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The best hotels in NYC

From glam boutique hotels to dazzling luxury properties, these are the best hotels in NYC

Written by
Will Gleason
,
Céline Bossart
&
Paula Akpan
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Hospitality is something that New York prides itself on and that is pretty clearly evidenced by its best hotels. Every kind of traveller can find their perfect holiday haven in this glorious city, from sleek boutique hotels in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods to opulent luxury stays near the top NYC attractions.

You’ll even find some of the best spas and restaurants tucked inside their lobbies. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Big Apple or a local craving an inner-city staycation, these properties take the cake when it comes to hospitality and hotel perks. Cue room service.

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Best hotels in NYC

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

The decor of this hotel might be sleek and modern, but nearby landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park give it the flavor of old New York. The 271 unique guest rooms and suits ooze class with oak floors, spacious layout and breathtaking views of Manhattan.

 

The Ludlow
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Lower East Side
  • price 3 of 4

Make reservations at the Ludlow to experience sumptuous decor, impeccable views and exquisite French dining in the heart of the Lower East Side. Wood panelling and decadent furniture in the lobby and throughout the hotel will make every step you take at this location feel glamourous as hell. 

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  • Boutique hotels
  • East Village
  • price 3 of 4

Sleek design meets chic irreverence at this cool crowd hotel in the East Village. The gorgeously put-together rooms range from standard-sized rooms, right through to studios with unparalleled views. Guests who visit during the colder months shouldn’t leave The Standard, East Village without dining in the Winter Garden. Reserve a heated yurt for a veritable alpine feast, complete with fondue, apple strudel and warm winter cocktails.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Lenox Hill
  • price 4 of 4

This stalwart of the New York hotel scene is still as classic and elegant today as the day it first opened in 1930. The Rotunda on the ground level is the room that The Pierre is most well-known for. The curved walls and grandiose murals, painted by Edward Melcarth in 1976, make the room feel like it was plucked straight from a rococo fairytale setting. It was newly renovated by Daniel Romualdez to include a full bar and light snacks in the afternoon and evening.

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  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Modern amenities compliment the opulent decor and old-world charm of this iconic hotel at the base of Central Park. Rooms and suites offer up ornate touches, oversized bathrooms and 24-carat gold plated fixtures. Though there is plenty to keep you busy within the Plaza's confines, cross 59th Street to find another New York landmark: Central Park. Explore the grounds, especially the nearby attractions of Wollman Rink for some ice-skating and the Central Park Zoo.

The Greenwich Hotel
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Tribeca
  • price 4 of 4

Natural wood furnishings, a secluded courtyard and a luxurious Japanese spa bring a sense of serenity to this Tribeca hotel. With 88 rooms and suites, this chic spot is proud of the fact that no two of them are alike. Each room is furnished with a comfy touch, ensuring that this New York boutique hotel really feels like a home away from home.

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  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

A factory built in 1901 gets a second life as a 70-room hotel with a beautifully designed bar and restaurant, retail space and lots of cool Brooklyn vibes. With rooms ranging from bright studios with high ceilings to lofts with private terraces, this hotel should please even the pickiest traveller.

 

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Gramercy
  • price 4 of 4

Discover an impressive collection of contemporary art, critically acclaimed Italian cuisine and even the notoriously exclusive Gramercy Park at this gem. Priding itself on the impeccable details found in every room of the hotel, a stay at the Gramercy Park Hotel offers nothing but grandeur. 

 

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Smyth Tribeca

Formerly AKA Tribeca, Smyth Tribeca is as modern and luxurious as the area in which it's situated. Guests can choose between rooms, apartments and penthouse suites, which all come with Netflix and Hulu access, as well as other home comforts.

 

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Tribeca
  • price 3 of 4

Eclectic touches and top-notch entertainment draw tourists, celebrities and New Yorkers alike to this funky Tribeca hotel. This spot is influenced by Art Deco-realness and it shows as each of the 201 rooms are all about comfort, enjoyment and a splash of opulence.

 

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  • Long Island City
  • price 2 of 4

Sweeping views of Manhattan, an industrial design aesthetic and lots of natural light help this Long Island City hotel stand out. All the studios, for example, feature deep soaking tubs - perfect for extreme relaxation after a day of taking in the sights.

 

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  • Chelsea
  • price 3 of 4

Anchor’s away at this simple stationary vessel in bustling Manhattan that touts cozy decor, a nautical theme and a glitzy Italian trattoria, La Sirena. If you want to venture out from your cabin to the top decks, head to Gallow Green, the 1920s rooftop bar atop the McKittrick Hotel—which isn’t a hotel at all but the home of interactive mystery performance Sleep No More. Whether you just go for drinks or to partake in the show, you’ll get your breath of fresh air.

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  • East Village
  • price 3 of 4

Old-school sophistication meets punk rock in the Bowery Hotel—and nobody does it better. Think gorgeously crafted chandeliers, crackling fireplaces and tastefully decorated rooms with a modern twist.

Some of the neighborhood’s most exciting contemporary art isn’t at the New Museum (though that’s a good way to spend an afternoon, too), but at the Bowery Mural Wall. The outdoor gallery at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery features new artists constantly, so you never know what you’re going to find.

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  • Chelsea
  • price 3 of 4

You'll feel the spirit of Chelsea's nightlife at this hip 12-story hotel complete with a rooftop lounge, craft cocktail bar and two restaurants. This one is a celeb favourite, with well-known faces often choosing Dream as their, you know, dream destination. Portholes around the exterior of the hotel are its signature, with nautical themes found all around the modern haven.

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  • Soho
  • price 3 of 4

Hang out 18 stories above the city at this stylish Soho hotel’s indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge. Formerly known as The James, new life has been breathed into the glamourous building, with a modernist aesthetic paying tribute to its Bauhaus design.

The line to go up to the Jimmy, the rooftop bar and pool at ModernHaus, can be disheartening—especially on a warm summer night. Thankfully, hotel guests don’t have to queue to check out the bar for themselves. Head up to the roof before 9pm for craft cocktails sans crowds.

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  • Chinatown
  • price 3 of 4

You'll find this boutique hotel in Chinatown with a 24-hour fitness centre, onsite restaurant and an amazing rooftop terrace. Nestled in the heart of lower Manhattan, this tasteful spot beckons global explorers, digital nomads, creatives and New York aficionados alike.

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The Beekman
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotels
  • Financial District
  • price 3 of 4

Sleek contemporary meets attention to historic detail in an 1881 building that was one of New York's first skyscrapers. Ask the concierge to help reserve you a table at the chic in-house brasserie-style restaurant Augustine. Run by London restaurateur Keith McNally, who also owns Balthazar (among many other joints in town), Augustine serves up a mean whisky burger.

Even Hotels Times Square South
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  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 2 of 4

Even put wellness front and center at their Times Square South hotel, so you can rejuvenate during a stay here. Take advantage of the fitness center or –and this would be our preference – the in-room workout gear, then tuck into a nutrient-enriched meal in the restaurant/bar.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

You'll uncover a bit of Scandi boutique beauty at this Nomad Group venue. All the raw materials – wood, marble, concrete – come together to create an artfully sumptuous stay. Enjoy Tiki-inspired beverages in the eighteenth-floor lounge, Good Behavior, or grab a bit to eat in the contemporary American restaurant Ferris. Or, of course, head out to the many attractions that are uniquely within walking distance.

 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Battery Park City
  • price 3 of 4

Fifteen stories of marble floors, plush suites and open views of the Hudson. This Hilton offshoot makes for an ideal escape from the city, especially when you're up on the spectacular rooftop bar. You can chill up there for a cocktail or bite to eat and they even hand out complimentary selfie sticks to get that perfect pic with the view.

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