06 Jan Planning a Business Trip to New York? Read this Guide
New York City is not just the financial capital of the world but also home to some of the world’s most exciting companies and startups, making it a top destination for business travellers. It may be noisy, chaotic and incredibly expensive at times, but as a city that truly never sleeps there is always something to do. If you’re planning a business trip to New York here’s a handy guide to help you plan your trip:
Getting to New York
If you’re flying cross-country to New York or making the trip across the Atlantic from London, you’ll want to fly Business Class to ensure you’re well rested before you arrive. If you’re a frequent flyer then you may have racked up some air miles, but if you don’t, then a company called SkyClub offers discounted business class flights to New York. They’ll provide you with a private quote that’s cheaper than booking online, plus you’ll have the added benefit of knowing you can call them up if anything happens during your journey.
Traffic in New York can be terrible, so allow yourself plenty of time. Uber is available all over the city or you can easily hail one of the yellow cabs, but don’t be shocked if you spend most of your time held up in a jam. The subway is actually the fastest and most reliable way to get around, and is much more affordable than London, for instance.
Where to Stay in New York
New York hotels are notoriously expensive and there are lots of nightly taxes and fees on top. Be careful when booking with websites that exclude the taxes and fees, since you might get a shock when you come to pay at the hotel. Bear in mind that rooms are a lot smaller here too, so even if your room costs $300 per night it isn’t going to be as big as the hotel rooms you’ve stayed at in the rest of the world.
If you need to be in the centre of Manhattan close to the Empire State Building and Times Square then we recommend a new hotel called the Arlo Nomad, a high-design hotel featuring compact yet stylish rooms with spectacular views across the New York skyline.With rates starting at $179 per night the rooms are affordable yet incredibly stylish. For more stay options close to Times Square, you can check out the post – The Best Hotels for Experiencing New York’s Times Square listed by HotelsCombined.
Alternatively if you need to stay downtown near the Financial District then you might want to book a room at the Gild Hall, a luxury boutique hotel with Aspen-inspired decor. You’ll also find all the well-known hotel chains here, such as Holiday Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and Marriott. There are plenty of business hotels in New York offering free Wi-Fi and conference centres, so you’ll be able to make video conference calls and keep in touch with business colleagues back home.
What to see
If you have any time to explore the city once business is over, then New York City has no shortage of attractions. Central Park, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building should all be on your list of must-sees. If you’re interested in art then New York also has some of the best galleries in the world, including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Whitney.
Where to eat and drink
Every type of cuisine can be found in the heart of Manhattan. Want authentic Italian food? Head to Little Italy. Chinese food? Pop on over to Chinatown. The city has everything from $1 pizza slices to award-winning restaurants and Michelin-starred chefs. The NoMad Hotel is fantastic for brunch, serving modern twists on breakfast classics inside an impressive atrium. For drinks you shouldn’t miss Bathtub Gin, a speakeasy-style bar serving small plates and gin-based cocktails.
Of course if you only have a few days in New York you’ll only just scratch the surface, but there’s something about the vibe in New York City that will have you feeling inspired and motivated to take business to the next level.