Base Your Group Stay in Lower Manhattan

Base Your Group Stay in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is… where US history began. 

Lower Manhattan is… walkable from the Hudson River to the East River. 

Lower Manhattan is… 20 minutes from Broadway and Brooklyn.

Lower Manhattan is… packed with main attractions like Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, the 9/11 Museum and more. 

Why your clients should base their NYC stay in Lower Manhattan

Base your stay downtown, rather than try to fit all that Lower Manhattan has to offer into a single visit. 

Whether your client is a first time FIT tourist looking for a classic trip to the Big Apple; a seasoned visitor looking for an authentic, insider New York experience; or a group traveler who finds themselves somewhere in-between, basing your stay in Lower Manhattan puts everyone right in the heart of the city’s most exciting, vibrant neighborhood. 

Wake up on Wall Street, see the Charging Bull on your way to get a coffee, marvel at the Statue of Liberty from your hotel room window. 

Here are even more reasons why you should base your stay in Lower Manhattan.  

Reason 1 – Accommodation: 38 hotels of all ranges, from the ultimate luxury of the Casa Cipriani, The Wall Street Hotel and the Four Seasons to classic spots like the Marriott Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott, the Moxy Downtown, Aloft, Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn. 

Reason 2 – Transportation: 14 subways and six ferries all lead to Lower Manhattan, plus PATH trains make quick and easy trips to and from New Jersey. 

Reason 3 – Culture:  Once known primarily as the city’s Financial District, Lower Manhattan is now a cultural hub: from the September 2023 opening of the transformative Perelman Performing Arts Center, to galleries like Calderon and public street art all around town.

Reason 4 – Shopping: With everything from local retailers to luxury shops, Lower Manhattan has shopping for everyone. Century 21’s reopening May 16 is reigniting discount high-end fashion lovers. The Poster Museum, Fountain Pen Hospital and the Mysterious Bookshop showcase unique local shops, and the interconnected shopping complexes of Brookfield Place and Westfield World Trade Center brings dozens of shops all into one central location. 

Reason 5 – Water: Lower Manhattan is surrounded on three sides by water, with boats and ferries as much a part of the landscape as cabs and pedestrians. Rather than heading underground, breathe in fresh air while on a trip to Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, a boat ride around the Harbor and a day in The Seaport. 

Reason 6 – It’s the NYC your clients expect: Let’s face it. Lower Manhattan is the image of so much of what is in movies, films, TV shows. It’s the skyscrapers on the water, the Brooklyn Bridge, the rivers, the Statue of Liberty. Other popular neighborhoods can feel crowded, busy and overwhelming, especially at night. Lower Manhattan offers a much chiller vibe, making it the perfect place to come home to after a long day out in the city. It’s a quick ride home from a Broadway show or a trip to a museum uptown, with quieter mornings marked by walks along the water or watching workers head off into the New York Stock Exchange, Conde Nast or Vogue. 

What travelers should base their stay downtown 

First time FIT traveler
Seasoned visitor to NYC 
VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers  
Business traveler
Student groups
Sports enthusiasts 

Where to base your stay in Lower Manhattan


Four Seasons Downtown New York 
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel 
Conrad New York Downtown
Casa Cipriani
Mr C Seaport 
Millenium Hlton 
The Wall Street Hotel 
The Smyth Tribeca
Mint House
Aloft Downtown
Moxy NYC Downtown 
Marriott Downtown
AC Hotel Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton
Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel  
Courtyard by Marriott
Hilton Garden Inn 
Residence Inn World Trade Center 
Fairfield Inn Downtown 
Holiday Inn Downtown 
and more…  

What to do while staying in Lower Manhattan

Hall des Lumieres
One World Observatory
9/11 Museum + Memorial 
Statue of Liberty
Oculus / World Trade Center
Wall Street / New York Stock Exchange
Fearless Girl
The Seaport
Stone Street
Federal Hall
Governors Island 


Brookfield Place 
Westfield World Trade Center
Century 21

Bars + Restaurants 

Crown Shy
SAGA / Overstory (Michelin-starred)
Blue Smoke
Nobu Downtown
Temple Court
The Fulton 
Le Gratin
The Tin Building Food Hall 
Malibu Farm

How to work with the Downtown Alliance 

The Downtown Alliance is a non-profit Business Improvement District focused on making Lower Manhattan the city’s most vibrant place to live, work, play and stay. Our tourism team acts similarly to a CVB or DMO, facilitating connections for group tours, conferences, incentives, business and leisure travel. Our services are absolutely free. 

The Downtown Alliance can:

  • Connect you to key hospitality contacts 
  • Help create custom / VIP opportunities 
  • Provide insights and updates on developments in Lower Manhattan 
  • Lead FAM, or familiarization, trips for your product managers

Jessica Drucker
Director, Tourism + Hospitality Marketing 
[email protected]

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