Best hotels in Midtown, NYC
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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These hotels near Times Square are the best for a vacation in the heart of NYC. And they’re non-touristy, too!