The best hotels in Midtown, NYC

Put yourself at the doorstep of what makes Manhattan electric with a stay at these best hotels in Midtown
1 Hotel Central Park
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By Bao Ong |
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Midtown, Manhattan isn’t much of a draw for locals looking to explore their city, but the best hotels in Midtown, NYC are attractions entirely unto themselves. For tourists, the neighborhood offers accommodations ranging from opulent 5 star hotels to big chain hotels. While the streets may be crowded and the towering buildings impersonal, just steps away from your room are shops (from Prada to street vendor-sold Pashminas), theater (from the best Broadway shows to kitschier off-Broadway experiences), the best Manhattan restaurants (Michelin-starred establishments to street meat carts), and parks (both Bryant and Central). It’s everything you love about New York, and probably many of the reasons why you came in the first place.

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Best hotels in Midtown, NYC

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The Peninsula New York
Hotels, Chain hotels

The Peninsula New York

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Famous as a shopping mecca, Fifth Avenue is usually a choatic hub of activity. But if you're checked into The Peninsula, you can escape all that. Beyond its grand facade are 235 luxurious rooms, a spa, indoor pool and rooftop bar serving beverages with a stellar view of the city.

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The Royalton
Photograph: Courtesy The Royalton
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Royalton

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The Royalton is a boutique hotel of many faces. The exterior welcomes you with ancient Roman grandeur thanks to the two towering columns. The foyer is decked out in lots of dark woods and leather. Then up in the rooms you'll find subtle modern design courtesy of Charlotte Macaux. Forty Four is the plush in-house restaurant/bar and parking is available (enquire when you book).

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Starwood Hotels
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Hotels, Chain hotels

W New York – Times Square

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The W New York lives up to its reputation of being hip and vibrant. If you want to take advantage of the city’s reputation of one that never sleeps, there’s always a scene at the Living Room Lounge for cocktails. Then the next mornign you can work off that hangover in the fully-equipped 24/7 FIT gym.

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Kitano New York
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Kitano New York

icon-location-pin Murray Hill

Given the name you'd be right in assuming that this four-star spot is Japanese. And if you don't, the bamboo and paper screens are a dead giveaway. In true East Asian style, the decor is minimal and clean, but oh so charming. There are two restaurants at Kitano: Jazz and Hakubai. The latter specialises in 'kaiseki', traditional Japanese cuisine created at the hands of Chef Yukihiro Sato.

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Hotels, Chain hotels

Ritz-Carlton Central Park

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The Ritz-Carlton’s Central Park hotel fits its location perfectly. Luxurious rooms have views of the city’s most popular park, and you feel like afternoon tea is called for during your stay here. The La Prairie spa is one of the best in the city and is another reason not to leave once you’ve checked in.

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Park Hyatt
Photograph: Courtesy Park Hyatt
Hotels, Chain hotels

Park Hyatt New York

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The gleaming, slim tower housing the Park Hyatt New York is the Hyatt’s flagship for good reason. The refined rooms have a home-y feel while the common spaces have all the bells and whistles of a five-star hotel. There are countless Instagram posts of the breathtaking swimming pool, but like the celebrities who frequently stay here, there’s enough privacy whether you want to grab a drink in the Living Room bar or relax with one of the spa treatments.

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Waldorf Astoria
Photograph: Courtesy Waldorf Astoria
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Waldorf Astoria New York

icon-location-pin Midtown East

No doubt one of the grand dames of New York’s most iconic hotels, the Waldorf Astoria New York is legend for a reason. The art deco building boasts soaring ceilings perfect for all the parties and weddings held here (for decades, the Astor family hosted an A-list of guests night after night). These days you can book one of the many rooms that combine the best of art deco design with modern amenities for a taste of luxury in the 21st century.

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New York Palace
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Lotte New York Palace

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Long before Gossip Girl, the Lotte New York Palace had cemented its reputation as one of the city’s most exclusive. The property is a combination of the landmark Villard Mansion with a 55-story tower with some suites adorned with over-the-top touches, like a complimentary microband ring when guests book the Jewel Suite by Martin Katz. Even if you’re not staying in one of the suites, the rest of this neo-Italian Renaissance style hotel offers plenty of opportunities to splurge, such as drinks in the 25-seat salon called Rarities.

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The Knickerbocker
Photograph: Courtesy The Knickerbocker
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Knickerbocker

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The rooms in the stately Knickerbocker Hotel, once home to the Rockefellers, give you unparalleled views of Times Square. After all, you are literally in the middle of it all in this elegant hotel between all the lights and billboards. Once inside, however, there’s plenty of space for you to find a sliver of that urban sanctuary. And if that’s enough, be sure to order a strong martini.

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The Time New York
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Time New York

icon-location-pin Midtown West

This budget-friendly hotel located just minutes away from the heart of Times Square doesn’t cut corners with its modern design and friendly service. It’s like finding a hipster hotel uptown where you assume all the creatives are staying because of the multimedia artwork adorning the walls and a glass elevator in the middle of the lobby. You’ll find rooms that are minimally decorated yet comfortable.

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