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1 Hotel Central Park
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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

By Bao Ong

Midtown, Manhattan isn’t much of a draw for those looking to get under the skin of the city to discover its hidden spots, but the best hotels in Midtown are attractions entirely unto themselves. For tourists, the neighborhood offers accommodations ranging from unique five-star stays to big chain hotels. While the streets may be crowded and the towering buildings impersonal, you room will be just a stone’s throw from shops (from Prada to street vendor-sold Pashminas), the best Broadway shows, Manhattan's finest restaurants, both with Michelin stars and street cart cred, and parks (both Bryant and Central). Midtown encompasses 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

The Peninsula New York
Photograph: Courtesy The Peninsula New York

1. The Peninsula New York

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Planning on shopping until you drop on Fifth Avenue? Make sure to check yourself in at The Peninsula so you don’t have far to carry your load. 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
Photograph: Courtesy The Royalton

2. Royalton

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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 (enquire when you book).

Photograph: W New York - Times Square

3. W New York – Times Square

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Looking for a hotel that channels the city’s reputation of never sleeping? You’ll find it at the W New York, which is home to a hip vibe and a vibrant cocktail bar in the Living Room Lounge.  Then the next morning you can work off that hangover in the fully-equipped 24/7 FIT gym.

Kitano New York
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4. The Kitano New York

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The name is a slight giveaway, but this four-star Midtown spot is Japanese. In true East Asian style, the decor is minimal and clean, but oh so charming, and includes bamboo and paper screens. It doesn’t stop at the furnishings, either, with the hotel home to two restaurants: Jazz and Hakubai. The latter specialises in 'kaiseki', traditional Japanese cuisine created at the hands of Chef Yukihiro Sato.


5. Ritz-Carlton Central Park

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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.

Park Hyatt
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6. Park Hyatt New York

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After the bells and whistles of a five-star hotel but with a refined, home-y feel rather than the luxe extravagance of others on this list? Then the gleaming, slim tower housing the Park Hyatt New York might 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.


7. Lotte New York Palace

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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. 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.

The Knickerbocker
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8. The Knickerbocker

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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.


9. Baccarat Hotel

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The Baccarat doesn’t do understated, so stay away if shiny things give you migraines. Expect an exquisitely chic stay jam-packed with extravagant chandeliers, crystal cut glasses and silk walls (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 your hotel.

1 Hotel Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy 1 Hotel Central Park

10. 1 Hotel Central Park

Hotels Boutique hotels Midtown West

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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