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Guide to Manhattan’s West Side

The West Side is made up of Manhattan’s trendiest and most forward-thinking neighborhoods. If you haven’t explored this part of New York, what are you waiting for?

The Newest Member: Hudson Yards

Earlier this year, New York inaugurated its newest neighborhood: Hudson Yards. This gem is a complex built for a future where creativity, innovation, technology and culture work together perfectly. It’s home to "the smartest park in New York," art and performance venues, an observation deck, luxury shopping and fine dining. It’s crowning jewel is “The Vessel,” a structure that is meant to be climbed, photographed and admired by all.


After exploring Hudson Yards, it’s time to go back to an oldie but goodie. When you think of the West Side, we bet that Chelsea comes to mind. This neighborhood has been at the center of New York’s contemporary art community for years. It’s also one of the main reasons the rest of the West Side is so beautiful—without Chelsea transforming from an old and industrial corner to a colorful and vibrant cultural hub, many of our favorite attractions wouldn’t exist today.

Another reason why people flock to Chelsea is that it’s home to the world-famous Chelsea Food Market and the Chelsea Flea Market. Get ready to indulge in savory bites while scouring for vintage items.

people-walking-on-high-line-on-sunny-dayThe High Line

Ah, the High Line. We can’t get over how much we love this stretch of New York. Although it’s only 1.45 miles long, one can spend hours people watching, photographing the perennial plants or scouting for wildlife. Don’t forget to enjoy the artwork along the way and the urban scenes. If you’re into photography, this is the best time to include nature shots in your Instagram feed!  

Hudson River Greenway

Speaking of green spaces, the Hudson River Greenway is the ultimate New York trail. Runners and cyclists can explore the stretch that runs from Fort Washington Park to Battery Park. The most popular route is about 16 miles! This is a perfect way to see the entire West Side.


We’ve talked before about the best cruises in New York. Most of them sail from piers located on Manhattan’s West Side. Any cruise you take is bound to give you unparalleled views of New York Harbor and Manhattan’s skyline, accompanied by drinks or delicious meals.

Any tour of New York begins and ends at the Royalton New York. Stay in one of our luxury Midtown rooms, eat at Forty Four Restaurant and imbibe at Bar 44.