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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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Best boutique hotels in NYC

11. Arlo

Hotels Boutique hotels West Village

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.

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12. 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. 645-651 Union St (718-855-6500, gowanusinn.com)

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13. The Ludlow

Hotels Boutique hotels Lower East Side

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. Sink into the room’s bath and soak in some suds after a long day on your feet before enjoying a glass of wine in bed (or on the terrace). And dinner at Dirty French is not to be missed.

14. The NoMad Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Flatiron

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. In fact, you can even get a slice of Las Vegas without leaving the city at one of the hotel’s regular killer magic shows. Sounds spellbinding.

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15. Greenwich Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Tribeca

Credit cards at the ready... Tribeca’s stately Greenwich Hotel (yes, the one owned by Robert De Niro) is perfect for those seeking solitude, subtlety and privacy with fine dining at their fingertips, but it comes at a price. 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.

 

16. The Standard

Hotels Boutique hotels East Village

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—designer toiletries, bathrobes and a Bluetooh speaker are included as standard—offering the perfect combination for guests in search of a true contemporary New York experience.

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17. 11 Howard

Hotels Boutique hotels Little Italy

For those after an eco-friendly and sustainable approach to staying in the city, then 11 Howard is your best bet. 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, with no detail compromised in the process. The Stephen Starr restaurant is a delightful bonus.

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18. Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York

Hotels Boutique hotels Midtown West

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. And, if you want to turn the luxe dial up another notch, you can book yourself into the on-site spa and wellness centre.

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19. The Time New York

Hotels Boutique hotels Midtown West

Take advantage of one of the Time New York’s seasonal specials, and you’ll experience unique New York luxury without the guilt of a hefty price tag. Escape the hustle and bustle of the neighboring Broadway and Times Square and step into the sanctuaried reception area before relaxing in one of the 167 watercolor- and brushed metal–adorned rooms. Each comes complete with Italian Frette linens, rain showerheads, plush robes and upscale amenities courtesy of Maison Margiela Paris.

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