With a son at NYU, we have found the Trump Soho to be our base when visiting NYC. It is the best hotel in lower Manhattan (and clearly one of the best hotels in New York), with fabulous, modern, airy rooms with terrific views and great amenities (bathroom products, great wine in the minibar, and great coffee). Just a few blocks from Hudson Park with great runs and walks along the West Side Highway to Battery Park and all of the great shopping and restaurants in Soho and the Village, it is a perfect location. The doormen (and front desk staff) are particularly terrific, helpful and friendly, and can get a car or cab at any hour of the night. While it isn't cheap, you get a better room and a more "hip" experience compared to NYC's other great hotels (The Peninsula, St Regis, Sherry Netherland, etc.). We just keep coming back.