by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 28, 2019
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New York City Hotels – Tips and Advice
- Booking.com – the best site for booking NYC hotels.
- Best Luxury Hotels in NYC: Mandarin Oriental • The Four Seasons
- Best Boutique Hotels in NYC: Library Hotel • The Crosby Street Hotel
- Best Hotels for Families in NYC: Lowell Hotel • Le Parker Meridien • Travel Inn • Skyline Hotel
- Where To Stay in NYC: The Theater District is the best neighborhood to stay for first-time visitors to NYC.
- New York City Choice Hotels – good cheap and mid-range hotels in NYC.
- Best Cheap Hotels in NYC: Americana Inn • Row NYC at Times Square
The 20 Best Hotels in New York City
1. Mandarin Oriental – Upper West Side
Gorgeous hotel with impeccable, sumptuous rooms and large suites (staring at 800 sq ft) with floor-to-ceiling windows, Asian accents, bathtubs and tvs in the bathrooms, audio & entertainment systems and the Hudson River, Manhattan or Central Park (recommended) views. Suites add Harmon Kardon Soundbars & more tech features, living rooms, powder rooms. Has a sprawling 14,500 square feet spa. Hotel Phone: 212 805 8800
2. The Pierre – Upper East Side
Overlooking Central Park, this Art Deco hotel offers a variety of quietly luxurious, well-lit rooms and suites with lofty ceilings, mini-bars, Bose speakers and interior/city and central park (recommended) views. The hotel’s signature residence-style Grand suites add living & dining rooms, soaking tubs, pantry kitchens, private outdoor terraces (some) and complimentary breakfast. Hotel Phone: 212 838 8000
3. The Mark Hotel – Upper East Side
Top-notch hotel with polished elegance featuring high-tech rooms & suites having in-room panel controls (including shades), audio systems, marble baths with deep-soaking tubs and mirrored flat-screen tvs, black-granite bars, well-equipped kitchens (some) and townhouse garden, skyline, central park and city views. Suites add sofa beds, living rooms, dining areas, powder bathrooms and terraces depending on the type. And don’t miss the world famous Mark Restaurant and cocktail bar. Hotel Phone: 212 744 4300
4. The Surrey – Upper East Side
Elegant, residence-style boutique hotel offering classy ‘salons’ and suites with hand-painted wardrobe armoires, oversized desks and sitting areas. Largish suites add sleeper sofas, soaking tubs, kitchens, dining tables and private terraces. The Penthouse suite has a furnished private wraparound terrace while the top-end Presidential suite has a fireplace, window seats in every window, and dining room with wet bar. Hotel Phone: 212 288 3700
5. The Plaza Hotel – Midtown West
Historic French Château-style structure with sumptuous Louis XV French decor (plenty of gold, crystal & marble) & a super-rich residence vibe featuring a diverse range of over-the-top rooms and super spacious, unique suites, having bathrooms with mosaic floors, tubs and 24-carat gold-plated fixtures, ipad room controls and terraces. Legacy suites add marble wet bars, living & powder rooms & more. The top-end royal suite features private elevator access, an entrance gallery, a living room with a piano, dining room, libary, and kitchen. Hotel Phone: 212 759 3000
6. The Chatwal – Midtown West
Steps away from Broadway theaters, this opulent Art Deco design hotel has sleek rooms & suites with suede covered walls, black marble bathrooms, customized leather pieces, mini-bars, butler services and large, private landscaped terraces (some). The Chatwal suite has the biggest outdoor terrace (500 sq ft) and the penthouse suite has a well-equipped kitchen. Hotel Phone: 212 764 6200
7. The Peninsula New York – Midtown West
Landmark hotel (1905) with classically-styled, comfortable rooms and suites with oversized work desks, sunken tubs with tvs and courtyard/city views. Suites add living rooms, sofa beds, dressing areas, oversized walk-in closets, powder rooms, decorative fireplaces, dinings rooms, gourmet kitchens, tablet controls and private studies, depending on the category. City view rooms are much brighter and better than the courtyard view rooms. Hotel Phone: 212 956 2888
8. Langham Place – Midtown West
Sophisticated urban hotel with contemporary rooms and suites (1-4 bed) with floor-to-ceiling windows, Nespresso coffee makers, mirror tvs in the marble bathrooms & deep soaking tubs and courtyard/street/city views. Upgraded rooms have full kitchens with Miele appliances (stoves, ovens, fridges), walk-in wardrobes and suites add sitting areas & terraces and unparalleled Empire State Building views. Hotel Phone: 212 695 4005
9. Refinery Hotel – Midtown West
A former hat factory, this stylish hotel has classy loft rooms with 12-foot ceilings, distressed oak floors, large windows, mini-bars (on-request), writing desks, iHome docking stations, industrial accents and Empire state building views (some). Atelier rooms add living areas. Has a very popular rooftop bar with splendid Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building views. Hotel Phone: 646 664 0310
10. The Four Seasons – Midtown East
Standout, modern art-deco style hotel on Billionaire’s Row, featuring spacious, ultra chic studio rooms and suites with handmade lighted pedestal beds, variable lighting ceilings, oversized windows & oak desks and spectacular Central Park, Hudson river and Manhattan views. Suites add large walk-in closets, deep soaking tubs, mirror tvs in bathrooms, makeup areas, landscaped terraces (some) and upgraded suites add living areas. The apartment-like, specialty suites have floor-to-ceiling bay windows, private dens, powder rooms, and terraces with the topmost suite sporting luxuries like 4 cantilevered balconies, an infinity soak tub, a 700 sq ft library with a cathedral-like ceiling & exclusive rolls royce use. Hotel Phone: 212 758 5700
11. Library Hotel – Midtown East
Just around the corner from the Grand Central Station, this library-themed boutique hotel (Floors devoted to Math & Science, Arts, Technology – 10 categories) has small, well-appointed rooms with specialized art & libraries (related to the floor: mythology room on the religion floor with mythical art/books), mini-fridges, city views, and a rooftop bar. Suites add sitting areas and sofa beds. Has a ‘Love’ room which features the hotel’s only private terrace. Excellent value for the level of luxury – continental breakfast, refreshments and evening wine & cheese receptions, all complimentary. Hotel Phone: 212 983 4500
12. Andaz 5th Avenue – Midtown East
Directly across the street from the New York Public Library and Bryant Park, this chic boutique hotel has very spacious, almost apartment-like, loft-style, classy rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, mini-bars, oversized marble bathrooms (porcelain foot baths) with stunning city and public library views. Suites add private balconies or landscaped terraces. A super location for business, shopping, and theatre. Hotel Phone: 212-601-1234
13. Gramercy Park Hotel – Gramercy
Featuring a Renaissance-revival look with a rotating collection of 20th-century art, this glamorous hotel has spacioius, regal & bohemian rooms & suites with vivid colors, red oak floors, hand-crafted furniture, mahogany drinking cabinets, Bluetooth speaker systems, a key to the private historical Gramercy Park and courtyard/park views. Suites add living areas and the high-end Penthouse suite has a fireplace, living & dining room, library, wood-paneled kitchen and a bathroom with soaking tub. Hop on a custom-designed hotel bike to get around to the city’s nearby sights. Hotel Phone: 212 920 3300
14. The Bowery Hotel – East Village
A hip and elegant boutique hotel that fits beautifully into the bustling East Village neighborhood. Surrounded by nightlife, wine bars, and poetry cafes, it offers charming, vintage style rooms and suites (add sitting areas) with floor-to-ceiling oversized factory windows, hardwood floors, iPod stereo systems, marble bathrooms with antique fixtures & bathtubs and city views. Opt for corner rooms for the amazing views or the one-bedroom terrace suite with its lovely private terrace. Hotel Phone: 212-505 9100
15. The Crosby Street Hotel – SoHo
Refined Kemp-designed boutique hotel in the heart of Soho, with fresh, spacious rooms and suites having colorful designer headboards, high ceilings, full-length windows, Bluetooth Bose units, marble bathrooms and lower Manhattan/garden views. Suites add sitting areas, living & dining areas, deep bathtubs, bespoke mini-bars depending on the class. The second-floor, one-off Meadow suite (recommended) has its own private, picturesque terrace garden. Hotel Phone: 212 226 6400
16. The James New York – South Village
Modern, upscale art-inspired hotel with residential-style skyline rooms, corner studios, 1-bed apartments, penthouse lofts, and suites, with dark wood floors, oversized windows and city views. Skyline rooms have Freedom tower views, 1-bed apartments have soaking tubs & living areas with sofa beds, while the top-end Penthouse loft has a living & dining room with wet bar, spa-like bathroom with a freestanding soaking tub and river views. Opt for the higher floors for morequiet. A super location for shopping, nightlife, and subway access. Hotel Phone: 212 465 2000
17. The Mercer – SoHo
Centrally located in Soho, this 100% smoking, hip hotel has minimalistic loft-like rooms, studios and suites with high ceilings, hardwood floors, mini-bars and sitting areas. Studios add oversized 2-person marble bathtubs, and street/courtyard views (recommended) and loft suites have living & dining areas, arched windows and fireplaces (some). Higher categories add kitchenettes and balconies. Hotel Phone: 212 966 6060.
18. Sixty LES – Lower East Side
Edgy boutique hotel with super trendy rooms & suites with glowing, artsy (lightbox) headboards, floor-to-ceiling windows, mirrored walls, movie libraries, mini-bars and balconies (some) with Manhattan skyline views. Suites add lounges, living bars, glass corner balconies or private outdoor terraces & wet bars depending on the category. Also has a luxurious bi-level penthouse with a circular bathtub. Excellent location with top-notch restaurants, shops, parks and museums on its doorstep. Hotel Phone: +1 877 460 8888
19. The Greenwich Hotel – TriBeCa
This luxury suite-style hotel in the heart of Tribeca, with eclectic, old-world charm rooms, suites (1-2 bedroom) and penthouses. Upgraded rooms have deep soaking tubs, mini-bars while suites add sitting areas, private saunas, ipads and real fireplaces (some). Penthouses have soaring 30 ft windows, dining rooms & kitchens (stocked with groceries of choice), complimentary breakfast & spa treatments. Excellent spa set in an imported 250-year old bamboo farmhouse with a beautiful lantern-lit indoor pool. Hotel Phone: 212 941 8900
20. The Wagner Hotel – Battery Park
(Formerly the Ritz Carlton Battery Park – recently changed ownership and renamed.) Glitzy, waterfront hotel with stunning Statue of Liberty and New York harbour views, featuring spacious, understated luxury vibe rooms and suites with bathtubs and in-room telescopes (some). Suites add sleeper sofas, living rooms, dining, small pantry areas (microwave ovens & fridges) or full kitchens, walk-in closets and jacuzzi tubs overlooking the harbour depending on the category. Within easy walking distance of Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial. Hotel Phone: 212 344 0800