At the best hotels in NYC, find proof that nobody does hospitality quite like New Yorkers (sorry, Southerners). Take our best restaurants and New York attractions, for example…there’s no shortage or comparison, and the city’s hotel scene is no exception. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or want New York staycations in your concrete backyard, these properties take the cake when it comes to hospitality and hotel perks. Cue room service.
Best hotels in NYC
The crown jewel of the NoMad neighborhood is shrouded in allure and dripping with luxury. There’s world-class dining and drinking by the guys from Eleven Madison Park, a breathtaking private rooftop, a Maison Kitsuné and the occasional cocktailed magic show starring Dan White. Above all, the entire hotel is a design standout—not surprising considering it comes from a whole family of chic properties.
Ian Schrager’s Madison Square Park masterpiece is a sight to behold—and the experience starts before you’ve even set foot inside. Handsomely suited doormen and whiffs of the brand’s proprietary Le Labo scent greet both guests and passersby, and the cozy-chic rooms combined with Stephen Starr’s dining and drinking destinations mean you’ll never have to (or want to) leave the property.
Another Sean MacPherson hotel makes the list—as if we’d forget this Lower East Side gem. The Ludlow is the embodiment of the neighborhood, perfectly capturing its decor and vibe and serving both grit and glam with dining from the guys behind Carbone and Santina. Don’t miss out on the stunning private terrace reserved exclusively for guests.
This is undeniably where the cool crowd hangs. Mod design meets chic irreverence, which is apropos considering the neighborhood and its denizens. With its foliage-rich ground floor (be sure to check out Narcissa), you’re guaranteed to revel in a great view from room or restaurant. And check out the One Night Standard app for last-minute rates.
Fancy doesn’t even begin to cover things here. Celebs and royalty alike have favored this opulent Upper East Side mainstay since 1930, and the iconic Rotunda serves as the epicenter of everything that happens within it. Ball out and stay in a Tata Suite for an experience (and a panoramic view) you won’t soon forget.
There’s nothing more classic than the Plaza Hotel, even if your name’s not Eloise. Everything about this New York City icon exudes the old spirit of the city, capturing the essence (and hospitality) of a bygone era with a touch of white gloves for every element. Highlights include afternoon tea at the Palm Court, R&R at Caudalie and the stunning rooms and suites, of course.
Robert de Niro’s Tribeca hotel never ceases to dazzle. From the cozy lobby (there’s indeed a fireplace) and the Drawing Room to the guests-only Shibui Spa and, well, everything else the property has to offer, there’s no shortage of pampering here. After you’ve checked all of the above off your list, unwind with a glass of wine and a heaping plate of pasta at Andrew Carmellini’s Locanda Verde.
A factory was built on the Williamsburg waterfront in 1901. Decades later, the building was reborn as a 70-room hotel, which presently draws celebrities and discerning travelers alike to its breathtaking structure. In addition to its guest rooms, the building now houses a cinema, a beautifully designed bar and restaurant, a thoughtfully curated retail space and the cool Brooklyn vibe sought by many.
The elitist Gramercy neighborhood is punctuated by this breathtaking landmark hotel, where some of the best paintings from Basquiat and Warhol have hung on display for distinguished guests. Danny Meyer and Nick Anderer helm the ground-floor Italian eatery Maialino opposite the luxe lounge Rose Bar, and don’t miss out on the stunning rooftop on your visit. Bonus: Each stay comes with a key to Gramercy Park.
Tribeca is among New York’s most coveted territories, and the Smyth encapsulates the neighborhood’s persona flawlessly. It’s low-key and beautifully designed in contemporary fashion, offering a chic hideaway for weary travelers who crave privacy and appreciate both attention to detail and great dining. Andrew Carmellini brings his signature Italo-American style to the property with Little Park and Evening Bar, which are not to be missed.