Just returned from a 4 night break in NYC staying at the Metro Hotel. Excellent flights with American Airlines, booked through BA. Booked the Go shuttle from JFK to the hotel, takes about 1 hour. Check in was fast and efficient, room on 6th floor with a view of Empire State (ok so you had to kneel down and look up but at least you couldsee it!). The room was a decent size, lovely comfy bed and pillows, bathroom perfectly adequate with large shower and toiletries provided. All very clean.
Breakfast was the perfect set up for the day; bagels, muffins, toast, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurts, tea, coffee and fruit juice. Go up onto the 12th floor roof terrace for a great view of the Empire State.
This hotel is perfectly located, one block from the Empire State, 3 mins to Macys, 10 minutes to times square. If you want to go to Wall st, Staten island ferry, ground zero etc then walk along 34th st at the side of Macys to the LIRR station and catch the 1 subway train. It costs $2.25 each and takes you all the way to the South Ferry. We then went on the free Staten Island ferry which goes past Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and gives great views of the NY skyline, takes about 25mins and we just got straight back on and came back across!!
Empire state was good, we did it the first evening and the lights of Manhattan are impressive, you can buy your tickets online before you go and it saves a bit of time. Rockefeller centre (top of the rock) was excellent, do this during the day as the views to Empire State and Liberty and Central Park are breathtaking. Ground Zero was a beautifully serene place and you feel lost in your own thoughts and memories of what happened there, the design of the memorials was perfect - quite understated for the americans, but perfect.
Walk up 5th Avenue then through Central Park, watch the skaters on the Wollman rink then walk round to Strawberry Fields.
Bubba Gumps Shrimp house in Times Square was well worth the visit, we also had a lovely steak at O'Reillys just along the street from the hotel.
All in all we had an excellent time, saw everything we wanted, great hotel and flights.