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Z New York HotelThe Z occupies an industrial Long Island City side street, but architect Andrs Escobar designed the 14-story building so that every room has knock-your-socks-off river views. If you're not up for the half-hour walk to the beer garden at Studio Square, the hotel will soon have its own alfresco suds spot (plus a vintage-style subterranean lounge and a rooftop bar). 11-01 43rd Ave at 11th St, Long Island City, Queens (212-319-7000, zhotelny.com). Rates start at $189.
Yotel New YorkThe British team behind this futuristic Midtown West hotel is known for luxury airport-based capsule accommodations that give long-haul travelers just enough space to get horizontal between flights. Yotel New York has ditched the 75-square-foot cubbies in favor of "premium cabins" more than twice the size. Adaptable furnishings, like motorized beds that fold up futon-style, maximize space, and if you want to unload excess baggage, the 20-foot-tall robot (or Yobot, in the hotel's playful lingo) will stash it for you in a lobby locker. For more room, and a private hot tub, upgrade to "first class. In contrast with the compact quarters, the sprawling public spaces include a wraparound terrace so large it's serviced by two bars. 570 Tenth Ave at 42nd St (646-449-7700, yotel.com). Introductory rates (through September) start at $149, regular rates start at $200--$250.
Photograph: James ClaxtonThe NolitanTo make like a Nolitan, check in to this 55-room boutique hotel. The airy rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-made walnut beds, wooden floors and toiletries from Prince Street spa Red Flower. Admire the neighborhood from your private perch---more than half the guest quarters have balconies. 30 Kenmare St at Elizabeth St (212-925-2555, nolitanhotel.com). Rates start at $305.
Hotel WilliamsburgThe 'Burg's newest boutique hotel offers much more than a chic postgig crash pad---including a 40-foot backyard pool and a roof deck with a raw bar. Nods to the nabe include a forthcoming signature Brooklyn Brewery beer and local-skewed LP collections to play on in-room turntables. 160 North 12th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (888-867-6767, hwbrooklyn.com). Introductory rates (through Aug 15) start at $199; regular rates start at $295.
Dream DowntownDon't forget to pack your totem---Vikram Chatwal's surreal twist on an urban resort may make you wonder if you're in a Dream within a dream. After marveling at the glass-bottomed terrace pool hovering overhead in the lobby of this Chelsea newcomer, get pampered poolside with spa treatments in a private cabana, or sample "holistic haute cuisine" by Michelin-starred chef Miguel Snchez Romera. 355 W 16th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (800-336-4110, dreamdowntown.com). Rates start at $345.
Htel AmericanoYou won't find any Talavera tiles in Grupo Habita's first property outside Mexico. Mexican architect Enrique Norten's sleek, mesh-encased structure in west Chelsea features Arnaud Montigny-designed rooms with Japanese-style platform beds, iPads and, in one of several subtle concessions to U.S. culture, super-soft denim bathrobes. 518 W 27th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-216-0000, hotel-americano.com). Rates start at $325.