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The best boutique hotels in NYC

Looking for boutique hotels? NYC's unique offerings get major points for style, design and individuality

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Marion Bernstein
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Céline Bossart
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Rhys Thomas
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Ed Cunningham
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Boutique hotels are, for many (us included), some of the best hotels around. Not only are the best boutique abodes luxurious and full of amenities: they’re also full of character and offer things that very, very few others can. NYC is, obviously, brimming with fantastic boutique hotels. From the Financial District to Williamsburg, hotels with rich histories and bold designs boast everything from mixology classes and full-body massages to Parisian gardens, rooftop bars and awesome views over some of the city’s most famous attractions. And even when you’ve exhausted everything you’re boutique accom has to offer? Dur, you’re in New York. You’ve got more to explore than you could fit into an entire lifetime.

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Best boutique hotels in NYC

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  • Flatiron
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The Ace Hotel New York is in the heart of the action and caters to the creative, the hungry, the young and the adventurous with an affinity for aesthetic inspiration. In the daytime, the lobby is the perfect co-working space, with long tables lined with plentiful plug sockets and desk lamps. Come nighttime, the spot is home to 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) at the hotel. You could probably live here, let alone holiday here. Workspace aside though, when you're playing, you're a few minutes via subway to Times Square, and there's a 24-hour desk, so don't worry about the clock.

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  • Financial District
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Peering up at The Beekman’s iconic nine-story atrium, you can’t help but be dazzled by its towering majesty. Its maze of gold and brown balconies are lit up by a towering glass pyramid ceiling – and those vintage flourishes feature in every room, too. The Beekman has a great rep for design excellence, but, with a phenomenal location in the Financial District, it’s also within very easy reach of Brooklyn Bridge and a generally fabulous place to stay.

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  • Upper East Side
  • price 4 of 4

If you’re after a lavishly decorated room, then look no further than The Mark. The hotel’s luxurious rooms were designed by the world-renowned Jacques Grange and 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. If that wasn’t bougie enough, a simple call to the concierge grants guests special access to personal shoppers and expert advice from Bergdorf Goodman staff. See, lavish. Outside, you're one American block away from Central Park. So grab a coffee, and stroll about, now we're living like it's the movies.

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  • Soho
  • price 3 of 4

The Kit Kemp-designed icon on SoHo’s Crosby Street simply oozes cool. From its exposed warehouse exterior to the lush sun-drenched courtyard for a spot of afternoon tea, there aren’t many more inviting places in the city. Unwind in the building’s breathtaking common spaces or take the cobble-stone street from the hotel out into the city. Whether you're exploring the neighborhood’s hidden gems or venturing out into the city at large, you’ve got a plush bed and majestic factory windows awaiting your return.

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  • Chelsea
  • price 3 of 4

When most people think of ‘student housing’, they might think of rowdy kids, loads of noise and frankly dire living conditions. In other words, the complete opposite of The High Line Hotel. But the High Line was actually originally built as student housing (sort of – it was for students of the General Theological Seminary. i.e. probably priests) in 1895, which has given its modern edition bucket-tonnes of character. An urban haven overspilling with European design influences, the High Line has a Parisian-inspired garden and courtyard, as well as breezy, bright rooms. Looking out onto the High Line (hence the name), it’s also a splendid place for people spotting and exploring the surrounding Chelsea neighbourhood.

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  • Greenpoint
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Looking for a room with a view? It’s hard to beat those on offer in each of the William Vale’s 183 modern-luxe rooms, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air balconies looking over Manhattan’s iconic skyline. South Italian fare (think wood-fired pizza) is served up at on-site restaurant Leuca by award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini. There’s also a 60-foot outdoor pool complete with pergolas, daybeds and cabana that is the ideal place for city summer lounging. Getting into the heart of the big apple is a breeze too, with a host of transport links (from ferries to subways) right at your doorstep. 

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  • Long Island City
  • price 2 of 4

Staying in Manhattan is all well and good, but if you choose to rest your head on the other side of the East River, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of The City skyline. Opt for Long Island City’s first design-centric hotel, Boro, which touts a minimalist, industrial-chic aesthetic with light-drenched rooms that boast floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views. 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. Of course, you're also within the heart of Long Island City should you wish to venture out. There's a 24-hour desk, rock up back to those nice beds whenever you like! 

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 paid just $22 per week in the early 1980s. You can expect to pay slightly more now, but it’s worth the extra expense. It has been fully remodeled and reimagined throughout, and has 130 thoughtfully-designed, vintage-meets-minimalist rooms and the three-story Serafina Italian restaurant which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-room dining. The World Financial Center, Chinatown and Wall Street are also a brief stroll away. Making this not only a luxurious stay, but a convenient one, as it's right in the heart of the big apple.

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  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

Sure, you may be in New York to see the sights and experience everything the city has to offer, but with on-site programming this good, you may never want to leave the hotel. Arlo Soho offers guests “Cozy AF Knitting” classes where you’ll sip hot cocoa while being taught how to knit a pair of fingerless gloves, as well as mixology classes where you’ll learn to shake, strain and stir with some of New York’s finest. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Harold’s Meat + Three, the Arlo’s on-site restaurant, for a plentiful plate of hot chicken, Japanese sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and blistered shishito peppers. Blissful. You don't have to check out the facilities every day, I mean, you're not in New York to stay indoors, are you? Fortunately, you're in Soho. So, youre really close to One World Trade Center, Ellis Island, and more.  

Gowanus Inn & Yard
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Gowanus Inn & Yard

10. Gowanus Inn & Yard

Give your quirky Brooklyn experience a comfortable edge in one of this Gowanus neighborhood spot’s 76 SAVVY Studio-designed rooms. Designed to reflect a fusion of function and comfort, each offers smart amenities, down comforters and wall-hung leather-trim cushions for a place to rest your weary head. You're just a thousand years from the Barclays Center, and the hotel is open 24 hours, so the party can end when you want it to. You'll rest well. 

645-651 Union St (718-855-6500, gowanusinn.com)

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