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The 12 coolest hotels in NYC to book now

For a sweet stay in the hottest city, here are the coolest hotels in NYC

Written by
Brooke Sager
&
Paula Akpan
Contributors
Georgia Evans
&
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Sure, you might see hotels merely as places to stay when visiting, vacationing, or getting from one place to another, but if you ask us? You’re reading them wrong. We’re totally biased because we love hotels – especially the coolest NYC hotels – but these days more and more hotels are going all-out to stand out from the crowd. Want some proof? With high-end amenities, cutting-edge technology, fashion-forward design, incredible attention to detail, and over-the-top comfort, these incredibly cool hotels are so awesome you’ll probably never want to leave. So whether you’re coming into NYC from out of town, or you’re a New Yorker treating yourself to a staycation, these are the coolest hotels in NYC to stay in.

And it will probably come as no surprise that as well as some of the coolest hotels in the business, New York has some of the best restaurants, bars, museums, and attractions in the world, too. Make sure you check them out to really make your stay as good as it can be. But first? Make sure you take a proper look at our dreamy selection of the hippest places to lay your head. Because from the luxurious and uber-fashionable to the budget-friendly and brilliantly accessible, our experts have hand-picked the very coolest hotels in NYC to book now. Happy travels!

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Coolest hotels in NYC

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  • Midtown West
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There’s always something new popping up in NYC – and that’s what makes this iconic hotel that much more alluring. For over a century, The Plaza has remained New York’s premier destination for overnight stays. Found right by Central Park and 5th Avenue, this is an internationally-renowned Manhattan stalwart with luxurious rooms that are sure to make an impression. From in-room iPads to gold-plated fixtures, this place oozes old-school glamour. When you're not admiring your room? Check out afternoon tea at The Palm Court, exclusive boutiques, and premium wellness facilities.  

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  • Midtown West
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This former hat factory and Prohibition-era tearoom-turned-luxury hotel, is dripping with fashionable history. Head here for chic décor and artistic flair from the ground floor all the way up to the rooftop. It's here that you'll find an impressive list of innovative handcrafted cocktails, which come with a lively crowd and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building. This is the perfect place to stay all year round, with Times Square just a 10-minute walk away and Bryant Park right on your doorstep. Cheers to that!

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The Moxy Hotel in Downtown
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3. The Moxy Hotel in Downtown

Live your best Wolf of Wall Street life with a stay at the Moxy in the heart of NYC's financial district. Featuring a 5,000-square-foot bar and lounge, a basketball court, and an old-school arcade, this modern hotel is ideal for a weekend of mischief. Every room is kitted out with automated lighting, shade, and temperature controls, along with a 50" SmartTV, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries in the private ensuite. What's that? Oh, your bachelor/ette party's calling? Let's go!

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  • Flatiron
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The Nomad Group's boutique hotel offers simply lovely Scandi style in the heart of Manhattan. We're talking just 650 yards from Empire State Building. Soak up the unbelievable views from the floor-to-ceiling windows while chilling out in bed, enjoying room service breakfasts as the city begins to wake up. Behind the hotel's unassuming wood-paneled exterior is Good Behavior. This is their eighteenth-floor bar, which serves up Tiki-inspired cocktails (and craft beer) with panoramas of NYC. There are seats indoors and out, with lush plants everywhere, so it really doesn't matter where you choose to sit because there's good vibes all round.

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  • Soho
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SoHo is a buzzing place to visit while you're staying in New York, so of course, you'll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rooms come decked out in colorful furnishings, with high ceilings and full-length windows that emulate the artsy vibe of the neighborhood. It's here that you'll get plenty of R and R after long days of exploring the city. The hotel itself also boasts a sun-soaked courtyard and terrace restaurant, serving mouthwatering breakfast plates that are sure to start the day right. Mulberry Street offers everything from Italian restaurants to trendy boutiques, all ready for you to pay them a visit. 

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  • Chelsea
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First off, Dream is in a fab location: just around the corner from Chelsea Market, a block from the High Line, and a stone’s throw from the Meatpacking District. Basically, this hotel is everywhere you want to be when staying in NYC. The modern theme extends beyond its swish rooms all the way to the beautiful rooftop pool, which is a hot destination in the summer months (and anyone is able to visit). When you want to be cozy, you've got Egyptian cotton bedding and courtesy plush bathrobes in each of the rooms. The nearby neighborhoods include Greenwich Village and Hudson River Park, with the Empire State Building just a short walk away. Talk about a dream destination...

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  • East Village
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The Bowery’s namesake hotel embodies the ethos of the neighborhood: classic, stylish, and pretty damn cool. It’s a gorgeous-looking place, with industrial design mingling with rich velvets, crisp white linens and moody, atmospheric rooms featuring hardwood flooring and Oushak rugs. It’s in a killer location, too – right at the intersection of the East Village and the Lower East Side. That means you’re right on top of places like Momofuku Ko, Bar Primi, The Wren, Prune and all those other hangouts favored by the hip downtown crowd. One more tip from us? Check out the Bowery Mural Wall. This outdoor gallery at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery features new artists constantly, and the quality is remarkable.

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  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 4 of 4

This internationally-acclaimed paradise has five stars for a reason: the scene, the service, and the spa. Enjoy the vacation of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps, as this hotel is positioned minutes away from both Fifth Avenue and Central Park. When you've eaten, shopped, and soaked up all the sights in the city, chill out at the utterly serene award-winning spa. Relaxing doesn’t come all that easy in New York, but you shouldn't struggle here. Spread over two luxurious floors, this place has panoramic (silent) views of the city, offering a calming respite in the midst of this concrete jungle. Fluffy robes, on.

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  • Meatpacking District
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Floating above the iconic High Line, The Standard’s 338 rooms all boast a modern-minimalist vibe with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and rain showers (they're even pet-friendly if you want to bring a four-legged friend). Nearby, you'll find the ever-buzzing Meatpacking District, which is filled with trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, and designer shops. In the center, The Standard is anything but. You can play ping-pong in the lively German Biergarten, peruse the outdoor art, or head up to Le Bain and its adjoining 35-foot rooftop bar – complete with a 'grass' surface, DJ, and plunge pool. How fancy.

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  • Lower East Side
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Make reservations here to experience sumptuous decor, impeccable views, and exquisite dining in the heart of the Lower East Side. This place has the kind of vintage glamour of old New York, with elegant golden touches, four-poster beds, and luxurious bathrooms. The Ludlow's restaurant, Dirty French, has a decisively friendly-but-firm NYC vibe and serves up buttery meals of substance. Gorgeously plated tuna tartare, tender pork chops, and delicious sea bass and wine pairings followed by the Opera peanut butter and chocolate cake – topped with dreamy banana ice cream – should satisfy any foodie worth their weight in 'sel'.

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  • Lenox Hill
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This stalwart of the New York hotel scene is still as classic and elegant today as the day it first opened in 1930. The Pierre will have you living your best life, channeling the rich and famous while strutting down its iconic hallways. And oh-so fittingly, the hotel is literally seconds away from Bergdorf Goodman. The Rotunda on the ground level is the room that The Pierre is most well-known for; the curved walls and grandiose murals make it feel like it was plucked straight from a fairytale. Plus, it was newly renovated to include a full bar for all your nightcap needs.

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