Best boutique hotels in NYC
Stay in the original building that once housed LIFE magazine and you’ll walk the same hallways as famed writers and artists such as Norman Rockwell, Charles Gibson and John Ames Mitchell. The hotel’s 98 guest rooms and suites pay homage to the building’s 1894 heritage with turn of the century-inspired pieces, providing a delightful contrast to the user-friendly technology and refreshing natural bath amenities throughout each room.
In the heart of the action, the Ace Hotel New York caters to the creative, the hungry, the young and the adventurous with an affinity for aesthetic inspiration. The lobby is the perfect environment for productivity and exploration, boasting plentiful workspaces and endless activities from various shopping options and an irresistible bar to an old-school photo booth and a burgeoning art space—let’s just say you’ll never be bored (or thirsty).
This NYC favorite took the Financial District by storm following the epic resurrection of the historic building in which it resides. The Beekman is a landmark known for its nine-story atrium and awe-inspiring architecture, and the vintage touches in every room don’t hurt either. Did we mention the Tom Colicchio cuisine?
The Mark is considered New York’s “most boldy lavish hotel,” and for good reason: luxurious rooms designed by the world-renowned Jacques Grange are outfitted with ebony, sycamore and nickel furnishings, a Crestron panel that controls temperature, entertainment, shades and lighting with just one touch and black and white marble deep-soaking tubs. A simple call to the Mark’s concierge grants guests special access to personal shoppers and expert advice from Bergdorf Goodman staff.
Afternoon tea in a lush, sun-drenched courtyard, anyone? Crosby Street’s Kit Kemp-designed icon is as inviting as it is acclaimed, welcoming guests with both an air of refinement and a splash of unexpected color around every corner. Unwind in the building’s breathtaking common spaces or explore the neighborhood’s hidden gems to your heart’s desire—either way, you’ve got a plush bed and majestic factory windows awaiting your return.
Originally built in 1895 as student housing for the General Theological Seminary, this urban sanctuary pays tribute to its European roots, maintaining its Parisian-inspired garden and courtyard for guests to enjoy a morning cup of espresso or evening glass of wine. Light-filled rooms feature hardwood floors, locally sourced furniture and oversized windows looking out onto the High Line.
Each of the William Vale’s 183 modern-luxe rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air balconies looking over Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini serves up wood-fired pizza at Leuca, the hotel’s on-site Southern Italian restaurant, and poolside at the Vale’s 60-foot outdoor pool complete with pergolas, daybeds and cabana—the ideal place for city summer lounging.
Unlock the neighborhood (literally) with two keys: one to your room and another to the city’s most elite park. Check in, proceed to room, gawk at Julian Schnabel’s resplendent design, roll around on bed, head downstairs for brunch at Maialino or a drink at Rose Bar and head across the street to Gramercy Park for a quick stroll. Repeat as desired.
Long Island City’s first design-centric hotel, Boro touts a minimalist, industrial-chic aesthetic that’s somehow able to impress and comfort in one take. Light-drenched rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline. Once the sun goes down, head to the lobby bar where beer, wine and craft cocktails abound until 11pm. But we don’t blame you if you’d rather turn in early—the pillow top mattresses and plush Italian bedding are tough to resist.
Originally opened in 1845 as the Gerard House, the Frederick Hotel has seen many iterations and notable guests over the years—it’s rumored that Abraham Lincoln took a snooze in the 1850s and that Vincent Gallo payed just $22 per week in the early 1980s. Now fully remodeled, the reimagined Frederick houses 130 thoughtfully-designed, vintage-meets-minimalist rooms and the three-story Serafina Italian restaurant which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-room dining. 95 West Broadway (888-895-9400, frederickhotelnyc.com)