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The best 4 star hotels in NYC

Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Consult our guide to the best 4 star hotels in NYC including deluxe amenities.

By Liz Newman |
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Park South Hotel
Photograph: Mike Wantz

Here’s what staying at one of the best 4 star hotels in NYC means: you can spot a value, but don’t want to skimp on luxury. And easy-access to the best New York attractions can’t hurt. If you’re a rooftop garden lover, or just want to be within walking distance to the top art museums, these properties are here to serve it all to you (on a silver platter).

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Best 4 star hotels in NYC

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Park South Hotel
Photograph: Mike Wantz
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Park South Hotel

Flatiron

Originally constructed as part of Baruch College in 1906, this property remerged as a swank Murray Hill hotel nearly 100 years later. The rich history still oozes from every corner thanks to a mezzanine library stocked with Gotham-centric tomes as well as exclusive black-and-white prints from the New York Historical Society.  Rooms strike a balance between modern and classic with mirrored headboards and cherry wood accents—many with staggering views of the Chrysler Building. The hotel’s Japanese restaurant, O Ya, features an 18-course omakase tasting menu.

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The Jade Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village

Between its pre-war architecture and pristine Georgian facade, it’s hard not to be captivated by this 18-floor boutique hotel. Bustling Manhattan feels miles away upon descending the marble steps into the elegant lobby outfitted with velvet couches, fireplace, and cozy library nook. Named after the Greenwich Village streets, rooms are taken over by art deco accents like antique glass dressers, Makassar ebony desks as well as a retro black-and-white-tiled bathroom. Top it off with a signature cocktail at downstairs bar and restaurant Grape & Vine, and you may never leave.

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staycations
Photograph: Nikolas Koenig
Hotels, Chain hotels

The Standard

Meatpacking District

One word really sums up this hip, André Balazs–owned property in the Meatpacking District: fun. Given it’s home to The Standard Biergarten, the triple threat rooftop terrace (Le Bain dance club, cocktail bar and pool—check!), as well as arguably some of the best views in the city, it’s hard to determine whether the beautiful people are locals or visitors. If the latter, expect to be completely hypnotized by the slew of High Line strollers, that depending on the floor, can be right outside your window.

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Ace Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Ace Hotel New York

Flatiron

Anyone who has frequented one of ACE’s West Coast-properties knows it’s a bonafide hipster’s paradise. And the funky retro-meets-industrial modern vibe lives on at its premier East Coast location, whose early-1900s building in NoMad was completely renovated by a local design firm.  The edgy lobby is packed with dark brown sectional couches, a giant wood bar and cozy reading nooks -- all of which are likely taken over by a sea of laptops. Rooms come standard with graffiti artwork and throwback furniture, with the higher spread adding groovy extras like a curated collection of vinyl LP’s, acoustic guitars and mini-kegs.

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Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

Flatiron

The Gansevoort just knows how to hit the sleek nail on the head. And its Park Ave location is no exception. After winding through the labyrinth that is the three-story granite atrium lobby, guests can choose to soak up signature treatments and wellness classes at Exhale Spa or take a cocktail-accompanied dip on the exclusive rooftop terrace. Spacious suites come with cushy beds and private bars—or Empire State Building views from a private balcony (which like guacamole, costs extra).

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Hotel Beacon
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Hotel Beacon

Upper West Side

From Riverside Park to Lincoln Center, the Upper West Side has its own unique NYC character—and the Beacon perfectly fits the part.  Smack dab next to the iconic Beacon Theater (nope, not a coincidence), the former apartment building comes equipped with homey living rooms and kitchenettes—we’re talking stoves, microwaves, pots and pans, sofa beds, the works. Live like a chic, uptown New Yorker with a concierge (and room service!) just a phone call away? That’s the definition of a win-win.

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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Lombardy Hotel

Midtown East

Once upon a time, in 1926 exact, publishing giant William Randolph Hearst (yes, that Hearst), constructed a glamorous Central Park-adjacent property for his Hollywood mistress Marion Davies. Today that European-style building is known as the Lombardy Hotel, which after a multi-million dollar facelift, is lined with ornate chandeliers and marble flooring. Privately-owned suites range from studios to two-bedroom, meaning decor could feature anything from antique furnishings to modern granite countertops.

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Maritime Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Maritime Hotel

Chelsea

Thanks to a nautical-theme and the fact it was originally built for the National Maritime Union of America, Fleet Week lasts longer than seven days at this Chelsea hotel. Portal-style windows (you can actually open them!) line the outside of the building; inside blue hues swarm the low-lit lobby housing an impressive collection of National Geographics and the cabin-inspired guest rooms are charmingly outfitted with upholstered arm chairs and wooden desks. But the real gem is Mario Batali’s glamorous Italian trattoria, La Sirena, where you can sip Rose al fresco along Ninth Avenue or inside at the stunning 38-foot-long Caesarstone quartz bar.

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Booking.com
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Kimberly Hotel & Suites

Midtown East

The Kimberly nails the whole “shabby chic” concept, largely due to its ability to be effortlessly extravagant while still comfortable enough to feel like you can kick your feet up. Elaborate chandeliers line the marble lobby, and almost all of the one or two-bedroom suites have balconies. After plates of contemporary Italian fare at downstairs eatery Ferro's, head to the hotel’s nightclub Nikki Midtown to dance the night away.

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Photograph: Courtesy Stefano Pinci/Hotel Elysee
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Hotel Elysée

Midtown East

Hosting all-star clientele like Marlon Brando since the 1920s (ahem, Tennessee Williams actually lived here!), this boutique Midtown hotel is about as classic New York as it gets. Timeless elegance is encapsulated in every facet from the black-and-white marble floors to the antique Club Room, which serves complimentary wine and cheese during the week. And then there’s the world-famous Monkey Bar that for decades has been the go-to nightcap spot for celebrities and NYC elite alike. If not there in person, you can at least see their photograph adorning the rich wooden walls.

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