Vegas takes on Manhattan in this fantasy version of Gotham City. The mini-Manhattan skyline is one of our favorite parts of the Strip—there are third-size to half-size re-creations of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Chrysler buildings, as well as the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Rooms in this sprawling compound are quite a bit larger than typical rooms in the real Gotham. Beyond all the legroom, they're not particularly fancy, but the hotel has made some improvements in recent years. Also, the trek from the front desk to some of the towers can feel longer than the New York City Marathon, and the Manhattan Express roller coaster that loops around the hotel can be intrusively loud if your room is near the tracks. Several grades of room are available, and as you pay more, you get plush amenities such as separate sitting areas with sofas, marble bathroom counters, and separate glass showers.
The roller coaster: Also known as the Manhattan Express, this ride darts throughout the hotel's skyline and is hands down the best ride on the Strip.
Big Apple flavor: Walk through an art deco lobby, play virtual-reality games at an arcade reminiscent of Coney Island, and keep your eye out for details such as names on mailboxes and brownstone apartment façades with air conditioners in the windows.
Chocolate heaven: Hershey's Chocolate World is a two-story wonderland of all things chocolate.
The park: An outdoor park connecting New York–New York to Monte Carlo is a great place to enjoy fresh air (provided it's not too hot).
At the Spa at New York–New York, therapists perform a variety of treatments, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, hydrotherapy, and facials.
The Salon is a great place for haircuts and mani-pedis.
The pool is small, but you can spend $40 extra for a VIP package that includes guaranteed seating, two raft rentals, an assortment of nonalcoholic beverages, and a snack basket.