3 star hotel
Area: Murray Hill
0.16 mi from Bryant Park
Best Rooms: Rooms ending in *01 - *03 on floors 12 (e.g. 1201, 1402) or higher have views of the Empire State Building.
Best Rooms: The hotel is only six floors, but a room on the front side will allow you to see 43rd St.
4 star hotel
Area: Theater District - Times Square
0.25 mi from Bryant Park
Best Rooms: There are four options for a view: Times Square, the Manhattan skyline, the Chrysler Building or Bryant Park. Times Square and the Chrysler Building are the most popular requests. Superior Rooms are larger and are all located on floors 28 and higher, so you'll be guaranteed a great city view.
Best Rooms: Rooms at the front of the hotel on higher floors offer views, albeit mostly of the surrounding neighborhood.
Best Rooms: Standard rooms are located on floors 23 - 32 and Deluxe City View rooms are on floors 33 and higher, so a Deluxe City View room is a better option if you'd like to see the Manhattan skyline or Times Square.
Best Rooms: Wingate by Wyndham is situated on one of the blocks next to 8th Ave. surrounded by tall buildings, so you don't find much in the way of views.