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Grand Central Terminal

This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.

Stand aside from the 750,000 daily visitors rushing to and from their trains and admire the architectural beauty of the majestic Grand Central Terminal. It’s also home to shops and dining options, making it an entertaining one-stop destination.

Even if you’ve nowhere to go, a visit to this Beaux Arts building is a heady sensory pleasure. Enter from 42nd Street in Midtown and stroll towards the Main Concourse, the station’s central area. You’ll recognize this cavernous space from many Hollywood films. Look up for a celestial treat: the 125-foot (38-meter) high ceilings, decorated by French artist Paul Cesar Helleu in 1912 with gold leaf on cerulean blue oil. The mural depicts the zodiac constellations backwards, an error some believe was simply an accident. Just below the ceiling, light streams in from six 75-foot (nearly 23-meter) arched windows, illuminating the stone walls and marble floors. 

In Hollywood movie style, make your way down one of the two opulent marble staircases modeled after the grand staircase in the Paris Opera House. Or rendezvous under the multi-million dollar, four-faced opal clock atop the information booth. 

Other highlights of Grand Central, designed by architectural firms Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, include French artist Jules Coutan’s sculptural group of Mercury flanked by Hercules and Minerva on the building’s facade. The sculpture surrounds a 13-foot diameter clock containing the world’s largest example of Tiffany glass. 

Still one of the largest transport hubs in the United States, Grand Central Terminal has 44 platforms and 67 tracks. There are two underground levels servicing surrounding parts of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut. If you visit with an empty stomach, the Dining Concourse, below the Main Concourse, has a range of options, including the iconic Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Opened in 1913, it’s the oldest establishment in the terminal. There’s a brilliant example of the tiled vaulting system designed by Spanish immigrant architect Rafael Guastavino, whose work can be seen in more than 200 buildings in New York City. Other examples include the Cathedral of St John the Divine and the Registry Hall at Ellis Island.

Grand Central Terminal is located at E. 42nd Street and Park Avenue. It’s a major subway, rail, and bus terminal.


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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City ¥9,067
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 5 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes.

    Hotel Pennsylvania ¥6,259
    Hotel Pennsylvania

    Hotel Pennsylvania

    401 7th Ave, New York, NY
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within 15 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 28 St. Station (7th Av.) is 4 minutes.

      The Westin New York Grand Central ¥14,274
      The Westin New York Grand Central

      The Westin New York Grand Central

      212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and United Nations Headquarters are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 9 minutes by foot and New York Grand Central Terminal Station is 9 minutes.

        Grand Hyatt New York ¥13,379
        Grand Hyatt New York

        Grand Hyatt New York

        109 East 42nd Street, at Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps from Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and Bryant Park are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 9 minutes.

          YOTEL New York ¥9,955
          YOTEL New York

          YOTEL New York

          570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 12 minutes by foot and 34 St. - Penn Station is 14 minutes.

            Hotel Hendricks ¥11,192
            Hotel Hendricks

            Hotel Hendricks

            25 W 38th Street, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from New York Public Library and 5th Avenue. Madison Square Garden and Bryant Park are also within 5 minutes. 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is only a 5-minute walk and 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is 6 minutes.

              Westgate New York Grand Central ¥10,823
              Westgate New York Grand Central

              Westgate New York Grand Central

              304 E 42nd St, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and Empire State Building. Rockefeller Center and Broadway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 11 minutes by foot and Lexington Av.-53 St. Station is 14 minutes.

                DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City ¥11,446
                DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City

                DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City

                569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Chrysler Building. Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock are also within 10 minutes. Lexington Av.-53 St. Station and Lexington Av.-63 St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.