenty of space for you to relax in.
Hang out on the rooftop (Dear Irving)
Located on the 40th floor, there are two fantastic rooftop lounges with balconies overlooking the whole of NYC in every direction. Equipped with a large bar offering cocktails, spirits, beer, wines and soft drinks its the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.
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The Fitness Centre
Still want to keep fit while away on the road? Then the Aliz has the perfect gym and fitness centre for you. It comes equipped with Peloton bikes and water bottle holders.
The Statue of Liberty
If you want to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty, then I would suggest doing the tour. You can combine this with Ellis Island too if you wish.
If you choose this option, you definitely want to get the New York CityPASS, as it is one of the included experiences. You can buy this online and they have two options you can pick from.
Head to the Top of the Rock
There’s no better way to get a feeling of the the sheer size of this city than by seeing it from above. There are many buildings and rooftop bars that offer good view of the Big Apple, but two of the most popular views are the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. Luckily, both are part of the NYC CityPASS.
The Empire State Building
Just like Top of the Rock, the Empire State building is superb for those iconic aerial shots of the city with views for miles. Not only that, but it is also one of the most well known and famous buildings in the world. Having been featured in most films or TV shows, it is well worth a visit to this beautiful piece of architecture.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Visiting Ground Zero is, in my opinion, a must when you visit New York City. The museum is incredibly well-done and very powerful. It gets busy, so we’d recommend going as early as possible to avoid the rush.
Be sure to stop inside the Oculus, the train station adjacent to Ground Zero is meant to look like a dove taking flight and it looks stunning person.
This train station replaced the one that was destroyed in 9/11, twelve years after the terrorist attack. This impressive glass and steel structure is well worth a look as it’s suppose to resemble a dove taking flight.
I bet you’ve never seen a train station quite like it. And that makes sense, since not many other stations have the same budget as this one that cost a reported $4 billion to build.
Check out a Mets or Yankees Game
If you’re a fan of baseball or just American sports then you might want to try making it to a game while you’re in the Big Apple. The Yankee Stadium is one of the most famous in the country, and is surely a Bucket List experience for all you big sports fanatics out there.
Walk Brooklyn Bridge
One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge is a top thing to do on many visitors’ itineraries. It takes about 20 minutes to walk fully across while taking pictures and dodging people. For great photos, the best time to go is in the morning when there will be few people there and the lighting is beautiful.
Once you’e successfully crossed the bridge, head to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park or the Main Street Park for some beautiful views and spend a bit of time exploring the Dumbo neighbourhood. The most famous spot is here (see photo above) where this street perfectly alines with the bridge and through its archway you can see the Empire State Building.
Central Park is just as good as it looks in all the movies. But it was even more massive than you would expect. It is really good fun to just get lost in its winding paths and make some discoveries along the way. Rent a bike or lace up your walking shoes and prepare for an adventure!
The Friends Apartment Building
“I’ll be there for you…” on the corner of Bedford Street and Grove Street this building was used for the filming of the famous Friends TV show.
Lets face it, everyone knows that this is a tourist trap, but it really is somewhere that you need to visit while in NYC. With the inviting bright neon lights, hustle & bustle and bright yellow taxi’s – it’s just like the movies. Not to mention lots of possible photo opportunities as well.
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station is one of those iconic places that shows up in all sorts of movies and TV shows, so it’s pretty cool to see in real life if you have time. It’s likely that you’ll need to make a transfer here anyway, so pop upstairs and take a quick look. The ceiling is painted with constellations, and is a sight in itself.
Staple Street Bridge
This is starting to become more well known now, but relatively quiet if you head there early morning. This unique piece of architecture really stands out in NYC and makes for some awesome photoshoots.
Sea the City
A truely unique way of seeing the city! Jump on a jet ski and speed across the harbour taking in all of the famous sights including Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge all from the water. This is definitely a once in a lifetime type of experience.
The extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a soaring new landmark meant to be climbed. This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.
How to get there
Their location in Hell’s Kitchen, only steps from Times Square, makes Aliz the perfect choice of hotels for business or leisure trips to midtown NYC.
The prices will vary depending on what time of year you stay – to check out the pricing click here.
We stayed in September 2019 and for our King Room room it would cost $378 USD (exlcuding taxes) (£307) per night.
- Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Plenty of space to relax in
- Luggage storage
- Secure front doors and rooms
- Restaurant and coffee shop onsite
This hotel is a great place to stay due to its central location, and the perfect place to stay while in NYC. I am so glad that we chose to stay here for a few nights – it’s the chillest place in the town with everything you could need.
The room was fantastic, we had a super comfortable night sleep and really enjoyed watching the sun rise from our bed and large window. The location was my favourite feature as it was super central and easy to get around the city from there. The staff are also so friendly; they can honestly not do enough for you to make your stay that little bit more comfortable than what it already is.
You will want to spend longer
The city is pretty hectic, but in a great way. They don’t call it the city that never sleeps for a reason. It is surrounded by beautiful architecture, bountiful history and world famous attractions which are absolutely breath-taking and you will find yourself soaking them up the whole time you’re there. When you throw in the close proximity to the shops, bars, restaurants and all of the other attractions you are onto a winner!
If you are in New York City, United States and you want to have a unique luxury hotel experience, I would highly recommend Aliz Hotel Times Square.
***Thank you to Aliz Hotel Times Square for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.