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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

By Céline Bossart and Marion Bernstein
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Travel in style and book your stay at one of the best boutique hotels NYC has to offer. From Soho to Williamsburg, these historic and design-centric inns offer guests an array of the finer things in life, including but certainly not limited to full-service spas in NYC, afternoon tea, Parisian gardens, mixology classes, bespoke magic shows and rooftop bars with Insta-worthy views of the New York City skyline. A select few will even give you special access to notoriously exclusive locales like Bergdorf Goodmanand Gramercy Park.

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1. LIFE Hotel, NoMad

Hotels Boutique hotels Midtown West

You’ve heard of the magazine – now stay in the original building that was once the place of work for famed writers and artists such as Norman Rockwell, Charles Gibson, and John Ames Mitchell. The hotel has 98 guest rooms and suites that each pay homage to the building’s 1894 heritage with turn of the century-inspired pieces. It has modern touches that provide a delightful contrast too, including user-friendly technology and refreshing natural bath amenities throughout each room.

2. Ace Hotel New York

Hotels Boutique hotels Flatiron

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 also 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).

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The Beekman
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3. The Beekman

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The Beekman in the Financial District is a landmark known for its nine-story atrium and awe-inspiring architecture, and the vintage touches in every room don’t hurt either. Oh, and did we mention the Tom Colicchio cuisine?

4. The Mark

Hotels Boutique hotels Upper East Side

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.

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Crosby Street Hotel
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5. Crosby Street Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Soho

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 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.

6. High Line Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Chelsea

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. Thankfully, the hotel has lost its student accommodation vibe too, with light-filled rooms that feature hardwood floors, locally sourced furniture and oversized windows. What’s more, the spot looks out onto the High Line, making it great for people watching.

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The William Vale
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7. The William Vale

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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.

Gramercy Park Hotel
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8. Gramercy Park Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Gramercy

Some hotel rooms come with some nice touches such as a free minibar or access to an onsite gym. But not many include a key to the city’s most elite park. Check in at Gramercy Park Hotel, 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.

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9. Boro Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Long Island City

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.

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10. The Frederick Hotel

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. 95 West Broadway (888-895-9400, frederickhotelnyc.com)

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