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Four Seasons Hotel New York
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The best hotels with breathtaking views in NYC

New York City’s skyline is indeed magnetic, so get caught in the best hotels with breathtaking views

By Hannah Howard
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To guarantee jaw-dropping Instagram-able snaps, you'd do well to pick from the best hotels in New York City, all of which come with breathtaking views. Obviously don’t forget to bring your phone/camera, but also remember to take a camera-free moment to let the magnificence that is New York astound you. These panoramas are among the best New York attractions in themselves. Not to mention gazing out across the skyline is one of the best free things to do in the city. 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

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
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1. Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

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With 912 rooms on several dozen floors of the iconic Art Deco skyscraper just next to Penn Station, the Wyndham 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 was then purchased by Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church in 1975. Only three blocks from the Empire State Building, you get a stunning up-close-and-personal view of the iconic skyscraper.

The Standard, High Line
Photograph: Courtesy The Standard, High Line

2. The Standard, High Line

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A room with a view is quite literally the name of the game here. The windows don't just go from floor to ceiling – they are the walls. Towering high above Manhattan, The Standard near the High Line, offers unbeatable cityscapes. Staying in one of these rooms is a bit like sitting in the clouds, especially when you're gazing out from your bath tub. That's right, there are views to be had even from the bathroom.

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3. The Bowery Hotel

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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.

4. 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. The utterly serene, award-winning spa is spread over floors 35 and 36, with highly trained therapists and quiet panoramic views of Central Park through floor-to-ceiling windows. Situated in (or rather above) Columbus Circle, the Mandarin Oriental’s spa is a calming respite in the midst of New York's concrete jungle.

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Gramercy Park Hotel
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5. Gramercy Park Hotel

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The scene here is nothing 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.

6. Hotel On Rivington

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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.

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7. Four Seasons Hotel New York

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Expect epic views from the luxurious Four Seasons, which rises 52 floors above Midtown. 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 Manhattan. Big rooms with windows provide two things hard to come by in this neighborhood—space and light. A luxury, indeed.

8. The James New York

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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.

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The Peninsula New York
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9. The Peninsula New York

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At The Peninsula, set in a grand, century-old building on Fifth Avenue, the skyline is so close you can practically reach out and touch it. New York City looks picture perfect from the guest rooms, glass-enclosed pool, fancy fitness center and the sunny terrace. See and be seen at the Salon de Ning, a trendy rooftop bar with extraordinary views.

10. Ritz-Carlton Central Park

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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.

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11. Wythe Hotel

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One of the best parts about staying in Brooklyn is getting to ogle Manhattan. Located in the heart of hipster Williamsburg, the Wythe Hotel is a 1901 barrel-making plant-turned-boutique hotel. It’s home to amazing vistas of the borough across the East River. The rooftop bar is especially happening and the rooms with the killer views come with a commensurate price tag.

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12. The William Vale Hotel

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The eccentric, super modern 21-story William Vale hotel reshaped the Williamsburg skyline. Bright rooms are adorned with eye-catching art and come with furnished balconies, dazzling Manhattan views and all. Head to the rooftop bar, check out the glimmering vista of Manhattan across the East River…we dare you not to go a little gaga at the beauty.

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13. The Pierre

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The Pierre—and its opulent rotunda—has been on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park since 1930. About that rotunda: every surface of the curved walls and sky-high ceiling are covered in ornate trompe l’oeil paintings. It’s gorgeous and dizzying. The India-based luxury hotel brand Taj spent $100 million renovating the property in 2009, adding colorful silks and Indian paintings. For a certain set of very rich New Yorkers, the ballroom here is popular for parties and weddings (and pictures).

14. Z NYC Hotel

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From the Z NYC Hotel, right at the 59th Street Bridge (Queensboro Bridge) in Long Island City, it’s easy to see Manhattan in all its resplendent glory from each and every stylish guestroom. The hotel offers a free shuttle to Manhattan, but it’s also fun and easy to take a water taxi, another great opportunity for photogenic beauty.

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15. Marriott Vacation Club Pulse

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The majestic views of the Empire State Building are definitely something to write home about at the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse. Its Art Deco-inspired lobby, sleek rooms and pretty views are a welcome respite from the busy Garment District. Head up to the Top of the Strand bar, where the skyline glows right in front of you and the caipirinhas hit the spot.

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