With its best boutique hotels, NYC offers arguably the most captivating places to stay in the city. These charming and often cheap hotels are suited to any taste or budget, and they’re known for elevating the typical overnight experience with immaculate attention to detail and specialized service across the board. Oh, and don’t forget the noteworthy dining at hotel restaurants, some of the city’s best cocktails and the unique design characteristics. Tuck in, cozy up and take in the surroundings on our tour de thread count.
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Best boutique hotels in NYC
This Lower East Side modern mainstay is a dark existential dream, outfitted in somber-chic color schemes, plenty of wrought iron and the occasional cowhide accent. It’s the perfect setting for an early evening bubble bath followed by a glass of wine in bed (or on the balcony, if you’re lucky). And dinner at Dirty French is not to be missed.
Moody is the name of the game at the NoMad neighborhood’s crown jewel. Dark, rich colors and textures are the basis for the hotel’s design, which draws its inspiration from the grand classic hotels of Europe and has no shortage of reasons to stay. There’s a killer magic show on select evenings, and it’s also quite possibly the only hotel in New York with damask paravents.
Afternoon tea in a lush, sun-drenched courtyard, anyone? Crosby Street’s Kit Kemp–owned-and-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.
Are you seeking solitude, subtlety and privacy with fine dining at your fingertips? Look no further than Tribeca’s stately Greenwich Hotel. (Yes, the one and only Greenwich Hotel owned by Robert De Niro.) With a cool $15,000 penthouse, an acclaimed full-service spa, a drawing room and an open-air courtyard reserved for guests only, this downtown oasis is the definition of indulgence and exclusivity.
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 street to Gramercy Park for a quick stroll. Repeat as desired.
Nobody does chill quite like Standard hotels, and the East Village iteration is no exception. It’s the embodiment of low-key luxury, reflecting the grit and cool factor of its home with just the right amount of understated finesse—the perfect combination for guests in search of a true contemporary New York experience.
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 newcomer has taken 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?
Beautifully appointed and sustainable stays put 11 Howard at the forefront of eco-friendly hospitality, and no detail is compromised in the process. From minimalist-chic design built on natural materials to the hotel’s dedication to philanthropy, this is a place anyone can get behind, both aesthetically and morally. The Stephen Starr restaurant is a delightful bonus.
Lavish luxury might seem redundant, but that’s what happens when a crystal-laden hotel renders you utterly speechless. This Midtown hotel is as majestic as they come, featuring Parisian-inspired pied-à-terres decked out in the finest materials and amenities, which is hardly surprising given the prestige that comes with the name. If you’ll excuse us, that’s the house car calling.