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An Afternoon in Midtown

Are you looking for a cheap NYC hotel that's near the very best attractions? Hotel Mela is a perfectly priced boutique hotel situated in Midtown Manhattan- an ideal home base for all of your for NYC excursions. Here's a winning combo: a visit to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paired with a stroll through Central Park. American Museum of Natural History. The AMNH is a world acclaimed museum, located at Central Park West at 79th Street, across the street from Central Park. From exhibits on ocean life, fossils, meteorites, dinosaurs, and apes, to a fantastic planetarium, gift shops and food, there's something for everyone at the AMNH. Don't miss the popular Earth and Space Tour. The Museum is open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Central Park. After your visit to the AMNH, head over to Central Park. Relax, refresh and revive as you stroll this 843 acre urban park (that's 6% of Manhattan's total acreage)! Opened in 1857, Central Park is a magical place to people-watch and soak up the NYC vibe. Be sure to make time to visit the Central Park Zoo. It's small, but it consistently receives rave reviews. Located at 830 Fifth Avenue, zoo highlights include a petting zoo, a walk through bird aviary and a sea lion pool. The zoo is open April through October: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-5:30pm. November through March:Open daily 10am-4:30pm. Pair the American Museum of Natural History with a visit to Central Park and its zoo and you've created a dream day in NYC. Recount fond memories of the day over a tasty meal at Saju, a dynamic French Bistro located in Hotel Mela. You'll enjoy genuine NY flavor, outstanding service, and a hip atmosphere that will make you feel like a local.