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 hotels near the top New York attractions. You’ll even find some of the best spas and best restaurants tucked inside their lobbies. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Big Apple or a local craving a New York staycation in your concrete backyard, these properties take the cake when it comes to hospitality and hotel perks. Cue room service.
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 Tribeca itself, The Smyth is sleek, modern and high-end.
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.