The best luxury hotels in NYC

No need to pinch yourself: Living in a fantasy becomes reality (at least temporarily!) at the best luxury hotels in NYC
Baccarat Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Baccarat Hotel
By Annalise Mantz and Alyssa Ammirato |
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If it’s world-class R&R you’re after, staying in anything other than the best luxury hotels in NYC isn’t an option. Let’s face it: No one does decadence quite like Gotham. From the best rooftop restaurants to high thread count bedding to the best spas in NYC, these hotels have some seriously fancy perks. You don’t have to be a visitor to splurge on high-end digs, either: Locals craving a New York staycation should absolutely take the opportunity to escape their tiny apartments for a night. Whether your taste is chic and modern, refined and classic or funky and futuristic, you’ll find a luxury hotel that fits your needs on this list.

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Best luxury hotels in NYC

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Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Mark

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

With delicate decor and top-notch service, The Mark keeps guests at the height of luxury. Oversized, marble soaking tubs come standard in every spacious room; Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichte, whose The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges sits on the ground floor, will pack a personal lunch for a posh picnic in nearby Central Park. And you’ll be cruising there in style on one of the hotel’s custom-designed bikes, naturally.

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New York Palace
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Lotte New York Palace

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Sitting squarely in one of the city’s most popular areas to visit, this classic hotel entered a new area of excellence after a recent renovation. Indulgence comes in all forms: from the opulent lobby to the spectacular in-room views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Catching a show on Broadway? Ask the concierge to arrange a private driver so you can arrive on the Great White Way in style. 

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Baccarat Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Baccarat Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York

icon-location-pin Midtown West

The Baccarat gets its influence from Paris rather than Manhattan. As soon as you step inside the opulent lobby, you're struck by the extraordinary art collections, Baccarat-crystal decor, pleated silk walls and overall sophistication. The extravance continues in the suites: Guests can order bottles of champagne at the press of a button and enjoy complimentary blowouts from Paul Labrecque Salon. Top off your stay with a visit to Spa De La Mer for a 90-minute Miracle Broth Facial to officially enter a state of nirvana.

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Hotels, Chain hotels

Mandarin Oriental New York

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

With incomparable views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental keeps guests at the city’s epicenter. Aside from floor-to-ceiling views of the park, Hudson River and the iconic skyline, rooms feature sleek decor and access to a full spectrum of five-star amenities. Be sure to make reservations at The Aviary NYC, a whimsical yet accessible cocktail bar imported from Chicago. 

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NoMad Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The NoMad Hotel

icon-location-pin Flatiron

Housed in a stunning converted Beaux-Arts building, the NoMad Hotel combines modern sensibility with the hotel’s historic architectural magic. Dark wood, cabernet-red velveteen chairs and a library with a whimsical spiral staircase add grandeur to the lobby, while the rooms have a Parisian flair. Make sure to visit the bar for some of the best craft cocktails in the city and dine at the restaurant helmed by chef Daniel Humm. 

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the Lowell Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Lowell Hotel

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Tucked away on a cozy, tree-lined street in the swanky Upper East Side, The Lowell embraces comfort and relaxation like no other. The 74 guest rooms and suites are reminiscent of cozy apartments, outfitted with cushy sofas, fireplaces, stocked bookshelves and private terraces. During the fall and winter, take advantage of the fireside package that allows couples to snuggle by a Pennsylvania applewood fire with a bottle of wine. 

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andazfifthave
Hotels, Chain hotels

Andaz 5th Avenue

icon-location-pin Midtown

All of the loft-style guest rooms at this Hyatt subidiary hotel feature 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, while many include landscaped terraces and private outdoor spaces. And after a long day exploring nearby attractions like the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park, call up the Petite Spa downstairs for a two-hour City Detox treatment featuring a green tea body wrap, deep pore-cleansing facial and full-body massage in the comfort of your own room. 

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The Plaza, NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Richard Mandelkorn/Plaza Hotel
Hotels, Spa hotels

The Plaza

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Modern amenities complement the opulent decor and old-world charm of this iconic hotel at the base of Central Park. Here, all that glitters is gold—literally. From chair legs and mirror frames to the bathrooms of each guest room and suite, the details are gilded with 24-carat gold plating. Sip a welcome cocktail at the Rose Club lounge, lobby-adjacent Champagne Bar or Palm Court for an even more luxurious experience. It's fair to say that Eloise would approve of your hotel choice.

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Iroquois
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Iroquois New York

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Despite what this hotel's name might imply, it's the lobby's lavish European style that transforms the Iroquois New York into a luxurious 1930s haven. The marble lobby has a “Clue” vibe, accented with antique grandfather clocks, dark wood observatories and leather-bound literary classics. Sample French fare at the hotel’s Triomphe restaurant before capping the night on a plush velvet chair in a dark corner of Lantern’s Keep, an intimate cocktail bar.

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The Pierre
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Pierre

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Opened in 1930 on Central Park’s eastern border, this elegant parkside hotel has been a luxury landmark for nearly a century. Even after its $100 million overhaul, which updated the guest rooms with Turkish marble bathrooms and brought South Asian art to the lobby, the Old New York charm remains undeniable.

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