Yes, hotels near Penn Station are stuck in an area that seems to be the part of New York City that the glamor stick forgot to hit. It retains the dingy and decrepit patina from the 1980s—but it’s for this reason that many die-hard New Yorkers still love the area. And it is easy to hop on public transportation to nearly anywhere in the city, and you’re right next door to the limelight of Times Square and the best restaurants near Penn Station. And it's within walking distance to excellent ‘hoods like Hell’s Kitchen, NoMad and Chelsea, some of New York’s top destinations.
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Best hotels near Penn Station
The art deco roots of the historic Manhattan building remain in tact, with a recent renovation throwing in the contemporary style necessary for an NYC hotel. The new lobby area is designed to represent Manhattan, with a sparkling chandelier mirroring the iconic skyline. Amenities include a gym, full-service American restaurant, bar and luxury touches like a pillow menu.
Ultra-posh and modern is the name of the game at this hotel meets art museum. Hotel Eventi’s signature touch is its omnipresent display of art installations, like paintings and sculptures—which pair nicely with the hotel’s nightly complimentary wine tastings. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in white. Tuck into Portuguese fare from Michelin-starred chef George Mendes, or head to The Vine restaurant for breakfast.
The surroundings aren’t much to write home about, but welcome to the area surrounding Penn Station! Still, the first U.S. outpost of Wyndham’s Trip brand harkens back to the company’s Spanish origins with a stellar tapas restaurant and a Mediterranean vibe. Large rooms have reclaimed wood floors and cool wallpaper, as well as a different type of room for every traveler: Think bunk beds, 3-D TVs and exercise equipment.
It’s all about the future at this tech-forward, digitally-enhanced hotel. Designed to interact with visitors, tech touches include a Discovery Portal, which is a partnership between the hotel and Time Out New York showing off different NYC neighborhood guides. Head up to the roof to check out the hotel’s 8,000-square-foot roof deck for some killer NYC views, and down at sea level, you’ll find Rock & Reilly’s Irish pub and a stylish lobby bar.
The first American outpost of Mexican hotel group Grupo Habita made quite a splash when it opened on the West Side. This uber-sexy 14-floor tower packs its room with a great minibar, personal iPads and hanging fireplaces. During summer months, strip down and head up to the rooftop pool. Cool touch: In the winter, the pool actually becomes a hot tub. The Americano serves un-eponymous French food, but it’s those kind of playful touches that makes this hotel just so damn cool.
Located on bustling 14th Street just a short cab or subway ride from Penn Station, this cozy hotel is all about keeping it intimate. With just 23 rooms, it’s easy for the staff to provide highly attentive service. The hotel is also located near Manhattan attractions like the Whitney and the High Line. And don’t forget to stop downstairs for breakfast, which includes homemade bread and fresh fruit.
The brick-and-glass Cambria Hotel is a sanctuary in the busy Flower District, starting with the lobby, full of wood and leather—and free hot chocolate. Cozy up at the lobby bistro or head to the rooftop lounge for happy hour craft beer and views of the Freedom Tower. Bonus: Prices are totally reasonable.
Clean and washed in white with art deco undertones, the Evelyn is housed in a historic Manhattan building in the trendy Nomad district. Rooms are stocked with Frette linens and C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. There is no restaurant on-site; however, the hotel is in prime location for exploring top restaurants in Nomad, including Italy emporium Eataly.
Any New Yorker knows The New Yorker Hotel (even if they don’t know exactly what it is they are looking at). The iconic art deco building is a lovable part of the Midtown skyline and has hosted the likes of JFK, Muhammad Ali and Jennifer Hudson. Rooms reflect the art history roots with neutral tones, tufted headboards and classic furniture, but all rooms also have flat-screen TVs, free HBO and workspaces. Indulge in a little old-school New York with the Tick Tock Diner, a 24-hour NYC institution. Then elevate things in the evenings at Trattoria Bianca, for Italian cuisine.
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InterContinental’s wellness-friendly hotel brand, EVEN, has its own Midtown outpost. Complete with a fitness center, healthy dining options and in-room fitness equipment, the hotel is stacked with your physical and mental well-being in mind. This particular hotel has flat-screen TVs in every room, bathrooms with spa showers and all-natural eucalyptus linen.
This hidden gem on the West Side is putting out a serious retro rocker vibe. Rooms are decked out in black-and-white with pops of color like classic guitars or old suitcases. Choose from private rooms with private bathrooms, AC and free Wi-Fi, or splurge for the Group Suite, which can accommodate you and up to 10 of your closest friends, with two bathrooms. Then there are the hostel-style accommodations (but way, way nicer) with shared bathrooms. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and are inspired by the ’80s. Case in point: complimentary retro Atari and board game rentals. Note: There is no elevator. The building is in a refurbished four-story walk-up, but that’s great for those who are really craving a real NYC experience!
This hotel’s 183 rooms sit in the shadow of the Empire State Building. The stylish and modern hotel has amenities like Gilchrist & Soames products, an iHome clock radio and Keurig coffee makers. Complimentary hotel amenities include a fitness and business center, Wi-Fi, daily breakfast and all-day coffee in the lounge.