I suppose that eventually, online, up-to-the-minute, interactive travel guides will be available on hand-held devices that you can carry anywhere. Perhaps they already are, for all I know. Until then, this is the kind of guide I favor - small enough to carry in a pocket, containing all the essentials and updated each year. This is ideal for the first time/short term visitor. Once you start biting deeper into the Big Apple, you'll want a more comprehensive guide.
Compared to larger guides, page for page, it's rather expensive. The recommended hotels and restaurants tend to be upmarket, too. So this is not for your budget vacation. It's for a Forbes reader's vacation, I guess.
They claim to have taken the accuracy of the ratings very seriously, which if true is a major plus. I have used many guides that have left me seriously doubting that the contributors have actually been to the place. This one seems authoritative. [PeterReeve]
I live about 3 hours west of NYC and try to get into the city at least once a year, usually to see a show and eat at specific restaurants (which usually change with each visit). For information I would depend on the AAA guide book to the city, but this new City Guide from Forbes will be my constant companion for trips to the Big Apple. The book is divided into sections: What To See, Where to Eat, Where To Stay, Spas, Shopping and Nightlife. For a first time or infrequent visitor, … more
For busy travelers who are always on the hunt for the best places to visit during a short jaunt, these authoritative and witty guides provide the most up-to-date coverage of a city, including shopping, art, music, sports, theater, and nightlife. With the inside scoop from both anonymous inspectors and top-notch local writers, the guidebooks use a time-tested, star-rating system to allow travelers to have the best possible experience in a city for both their time and money. Value and style are part of the package in these handbooks that include updated maps with pinpoints of star-rated properties, key sites, and top attractions, and provide quick tips and insider secrets to round them out.