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Big Apple Barbecue

Okay, we know the Big Apple isn't exactly known for barbecue. Pizza? Yes. Heaping plates of smoky, slow-cooked barbecue goodness? Not so much. Read more

Park Pleasures

Summer is here at last and, to us, that means one thing: Shakespeare in the Park. This year, three-time Tony winning director Jack O'Brien takes us to sunny Sicily for "Much Ado About Nothing," the Bard's beloved and delightfully witty romantic comedy. Read more

Dare to Discover

Exhibits about Titanic, King Tut and Leonardo Da Vinci all under the same roof? You got it! Operated by the same folks who dream up the Discovery Channel's thought provoking programming, Discovery Times Square brings together some of the world's most intriguing topics and adds the entertainment element you'd expect, given its Times Square location. Read more

Fans of (Free) Film

For the first time ever, the Tribeca Film Festival will screen 35 films for free on Friday, April 25. It's all part of presenting sponsor AT&T's "Film For All Friday" âÂ?" a new initiative that will put coveted Film Fest tickets in the hands of any film lover, simply by stopping by an AT&T-owned retail location between April 14-17. Read more

Keys to the Orchid Show

Inspired by a mythical modernist estate garden in the Florida Keys, the New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show â?" on view now through April 21 â?" shines the spotlight on the colorful, semitropical orchids in "Key West Contempora Read more

Skate Through Winter

In any season, Bryant Park is one of our favorite places in the Big Apple – but this winter, it’s an extra-special excursion. Whether you’re an ace on the ice or a newbie to skating, be sure to drop by the Bank of America Winter Vil Read more

Smart Cookie

If New York has a signature cookie, it’s surely the “Black and White” (not to be confused with the almost identical Half Moon Cookie, which claims an altogether different geographic heritage). Soft and a bit spongy, the Big Apple va Read more

Love Downton Abbey?

If you can't wait for Season 4 of Downtown Abbey to air in early January, head to Broadway for laughs aplenty. We think one of the funniest hits on the Great White Way is the cheeky music hall comedy set in Edwardian England, "A Gentleman's Guide to Read more

A Nod to Nat

If there's one quintessential, unmistakable scent that defines the holiday season in New York, it's chestnuts â?" specifically roasted chestnuts â?" a seasonal staple that, well, just smells like a stroll down Fifth Avenue on a brisk Dece Read more

Can't Miss Winter Broadway Shows

The winter season brings some amazing Broadway shows to life. These shows are all well attended and often attract tourists. Here are some of the shows worth seeing on Broadway this winter. Twelfth Night and Richard the Third is a Broadway show that i Read more

Times Square Winter Getaway

A winter getaway to Times Square can be a beautiful and exhilarating experience. Times Square is lovely in the winter when snow is covering the ground. Those who want to take a winter getaway to Times Square will enjoy themselves no matter what. A Ti Read more

Upcoming NYC November Events

Throughout the month of November many exciting events are taking place in NYC. Many of these events are held every year and have a great reputation among both locals and tourists. From November 7th to November 11th is the NYC Comedy Festival. This fe Read more

Top 5 Reasons To Visit Times Square

Times Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. There are so many things to do there that visitors often make Times Square their first stop when they arrive in the city. Here are five reasons why Times Square is worth visiti Read more

Best Places In NYC To Visit During The Holidays

As exciting and beautiful as NYC is all year long it is even more so during the holiday season. For anyone who wants to enjoy the season in the most exciting way possible, a trip to NYC is a great idea. Here are some of the best places to visit in NY Read more

Best Spots To Watch The New York Marathon

The New York City Marathon is one that many residents come out in droves to watch. Tourists also travel to New York City to watch the marathon. What tourists need to know before setting out is where the best spots are to watch the marathon from. Ther Read more

Best Sports Bars Around Times Square

There are many bars in and around Times Square and a large number of them are sports bars. Locals often gather at these bars after a tough day at work or to check out the big game. Beer Authority is a popular sports bar located in Times Square. There Read more

Best Places To Take Kids In Times Square During Halloween Season

The Halloween season can be very fun and exciting for kids in NYC. There are many child-friendly places in Times Square that the whole family can have a blast with. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens is a kid friendly event Read more

Laugh Out Loud

Because we could all use a little more laughter in our lives, it's time to head to the Big Apple for the New York Comedy Festival, kicking off November 6 for five days of laugh-out-load hilarity. It all beings with two not-to-be-missed events: Stand Read more

Best Places In NYC To Spot Celebrities

NYC is full of celebrities who need to eat, shop and have fun just like the rest of us. Native New Yorkers can tell you where the best places are to spot celebrities. Where you will find celebrities depends on which ones you are looking to spot. In g Read more

New York City Haunted Houses

There are many New York City haunted houses that are great to visit during the Halloween season and this is why so many people choose to visit Times Square in October. There are many events taking place in Times Square this October that are worth tra Read more

The Perfect Romantic Times Square Fall Getaway

A Times Square fall getaway is always special but it is even more special when it is a romantic getaway. Young lovers flock to NYC to celebrate engagements, honeymoons and anniversaries. There are so many romantic things to do in Times Square and nea Read more

Halloween In Times Square

Halloween in Times Square can be a very exciting night. Several events take place that are well attended by both locals and tourists. One of those events is the Bounce Music Festival, held on Halloween night at the Best Buy Theatre. The Bounce Music Read more

NYC October Festivals

There are many festivals thrown in NYC in October. They are spread out throughout the city's five boroughs. The 2013 New York Honk Festival will be held from October 15th to the 29th. This event involves music from all over the world. Many local and Read more

Best French Restaurants Near Times Square

Those who have an appreciation for French food will love that there are so many French restaurants near Times Square. One of them is the Zucco Le French Diner. Located in NYC's Lower East Side, this diner is a very popular dinner destination among lo Read more

October Events Near Times Square

New York City is always an exciting place but New York City in the fall is even better. There are many events that take place in or near Times Square in October. One of those events is the SABEW New York Fall Conference which takes place on October 3 Read more

Seasonal Foods Found In NYC

      Seasonal foods are foods that are only grown during certain seasons and in each state, the seasonal foods are different. Some of the seasonal foods found in NYC are:      Apples Beets Blueberries Cabbage Carrots Read more

Celebrity Restaurants Near Times Square

Many celebrities of both the culinary world and the entertainment world have opened their own restaurants in or near Times Square. One of those is celebrity chef Thomas Keller's restaurant, Per Se. This French restaurant is decorated in a style inspi Read more

Easy As ABC

It's easy to work up an appetite picking through ABC Carpet & Home's ten floors of inspired furnishings, antiques, textiles and accessories. So it was only a matter of time before the spectacular Union Square storefront added a spot to mid-shoppi Read more

TV Shows Filmed In Times Square

Since it is so well known all over the world, even to those who have never been to NYC, many TV shows have been filmed at least partly in Times Square. One of those shows is called Smash. In February of 2013, multiple scenes were filmed for various e Read more

The Most Unique Foods Around Times Square

The diversity of the restaurants in Times Square mean that there are unique foods served there that New Yorker’s don’t see elsewhere. One of those is Szechuan Gourmet’s Ma Po bean curd. This dish includes cubes covered in sauce made Read more

Why NY Business Travelers Stay In Times Square Hotels

New York business travelers often stay in Times Square because it is a convenient location for doing business in Manhattan. It is close to everything and there are many dining and hotel options throughout Times Square that are catered towards busines Read more

What To Pack When Visiting NYC In The Fall

Visiting NYC in the fall can make for a truly beautiful experience. The trees in Central Park are beautiful during the fall season. If you are packing for a fall visit to NYC it is always helpful to pack an umbrella. You never know when there might b Read more

Most Popular NYC Sightseeing Spots

Sightseeing in NYC is an exciting way to spend a day in the city. There are endless possibilities throughout the city, but certain sightseeing spots are more popular than others. These are the most popular NYC sightseeing spots: The American Museum o Read more

NYC Upcoming Fall Events

There is nothing like NYC on a crisp fall afternoon. There are many exciting events that take place in the fall in NYC. Some of those events include the Columbus Day Parade, the Village Halloween Parade, the CMJ Music Marathon and Open House New York Read more

Best Times Square Outdoor Restaurants

There are many delicious restaurants located throughout Times Square. If you are looking for the best Times Square outdoor restaurants with plenty of outdoor seating, you do have a few choices. One of those choices is the Casa Bella Ristorante. The C Read more

Fall Times Square Getaway

Visiting NYC for a fall Times Square Getaway is a great way to see the sights without having to deal with extremely hot or cold weather. Fall is not prime tourist season in NYC so you may find that the crowds are much less than they would be otherwis Read more

What Is Trending In NYC Fall 2013

While trends change in NYC from season to season and even day to day, the fall is upon us and there are a few things, which capture the attention of locals during this time of year. While some events and places require a bit of a drive or subway trip Read more

Kick Back and Be A Kid Again

Remember when Goodnight Moon was required reading before bed? The folks at the New York Public Library doâ?¦.and, hey, just walking up the stately steps of this literary landmark on Fifth Avenue somehow elevates your intellect. Now throu Read more

September Events Near Times Square

While the summer months have come to a close, the event calendar in NYC never stops. Even when the bulk of the tourists head home and the kids go back to school, the city that never sleeps still has a great lineup of things to see and do within easy Read more

Labor Day Weekend in NYC

NYC is one of the best places for end of summer fun and with so much going on in the city; it's easy to get quite lost. While nearly every borough is having wonderful street celebrations, there are a few things that both tourists and locals alike fl Read more

Best Jazz Spots Near Times Square

NYC has always been known as a great place to showcase music talent from all corners of the globe as well as local talent. This is no exception for the jazz scene, which is among the most popular genres the city has to offer. There are even a good nu Read more

Best Comedy Clubs Near Times Square

If you are looking for comedy clubs and legends, no place quite hits the funny bone like NYC. Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, and Friends were all filmed or are still filmed in the iconic city and many of comedy's top legends got their start in the fa Read more

Visit The Discovery Times Square Museum

NYC has some of the most interactive and prestigious museums in the nation. No matter what type of museum you like, there's no shortage in or around Times Square. One of the best and most interactive museums in NYC is the Discovery Times Square. Loca Read more

Safety Tips For Walking Around NYC

NYC is one of the largest cities in the world and it can be quite easy to get lost even from one street to the next as well as possibly get hurt in a maze of traffic. While common sense should prevail here, many new visitors to Times Square often get Read more

Popular Landmarks Around Times Square To Visit

Times Square is one of the most popular places in the world to visit and stay. With so much to see and do, there's no shortage of fun to be had. There are quite a number of landmarks to see and places to visit that it would be nearly to many to list Read more

Visiting The NY Aquarium

During any stay in Times Square, a planned visit to the NY Aquarium should be on anyone's list. Fun for all ages and housing many attractions not seen anywhere else, it is one of the premier centerpieces of NYC and it's many attractions. Located in B Read more

Visit Times Square In The Fall

NYC is a city that always strives to look it's very best year round. At times, however, it seems that nature does the job simply on its own and at no other time will you see the very best of Times Square than in the fall. In fact, from August to Nove Read more

Can't Miss 2013 Fall Broadway Shows

A must on any to do list for visitors to Times Square is to take in a Broadway show. While shows can be hit or miss depending on the genre you like, there are shows to delight any crowd or age level. The key to not only finding a show you may like as Read more

Visit Little Italy During Your Times Square Stay

NYC is famous for many things. World class dining, shopping, Broadway but most of all its culture. Home to nationalities of all types, New York City boasts the very best of the world all in one location. Out of all of these, one stands out among the Read more

Events Near Times Square This August

There's never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps and while it's easy to get caught up in so much to see and do on any normal day; the special events are not to be missed at all. There is no shortage of special events being held in the month Read more

Best Vegetarian Dining Near Times Square

Everyone loves NYC for many reasons. Whether it's shopping, attractions, the city itself and especially the fine dining, many tourists want to experience all of these things. While vegetarians often have a hard time finding good restaurants that cate Read more

Visit Chelsea Piers During Times Square Visit

NYC has always been known for its passion for sports. With sports teams of every type, there is never a shortage of action. NYC residents also love to take part in sports activity and some of the best sports complexes can be found quite near your Tim Read more

Best Mexican Food Near Times Square

It is widely known that NYC is one of the best places in the world to find great dining in almost every culinary genre. No matter what type of food you like, you can find both world-class restaurants that cater to tourists as well as many local favor Read more

Beating The NYC Summer Heat

While NYC is known for having nearly the best of everything from dining, shopping, and attractions of all types; the summer heat can be quite miserable. While Times Square can be fun and enjoyable, you do need to take a few things into consideration Read more

Experience "Where's Waldo?" During Your NYC Vacation

One of the more interesting events in NYC's cultural landscape is "Where's Waldo?". This event is great for the whole family; it highlights the museums, beaches and other cultural highlights of the city and each day gives you new insight into each ar Read more

Tips To Plan An Affordable Times Square Weekend

When most people visit NYC, they easily get overwhelmed by the simple fact that there is often so much to see, do, and buy that he or she will way overextend their vacation budget. While this is great for the businesses, restaurants, and attractions Read more

Best New York City Zoos To Visit

During your NYC vacation, there is so much to see and do that it is quite easy to simply throw away the itinerary and try to see as much as possible. While it is quite fun to see the many attractions New York has to offer, one thing you should consid Read more

Must Visit Rooftop Bars Around Times Square

New York City's Times Square is known for having many rooftop bars that people can't resist visiting. These bars are all high-end and offer very impressive views of the Manhattan skyline. Sky Room The Sky Room is a rooftop bar in Times Square that al Read more

Visiting Governor's Island

Located in the New York Harbor, Governor’s Island is a popular attraction during the summer months. There is much culture, art and performances to be found taking place on the island. It is only open to the public in the summer and offers limit Read more

Watch A Yankees Game During Times Square Visit

A summertime trip to New York City and Times Square isn’t complete until you have watched a Yankee’s home game. If you can get tickets to a game at Yankee Stadium (located in the Bronx), you will be in for an amazing experience, regardles Read more

Best Italian Restaurants In Times Square

If you love Italian food and you love Times Square you are in luck because there are many excellent and well-known Italian restaurants in Times Square. Almost always owned/managed by full-blooded Italians, these restaurants will inspire you to take a Read more

New York City Subway Safety Tips

Riding on the New York City Subway can be a dangerous thing to do, especially if you are not a native New Yorker. Here are some NYC subway safety tips for how to safely ride the subway during your visit to the city.   Always be aware of your s Read more

New York City Summertime Fashion

While NYC has been known as the home of fashion, residents will tell you that the most important thing to remember while in NYC is to dress for the weather and activity. During your summer stay in Times Square, you might notice that you are doing an Read more

New York City 4th of July

While the 4th of July is a widely celebrated holiday in almost every American city, the Northeast holds some of the best celebrations possible for the event that turned the colonies into a newly formed country. NYC is no exception to this and during Read more

Famous Movies Filmed In Times Square New York City

NYC has always been an icon of both television and film. From the earliest movies like King Kong, classics like The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast at Tiffany's and A Miracle on 34th St to the newest blockbusters like Captain America, almost every part of Read more

Visit The Empire State Building During Your NYC Stay

The Empire State Building is one of NYC’s most famous and iconic landmarks; not to mention one of the oldest. Since its completion in 1931, this 102 story structure has been among the tallest buildings in the world and has greeted both visitors Read more

Visit Rockefeller Center During Your NYC Visit

Rockefeller center is one of the most popular attractions during any season in NYC. Whether you love the shopping and dining opportunities or simply want to skate on one of the most famous outdoor rinks in the world, this complex of 22 buildings is j Read more

Buying From Street Vendors During Your NYC Visit

Buying From Street Vendors During Your NYC Visit

You have probably heard stories of people buying stolen or fake items from a street vendor in NYC. While some of these stories were meant to scare people out of buying from street vendors, only a handful of stories are actually true. While buying fro Read more

Visit Central Park During Your Times Square Vacation

When visiting NYC, there is one thing that you should definitely do above all else and that would be to visit Central Park. With so much to offer both individuals and families alike, one could easily spend all day in this beautiful locale. With Centr Read more

Top 3 Upcoming New York City Summer Concerts

NYC has always been known for the great summer concerts the city offers. From Central Park to Yankee Stadium, you can find the best performers at all of the best locations to suit your tastes. No genre of music is unavailable during your summer stay Read more

Visiting The World Famous Diamond District Of NYC

If world class shopping is your taste, you cannot beat NYC for having everything a person could desire. The diamond district of NYC is known for having only the very best in jewelry. Located on 47th St between 4th and 5th Avenues, this famous distric Read more

Family Weekend In Times Square

If you want to spend the weekend with your family in Times Square there are many exciting things you can do and see together. Every child loves to visit the Toys r Us located in Times Square because not only is it the biggest toy store in the city, i Read more

Best NY Pizza In Times Square

There is no food that New York City is more famous for than its world-class pizza. Some of the best pizza places in the city can be found in Times Square. New Yorkers are serious about their pizza and they know to go to certain shops to get the best. Read more

Best Place To Get NYC Event Tickets

It is often unfortunate that many NYC visitors and residents alike often wait until the last minute to try getting NYC event tickets for shows, concerts, and other events. What they often find is either that the show they want to see is simply sold o Read more

Best Small Restaurants In And Around Times Square

When staying in one of the many Times Square hotels, you might want to stick around the local area when looking for places to eat. With such a large area, it is easy for visitors to get lost looking for the notable dining opportunities in the city. W Read more

The Statue Of Liberty Tour Is A Must When Visiting NYC

When visiting NYC for the first time or at any time, you are often surrounded by so much to see and do that you often forget about one of the most important American landmarks known as the Statue of Liberty. Her iconic gaze has greeted many a visitor Read more

Plan Your Father's Day In Times Square

Planning your Father's Day celebration in Times Square is easy to do because there are so many things to do in Times Square. You can take your dad to a nice restaurant, an exciting bar or to other attractions in the area. If your dad cannot resist a Read more

Best Shopping Deals Near Times Square

To find the best shopping deals near Times Square you need to be a smart shopper. If you get sucked into the stores that are meant to lure in tourists, you will likely end up spending more money than you need to. The key to finding good shopping deal Read more

Best Midtown Manhattan Memorial Day Weekend Spots

When it comes to spending Memorial Day weekend in Midtown Manhattan, almost any spot is the best spot. This is especially true when you consider the fact that there are two huge public areas in Midtown Manhattan. The city launched a program called Gr Read more

Top 5 Spas Near Times Square

Times Square is the heart of New York City. There are countless five star spas in the area, all of which are luxurious.  Some of the top five spas in New York City are in or near Times Square Hotels. La Prairie is a luxurious spa that features s Read more

Best Dessert Spots In Midtown Manhattan

There are many restaurants throughout Midtown Manhattan that server dessert but if you are visiting staying at a Times Square Hotel or in Midtown you don't want to miss out on the great bakeries in area. Those who enjoy a delicious dessert nee Read more

Best Restaurants in Chinatown New York City

Chinatown is a neighborhood in New York City known for its wide variety of restaurants. It is a 15 min cab ride from Hotel Mela a Times Square Hotel. Here are some of the best restaurants in Chinatown New York City: The Peking Duck House is a very po Read more

Best Midtown Manhattan Nightspots

The nightlife in New York City is legendary throughout not only the United States, but the rest of the world too. Here are some of the Best Midtown Manhattan nightspots to check out during your stay in NYC. The Parlour Midtown is located two blocks a Read more

Best App For Getting Around New York City

Getting around New York City can be confusing if you are not familiar with the area. These days, your best bet is to find and download an application that you can use to navigate your way through the city.   MyCityWay is the best application you Read more

5 Must Do New York City Tours

There is no city on earth like New York City. Full of noise, lights, and people, NYC is a place where you will never run out of things to do. Many tourists take one of the many tours offered around NYC. Here are five tours you should be sure to do ne Read more

Top 5 New York City Summer Events

The Summer of 2013 will be very exciting in New York City, such as every summer is. There are some great activities taking place in New York City this summer.  Book your stay now at our Time Square Hotel.   These are the Top 5 New York City Read more

Plan Mother's Day In New York City

New York City is buzzing with places to go and people to see. When it comes to taking your mom out for a special Mother's Day, there are certain places in NYC you should definitely take her to. The Ristorante Asellina, usually hosts the best Mother's Read more

Top 5 Manhattan Brunch Spots

There is nothing quite like enjoying a delicious Midtown Manhattan brunch. Nobody does brunch like New Yorkers do, and there are five places that offer the best brunches in town.   Sarabeth’s Located in Central Park, Sarabeth’s is a Read more

How To Have A Relaxing Weekend In New York City

Despite its moniker of "The City That Never Sleeps," there are plenty of ways to have a relaxing weekend in New York City. While the city is known for its hustle and bustle, you can find quiet spots if you know where to look. One of the most relaxing Read more

Tips For Taking A Taxi In Manhattan

Hailing a taxi in Manhattan can be very hard at times and impossible at other times. Here are some tips for riding a taxi in Manhattan. There are far more people in Manhattan than taxis. This means strangers often ending up sharing a cab. This can be Read more

Times Square for Kids!

New York City hasn't always been synonymous as  kid-friendly, but Times Square offers an assortment of exciting activities for families traveling with kids this summer. Here’s a run-down of some Times Square treats: M&M World Located a Read more

Best Burgers in Midtown Manhattan

If you find yourself in Midtown and you're craving a burger, you'll want to check out one of these famously fabulous burger joints that are loved by locals and tourists alike. Best yet, you can count on these burger-focused restaurants to be easy on Read more

3 Museums Near Central Park

                      A stroll in New York City's Central Park makes for an iconic NYC afternoon. If you're looking to pair afternoon in Central Park with a morning of culture we've dug up three Read more

NYC Craft Beer Festival

Brew Up Some Fun. It's time again for the NYC Craft Beer Festival, and you can bet it's going to be an event you won't want to miss! Meet new friends, taste new, exciting craft beers and hit the food court when your belly rumbles. NYC Craft Beer Fes Read more

3 Kid Friendly Broadway Shows

Kids often give Broadway a bad rap, and truth be told, as adults we don't think there's much Broadway offers that our kids will enjoy. We're about to change that. We've tracked down Broadway shows that will thrill you and your kids!The Lion KingShowi Read more

3 Unusual and Exciting Exhibits in Manhattan

You've rested at an amazing Midtown hotel like Hotel Mela, and now you're ready for a bit of exploration. But you're a savvy traveler who is searching for hidden treasures that are a bit off the beaten path. We've found three magnificent exhibits tha Read more

6 Tips for Going Green in Manhattan

Whether you're looking for a Times Square Hotel for business or pleasure, we've tracked down five tips that will help you make Mother Nature smile. Tip 1. While in Your Hotel� While you're staying in your hotel, t Read more

Marvelous Manhattan Walks

You'll wake up to all the comforts of home and marvelous amenities when you stay in a suite at Hotel Mela, a Midtown Manhattan boutique hotel. Make a fresh espresso courtesy of your in-room LaVazza Espresso Maker and slip on those walking shoes! I y Read more

Experience Super Bowl XLVII in Midtown

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are busy gearing up for game day, you should be busy planning a Midtown Manhattan get-a-way in honor of the big event. Midtown Manhattan makes an ideal Super Bowl party spot! If you find yourself in Read more

Best Greek Restaurants in Manhattan

New York City is known to have a sizable Greek American population, so it comes as no surprise that Greek restaurants abound in the Big Apple. From a classic, fresh Greek salad to a hearty piece of spanakopita to a sweet piece of baklava, Greek cuis Read more

Questions to Ask When Booking a Manhattan Hotel Room

If you want to get the very best Manhattan hotel for your hard earned dollar, you need to ask a few questions. Although you might feel a bit uncomfortable doing so, you will be more likely to get just what you're looking for- maximizing your trip to Read more

Two Must-Visit Manhattan Museums

Are you staying in a comfortable NYC boutique hotel like Hotel Mela, and looking to make a day of museum hopping? We are here to help. You probably already know about Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Manhattan’s entertaining M Read more

Two Most Anticipated Plays for 2013

If you’re planning a trip to Manhattan, you better make time to hit Broadway for a show. Broadway, the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City, is filled with venues offering a huge variety of live Broadway plays. We’ Read more

Hotel Package Deals Save You Money

If you're planning that ultimate weekend in Manhattan, you deserve the ultimate accommodations. Even in Manhattan, spiffy accommodations don't have to sport a major price tag; you just need to learn how to uncover the bargains. One way is to explore Read more

Best Breakfast in Manhattan

You've found the perfect boutique hotel in Manhattan; Hotel Mela. After a night's rest on fine Egyptian sheets, the perfect pillows and surrounded by earth-toned décor you are well prepared for a day excursion of Manhattan. But first, it's ti Read more

Craving Mexican Food in Manhattan?

When you get the desire for Mexican food, you've just got to have it. If you're visiting Manhattan and the craving strikes, hit one of these two Mexican food locations and you'll leave fully satisfied. Toloache Location: Midtown West, Theater Distri Read more

4 Tips for Visiting Central Park

If you're staying in a Midtown Manhattan hotel like Hotel Mela, you sure don't want to pass up a chance to visit Central Park. Central Park is located in the heart of Manhattan and offers a huge assortment of things to do. We've put together four ti Read more

Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Manhattan

Food and music make a winning combo, and there could be no better place to experience the pair than in Manhattan. If you're staying at a cheap Manhattan hotel like Hotel Mela and looking to grab a bite and listen to live music we've go Read more

4 Manhattan Must-Dos

If it's your first time to Manhattan, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by all there is to see and do. We've put together a list of four Manhattan must-dos to help you make the most of your time in this very special NYC borough.Central ParkThe 843 acr Read more

5 Tips for Attending a Broadway Show

Attending a Broadway show in Manhattan is an affair you won't regret. But if you haven't been to a Broadway show before, you may be a bit uncertain about what the experience is all about. Don't worry; we've put together a quick list of tips for expe Read more

4 Tips for Riding the Subway in Manhattan

Riding the NYC Subway is an all-American experience that you'll surely take part in during your stay at a Midtown Manhattan hotel like Hotel Mela. If you haven't ridden the Subway before, you might feel a bit intimidated by this major mass tr Read more

Where to Find a Good Cup of Joe in Midtown

  Whether you’re a dad on the go, a business woman, or simply a die-hard coffee guru, you’ve found yourself in Midtown looking for the best Joe around. Search no more. We've discovered two places that will delight your sen Read more

Best Spas in Midtown Manhattan

Ready for romance? Midtown Manhattan is a cupid's dream world. Start your romantic stay in Midtown at Hotel Mela, a boutique hotel located near Broadway. Consider Mela's In The Mood for Love Package that includes a bottle of champagne, two 1-hr mass Read more

Finding the Best Craft Beer in Midtown

Midtown Manhattan's Hotel Mela warmly welcomes business travelers. Located near Broadway, Hotel Mela offers a Business Traveler Package that's perfect for those in town on a short stay, including dry cleaning for one business apparel item and 20% of Read more

A Child-Friendly Afternoon in Manhattan

Your family just woke up in a cozy room at Hotel Mela, a Midtown Manhattan hotel that offers great views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline, and your child asks "what are we going to do today?" Well we've got some answers. Here are two s Read more

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

For nearly 100 years, Radio City Musical Hall has dazzled and delighted people from around the globe. And since 1933, it has featured a special holiday extravaganza, appropriately named the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year promises to be Read more

Apps Help You Get the Most Out of NYC

If a visit to NYC is on your list of things to do, you've got to get some apps. But due to the number of apps out there these days, selecting just the very best is a mindboggling task. Don't worry; we've done the dirty work for you. We dug in and di Read more

3 Excellent Ellis Island Tours

Although Ellis Island no longer bustles with immigrants seeking the promise of a better life in America, it's packed full of history, events and activities that take you back to its heyday. A tour is a wonderful way to experience the essence of Elli Read more

4 Tips for Enjoying New Year's Eve in Times Square

Like baseball and apple pie, New Year's Eve in Times Square is an American tradition everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. This year it's your turn. Here are four tips to make sure your Times Square experience is everything you hope Read more

4 Places to Eat Kosher in Midtown

The last thing you want to do while you're on vacation in Midtown is waste time searching for a quality Kosher meal. So we've searched out four diverse options for you. From pizza to tapas, we've found a Kosher meal to satisfy every appetite. Enjoy! Read more

3 Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Midtown

If you're planning to celebrate New Year's Eve in Midtown Manhattan, but don't know where to go? From chic to active, to downright cowboy rowdy, we've dug up three diverse places for you to welcome the New Year. Empire Room 350 Fifth Ave. New York, Read more

Ho, Ho, Ho. Where's Santa?

Kids aren't the only ones who want to catch a glimpse of Santa. Whether you're travelling with little ones who can't wait to tell Santa their wishes, or you just want to enjoy the NYC winter spirit, here are  our top picks for the best NYC lo Read more

A Bit of Times Square History

Are you planning a get-a-way to Times Square? You'll get more out of your escape if you know a bit about its history before you arrive. Here are some fun facts: During the late 1800s, the Times Square area was the epicenter of the city's carriage i Read more

Romance in Midtown

Boutique hotels in NYC offer you special attention that massive chain hotels just can't match. If you're planning the perfect day of Midtown romance, include a stay at a fabulous NYC boutique hotel and you just can't go wrong. Hotel Mela, a cheap NY Read more

Magical Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

On Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9 a.m., the magical Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin. If you've never seen the parade in person, we strongly encourage you to do so. It's an unbelievable display of creativity that marks the s Read more

The Wondrous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

[caption id="attachment_125" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree"][/caption] The allure of NYC during the holiday season is undeniable. One tradition that makes it so is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. As i Read more

Happy Holiday Shopping in Midtown

Midtown Manhattan is a holiday shopper's dream. From massive department stores to classy boutiques, merchants decorate lavishly for the holiday season and offer goods you can hardly resist. Whether you're planning a fun-filled day of window shopping Read more

Wonderful Walking Tours of Times Square

In less than two hours and for less than the cost of lunch, a professional walking tour offers you fascinating insight into Times Square and the Theater District. Whether you’re touring Manhattan for the first time or you’re a seasoned v Read more

Young at Heart and in Times Square?

Times Square is the most visited attraction on the planet according to a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine. Nearly 40 million people visit Times Square every year. If you’re young at heart, and planning a weekend in Times Square yo Read more

Hotel Mela Invites Fido

If leaving your dog at home while you hit Manhattan isn't an option, then bring your best friend along. You'll both be welcomed at Hotel Mela; a cheap New York City hotel located in Midtown Manhattan. Hotel Mela offers a Pet Package th Read more

Fun Family Adventures at Bryant Park

If you're planning a family visit to midtown Manhattan, we've got a secret spot to tell you about: Bryant Park. Surrounded by skyscrapers, the park is a green space full of activity that will entertain the kiddos, transport you back to Read more

Cheap, Tasty Eats Abound in Midtown

Are you planning a stay at a Midtown hotel and looking for a unique place to dine?  We've got great info to share on three cheap, tasty eats that locals adore. Kwik Meal. Kwik Meal is a street vendor that serves up some killer dishes. Read more

Broadway is Hot!

New York City's Broadway Theater District is hot! Broadway is the theater capital of the world; having bragging rights to more than 40 large professional theaters. A trip to NYC can hardly be complete without taking in a Broadway show. Here are two Read more

Explore Madam Tussauds in Times Square

Staying at a boutique hotel near Times Square offers you the attention you deserve and the convenience you've been searching for. Hotel Mela is a boutique NYC hotel located just moments from dynamic Times Square. One of our favo Read more

Mulberry Street in NYC shines Bright with Italian Cultureâ?" San Gennaro Festival 2012

What started as a one-day celebration to the Patron Saint of Naples is now New York's largest, most famous and longest running religious festival.  It's the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy!  Taking place for 11 days starting Thursday S Read more

Free Broadway Concert in Times Square 2012 â?" Broadway on Broadway

Come see one of New York's best outdoor events, Broadway on Broadway makes its way to Times Square this September and promises to be one exciting event. Attended by thousands of fans, the live show features musical numbers and appearances from curren Read more

September is the time for Spring Fashion at Mercedes-Benz NYFW 2012

Considered to be the most influential of NYC Fashion Events, Mercedes-Benz NYFW (New York Fashion Week) 2012 will be taking place September 6-13 at Lincoln Center and Hotel Mela has the perfect accommodations for the occasion! As one of the most well Read more

Labor Day Weekend Events in NYC & Times Square Hotel Drive In Package

Labor Day â?" Working Americans celebrate this national holiday in countless ways from backyard barbeques, one last day at the beach or public pool, and much to chagrin of children everywhere, even some back to school shopping. No matter how yo Read more