The newest kid on the block is this 90-room boutique hotel, which opened in July 2016 in the NoMad district. Its lobby preserves the history of its 1905 landmark Beaux-Arts structure, complemented by contemporary art with modern renovations and amenities. In highlighting what’s referred to as a ‘residential style of living,’ rooms feature wood cabinets and furniture, handwoven patchwork Turkish rugs and plush velvet headboards. Amenities include luxury 300-thread count Frette bedding, bath/beauty products by C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, 24-hour room service, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and in-room iPad minis. At its Lobby Bar, baristas serve up handpicked cocktails and coffees prepared by HGU New York’s in-house inebriators. Its restaurant, The NoMad Kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 1905 Lounge puts on a regular calendar of entertainment, featuring sounds of jazz and hip hop. HGU New York partnered with Gallery 151, a premier contemporary art gallery in lower Manhattan, to showcase curated pieces drawing inspiration from urban backdrops of New York City’s emerging arts and featuring icons such as Fab 5 Freddy and Liz Markus.
The best hotels near the Empire State Building may not be in the ‘trendiest’ of New York neighborhoods, but they certainly are located at the heart of New York City. Situated along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in Midtown, the hotels near the Empire State Building are within walking distance Herald Square, Macy’s, Bryant Park, Madison Square Garden, and Korea Town, NYC’s more iconic landmarks. Not to mention the Empire State Building itself, one of the best Manhattan attractions on its own. Opened in 1931 as an office tower, this location been the subject of movies and must-visit attraction lists ever since—and it’s easy to see why. Tourists can get breathtaking 360-degree views of the city from its open-air 86th Floor Observation Deck. Or go up 16 more floors to get to the 102nd level Top Deck. Down below, the building’s lobby captivates with its golden Art Deco-inspired murals. And with most subway lines just a few blocks away in any direction, a stay near the Empire State Building will put you everywhere you want to be.
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