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The sexiest hotels in NYC

Stay at the sexiest hotels in NYC to make the most of the city that never sleeps

Written by
Brooke Sager
&
Paula Akpan
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Of course, what is considered "sexy" is pretty subjective but the exceptional decor and luxurious amenities of some of NYC's most alluring hotels are pretty hard to contest. Plus, some of them really do aim to tick all your boxes and make your stay a saucy affair.

So while you could indulge in the best Manhattan restaurants, explore the offbeat Brooklyn culture, or get lost in the untapped gem that is Queens, these extra-haute stays will have you asking upon arrival: do I even want to go out tonight?

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Sexiest hotels in NYC

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Lower East Side
  • price 3 of 4

Whether you’ve just landed in New York or are planning a treat-yo’self staycation, the sleek Hotel On Rivington invites you to soak up as much relaxing indulgence as you can handle. Each of their 108 spacious guestrooms include floor-to-ceiling glass windows that pour light into the luxury space. While the hotel is situated in the heart of the trendy Lower East Side, there’s a 96.4% chance you’ll opt to take in the never-ending skyline views from your Japanese-style soaking tub instead (and yes, there’s room for two in there, ooh la la). Cheers to that.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

Initially built in 1901 as an old cooperage, this Williamsburg building has been preserved and transformed into the stylish 70-room Wythe Hotel situated on the waterfront. This Brooklyn property’s understated yet alluring charm emanates literally from its own woodwork—the large rooms boast exposed brick, high pine ceilings, and beds custom-crafted from the building’s reclaimed wood. The feel is unique, candid, and historic (yes, history is sexy). Lemon’s, their bright and bustling rooftop bar, is known for its delectable (albeit pricy) cocktails, impressive views of the Manhattan skyline, and groups of hipsters waiting to be granted entry—so enjoy both a Lemon’s squeeze (a mere $16) and the short elevator ride home.

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  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

What do you get when you interlace Parisian chic and New York vigor? Sexiest. Night. Ever. The NoMad, a grand hotel just north of Madison Square Park, is what we call a “fresh classic.” It’s sodden with history and you’ll truly feel right at home amongst the rich mahogany furniture, custom-selected rugs, and curated artwork unique to each of the 168 rooms. For a social yet oo-la-la experience beneath the sky-high ceilings, share intimate conversation by The NoMad’s cozy fireplace (it was imported from a French chateau), or sip a Hot Buttered Rum (Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum, compound butter, and seasonal spices) in the two-level library—a favored locale for evening imbibing amidst locals.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Stimulating the mind and senses is the essential foreplay to an unforgettable evening. Hotel Indigo’s newest New York location, set in the vibrant Lower East Side, is sure to rouse your inner creative. The vibe is eclectic yet distilled—from the 14th floor lobby’s bold graffiti mural by Lee Quiñones, to the light-drenched rooms with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary color palette—for that inviting, urban sanctuary feel. Keeping with the artist’s loft ambiance is the hotel’s rooftop, with its juxtaposing reclaimed wood and industrial fixtures, open-air heated pool, and Mr. Purple—Hotel Indigo Lower East Side’s restaurant and bar. Outfitted with intimate lighting, infinite skyline views, locally sourced foods, and crafted cocktails, it’s no surprise the posh Mr. Purple has earned its spot as a premiere date destination, even for native New Yorkers.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Meatpacking District
  • price 3 of 4

After undergoing a series of turn-up-the-swank renovations, Gansevoort Meatpacking is now sexier than ever. This full-service luxury resort is centered in the energetic downtown neighborhood of Meatpacking District, offering a chic and captivating retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Tuck into one of the 186 lavish guestrooms fashioned with plush duvets,  designer bath amenities, and pops of colour to complete that retro-glam feel. Don’t turn in without taking a sunset dip in their 45-foot rooftop pool with underwater lights—the panoramic views are breathtaking.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Gramercy
  • price 4 of 4

Located just north of Union Square and across from Manhattan’s only private greensward is the Gramercy Park Hotel—a landmark property seeping with cultural, artistic, and exclusive appeal. While guests are granted sole access to the historic park (how’s that for exclusive?), the atmosphere within the hotel is just as unique and detail-oriented. All 190 guestrooms and suites are decorated with a rich Renaissance-style color palette, embroidered chairs, and lush velvet drapes; the majestic lobby is filled with its sultry signature scent, Cade 26 by Le Labo, custom-made for the hotel; and most notably, their museum-quality art collection features oversized works by Warhol and Hirst, and is valued at over $50 million. GPH is also home to the Rose Bar, which remains one of the sexiest and most fashionable lounges in NYC thanks to its opulent style, spectacular live music program, and assembly of equally beautiful patrons.

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