4.5 star hotel
Area: Murray Hill
0.20 mi from Grand Central Terminal
Best Rooms: If you're looking for a great city view but don't have the budget for a suite, the Andaz View King and Andaz View Twin are your best options because they overlook 5th Ave. Splash Suites are located on the corner of 5th Ave and 41st St., so you'll have a view of the Empire State Building.
Best Rooms: The best views to request are of Park Avenue or the Empire State Building. King Premier rooms offer views of Park Avenue, while Double Premier rooms have views of the Empire State Building and East 38th St.
4.5 star hotel
Area: Midtown East
0.29 mi from Grand Central Terminal
Best Rooms: The hotel is surrounded by high-rises, so there isn't much in the way of views. Rooms along the Lexington Avenue side will give you more of a city view, although it's partially blocked by another hotel.
Best Rooms: The hotel offers a view of the Lexington Avenue from the rooms facing towards the east on floors 5 – 24.
Best Rooms: You can find a view of the Empire State Building from rooms ending in *15 and *17, on floors 15 and above (e.g. 1515, 1617, 2217). Views of the Chrysler Building are found from rooms ending in *20 through *22, on floors 15 and above (e.g. 1520, 1621, 2122). To guarantee a view, make the reservation first and then call the front desk. They will block it for you and a room with a view will be guaranteed. Classic Queens are located on floor 14 and below, so although you won't see any landmarks, you'll get a view of 44th St. and Rockefeller Center.
Best Rooms: The best option for a city view is to request a room on the Park Ave. side of the hotel. There are a small number of rooms on the other side of the hotel that offer views of the Chrysler Building.
Best Rooms: The hotel is surrounded by taller buildings, so you won't find any fantastic city views. Rooms overlooking 43rd St. have a bit more of an expansive view of the street, but rooms on the 44th St. side have a prettier view of the nearby hotels.