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Staying at an NYC Hotel for the first time? Browse these FAQs about NYC Activities for 1st-time visitors.

First time visitors to the City will find so many New York Attractions and NYC Activities that it can be a little overwhelming. Planning your first stay at our NYC Hotel? Read below for some commonly-asked questions about NYC Activities that you won’t want to miss.

Q: We’re planning a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan, and it’s our first visit to NYC. What are some of the NYC Activities and New York Attractions we shouldn’t miss?
A: Guests at our NYC Hotel are sometimes surprised by the sheer number of NYC Activities and New York Attractions located nearby. The NYC Things to Do that will interest you most depend, obviously, on your interests. Some want to visit the historical sites. Others can’t enough of the art museums. Still others spend their days Shopping. Some of the most well-known New York Attractions are the September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the American Museum of Natural History. But that doesn’t even scratch the surface. View our New York Visitors Guide for some more suggestions of NYC Activities or ask our helpful staff for additional recommendations.

Q: I’m planning a family stay at your NYC Hotel. Could you suggest some NYC Activities that kids will enjoy?
A:  Our NYC Hotel is a great place for a family getaway, and there are many kid-friendly NYC Activities and New York Attractions located nearby. Some of the New York Attractions kids love are the American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, Queens Country Farm Museum, and the Empire State Building. Some of the NYC Activities your kids will enjoy are walking tours, carriage rides, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, or exploring the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Q: We’ve never been to New York City before, but we’ve heard all about the pizza. Could you recommend some of the best pizza places near your NYC Hotel?
A: If you ask 10 members of the staff at our NYC where to get the best pizza, you are likely to get 10 different answers. The fact that there are so many places to enjoy amazing pizza is the reason that searching for the best is such a popular NYC Activity. A few of the top spots for enjoying New York style pizza are Lucali, Totonno’s, Lombardis, and DiFara. Feel free to ask our Concierge for even more suggestions.

Q: Are there many NYC Activities and New York Attractions for kids located near your NYC Hotel?
A: Yes! There are plenty of NYC Activities and New York Attractions for kids located near our NYC Hotel.  From museums like the American Museum of Natural History to fun NYC Activities like harbor tours, walking tours, and carriage rides in Central Park, there are Activities and Attractions in New York to interest kids (and adults) of all ages.                                                

Q: I’m very excited about learning about the New York food scene. I know that dining out is a top NYC Activity. Can you suggest a few places where I could enjoy a fine-dining experience near your NYC Hotel?
A: It is true that enjoying the fabulous Restaurants near our NYC Hotel is a top NYC Activity. In fact, some people come to the City just to enjoy the top-notch dining that is available nearby. Restaurants near DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan include both casual and upscale fare. Some of the best choices for a fine-dining experience during your stay at our NYC Hotel are Del Posto, Per Se, Daniel, Masa, and One if by Land, Two if by Sea. View our New York Dining Guide for other suggestions for can’t-miss Restaurants in New York City.

Q: I read that taking a tour is one of the best NYC Activities for first-time visitors as you’re able to see and learn about several New York Attractions at once. Could you offer the names of some of the companies that offer tours near your NYC Hotel?
A: Taking a tour is one of the best ways to learn about the City, see several New York Attractions at once, and have the chance to ask questions about the things you see. Whether you want a walking tour, a bus tour, or a harbor tour, there are many companies that offer these NYC Activities. Some of the City’s tour operators are Great New York Tours, New York Historical Tours, Big Onion Walking Tours, Classic Harbor Line, and N.Y. Harbor Boat Tours. 

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  • “Very pleasant place”

    Staff was helpful and gracious - easy access to subway if needed - doorman assisted with taxis - great service; housekeeping staff polite and considerate with sleeping in - they were quiet in the hallways - any special requests were honored. Staff at the bar said no problem for taking drinks to the room with a snack. Unfortunately did not try the restaurant - next time! Everyone was terrific - felt right at home.
  • “Lovely staff, great location, clean rooms”

    We were that English family! We came to New York to celebrate my sons 21st birthday. Kim was fantastically helpful when I told her it was my sons 21st. They decorated our room, left him some gifts, gave us vouchers for his first drink in the U.S., dealt with all our queries and were so friendly and welcoming. The hotel is in a great location - very central. The rooms are not huge, but we spent very little time in our room as we were out exploring. The rooms were very clean and the beds comfortable. There is no room service but there is a shop next door which does coffees, breakfasts and snacks and there is also a very good restaurant next door but one. I would recommend this hotel as a base for any families visiting New York.

    Staying at the Double Tree Metroapolian in New York City is a wonderful experience that every traveler deserves to have. The location is great and the service is EXCELLENT..From check in to check out you are treated like royalty.
  • “Clean & Great Location”

    Stayed at the Double Tree in Midtown for 1 night. Good location - easy walk to Times Square for the Theater and lots of restaurants close by. Staff was friendly. Rooms were spacious and clean. Room on the 6th floor was suprisingly quiet. Parking is availabe under hotel at a reduced rate.
  • “Excellent choice for East Side locations”

    Close to subway and easy ingress/egress to LGA or JFK; rooms smaller than the Hilton on 6th Ave but big enough, clean and quiet; the staff could not be more accommodating and the cookies you get upon check-in are fabulous.