Frequently Asked Questions

Business Hours

Typical Work Days are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Banking Hours
Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in New York City

Shopping Hours
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On Sundays many stores are open from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Spring - Light jacket or warm sweater for the cooler climate. 

Summer - Short sleeves and sunscreen to help with the summertime sun.

Fall - Light jacket or warm sweater.

Winter - Sweaters, a coat, hat and gloves. 


Transactions are completed in US Dollars. Click here to see current exchange rates. 

A currency exchange service is available at the hotel’s front desk.

You may also change your money or cash travelers checks at banks. Remember to bring along your passport to help facilitate exchanges.

Electrical Current

110 Volts, 60 Cycles AC 

Health Insurance

The United States has a very high quality of medical care. However, it is a private system and, as such, is very expensive by any standard. You should consider the purchase of your own health insurance a necessity. Even if you are covered by your home country's national health insurance system, your country will probably not pay all costs associated with health care in the U.S., so additional coverage is necessary. 

Visitors taking medicine prescribed by a doctor should bring a copy of the prescription in case it needs to be renewed by a doctor in the U.S.

Liquor Laws

In the United States, all states require that you be 21 years of age or older to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages.


The United States has an Area Code system. For New York City there are several Area Codes (212), (646), (917), (347), (718) 

International calls are made by first dialing 011 followed by the country code followed by the numbers.   

Calls to other states in The United States are made by dialing the number 1, then area code before the number.   

For local directory assistance, call 411.

Public Holidays


New Year's DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King Day January (Third Monday)
President's Day February (Third Monday)
Easter March or April
Memorial Day May (Last Monday)
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September (First Monday)
Columbus Day October (Second Monday)
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving November (Last Thursday)
Christmas Day December 25


 Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in New York. The exception to this is when a large group of approximately eight or more are dining together in a restaurant, in which case the establishment may state in advance that a gratuity of 15% will automatically be added to the bill. 

Tipping is not expected, though welcome. It is customary to tip 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. 


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