For all those jaw-dropping Instagram-able views, it would behoove you to pick the best NYC hotels with breathtaking views. Don’t forget to bring your phone/camera—but also remember to take a camera-free moment and let the magnificence that is New York City astound you. The views are among the best New York attractions in themselves. Not to mention taking in a view is one of the best free things to do in NYC. From Manhattan’s skyscrapers of the Financial District and Midtown to the sparkling Hudson River, these hotels are perfect spots for basking in utter Big Apple beauty.
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Best hotels with breathtaking views
With 912 rooms on several dozen floors of the iconic Art Deco skyscraper just next to Penn Station, the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel lights up much of the city with its glowing red New Yorker sign. It has an old-school chandeliered lobby and a storied history: It opened in 1930 with much glitz and glam, and then was purchased by Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church in 1975. Only 3 blocks from the Empire State Building, you get a stunning up-close-and-personal view of the iconic skyscraper.
Hello there, tons of natural light and sweeping views. The super chic rooms here feature wall-to-wall windows. But be warned: The views infamously go both ways, so be careful of giving an inadvertent peep show—unless you’re into that. The Standard sits on giant concrete stilts above Manhattan’s famous High Line. It feels a little bit like floating above the city as you soak in the view of the Hudson River, all the way to the World Trade Center. (You can also literally soak in your bath while you admire the view.)
What was once a grungy, gritty downtown neighborhood is now home to this glamorous and well-appointed hotel. The Bowery’s loft-style rooms have huge windows looking out on the city, and white wood-beam ceilings reflect plenty of light. Guests in the Bowery One Bedrooms can enjoy incredible views from their 1,000 square-foot terraces.
It’s no wonder that across Columbus Circle, 54 stories above Central Park, is prime location for great views. Tough decisions: Choose a room facing Central Park, or a room with views from the George Washington Bridge all the way to the Statue of Liberty. You can also check out both from the Mandarin’s 75-foot indoor lap pool, all the better to admire with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The scene here is not new— Humphrey Bogart got married at the hotel, and Babe Ruth was a regular at the bar. Only guests here get access to the Roof Club and Garden on the 18th floor, where panoramas of New York's skyline, with a gorgeous view of the Chrysler Building, astound. From the fitness center, check out Gramercy Park in all its beauty out the window.
There are plenty of spots for reveling in the view in this uber-hip Lower East Side hotel. There’s the Rivington’s top floor lounge and rooftop bar, The Penthouse. And there are floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms, which are outfitted in 500-thread-count Frette linens so you can ponder the East River from the comfort of a really nice bed.
Expect epic views from luxurious The Four Seasons, which rises 52 floors above Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, of Paris’s Louvre Pyramid, the hotel offers a Central Park view, all the way across to the Hudson, and is a peaceful escape from the bustle of Midtown. Big rooms with windows provide two things hard to come by in this neighborhood—space and light. A luxury, indeed.
This Soho hotel has an arty ethos and a cooler-than-thou vibe, with a street mural and rotating art installations. In the warmer months, you’ll have to jockey for a spot at the rooftop Jimmy Bar, where you can lounge in the pool with a (pricy) cocktail and take in the skyline and Hudson River views.
At the Peninsula, set in a grand, century-old building on Fifth Avenue, the skyline is so close you can practically reach out and grab it. New York City looks picture perfect from guest rooms, the glass-enclosed pool, the fancy fitness center and the sunny terrace. See and be seen at the Salon de Ning, a trendy rooftop bar with extraordinary views.
After a hectic day in New York, what better way to unwind than gazing at the expanse of Central Park from your spacious, plush room at the Ritz? Some rooms come with telescopes for optimal Park viewing. But first, stop at the Star Lounge, where famed bartender Norman Bukofzer will make you a perfect Manhattan, and reportedly remember your drink for decades.