In a city as stimulating as the Big Apple, what’s considered “sexy” is in the eye of the beholder. But these exceptionally alluring New York hotels really aim to tickle your fancy and stir your senses—from sumptuous décor and luxurious amenities to saucy specials that include actual tickle feathers.
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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Whether you’ve just landed in New York or are planning a treat-yo’self staycation, (which you totally deserve, btw), 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—so 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.
If you’re seeking a city reprieve away from Midtown’s mob scene, ride the subway one stop across the East River to Long Island City—a formerly industrial neighborhood turned culturally hip—and book a nice (or naughty) stay at Hotel NYC Z for you and your boo. With a color scheme as contemporary as the amenities, all 100 rooms are highlighted with 10-foot ceilings and oversized feather beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets. Make the most of it with a saucy evening in. For the demure, the Nice package comes with a dozen roses, champagne, and in-room couple’s massage ($245). Feeling impish? Opt for the Naughty package’s erotic gamebook and box of items (like handcuffs and a tickle feather), champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries ($395). Both specials also include breakfast in bed, but first, a nightcap; head down to their new subterranean restaurant The Cellar Bar, or up to Z Roof to take in sweeping views of Manhattan—they’re even more breathtaking from across the river.
Everyone remembers their first time being turned on by an old warehouse. Don’t you? The four-star Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was initially built in 1901 as an old cooperage, but it has been preserved and transformed into a stylish 70-room 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.
The monochromatic Night Hotel Theater District (not to be confused with its sister hotel, Night Hotel Times Square) offers a much-welcomed intimate haven amidst the sensory ambush of Times Square. The mood is set right from the lobby—from its sultry lighting to contemporary couches and racy art adorning the walls. This edgy, urban-chic vibe then carries up to all 72 guestrooms, where blackout curtains and minimalistic décor will wash a sense of seductive calm over you. (Up the ante in a roomy duplex penthouse or junior suite, which come with their own outdoor patio space.) And since sushi is an aphrodisiac, start your evening off right at their Red Moon restaurant and lounge, where Asian-fusion fare is served up with artisanal cocktails. It’s all the proof you need that the best things happen in the dark.
What do you get when you interlace Parisian chic and New York vigor? Sexiest. Night. Ever. The NoMad, a grand hotel set in a century-old Beaux-Arts building just north of Madison Square Park, is what we call a “fresh classic.” It’s sodden with history, while the interior has been fully restored by French designer Jacques Garcia. His own Paris flat inspired the timeless, residential-feeling décor, so 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.
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.
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. Take in the mod allure of the swishy lobby, then tuck into one of the 186 lavish guestrooms fashioned with plush duvets, velvet headboards, Juliet balconies, designer bath amenities, and color pops of magenta and teal to complete that retro-glam feel. For that extra special treatment, splurge on their Get Intimate package, which comes with two drinks at their Plunge rooftop bar, a Kama Sutra Book, Mile High Intimacy Kit, late checkout (you’ll need it), and more. Just don’t turn in without taking a sunset dip in their 45-foot rooftop pool with underwater lights—the panoramic views are awe striking.
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.