If it’s world-class R&R you’re after, staying in anything other than New York City's best luxury hotels isn’t an option. Let’s face it: no one does decadence quite like Gotham. From stellar rooftop restaurants to the best spas via that all-important to high thread count bedding, 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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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.
Sitting squarely in one of the city’s most popular areas to visit, this classic hotel entered a new area of excellence after a renovation in 2015. 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.
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.
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.
Housed in a stunning converted Beaux-Arts building, the NoMad combines modern sensibility with 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.
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.
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 including the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park, call up NOMI Beauty’s team of massage therapists, who will give you a Swedish, deep tissue or targeted massage from the comfort of your room. You can follow that up with a trip to The Bar Downstairs, which serves hand-crafted cocktails and a delectable food menu.
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.
Despite what this hotel's name might imply, it's the lobby's lavish European style that transforms The Iroquois 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.
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.