The Best New York Hotels

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Updated: November 29, 2022

My Favorite NYC Hotels

• 5-Star Hotel: Mandarin Oriental
• 4-Star Hotel: Refinery
• 3-Star Hotel: Row NYC
• Family Hotel: Lowell
• Boutique Hotel: Library
• Hotel Pool: Millennium
• Near Central Park: The Pierre
• Times Square: The Chatwal
• Penn Station: Renaissance
• Grand Central: Hyatt
• Lower Manhattan: Crosby Street
• Financial District: Four Seasons Downtown
• Best New Hotel: Pendry
• Suite with Kitchen: AKA Times Square

NYC Hotels – My Tips & Advice

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The 17 Best Hotels in New York City

1. Mandarin Oriental – Upper West Side

Best hotel in Manhattan, NYC.
Hotel phone: 212-805-8800
Gorgeous 5-star 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.
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2. The Pierre – Upper East Side

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel phone: 212-838-8000
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.
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3. The Chatwal – Midtown West

New York's luxury Chatwal Hotel
Hotel Phone: 212 764 6200
Steps 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.
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4. The Peninsula New York – Midtown West

Luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
Hotel Phone: 212 956 2888
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.
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5. Langham Place – Midtown West

Langham Place, a modern luxury hotel in Midtown West
Hotel Phone: 212 695 4005
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.
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6. Library Hotel – Midtown East

Outdoor terrace at New York's Library Hotel in Midtown.
Hotel Phone: 212 983 4500
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.
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7. Refinery Hotel – Midtown West

New York's luxury Refinery Hotel
Hotel Phone: 646 664 0310
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.
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8. The Mark Hotel – Upper East Side

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: 212 744 4300
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, black-granite bars, well-equipped kitchens, 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.
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9. The Surrey – Upper East Side

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: 212 288 3700
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.
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10. The Plaza Hotel – Midtown West

5-star hotel near Central Park in Manhattan.
Hotel Phone: 212 759 3000
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, 24-carat gold-plated fixtures, 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, library, and kitchen.
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11. The Four Seasons – Midtown East

The best hotel in mid-town Manhattan.
Hotel Phone: 212 758 5700
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.
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12. Andaz 5th Avenue – Midtown East

Midtown Manhattan's luxury hotel, Andaz 5th Avenue
Hotel Phone: 212 601 1234
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.
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13. The Bowery Hotel – East Village

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: 212 505 9100
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.
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14. Crosby Street Hotel – SoHo

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: 212 226 6400
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.
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15. The James (NoMad) – SoHo

Rooftop pool at the James Hotel in New York City's Soho neighborhood
Hotel Phone: 212 465 2000
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. A super location for shopping, nightlife, and subway access. Great rooftop pool and deck.
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16. Sixty LES – Lower East Side

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: +1 877 460 8888
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.
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17. The Greenwich Hotel – TriBeCa

Good hotel in Manhattan, New York City.
Hotel Phone: 212 941 8900
This 4-star hotel in the heart of Tribeca, with eclectic, old-world charm rooms, suites (1 or 2 bedroom), and penthouses. Upgraded rooms have deep soaking tubs, mini-bars while suites add sitting areas, private saunas, and real fireplaces. 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.
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Map of Best Hotels in New York City

Map of where to stay in Manhattan.
Hotels on Map: Mandarin Oriental (Upper West Side) • The Pierre (Upper East Side) • The Mark Hotel (Upper East Side) • The Surrey (Upper East Side) • The Plaza Hotel (Midtown West) • The Chatwal (Midtown West) • The Peninsula New York (Midtown West) • Langham Place (Midtown West) • Refinery Hotel (Midtown West) • The Four Seasons (Midtown East) • Library Hotel (Midtown East) • Andaz 5th Avenue (Midtown East) • The High Line Hotel (Chelsea) • Maritime Hotel (Chelsea) • The Bowery Hotel (East Village) • Crosby Street Hotel (SoHo) • The James (NoMad) (SoHo) • The Mercer (SoHo) • Sixty LES (Lower East Side) • The Greenwich Hotel (TriBeCa) • Four Seasons (Downtown)

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  2. Apartment for Group of 6

    Hi Dave,
    We are visiting New York with children and would like to book a lovely hotel, fairly near to midtown, 4 star. There are so many to choose from we are totally confused. We would ideally like something that is a little more unique and not so bland that we find like some of the Marriots etc. Would you be able to recommend please? We were wondering whether an apartment might be better as there are 6 of us including friends which might be cheaper but we are struggling to find an apartment so central. Any help you can give is appreciated as we are going on October 30th and prices seem to be very high. Thank you in advance, Tania

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      AKA has 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and locations in Central Park, Times Square, and Midtown. All of the apartments have full kitchens and that can be a big money saver as breakfast in Manhattan is expensive.

  3. Hotel with Kitchen near Times Square

    My wife and I will be in New York for a week and would like a 1-bedroom (or something with separate sleeping area so I can work while she sleeps) and a kitchen (mainly for breakfast). Budget: upper mid-range. Thanks, Gary.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The AKA Times Square is a good 4 star apartment-hotel. The 1-bedroom suites are large with full kitchen. Steps from Times Square and a short walk to several subway lines. (Just stayed there last week and it’s a good value hotel for the location and what you get.)

  4. Good Restaurants in Midtown Manhattan for Family

    We’re staying at Hyatt Herald Square Midtown with our children (age 10 and 14) and looking for fun/good/non-touristy places to eat. Great food with drinks – restaurants that feel a bit like a bar but still family friendly. Any recommendations. Don’t mind a short walk so doesn’t have to be right on our block or anything.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Lower Midtown is loaded with great restaurants. A few of my favorites that have great food and a fun vibe:
      Boqueria Flatiron – Amazing tapas, great atmosphere.
      BXL Zoute – Delicious Belgium food and beers. Most dishes come with huge bowls of fries and mayo (which kids love).
      Turntable Chicken – Ultra hip with delicious Korean fusion (kids love the chicken wings). This place is totally hidden from street view and it looks like you’re entering an office building so only people who know about it end up here (and no tourists).

  5. Best Way To Mid-Town NYC from Newark Airport for Family of 4

    We’ll be arriving at Newark in late afternoon. What’s the easiest way to get to our hotel a few blocks south of Times Square? It’s my wife, 2 kids (ages 5 and 8), and myself.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Taxi or Uber are definitely the easiest ways into the city from Newark Airport. Both are easy to get just outside arrivals. There is also a train into the city which is great for singles or couples but once you’re up to 3 or 4, then taxi or Uber are not too much more expensive and much easier (granted, kids do get a discount on their train fare). If you took the train there’s first an Airtran rail link (free) to get you from the Newark terminals to the Amtrak Station, then a train to Penn Station, then taxi, subway, or walk to your hotel. You can buy the train tickets in the terminal or at the train station, so if there’s a lineup at the terminal machine then keep going and buy them at the station. Trains into the city can often be packed and standing room only especially in the morning and afternoon/early-evening.

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