** This blog post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Travels with Kayy and Millennium Downtown New York Hotel **
The Millennium Downtown New York Hotel is the most picture perfect hotel in the city of New York. This amazing four-star hotel offers beautiful views of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hudson River, and Jersey City from its high-rise rooms, sunrise to sunset. The views are, without a doubt, the best part of a stay with Millennium Downtown New York Hotel. However, the location, right in the center of lower Manhattan, is just as sublime, as are the prices! For this area, the rates are kept quite reasonable, without sacrificing quality (read: luxury) or comfort. Without a doubt, Travels with Kayy votes this hotel as the accommodation with the best views, in the best location, with the best prices, in Manhattan!
The Millennium Downtown New York Hotel could not be placed in a more perfect location! The hotel is situated downtown, right across the street from the One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial. When I say right across the street, I mean literally right across the street! Downtown New York is exactly where you want to be for your second, third, or even tenth or eleventh, trip to Manhattan.
Most first-time tourists who visit New York City make their way to Midtown Manhattan. Here you can find the “main attractions,” aka Times Square, the Empire State Building, Grand Central, popular museums, and more. Downtown Manhattan, does hold a gateway to the famous Statue of Liberty and the aforementioned One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial. However, there are also so many hidden treasures to discover. The Millennium Downtown New York Hotel Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore when you are ready to dive deeper into New York City.
Getting To Millennium Downtown New York Hotel
Getting to the hotel is quite easy via public transportation from the two main train stations in Manhattan. From both Grand Central Station and Penn Station, there are multiple subway lines that take you within walking distance of the Millennium Downtown New York Hotel without the need for a transfer. As long as you aren’t carrying multiple large suitcases, travel via subway shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Subway and bus transport is also possible from the three main airports that service New York City. However, transfers are required, which makes it a bit more complicated if one is not familiar with the MTA system. A taxi or shared ride service, such as Lyft or Uber, while more expensive, will be far more convenient to/from the airports.
Each room at the Millennium Downtown New York Hotel boast a beautiful view of Downtown Manhattan and the surrounding areas. The hotel offers single or double rooms and several suite options. For a single bed, guests may choose between a king or queen. Then, there are rooms with two double beds. There are “Deluxe” versions of each room, which offer city views from a high-rise floor, as opposed to a lower level. A room with a high-rise view is Travels with Kayy’s personal recommendation!
There are five different type of suites available – both junior and luxury suites – at the Millennium Downtown New York Hotel, which sleep between three and four people. Junior suites are a little over 400 square feet, while luxury suites boast over 800 square feet of space. Each of the suites have a separate bedroom space and at least one common area. The largest suite available has two bedrooms and is a total of 1,600 square feet!
Single bedrooms start at $228 USD, while double rooms start at $305 USD. Junior Suite prices begin at $365 USD, Regular 1-Bedroom Suites start at $738 USD, and Luxury Suites start at $908 USD. Price is dependent on the time of the year. The holidays and summer are considered “high season” in New York City and therefore will cause an increase in nightly rates. Visit the hotel’s website to check the most updated prices and book your next stay!
The Millennium Downtown New York Hotel has an onsite restaurant and bar. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed it’s in-person dining and drinking options. However, the hotel does offer a wonderful in-room food service. Other amenities include a fitness center, business center, and multiple meeting rooms. Lastly, a concierge and valet parking are usually available as well, though this is also on hold for the time being. Visit the hotel’s website for status updates on all amenities.
There is plenty to see and do in Lower Manhattan and most of these attractions are only minutes away from Millennium Downtown New York Hotel. Listed below are the most popular stops you don’t want to miss during your stay!
One World Trade Center
As shared previously, the One World Trade Center, also know as the Freedom Tower, is right across the street from the hotel. It was constructed in remembrance of the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. It’s currently the tallest building in the United States and for $37 USD you can head up to the top for some incredible views at the “One World Observatory.”
9/11 Memorial & Museum
At the spots where the well-known Twin Towers once proudly stood prior to 9/11, two beautiful memorials have been constructed. Each memorial has the names of those who perished carved along the sides, and many times, visitors may see beautiful white roses placed on the names in tribute. The memorials are open to pay your respects, free of charge, between 10 am and 5 pm EST daily.
The accompanying 9/11 Museum is open 10 am – 5 pm EST, Monday – Thursday. Admission starts at $26 USD per person, though it is free on Mondays (first come, first serve) until 3:30 pm EST! Please note the museum is closed on holidays.
The Oculus is a shopping mall, well-known for it’s incredibly unique architecture. It is also a major transportation hub in the downtown area. Before your trip, check out what events may be happening in the Oculus, as they occur frequently, especially around the holidays!
Eataly Downtown is an Italian market featuring a number of fresh food shops, several to-go options, a bar, a cafe, and a restaurant. It’s location is perfect, as it is steps away from the entrance of the Millennium Downtown New York Hotel. There are many events held here, and are quite popular among visitors and locals alike! Travels with Kayy attended a food and wine festival while visiting here, and highly recommends planning a visit around one of these events, if at all possible.
The Financial District
Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Charging Bull, the Fearless Girl Statue, Bowling Green Park… the list of famous landmarks in this area is endless! The best part about this? It’s less than half a mile from the hotel!
One of the oldest streets in the city, Stone Street is a pedestrian-only cobblestone street filled with restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars.
South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport is a historic area along the East River found half a mile from Millennium Downtown New York Hotel. The South Street Seaport Museum tells the historical significance of the area on weekends, at no cost with a prior reservation! There are also many shops at the adjacent mall and many fabulous restaurants and bars, which can be found along the pier.
Fulton Market is an indoor/outdoor market in South Street Seaport that runs from Monday through Saturday that is worth checking out. Additionally, there are many festivals that run throughout the year, and plenty of live music and concerts. Definitely check out the happenings before your trip so you can plan ahead!
Battery Park is the gateway to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from lower Manhattan. The viewpoint of the Statue of Liberty from the park is quite famous. However, 7 days a week between 9 am and 3 pm EST, you can also board a round trip ferry to visit the statue up close, as well as Ellis Island. General admission to board the ferry and get off at both stops is $23.50 USD. Upgrades to climb up the Statue of Liberty are available.
Brookfield Place is another great shopping mall along the Hudson River close to the hotel. There are plenty of dining options here as well. In the winter, there is an ice skating rink outside overlooking the Hudson! Ice skating is available 7 days a week, with hours varying depending on the day of the week. Ice skating costs $17 USD plus $5 USD for skate rentals.
Holidays are a particularly special time at Brookfield, as it is beautifully decorated during this time. In addition, there are many events held here both during the holidays and throughout the year.
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, or DUMBO, is Brooklyn’s most popular area to visit. It also happens to be less than 2 miles from Millennium Downtown New York Hotel! It is absolutely a must-visit during your trip! Below are some of the highlights in the area.
Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
You can walk less than half a mile from the Millennium Downtown New York Hotel to get to the start of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway. The walk across the bridge itself is approximately 1.1 miles one way. Take your time walking and enjoying the amazing views that await you from all sides. You can walk there and back, or you may choose to only walk one way and use public transportation (bus, subway, taxi or shared transport) to return. This is truly one of the best free activities to participate in during your stay.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a beautiful waterfront park, with amazing greenery, walkways, piers, and best of all… spectacular bridges and city skyline views! Also found here is the restored 20th century Jane’s Carousel and the pretty Pebble Beach found under the Manhattan Bridge.
Washington Street/DUMBO-Manhattan Bridge View
The DUMBO-Manhattan Bridge view, located on Washington Street, is a a picturesque tourist hotspot in the DUMBO area. You’ve likely seen these photos on Instagram in the past… it’s 100% worth venturing over here to grab some photos of your own!
Grimaldi’s is the famous Brooklyn pizzeria found underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s the perfect place to stop for some delicious New York Pizza after a day full of adventuring. Just be prepared for a short wait, as it gets quite busy during mealtimes.
Time Out Market
An amazing collection of unique restaurants, bars, and shops that will satisfy any type of craving you may have here are Time Out Market! There is also a rooftop stage, where there are regular shows and events. Additionally, check for any number of workshops, classes, game nights, etc. that occur throughout the year before your visit to DUMBO.
DUMBO Holiday Market
During the months of November and December there is a Holiday Market every Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm under the Brooklyn Bridge archway!
And In Conclusion...
Travels with Kayy highly, highly recommends booking with Millennium Downtown New York Hotel for your next New York City vacation. During their own weekend stay this November, Kayy and her guest enjoyed the wonderful city skyline views from the comfort of their beautiful high-rise corner room. Most of the above activities, in both Lower Manhattan and DUMBO, were included in the weekend itinerary, and it was a great time! Check out Travels with Kayy’s “Millennium NYC” story highlights on her Instagram account for all the great stories from that weekend!
As you saw at the beginning of this post, this blog post is a sponsored collaboration with Millennium Downtown New York Hotel. However, in full disclosure Travels with Kayy approached the hotel for the collaboration, as Kayy stayed previously and had such a marvelous time, she just needed to come back and do a feature on it!