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Best rooms with a view: Get a private window on the NYC skyline

Reserve one of these rooms with a view and you can admire iconic New York scenes without leaving your bed.

Photograph: Sammy Todd Dyess

Best rooms with a view in New York City: Conrad New York


Best rooms with a view in New York City: Hotel Gansevoort


Best rooms with a view in New York City: Hotel on Rivington

Photograph: Nikolas Koenig

Best rooms with a view in New York City: The Standard

Photograph: Matthew Williams

Best rooms with a view in New York City: Wythe Hotel


Best rooms with a view in New York City: Z NYC Hotel

There are countless iconic street views and sweeping panoramas in the city, and no doubt you’ll be spending much of your stay discovering them. But there is something magical about gazing at the cityscape or a river view from the privacy of your hotel—and it’s a lot more relaxing than lining up for the Empire State Building. These are our favorite rooms with a view, but if you can’t afford the luxury, you can still get a lofty perspective on the city at one of its many rooftop bars.

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Conrad New York

This sophisticated Hilton offshoot Conrad has taken over a former Embassy Suites Hotel facing Battery Park City’s riverside Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. West-facing rooms have views of the Hudson, but there are also striking sights within the art-rich property. Sol LeWitt’s vivid 100-by-80-foot painting Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple) rises above the check-in desk in the dramatic 15-story, glass-ceilinged, marble-floored lobby, and guest quarters are adorned with pieces by contemporary lights Elizabeth Peyton and Mary Heilmann, among others. Above the rooftop bar (open May–Oct, weather permitting), which offers panoramas of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, is an herb and vegetable patch providing fresh produce for the North End Grill next door.

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Battery Park City

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

A Meatpacking District pioneer, the Gansevoort is now known for its tri-level rooftop pool-lounge playgrounds at two NYC locations. The rooms recently received a glam makeover that brought fuchsia, plum and metallic accents and Studio 54-inspired photography that plays on the hotel’s reputation as a party hub. But the real draw is floor-to-ceiling windows offering incredible views of the Meatpacking District and beyond. Spending some time on the roof is a must in any season: The garden has a heated pool (with underwater music) that is enclosed in winter, a bar (Plunge) and, of course, a 360-degree panorama.

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Meatpacking District

Hotel on Rivington

When the Hotel on Rivington opened in 2005, its ultra-modern, glass-covered façade was a novelty on the largely low-rise Lower East Side. Now, with condos popping up on nearly every block, the building (designed by NYC firm Grzywinski+Pons) seems less out of place, but it remains one of the few luxury hotels in the neighborhood. Rooms are super-sleek and minimalist, with black-and-white decorative touches, Frette bed linen and robes, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of Manhattan and beyond (even in the shower stalls).

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Lower East Side

The Standard

André Balazs’s lauded West Coast mini-chain arrived in New York in early 2009. Straddling the High Line, the retro 18-story structure has been configured to give each room an exhilarating view, either of the river or a midtown cityscape. Quarters are compact (from 230 square feet) but floor-to-ceiling windows, curving tambour wood paneling (think old-fashioned roll-top desks) and "peekaboo" bathrooms (with Japanese-style tubs or huge showerheads and Kiss My Face products) give a sense of space. For an even more dazzling, 180-degree panorama, head to the exclusive top-floor lounge, Le Bain.

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Meatpacking District

Wythe Hotel

Critics' pick

The Wythe occupies a converted 1901 cooperage topped with a three-story glass-and-aluminum addition near the waterfront. In many of the guest rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panorama of the Manhattan skyline or face a cool Steve Powers graffiti mural that re-creates vintage Brooklyn advertising. Heated concrete floors, exposed brick, reclaimed-timber beds and witty custom wallpaper create a rustic-industrial vibe, offset by fully plugged-in technology: A cable by the bed turns your iPhone into a surround-sound music system. You can also admire the view in the sixth-floor bar, which has a wraparound terrace overlooking the river.

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Z NYC Hotel

Critics' pick

The Z shares a gritty industrial side street with tool suppliers and flooring wholesalers, but the Queensboro Bridge–side setting and largely low-rise neighbors facilitate its most stunning feature. Architect Andres Escobar built the 11-story property so that each of the 100 rooms faces the river, offering knock-your-socks-off midtown views through floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to a vintage-styled “cellar” lounge, the hotel has an expansive roof terrace offering 360-degree panoramas.

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Long Island City



I think the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle blows them all away with views of Central Park. If you cannot afford to stay there perhaps go for dinner at Asiate, which overlooks Central Park facing Northward.