The best hotels in NYC are proof positive that no one does hospitality quite like New Yorkers (sorry southerners). There’s an option for every type of traveler, from chic 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
Acclaimed drinks, dining and decor combine in this stunning Flatiron hotel.
Time Out tip: Guests who like to push the envelope shouldn’t miss the nearby Museum of Sex, which boasts X-rated exhibits like The Sex Lives of Animals and a bounce house made out of breasts. Not sure you’re ready to go all the way? Grab a drink in the museum’s admission-free Disco Lounge bar lined with black and white portraits of the 70’s club scene.
The decor of this hotel might be sleek and modern, but nearby landmarks such as the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park give it the flavor of old New York.
Time Out tip: When wandering the streets of NYC, one will be faced with multiple options to grab a ice-cold beer. But if you’re looking for a place with a great crowd, a great playlist, and an extensive beer selection, stop by BXL Zoute. This buzzy little pub is known for for its Belgian/French fusion menu and beers on tap. Try the house favorite, Gulden Draak—you won’t be sorry.
Make reservations at the Ludlow to experience sumptuous decor, impeccable views and exquisite French dining in the heart of the Lower East Side.
Time Out tip: Head to the nearby Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an artistic center since 1973 (that’s a long time for this city!) to see nightly acts including poetry slams, jazz music, open mic nights and comedy.
Mod design meets chic irreverence at this cool crowd hotel in the East Village.
Time Out tip: 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.
This stalwart of the New York hotel scene is still as classic and elegant today as the day it first opened in 1930.
Time Out tip: 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.
Modern amenities complement the opulent decor and old-world charm of this iconic hotel at the base of Central Park.
Time Out tip: 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.
Natural wood furnishings, a secluded courtyard and luxurious Japanese spa bring a sense of serenity to this Tribeca hotel.
Time Out tip: Head one block south to the Shinola store on Franklin Street, currently the only NYC outpost of the trendy Detroit watchmaker; have brunch at Sarabeth’s Tribeca for the scrambled eggs-stuffed popover with scallions and cream cheese; then swing by J. Crew’s Ludlow Shop on Hudson Street for a suit fitting, though maybe do this before you eat.
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.
Time Out tip: We’d be remiss not to mention one of the borough’s most popular theaters: Nitehawk Cinema, a dine-in cinema with a full bar that shows both new releases and retro favorites. Dinner and an indie film, anyone?
Discover an impressive collection of contemporary art, critically acclaimed Italian cuisine and even the notoriously exclusive Gramercy Park at this gem.
Time Out tip: On the south side of Gramercy Park you’ll find Irving Place, a small little street six blocks long that has some quality food and drink. At 18th and Irving there’s the Bedford Cheese Shop, the Manhattan locale of the Williamsburg original, although this outpost is much larger in scale and has three aging facilities and event space. If you like a little beer with your cheese, directly across the street is Pete’s Tavern, one of the oldest bars in the city (1864) that has a cozy and divey feel to it.
Like the area in which it's situated, the AKA Tribeca branch is modern and luxurious. Guests can choose between rooms, apartments and penthouse suites, which all come with Netflix and Hulu access, as well as other home comforts.
Time Out tip: Summer visitors should be sure to grab a drink at Grand Banks, a historic schooner turned oyster bar docked at Pier 25. Stunning views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty make it an unforgettable experience
Eclectic touches and top-notch entertainment draw tourists, celebrities and New Yorkers alike to this funky Tribeca hotel.
Time Out tip: If all that relaxation and fun have you wound up in knots, head a few blocks south to Ancient Aire Baths, where you can bob in hot and cold thermal baths, and get a massage—all in a space that feels like an underground cave. Two more tips within a tip: Rates are cheaper on weekdays, and don’t forget your swimsuit—they’re required!
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.
Time Out tip: 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.
Old-school sophistication meets punk rock in the Bowery Hotel—and nobody does it better.
Time Out tip: 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.
Sweeping views of Manhattan, an industrial design aesthetic and lots of natural light help this Long Island City hotel stand out.
Time Out tip: Don’t cross the East River into Manhattan without first checking out Socrates Sculpture Park, a city park that hosts large-scale sculpture exhibits year round. Views of the Manhattan skyline are just an added bonus.
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.
Time Out tip: If you feel the need to intersperse all that eating and drinking with a little culture, head to Red Bull Studios, a contemporary art space that dedicates two floors to one dynamic exhibition at a time. Or if you want to continue the party, but the wait for PHD is too long, walk 10 minutes south to Cielo, the Meatpacking District’s club gem of electronic dance music.
Hang out 18 stories above the city at this stylish Soho hotel’s indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge.
Time Out tip: The line to go up to the Jimmy, the rooftop bar and pool at the James, 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.
Boutique hotel in Chinatown with a 24-hour fitness centre, onsite restaurant and an amazing rooftop terrace.
Time Out tip: With Brooklyn Bridge just 1km away, you'd do well to cross the river to the city's hippest borough. Once over you'll find the urban playground that is Brooklyn Bridge Park. Terraces, picnic areas and athletic fields fill the now defunct shipping yard.
Sleek contemporary meets attention to historic detail in an 1881 building that was one of New York's first skyscrapers.
Time Out tip: 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 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.
Time Out tip: With Penn Station and the Empire State Building mere minutes' walk away, you're hardly short of great things to do in the city, but we'd recommend trekking the mile over to the High Line. There are few places more pleasant than a sunny afternoon on the city's only elevated park.
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.
Time Out tips: Head five minutes south down Broadway to Madison Square Park to see the latest artwork. These installations change annually; 2017 saw Josiah McElheny's trio of glass sculptures. There's also a Shake Shack, so you can chill on the green with a cool beverage.
Fifteen stories of marble floors, plush suites and open views of the Hudson.
Time Out tip: 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 complementary elfie sticks to get that perfect pic with the view.