Explore the most exciting city in the world when you plan a trip to New York City and stay right in the heart of it all in a Manhattan vacation rental. Choose apartments that put you in the heart of Times Square, steps away from Central Park, or near the trendy eateries and shops of Greenwich Village or SoHo. With easy public transportation all over Manhattan, you can indulge in the best theater, shopping, dining and sightseeing in the world, and then come home to relax in privacy and comfort, with plenty of space to spread out.

Manhattan offers something for everyone. Stay near Central Park if you’re traveling with your family to take advantage of the Central Park Zoo, all sorts of playgrounds, and plenty of open space for running around and having fun. If theater is your thing, you’ve come to the right city; stay near Midtown to give yourself easy access to Broadway. Foodies can find world-class restaurants in any neighborhood of Manhattan, and nightlife is always an option in this city that truly never sleeps. You can get plenty of refreshing sleep, though, in your comfortable vacation rental, to give you energy for another day in the Big Apple.

1. Lower Manhattan

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Choose a spacious loft in Tribeca to put yourself in walking distance of all of Lower Manhattan, or opt for a cozy studio vacation rental near the World Trade Center. Some vacation rentals feature spas, gyms and juice bars in the building, while artists’ lofts feature stunning contemporary art that inspires you before you set foot outdoors. Enjoy the hip coffee bars and restaurants that abound in this neighborhood.

2. Greenwich Village

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Enjoy your vacation in a studio apartment in a doorman building, a carriage house on a tree-lined street or a penthouse with a terrace that offers sweeping views of the Hudson River. Walk to Washington Square Park from your vacation rental in Greenwich Village or SoHo, picking up a treat from the famous Magnolia Bakery. In the evenings, head to a local jazz club or art gallery, and in the daytime, stroll along the Highline to enjoy the art installations and the peaceful feeling.

3. East Village

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If you’re looking for nightlife and amazing dining, check out vacation rentals in the East Village and NoHo. Pre-war buildings with exposed brick let you feel like a New York native, and penthouses with cathedral ceilings put you above the city. Take a run along the East River boardwalk, or pick up some authentic Chinese food in Chinatown to bring back to your home away from home.

4. Chelsea

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Enjoy amazing views of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River from your penthouse in Chelsea. Cozy studio rentals put you near the subway, and no matter where you are in this neighborhood, you’re near the foodie delights of Chelsea Market.

5. Midtown

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When you stay in Midtown, you’re right in the heart of Manhattan. Head to the TKTS booth in Times Square to pick up half-priced tickets for a Broadway show, and walk up Fifth Avenue when you’re ready to do some serious shopping. Vacation rentals in Hell’s Kitchen put you steps away from some the top restaurants in NYC, while doorman apartments with hardwood floors and sweeping views give you a real Manhattan experience.

6. Midtown East

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Stay in Gramercy or Murray Hill to enjoy proximity to Midtown with a little quieter vibe and plenty of hip restaurants. Historic buildings in Midtown East host vacation rentals with high ceilings and vintage details or check out lofts with all sorts of tech amenities. In this neighborhood, you’re near Broadway theaters, the United Nations, the East River and Central Park.

7. Upper West Side

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From the Upper West Side, you can head straight to Central Park, where all of New York comes to relax and have fun. Go ice skating in the winter, or sit and listen to amazing street musicians in the summer. You’re also close to Lincoln Center for stunning musical performances. Stroll through the serene tree-lined streets before heading to your doorman building and nestling down in your brownstone or in an apartment with Central Park views.

8. Upper East Side

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Vacation rentals on the Upper East Side often take the form of pre-war buildings with vintage details and plenty of charm. Walk from your apartment to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; these two attractions alone could keep you occupied for weeks, though you probably want to venture south for some shopping and Broadway shows.

9. Harlem

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Fans of Alexander Hamilton often make pilgrimages to Harlem to see where he lived with his wife Eliza. You can enjoy this happening neighborhood from your comfortable garden apartment, or choose a vacation rental in a classic brownstone. Central Park is just to the south, and the legendary Apollo Theater opens its doors every evening to delight your soul.

10. Morningside Heights

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At the north end of Manhattan, and moving even further north to Washington Heights, you can find vacation rentals that offer a welcome at a price that makes your vacation budget smile. Choose a historic building with old-style charm, or rent a condo overlooking the north end of Central Park and only a quick subway ride down into midtown. Within walking distance are Columbia University, Riverside Park, and the stunning Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, where you might find yourself strolling into a breathtaking choral concert at any time.