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The best hotels near Central Park in NYC

The best hotels near Central Park are arguably the best hotels in NYC. These ones have the best amenities (and views).

By Céline Bossart

There are few things more iconically New York than Central Park—and these hotels near Central Park. Whether on business or vacation or simply looking for hotels for a staycation in your concrete backyard, you might as well make the most of things with location, location, location (and killer views while you’re at it). These coveted addresses deliver on all fronts, each with its own special amenities and idiosyncrasies. From Eloise-inspired afternoon tea to the best spa getaways, there’s something for everyone surrounding Manhattan’s biggest park.

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Best hotels near Central Park

The Plaza, NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Richard Mandelkorn/Plaza Hotel

1. The Plaza

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Perched proudly on an opulent corner opposite the southernmost edge of Central Park, the Plaza dates back to 1915, and to this day the building is full of small wonders, each nodding to a century’s worth of rich history. Everything about this hotel is so quintessentially New York—a night here is like being transported to a bygone era.

2. Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York

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For guests who enjoys the finer things (read: crystal-studded everything), the Baccarat Hotel & Residences is the place to be. Everything about this place screams sleek luxury, from the Parisian-inspired design and house car (a Citroën, no less) to the world-class hotel spa and glistening glassware around every corner It’s the embodiment of modern luxury.

Photograph: Courtesy The Pierre

3. The Pierre

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This Fifth Avenue icon blends both historic and modern elements thanks to its 1920s architectural roots reinvented by a recent $100 million renovation. Somehow amid the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood, the Pierre manages to serve as an utter oasis, and its Rotunda is a sight to behold in itself. Book a Tata Suite for unparalleled views of the park below.

The Mark Hotel - Suite
Photograph: Courtesy Francesco Tonelli

4. The Mark

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Billing itself as New York’s most boldly lavish hotel, the Mark seems to know just how to sum things up perfectly, and who are we to argue? Maybe it’s the in-room dining manned by Jean-Georges, or perhaps it’s the stunning Jacques Grange-designed rooms and suites…either way, this magical Upper East Side gem is a Central Park–centric destination for the books.

1 Hotel Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy 1 Hotel Central Park

5. 1 Hotel Central Park

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You’ll know the 1 Hotel’s Central Park location even before you set foot inside. The building’s perfectly manicured ivy is both a rare sight in Midtown and a greeting most worthy of the hotel group’s philosophy: to honor the beauty of nature in the form of an urban oasis. Don’t miss out on Jonathan Waxman’s Jams restaurant during your visit.

6. Hudson Hotel

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In case you’ve ever wondered what unconventional means in the world of hospitality, take one step into Hudson Hotel for all the answers. The massive ultra-chic Midtown hot spot designed by Philippe Starck is dripping in cool factor and draws discerning travelers and locals alike to its intimate rooms and buzzing dining and drinking destinations. Be sure to grab a drink in the Library and fill your people-watching quota.


7. 6 Columbus, a Sixty Hotel

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A contemporary mindset meets 1960s vibes at Uptown’s decidedly youngest hotel (in spirit, anyway). Take in the vibrant decor against the lush treetopped background that is Central Park from above, and work up an appetite for an equally aesthetically pleasing dinner at Blue Ribbon. There’s a glass of sake with your name on it.

8. The Surrey

Hotels Boutique hotels Lenox Hill

The Surrey is a slice of English charm situated less than one block east of Central Park. It’s so serenely secluded, in fact, that you’ll likely never want to leave its privacy. Instead, savor afternoon tea with a side of celebrity sightings while gazing upon the park from afar. Life could be worse.

Ritz-Carlton Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Central Park

9. Ritz-Carlton Central Park

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown West

Unadulterated skyline views and a location rivaled by none: These things, among many others, are what makes the Ritz-Carlton’s Central Park location so special in the eyes of its adoring guests. This sort of history and concept of hospitality are characteristic of classic New York, and cheesy as it sounds, there’s no experience quite like it anywhere else in the world.

The Mandarin Oriental
Photograph: Courtesy The Mandarin Oriental

10. Mandarin Oriental New York

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This internationally acclaimed business traveler’s paradise has five stars for a reason: The scene, the service and the spa make up the trifecta that sets the Mandarin Oriental a cut above the rest. No matter how packed your schedule may be, you’ll definitely want to make time for lunch at Asiate, where you’ll revel in panoramic daylight views of the park below.

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