Depending on the way you look at it, staying in the heart of New York City during the holiday season is either magical … or a nightmare. On one hand, you have the traditions — the elaborately decorated department store windows, the holiday markets jam-packed with unique treasures and the open-air ice skating rinks. But on the other, you have tourist-clogged streets and often ice-cold temps.
The masses, it seems, tend to see the magic, as 5 million visitors are expected to flock to the city between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
If you want to experience all the holiday goodness and then some, here are five hotels — and a host of suggested things to do nearby — so you can keep the merrymaking going for days.