Best Neighbourhoods to stay in New York for Business Travel

BEST NEIGHBOURHOODS TO STAY IN NEW YORK FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS

New York is a city that boasts of being one of the most expensive costs of living in the United States making it a gargantuan and herculean task to get a place to stay even for a short period of time. The city is a massive city and as a traveler, there are lots of places to choose from.

Trying to get a place in New York might be a tasking feat given the numbers of hotels and good neighborhoods to stay. It is a city of more than ten million people and we have a plethora of neighborhoods to stay. Now, knowing the neighborhoods alone is not enough, knowing the good ones that will make one comfortable while doing one’s work will be of great help. Some of the best neighborhood in New York for business travelers are:

EAST VILLAGE:

East Village New York
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This is a neighborhood in New York City borough of Manhattan. It is defined as the neighborhood of the east of Bowery and Third Avenue between the Street on the North and Houston Street on the South. It is a part of the Manhattan Community district 3 and it has the Zip Code 10003 and 10009. This neighborhood is characterized by its good nightlife. The bars are excellent, one of the most prominent is speakeasies, they have amazing restaurants, where most delicacies are served, even the rarest Japanese food.

The thing that is ideal about this neighborhood is that it is, generally speaking, affordable. There are various hotels and apartments that can be rented for a short while, like the American Dream Bed and Breakfast; this place offers private rooms, and the breakfasts are well-reviewed, ranging from cereals to fresh baked foods, among many others. There is also have the East Village hotels which have a fully equipped kitchenette, so, allowing to save money on food when you are there. Then there is, of course, The Standard; ideal for those that love luxury, it is one of the best hotels in New York, its bars serve some of the best drinks in the district and it is always packed with fashionable set. It has easy access to the downtowns around it.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT:

Financial District New York
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Also known as FiDi is a neighborhood located on the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York. It has at its boundaries West Side Highway on the west, Chambers Street and City Hall Park on the north, Brooklyn Bridge on the Northeast, the East River to the Southeast, and The Battery situated on the South.

This is a neighborhood that by design, caters more to business people. It’s now become a very popular place to live. It is central to head offices of nearly every large business corporations, and yet still has over liveability and comfort. One place that will be of great help to the traveler is Eurostars Wall Street; they offer consistent offers, good prices and amenities such as microwaves, which reduces money on junks, also, they have T.Vs in each room, including free Wi-Fi among other things. They also have luxury offers for those that like the finer tastes. Another option is the Club Quarters Hotel Wall Street, it has great rooms and it is close to many restaurants and bars.

TRIANGLE BELOW CANAL {Tribeca}:

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TriBeCa, as it is called informally, is a popular neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Regionally, and traditionally, its boundaries are Canal Street, Broadway, and Chamber Street. Tribeca is filled with former industrial buildings of a past era, and many have been converted into swanky residential buildings and lofts, making for unique apartments and ideal places to stay for short-term business travelers.

This also serves as home base for various artists like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay Z among others. We have various hotels and apartments that come cheap like the Sheraton, a 4-star hotel with budget prices and with, modern rooms. It has easy access to the street and a Starbucks and it is also close to the subway, thus, it serves as easy transport. Also, we have the Duane Street Hotel; a boutique hotel that has classic and fantastic touches to it, you can use complimentary Ipads to go out for the day. Also, the Frederick Hotel is also a place that can be visited; it is located near the 9/11 memorial and museum. It is a great place offering air-conditioned rooms with sofa beds and even free Wi-Fi. They also have complimentary walking tours through the neighborhood.

Best neighbourhoods in Montréal to visit for Business Travel

Montréal is the heartbeat of French-Canada and the yin to Toronto’s yang. Greater Montréal is home to 4.2 million residents, and approximately 65% of the population has French as their first language. Montréal is famous for its jazz, it’s style, it’s food, and now has one the nation’s fastest growing tech sectors.

To visit Montréal is to put one foot in the unfamiliar. We put together a list of the best neighbourhoods in Montréal to visit for business travel. Places that blend access, convenience, amenities, and charm.

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Old Montréal

Since 1605, this is the city’s oldest district. Originally founded as a fur trading post by Samuel de Champlain, Old Montréal is a blend of shops, bars, and cafés where locals and visitors interact seamlessly.

Cobblestone streets and fancy retailers have made this ‘the’ place to go for every first-timers visit to the city. Here’ll you find walkable areas free from cars, landmarks like the spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica, the Pointe à Callière museum, as well as the Old Port taking you back to a time when Montreal was a major shipping gateway to France.

Le Plateau-Mont Royale

This is hipster ground-zero, known as one of the ‘Hippest’ communities in North America. It’s a lifestyle that revolves around nightlife, counter-culture, and cafés. Here you’ll find beautiful parks, lakes, wide sidewalks, and wider bike lanes. The Plateau is youthful, artsy, and upscale without being garish. It anchors McGill University and is home to legions of students from one of Canada’s most distinguished universities. Landmarks include Schwartz’s deli and Saint Laurent Boulevard and rows of colourful Victorian style homes.

La Petite-Patrie

Just north of the Plateau sits La Petite-Patrie, and a unique melting pot of a community. Upscale and trendy meets Latino and lively. Here there are over 400 boutique shops, most independently owned and catering to unique tastes in style and interests. Here you will find a large Salvadorean community and some of the finest pupusas north of Central America.

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Gay Village

“The Village” as it is known by locals, is a small but dense neighborhood along Rue Sainte-Catherine, straddling the Plateau and the St. Lawrence River.

Once a rough area, it has evolved into a lively dining, drinking and entertainment hub. There are close to 100 bars and restaurants that serve a diverse mix of locals, tourists, and the city’s largest LGBT community. This is a friendly community that welcomes everyone into its arms.

Here you will find public art displays, pedestrian-only zones, and an area that has reinvented itself around inclusion and pride.

Best Neighbourhoods in Toronto for Business Travel

Home to 6.5 Million residents, Greater Toronto is a sprawling metropolis and Canada’s largest city. It brings tourists and business travellers alike from all over the world. When visitors first stay in Toronto they often find themselves downtown among the cities bright lights. However, to know the city is to know that it is a unique collection of villages and communities, not unlike New York City. We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best neighbourhoods in Toronto for business travel. These are places that are convenient to access, filled with amenities and services that will make your stay enjoyable.

Harbourfront

Harbourfront TorontoIf you are heading to Toronto for business downtown, Harbourfront is your playground by the lake. It is enjoyed by all Toronto residents, as well as being a popular destination point for tourists.

The Harbourfront neighbourhood stretches along the Toronto waterfront form Bathurst to Jarvis Street. Queens Quay is the main arterial east-west road that runs through this neighbourhood. Queens Quay has a dedicated streetcar line, along with dedicated car lanes and bicycle lanes which usher residents and tourists along its busy streetscape.

Some of the neighbourhood landmarks include: Queens Quay Terminal, Jack Layton Ferry terminal, Harbour Square, Redpath Sugar, Harbourfront Centre, HTO Park, Toronto Music Garden, Waterfront Community Centre and City School. Harbourfront sits steps away from the South Core, home to the city’s major sporting venues and glitzy nightlife.

Yorkville

Yorkville is one of Toronto’s most dynamic neighbourhoods. It is an eclectic mix of luxury condominium apartment buildings, commercial office towers, four star hotels, theatres, gourmet restaurants, a prestigious shopping district and picture postcard Victorian homes.

Yorkville anchors Bloor Street to the North, home to some of the cities finest shopping. The commercial heart of Yorkville is located on both Yorkville Avenue and on Cumberland Street. The transition to Yorkville’s quiet residential pocket is gradual, as Victorian houses shift from retail to residential uses in a seamless pattern that is uniquely Yorkville.

Roncesvalles

Those that travel to Toronto regularly often make their way to Roncesvalles. The ‘village’ is known for its European ambience and small-town feel.This neighbourhood is popular with hipsters and young families who appreciate the convenience of the location just west of downtown.The close proximity to High Park, Toronto waterfront bicycle and walking trails, easy access to public transit, and the Roncesvalles shops and restaurants have also become popular in recent years.

The Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which takes place annually in September, attracts thousands of visitors. Roncesvalles Avenue is closed off for this festival that includes Polish dancers, children’s games and rides, polka bands and lots of food and refreshments.
Roncesvalles Avenue is said to be a favourite among streetcar enthusiasts, who relish the fact that the stops are distanced far enough apart for the streetcar to build up some speed, and who appreciate the picturesque and lively atmosphere along the route.

The Beaches

The Beach looks and feels more like a lakeside resort town, than a big city neighbourhood. In the summertime, thousands of Torontonians and tourists flock to The Beach to walk on The Boardwalk, exercise along the Martin Goodman Trail, relax by the water, or shop and dine at the colourful stores and restaurants along Queen Street.

The social centre of The Beaches neighbourhood is Kew Gardens, which hosts many annual events including a Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting festival, a Jazz festival, and an Arts and Crafts show.

If you find yourself planning a trip to Toronto, contact us and we will be happy to make further recommendations.

Free Wi-Fi bucking the trend of airline service cuts

Air New Zealand has joined Delta, Qatar Airways, Philippine Airlines, Turkish and Scandivanian Airlines as the next major international carrier to offer free unlimited Wi-Fi onboard its aircraft. As an industry, airlines are collectively discovering that Wi-Fi is now deemed as an essential service by passengers. This move comes at a time where they are actively unbundling, and in turn charging for many other services, such as free baggage and certain meals.

This comes after a 3-month test of free Wi-Fi, whereby Air New Zealand decided to expand the experiment. However, those flying with the airline may not have immediate free Wi-Fi access. It will be available on the airline’s new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. But Air New Zealand said to expect the services to take through the rest of the year for installation on older aircraft.

Travel and Leisure noted that “There are several different approaches to bringing Wi-Fi to passengers. Already, JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi for passengers. Delta’s CEO made an announcement this month that the airline plans to offer free unlimited Wi-Fi to passengers within the next year or two. Southwest, Alaska, and Delta already offer free messaging (on apps like iMessage, Whatsapp and Viber) via Wi-Fi, but passengers must pay for browsing capabilities.”

Below is a list of the airlines that offer free wi-fi:

  • Virgin America (all flights)
  • Airtran Airways (all flights)
  • Qatar Airways (all flights)
  • Turkish Airlines (all flights – for frequent flyers)
  • Philippine Airlines (all flights)
  • Scandivanian Airlines (all flights – for frequent flyers)
  • Qantas (all domestic flights)
  • Aer Lingus (Free for business class)
  • Alaska Airlines (Free messaging)
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines (depends on aircraft)
  • Southwest (Free messaging)
  • Delta Airlines (Free messaging; all flights free as of 2022)
  • Air Canada (all domestic flights)
  • JetBlue (all flights)