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 all the biggies: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Chrysler and CBS 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 the typically tiny hotel 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 attraction darts between the "buildings" of 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, chow down at a surprisingly good food court patterned after Greenwich Village. While you explore, 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, a two-story wonderland of all things chocolate, has the goods to satisfy the strongest sweet tooths. The store opened in the spring of 2014.
Big Games : Though the property's sports book is tiny, the Sporting House Bar & Grill next door offers a spacious, pubby atmosphere with plenty of TVs.
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.
Though the pool always draws a crowd, it pales in comparison to some of the other pools on the Strip—unless you splurge $40 or more extra for a VIP package that might include guaranteed seating, two raft rentals, an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages, and a snack basket.