Your Insider’s Guide to Downtown Manhattan: Attractions

Located in a historic building on the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane, the Residence Inn Manhattan World Trade Center is your guide to the best of Lower Manhattan. When you stay with us, you’re truly in the center of it all. In fact, you don’t even need to pack an outfit or tennis shoes. We’re so close you could walk to the city's best shopping, restaurants, and attractions.

Our friendly staff has compiled some of our favorite NYC destinations – the special places and local favorites that go beyond the basic NYC travel guide. If you need directions, reservations, or even more suggestions, just stop by the front desk and ask. We’re always happy to share our favorite places with you.

Must See Attractions near our Financial District Hotel

If this isn’t your first trip to NYC, you’ve likely experienced some of downtown’s most popular sites, from the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center, to more recent additions like Liberty Park and the High Line.

Oculus is the centerpiece of the World Trade Transportation Hub, an epic architectural undertaking that connects visitors to 11 subway lines, New Jersey’s PATH rail system, and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal as well as providing access to the National September 11th Memorial, One World Trade, and Brookfield Place. Within this 350,000-square-foot mall, you’ll find multiple levels of retail shops and dining options worth exploring – when you’re not marveling at Santiago Calatrava’s stunning design.

Visitors looking for a little retail therapy while in town don’t have to travel to SoHo or 5th Avenue for the latest designer fashions and luxury goods (although both areas are worth the visit). Located just one block from the hotel, you'll find the Westfield World Trade Center Mall, where designer shops like Dior and Stewart Weitzman sit side by side with popular names like Kate Spade, John Varvatos, and Lacoste. You’ll also find mall favorites like H&M, Apple, Victoria's Secret, Sephora and more. When you need to recharge between stores, just stop by Épicerie Boulud, grab a sweet treat from Lady M Confections, or take advantage of the mall’s numerous restaurants and cafés.

The South Street Seaport was once the hallmark of Manhattan’s shipping and whaling industries. Literature fans will definitely want to visit this famous port, which is where Herman Melville worked when he was writing Moby Dick. While the area was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, major construction has revived several of the Seaport’s major attractions, including the South Street Seaport Museum and the Bowne Print Shops & Maritime Craft Center (home to the oldest operating stationers in New York). Walking tours as well as ship tours of the Ambrose and Wavertree are also available. Hungry? Grab a bite or craft beer at Smorgasburg, or Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington delivered his farewell address to The Continental Army.