When you’re trying to choose from the overwhelming array of New York hotels, one strategy is to narrow it down by area. Many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, shops and small arts venues are downtown. Soho makes a good base for a shopping spree, Chelseaor the Lower East Side are great for galleries, and the East Village is packed with restaurants and bars.
The Dream Downtown’s first selling point is its obviously spectacular location. Just around the corner from Chelsea Market, a block from the High Line, and a stone’s throw from the Meatpacking District and West Village, this hotel is literally everywhere you want to be. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s ’hood home of Chelsea is a mecca of world-class art galleries. But the highest compliment to give the 12-story Dream Downtown is that to experience the city’s standard of cuisine and nightlife, guests needn’t leave the property. The hotel itself is a weekend affair, young and sceney, with a club atmosphere that resonates throughout the design and decor. The lobby’s high-backed chairs and button-tufted banquette settees are scattered on a lushly carpeted floor before a well-stocked half-moon bar and wall of stacked Tecate and Modelo cans. The ceiling dazzles up-lookers who find themselves peering directly into the 50-foot heated glass-bottom pool of the hotel’s sand-filled “beach” courtyard. The velvet-roped PHD Rooftop Lounge in the north tower draws such big, exclusive crowds that not even hotel guests are guaranteed access. The space boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the skyline, an outdoor landscaped terrace and glass chandeliers, plus resident DJ Big Ben spins every Tuesday, with more music makers playing other nights. Conversely, the mellower Cool Britannia and Gothic-inspired Electronic Room serves craft cocktails and spirits on the hotel’s lower level. If you’re feelin
Hello there, tons of natural light and sweeping views. The super chic rooms here feature wall-to-wall windows. But be warned: The views infamously go both ways, so be careful of giving an inadvertent peep show—unless you’re into that. The Standard sits on giant concrete stilts above Manhattan’s famous High Line. It feels a little bit like floating above the city as you soak in the view of the Hudson River, all the way to the World Trade Center. (You can also literally soak in your bath while you admire the view.)
Known for its killer rooftop pool, the James draws crowds all summer long as an al fresco hangout stories above the buzz of the streets below, and throughout the rest of the year, the hotel continues to shine even without warm weather activities. The room views are unbeatable, as are the dining and drinking scenes—particularly at Jimmy, the aforementioned rooftop bar. With glazed brick walls, a leather-topped wood bar and working fireplaces, it makes for a cool hangout even if you can’t venture outside. Natural materials and jewel tones dominate the hotel’s decor: Reclaimed wood floors, slate tiled bathrooms and works by local artists give the hotel a plush feel. Neighborhood: Home to fashionable galleries, boutiques and their patrons, Soho might be the New York neighborhood most likely to inspire you to start a street style blog. Stroll its cobblestone streets to discover the latest fashions, up-and-coming artists and trendy bars and restaurants. Nearby: Dominique Ansel Bakery: For pastries like the original cronut and cookie shot The Ear Inn: For a drinking experience that hasn’t changed much since 1830 Opening Ceremony: For an impeccably curated shopping experience Time Out tip: The line to go up to the Jimmy, the rooftop bar and pool at the James, can be disheartening—especially on a warm summer night. Thankfully, hotel guests don’t have to queue to check out the bar for themselves. Head up to the roof before 9pm for craft cocktails sans crowds.
The Ludlow Hotel has the feel of a downtown bachelor’s pad—but it’s one a modern bachelorette wouldn’t mind waking up in. Nestled in the nightlife haven of the Lower East Side, the hotel’s clean lines and somewhat gothic interiors are a fitting tribute to the neighborhood. Though many of the rooms scarcely fit more than a bed (a large, heavenly one), the bathrooms are queen-sized, and views of One World Trade and on down to Brooklyn on a clear day are visible from your terrace. You should explore the bustling neighborhood around you (the New Museum and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral are streets away, as well as hot spots like Beauty and Essex and Back Room), but you don’t even have to leave the hotel for excellent libations. Have a more casual drink and bite in the leather-bound Lobby Bar lounge—and step into the garden during nice weather—but be sure to make time for a sumptuous dining experience at Dirty French. This French restaurant with a decisively friendly-but-firm New York City vibe serves up buttery meals of substance, beginning with memorable, airy house flatbread and smooth ricotta drizzled with olive oil; the smell of which alone will bowl you over. 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—made us fall silent from satisfaction and gluttony. Call for 24-hour room service if you’re much too full to order that last glass of win
The Bowery’s namesake hotel embodies the ethos of the neighborhood: classic, stylish, and a little bit cooler than you. Swathed in rich velvets, crisp white linens, with complimentary bicycles and bellboys in topcoats, the Bowery Hotel offers an atmosphere that rivals the old stalwart hotels of uptown, but in a much younger, trendier hood. Take in the killer view from any room and lounge in the courtyard before exploring the historic neighborhood, and be sure to check out Gemma for brunch or dinner. The lobby bar’s after-dark scene is also not to be missed. Neighborhood: Steps from beloved restaurants like Momofuku Ko and Bar Primi, the Bowery Hotel sits right at the intersection of the East Village and the Lower East Side. It’s the perfect home base for exploring hangouts favored by the hip downtown crowd. Nearby: The Tenement Museum: For the chance to tour a restored 19th-century tenement The Wren: For Irish-inspired cocktails in a picturesque setting Prune: For simple yet supremely satisfying fare in a tiny restaurant Time Out tip: Some of the neighborhood’s most exciting contemporary art isn’t at the New Museum (though that’s a good way to spend an afternoon, too), but at the Bowery Mural Wall. The outdoor gallery at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery features new artists constantly, so you never know what you’re going to find.
If there were one word to sum up the vibe at the Greenwich Hotel it would have to be “cozy.” Located on Greenwich Street between N Moore and Franklin Streets in Tribeca, the Greenwich Hotel is not known for its skyline views, but that’s definitely not a problem. Once inside, its dimly lit atmosphere and warm wood surroundings, far remove you from the frenetic NYC chaos right outside its door. The guest rooms are impeccably sharp, from the furnishings to the overall design: high ceilings, floors planked with thick slabs of what looks like refined barn wood, plush leather chairs, beautiful paintings and sculptures; the bedroom area was fitted with a king-size bed and fully-stocked bookshelves—the perfect getaway for the traveling reader. The hotel boasts a pool and spa on the lower level. After weaving in and out of the Tribeca cobblestone streets burning holes through your shoes, it’s nice to come back and take a dip in a serene atmosphere. Upon entering the area, past the glass-encased gym, and through the locker room, meet the floor’s focal point: a tranquil lantern-lit pool, surrounded by a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse that was actually imported from Japan and reconstructed for the hotel. Down in the tucked away guests-only Drawing Room bar and courtyard on the street-level—yes there’s an outdoor courtyard nestled in the middle of the hotel—sip potent cocktails while listening to the crackle from the fireplace. Head over to the hotel’s restaurant
Opened in 1907 as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors Home, the 14-story landmark was a residential hotel when hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, of the Bowery and the Maritime, took it over (some long-term residents remain). The wood-paneled, 50-square-foot rooms were inspired by vintage train sleeper compartments—there’s a single bed with built-in storage and brass hooks for hanging up your clothes, but also iPod docks and wall-mounted 23-inch flat-screen TVs. If entering the hotel feels like stepping on to a film set, there’s good reason: Inspiration came from various celluloid sources, including Barton Fink’s Hotel Earle for the lobby. The "ballroom," decorated with mismatched chairs, oriental rugs and a fireplace topped with a stuffed ram, evokes an eccentric mansion. Rooms: 208.
If a truly posh hotel experience is on your bucket list, Chelsea’s Hotel Eventi is one way to cross it off. It starts as soon as you walk into the ultra-modern lobby-meets-museum, whose walls are decked with art installations. The precious paintings and sculptures are offset by multiple sleek leather couches in the center of the lobby, where you can relax before heading out for a full day in Chelsea. But once you hit the pavement, you might want to check out your room first. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to take in views of Chelsea so amazing that you might not want to leave. Bathrooms are stocked with Atelier Bolem products from Barneys New York. While you’re wrapped in the snug Kimpton bathrobe, sink into the heavenly bed and wrap yourself in the luxurious duvet. After unwinding in your room, take part in the complimentary daily wine tasting hour. If after your happy hour/sightseeing combo you’re feeling hungry, head down to one of the three restaurants attached to the hotel. Guests are able to enjoy delectable Portuguese cuisine crafted by Michelin star chef, George Mendes, without having to leave the comfort of their hotel. Breakfast is the most important meal of day, so take a seat in The Vine restaurant and make sure to order the Challah French Toast with caramelized pears. Trust me, your stomach will thank you. But the real luxury of the hotel comes back to the personalization and care that the staff has for its clients and guests. From a we
After a multi-year renovation, Hotel on Rivington took a step up in style, much like the blossoming Lower East Side neighborhood around it. With chic interiors, creative artists-in-residence and new, upscale dining and drinking experiences, this luxury boutique hotel lives up to its unique category. The building itself is a sight to behold, with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can take in illuminating views of the city, scanning the sky from One World Trade to the Chrysler Building. The hotel’s lounge-y lobby area is painted with original work from artist-in-residence Domingo Zapata—each piece is for sale, and featured artists will continue to change with time. The lobby scene, while quiet on a Friday night, is about to change with a bar opening in 2017. For now, make your way to the floor level to head to Cafe Medi for a Mediterranean-inspired meal. Opened in summer 2016, the ample space has high ceilings and tiled walls adorned with what look like ancient Greek drawn figures of humans and birds. Start with creamy burrata and bits of the cast iron skillet-served bread before dipping into truffle polenta with mushrooms and perfectly runny eggs. Keep the party going with a stop-in next door to the recently opened (hotel-owned) Jia Lounge, a cocktail lounge that looks like your stylish grandmother’s dressed-up living room (in a good way), complete with plush furniture and walls, all in varying velvet floral patterns. Back upstairs in your hotel room you’ll find wal
Visiting the Crosby Street Hotel can be a grueling endeavor: stumble into the sleek glass-and-brick structure off the picturesque cobblestone streets of Soho, and into a warm front desk area, decked white walls and woods, and adorned with modern art, sculptures and photographs. Mosey on over to the Drawing Room, guests-only, lounge for cocktails and small bites, equipped with fireplaces, plush couches and chairs with access to a private garden. Throw in a friendly and completely attentive staff and, well, you have the makings of an exceptional stay. We think you can survive. The Crosby is not short on detail. The lobby level pops with color—reds, oranges, blues, greens and pinks to name a few. The design is orderly and neat, but with exceptional style. There’s an air of sophistication when you enter the hotel and it carries through to each area. Right off the lobby lies the Crosby Bar, the hotel’s resident restaurant, and it is as cozy as one can imagine: dimly lit with striped bench seating; colorful round chandeliers hang throughout and off-set a heavy dose of oranges and browns, colors that pattern and continuously complement one another at every turn. Running a seasonal menu, we were fortunate enough to try the milk chocolate brûlée, with toasted house-made mallow and gingerbread men, which was nothing short of spectacular. The restaurant also leads to an outdoor garden. That’s the thing about the Crosby—a plethora of outdoor seating for those warm days. Between the scul