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The most romantic hotels in NYC

The most romantic hotels in NYC

We know, we know. NYC is already an incredibly romantic city. With all those legendary sights, how could it not be? But don’t underestimate the power of a hotel to make the city even more amorous. Just think about it: NYC’s classically romantic backdrop playing host to fancy restaurants, hot tubs and massages. It’s enough to seduce even the sternest of New Yorkers. Of course, you can’t put a price on love—but if you could, these hotels are great places to start. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels on the beach near NYC

The best hotels on the beach near NYC

Let us paint a picture of the best hotels on the beach near NYC: crashing waves, rosé aplenty and the absence of thunderous garbage trucks at 7am. Sounds pretty neat, right? Sure it does. So here's what to do: escape the city and take advantage of the amazing neighboring beaches for some serious R&R. And while New York isn’t exactly known as a beach town by default, these coastal hotels are an essential reminder of the seasonal beauty that awaits us all during the summer months and beyond. Whether you want luxury in Long Island or sleek comfort in New Jersey, this list of New York beach hotels will have you in very good stead. Now if you’ll excuse us, there’s a cabana with our name on it. Daiquiri, please. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.  

The best boutique hotels in NYC

The best boutique hotels in NYC

Boutique hotels are, for many (us included), some of the best hotels around. Not only are the best boutique abodes luxurious and full of amenities: they’re also full of character and offer things that very, very few others can. NYC is, obviously, brimming with fantastic boutique hotels. From the Financial District to Williamsburg, hotels with rich histories and bold designs boast everything from mixology classes and full-body massages to Parisian gardens, rooftop bars and awesome views over some of the city’s most famous attractions. And even when you’ve exhausted everything you’re boutique accom has to offer? Dur, you’re in New York. You’ve got more to explore than you could fit into an entire lifetime. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC

The best hotels in NYC

The best hotels in NYC

Hospitality is something that New York prides itself on and that is pretty clearly evidenced by its best hotels. Every kind of traveller can find their perfect holiday haven in this glorious city, from sleek boutique hotels in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods to opulent luxury stays near the top NYC attractions. You’ll even find some of the best spas and restaurants tucked inside their lobbies. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Big Apple or a local craving an inner-city staycation, these properties take the cake when it comes to hospitality and hotel perks. Cue room service. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels near Times Square

The best hotels near Times Square

Times Square, is there anything that's more quintessentially NYC than that? Even the most hardened New Yorker has at one time been enamored by the glow of the flashing LED lights, billowing clouds of street food and bustling pace of Manhattan’s central hub. Steps away from all the Broadway shows in NYC and some of the most famous restaurants in NYC, these hotels range from time-honored establishments to international chains and cutting-edge boutiques, ideal for first-timers and veteran travelers alike. If you want to stay close to the twinkling lights of the city, here are the best hotels near Times Square for your next New York City vacation. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels with indoor pools in NYC

The best hotels with indoor pools in NYC

If hotels with indoor pools aren’t your top priority when picking a temporary residence in NYC, they should be. There are two things that are notoriously hard to come by here: nice public swimming pools and space in general. The former is often the sign of a great hotel, along with ultra-luxe hotels with spas or the policies of pet-friendly hotels, and these luxurious Manhattan pool scenes within the confines of equally inviting interiors will carry you through the dark, cold times between the warm-weather months. Read on for the best indoor hotel pools in NYC (for when you can’t make it out to hotels on the beach). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC

Los 10 mejores hoteles de Nueva York

Los 10 mejores hoteles de Nueva York

En los mejores hoteles de Nueva York se encuentran pruebas de que nadie es tan hospitalario como los neoyorquinos. No exageramos –o solo un poco...– si decimos que los mejores museos, restaurantes y atracciones de otras ciudades del mundo no tienen ni punto de comparación con los de Nueva York. Evidentemente, la escena hotelera de Nueva York no podría ser la excepción. Tanto si estás visitando la ciudad como si quieres unas vacaciones de lujo entre los rascacielos más icónicos del mundo, estos son los lugares que sobresalen cuando se trata de hospitalidad y servicios hoteleros. ¿Listo para pedir servicio a la habitación?

The best Soho hotels in NYC

The best Soho hotels in NYC

These Soho hotels are the best places to stay in one of the most charming neighborhoods. Soho, New York, is home to plenty of things worth writing home about: some of the city’s latest and greatest Soho restaurants, a slew of equally noteworthy bars in Soho, and of course, an endless supply of the best shops for ages and tastes of all kinds. You’ll basically never have to step outside its confines, making Soho the perfect place to stay for both business and pleasure vacations. Read on for our top hotel picks in the area. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC

The oldest bars in NYC

The oldest bars in NYC

The oldest bars in NYC are icons for a reason, and if their walls could talk, things would get interesting. From the best-looking bars to rooftop bars to the most romantic bars, the stories they’d tell would be nothing less than riveting. While NYC’s bar and restaurant scene is notorious for a short shelf life, there’s a small handful of drinking establishments that have withstood an unbelievable test of time, several of which have welcomed patrons for over two centuries and counting— and while we don’t anticipate them going anywhere soon, you’ll want to start checking them off your list pronto. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to best bars in NYC

The very best mac and cheese in NYC

The very best mac and cheese in NYC

Just like most other great things in NYC, it’s tough to narrow down the best of the best, but when it comes to mac and cheese, the clear winners sit a cut above the rest. So for those who can handle both dairy and gluten, go forth! There are classic comfort food dishes at soul food restaurants along with a few elevated twists and funky variations along the way. And for the vegan and vegetarian restaurant lovers out there, we’ve sprinkled in a few allergen-friendly picks for good measure. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The best cocktail experiences you should have in NYC

The best cocktail experiences you should have in NYC

New York City’s drinking scene is in a league of its own, and there’s no shortage of cocktail experiences you need to test-drink if you want to truly be part of this city. From classic, high-end quaffs to wacky hot spots and booze with views at rooftop bars, those who crave new experiences face no shortage of choices. After all, that’s what the city’s about: options. Cocktail lovers, drink your heart out. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to cocktails in NYC

The best transportation apps for New Yorkers

The best transportation apps for New Yorkers

Want to know why you need transportation apps in NYC? The city may be physically small—Manhattan is just 2.3 miles across—but getting around can be tricky, especially with the busy lives we all lead. And even the most seasoned commuters can fall victim to the likes of subway delays, tough commutes, and inebriation. Cue the apps: From on-demand rides to taxi-paying apps and traffic navigators, here are 12 downloadable ways to get yourself to the best New York restaurants, the best NYC attractions and the best art museums in NYC—all at record speed. RECOMMENDED: Find the best weekend getaways

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The Standard East Village

The Standard East Village

Nobody does chill quite like Standard hotels, and the East Village iteration is no exception. It’s the embodiment of low-key luxury, reflecting the grit and cool factor of its home with just the right amount of understated finesse—the perfect combination for guests in search of a true contemporary New York experience. The intriguing architecture, minimalist room decor and hip clientele all reflect the hotel’s cool kid image. The space also boasts Narcissa, a New American restaurant with a focus on seasonal eating helmed by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The rotating menu highlights fresh produce from the restaurant’s dedicated farm in the Hudson Valley, while the adjoining garden allows guests to dine al fresco. Neighborhood: Though the Standard is only a hop, skip and a jump away from St. Marks Place, there’s more to this nabe than stoned college kids and tattoo parlors. Be sure to check out local favorites like Please Don’t Tell, Coffee Project New York, the Mermaid Inn and Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Nearby: McSorley’s Old Ale House: For pints of beer in an old-fashioned Irish pub Public Theater: For up-and-coming Off-Broadway plays and musicals Veselka: For 24-hour pierogies, borscht and blintzes Time Out tip: Guests who visit during the colder months shouldn’t leave the Standard East Village without dining in the Winter Garden. Reserve a heated yurt for a veritable alpine feast, complete with fondue, apple strudel and warm winter cocktails.

The James New York

The James New York

4 out of 5 stars

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.

Neir's Tavern

Neir's Tavern

Neir’s Tavern in Queens has been a favorite of both patrons and filmmakers alike, having served the former since 1829 and the latter in a littleproduction by the name of Goodfellas. It’s also said that Mae West got her start under this very roof—you can even honor her memory with an eponymous burger.

Soho Grand Hotel

Soho Grand Hotel

3 out of 5 stars

Nothing encapsulates Old World New York glamour quite like the SoHo Grand, a historic mainstay tucked away on one of the neighborhood’s most quaint streets—all very fitting considering it’s regarded as the city’s very first boutique hotel. Art plays a heavy role in the hotel’s aesthetic, making it perfect for those with an appreciation of mediums of all varieties.

Sixty SoHo

Sixty SoHo

Following a recent (and rather remarkable) renovation, Sixty SoHo is a visual expression of the neighborhood’s most treasured qualities. It’s chic and vibrant and offers all the bells and whistles characteristic of any great stay, particularly on the dining front. Dinner at Sessanta and a nightcap upstairs at Gordon Bar make for the perfect night in.

Nolitan Hotel SoHo

Nolitan Hotel SoHo

3 out of 5 stars

Sure, it’s technically in Nolita (if you couldn’t tell by the name), but the Nolitan is just minutes from the cafés, shopping, activities and scenery for which Soho is known and loved. Revel in the quirky, cozy design of the lobby and room before braving the Cronut line at Dominique Ansel Bakery or exploring all of the other delights that the neighborhood has to offer.

Sohotel

Sohotel

While Sohotel lies on the southernmost cusp of the neighborhood, there’s certainly no shortage of buzz or things to do, and the landmark building’s rich history makes for quite an interesting Soho experience. It also happens to be one of the area’s best cheap hotels, so if you’re a history buff who enjoys a deal, this is the place for you.

The Mercer

The Mercer

4 out of 5 stars

This André Balasz property lives up to its name by all accounts, fusing modernity and privacy with the soul of its surroundings—not surprising considering it’s the sister hotel to Hollywood’s esteemed Chateau Marmont. Plus, there’s 24-hour room service from Jean-Georges’ ground floor restaurant, so if that’s not a selling point, we’re not sure what is.

1 Hotel Central Park

1 Hotel Central Park

You’ll know the 1 Hotel’s Central Park location even before you set foot inside. The building’s perfectly manicured ivy is both a rare sight in Midtown and a greeting most worthy of the hotel group’s philosophy: to honor the beauty of nature in the form of an urban oasis. Don’t miss out on Jonathan Waxman’s Jams restaurant during your visit.

Mandarin Oriental New York

Mandarin Oriental New York

4 out of 5 stars

This internationally acclaimed business traveler’s paradise has five stars for a reason: The scene, the service and the spa make up the trifecta that sets the Mandarin Oriental a cut above the rest. No matter how packed your schedule may be, you’ll definitely want to make time for lunch at Asiate, where you’ll revel in panoramic daylight views of the park below.

AKA Sutton Place

AKA Sutton Place

AKA’s 56th Street location takes the cake in terms of chic, modern design, and the cozy lounge chairs only up the ante. This spot also offers a fitness center in conjunction with its aquatic amenities, but access to one side or another requires a room key and a room key only—no guest passes are available.

The Surrey

The Surrey

5 out of 5 stars

The Surrey is a slice of English charm situated less than one block east of Central Park. It’s so serenely secluded, in fact, that you’ll likely never want to leave its privacy. Instead, savor afternoon tea with a side of celebrity sightings while gazing upon the park from afar. Life could be worse.

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This moonshine maker is a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ hospitality community

This moonshine maker is a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ hospitality community

A telltale sign of great hospitality is the ability to connect with a guest before they’ve even taken a seat. New York City bartender and moonshine maker Aubrey Slater has a knack for it – and her magnetism has helped shape her career trajectory in more ways than one. Regardless of which side of the bar she’s on, Slater radiates warmth and expertise, a double whammy of strengths that earned her the title ‘brand owner’ almost overnight. While working as beverage director at cocktail bar Mother of Pearl in New York’s East Village neighborhood, Slater was introduced to entrepreneur David Suk, who founded small-batch moonshine brand Saint Luna in 2018. The two became fast friends, and after opening 10 new accounts in two days while helping Suk with sales in Pittsburgh, Slater was offered partial ownership in the company. Slater’s newest business venture comes at a pivotal moment in her life, as she reaches the final stages of her gender affirmation. For her, this professional leap represents more than career growth – it’s a beacon at the end of a long road rife with obstacles.   Photograph: Céline Bossart   I hope to see more people like myself striving for greatness and feeling confident enough to follow their dreams and go for the jobs they desire. The process of transitioning isn’t an easy one, and it can be especially difficult for those who work in the hospitality industry. In the early years of her transition, Slater – a certified sommelier and former Marine – found hers