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The best hotels in Midtown, NYC

Put yourself at the center of what makes Manhattan electric with a stay at one of the best hotels in Midtown

Written by
Bao Ong
&
Paula Akpan
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Ed Cunningham
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There are few neighborhoods in New York better for sightseeing than Midtown, Manhattan. In the heart of the concrete jungle, you’re within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Broadway, big-time shopping and Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s a great spot from which to base a weekend full of NYC’s most iconic sights.  

What’s more, often Midtown’s hotels are attractions in themselves. From big name luxury like Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt to little boutique wonders, the hotels in Midtown can hold enough secrets and activities for you to never even need to do sightseeing at all. But of course you will. You’re in New York, after all – it’s probably why you came in the first place.  

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Best hotels in Midtown, NYC

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

The Royalton is a boutique hotel of many faces. From the exterior’s two towering Roman-era inspired columns to its dark wood and leather-decked foyer, and the subtle modern Charlotte Macaux-designed rooms. Forty Four is the plush in-house restaurant/bar and parking is available (just make sure you enquire when you book).

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Murray Hill
  • price 3 of 4

A slice of Japanese serenity in the midst of Midtown, The Kitano is a neat and spotless but tremendously charming four-star spot. Japanese-style green tea, slippers and dressing gowns are included with each room, as well as bamboo furnishings. And it doesn’t stop there: The Kitano is home to two gourmet Japanese restaurants, and it’s all within super easy reach of Grand Central Station and the Empire State.

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Ritz-Carlton Central Park
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  • Chain hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Despite its location and amazing views across the city’s most popular park, you won’t want to leave once you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton’s Central Park hotel. Its luxurious rooms are fit for royalty (which is probably who you will be rubbing shoulders with in the lobby), while the La Prairie spa is one of the best in the city.

  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Feel like giving yourself the five-star treatment but with a refined, home-y feel? Then the gleaming, slim tower housing the Park Hyatt New York might right be up your street. 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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Lotte New York Palace
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Midtown East
  • price 3 of 4

The Lotte New York Palace is a combination of the landmark Villard Mansion with a 55-story tower with some suites adorned with over-the-top touches. How 'over-the-top' we hear you ask? Like a complimentary microband ring when guests book the Jewel Suite by Martin Katz. Can’t quite afford a suite? The rest of the neo-Italian Renaissance-style hotel is just as luxurious, and offers plenty of opportunities to splash the money you’ve saved on your room, such as drinks in the 25-seat salon called Rarities.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

Once you find out the Rockefellers used to live here, you know the Knickerbocker Hotel is going to be something special. There's a stately air to the place, with calming creams and earthy tones, not to mention the unbeatable views of the city. From its doorstep, it’s possible to explore Times Square, Bryant Park and the buzz of Broadway. It’s fair to say that, when it comes to location and style, you won't find much better than the Knickerbocker.

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Baccarat Hotel
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

The Baccarat doesn’t do understated, so stay away if shiny things give you migraines. Expect an exquisitely chic stay where extravagant chandeliers, crystal cut glasses and silk walls feature (yes you read right: silk walls). Even the smallest details are afforded the utmost care and attention, so if you’re looking to experience the world of the one percent, this is the hotel for you.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

Step inside 1 Hotel Central Park and you could easily mistake it for some hip spot straight out of Brooklyn—there’s an abundance of common workspace, a restaurant by noted New York chef Jonathan Waxman, a 24-hour gym, even access to a Tesla for local rides. But the vibe is never one that’s too-cool-for-school. You’ll feel right at home in the smartly-designed rooms with plenty of natural light, and all without leaving Midtown.

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