The 9 Best Hotels in New York for a Stay
Choosing a hotel in New York is not easy; there are just too many options! Even if you brag about being a local and have a list of hotels you’ve visited that you’d like to check out, there will always be a longer list of the ones you’ve overlooked. From luxury icons to design-driven havens to quirky and unique stays, we’ve compiled a shortlist of places to stay in the Big Apple.
1 Central Park Hotel
Steps from Central Park, 1 Hotel Central Park is a moss-covered natural oasis amid the hustle and bustle of an urban lifestyle. Inspired by nature and the idea of protecting it, the hotel has taken exceptional measures to have a positive environmental impact. For starters, the hotel is crafted from reclaimed materials, and organic linens and non-toxic, eco-friendly mattresses are included in every room. The bathroom faucets are equipped with a water filtration system and goblets made from recycled wine bottles are available in the rooms for drinking. All bathrooms are also equipped with a shower timer as a reminder to limit showers to a maximum of five minutes to save water.
Events outside of the Sacred Sleeping Zone include free wellness classes taught by certified trainers, meaningful meetings that advocate, educate, and engage, and tours of Central Park led by an expert Conservancy guide. Jams, the on-site restaurant, serves farm-to-table dishes using organic, sustainable and local ingredients. At the Lobby Farmstand, customers will find imperfect-looking but perfect-tasting, fresh, seasonal fruit for free, which would otherwise be thrown away by growers or grocers.
Park Hyatt New York
Sleek, serene and elegant are three words to describe this ultra-luxurious hotel in the middle of Midtown. Park Hyatt NYC occupies the first 25 floors of One57, a 90-story skyscraper. It’s a must-see across from Carnegie Hall and two blocks from Central Park, as the building will mesmerize you with its beauty. Spacious rooms (475 square feet and larger) with floor-to-ceiling windows are minimalist with soft tones, stone floors, dark woods, and contemporary furnishings. The hotel’s common areas are called The Study and The Living Room in the hope that guests will feel right at home. Unique works of art are a must-see here with over 350 pieces commissioned from the Museum of Modern Art. A highlight is the installation above the bar which contains nearly 1,000 pieces of glass. Guests can spend an entire day at the Park Hyatt’s 25th-floor spa, where the 65-foot indoor pool is said to offer the best views in the city.
Soho Grand Hotel
Soho Grand has some of New York City’s chicest accommodations and holds the title of the city’s premier luxury boutique hotel. The airy and chic 17-story industrial-inspired space showcases designer touches with upscale amenities. Soho Grand is home to a classic hotel bar, an American restaurant, an open-air tropical restaurant, and a sophisticated club room. Other perks include a fitness center, free bikes, free movie screenings, and pet-friendly amenities.
Wythe wore several hats before becoming a hotel. In 1901, what is now a boutique hotel was once a barrel and rope factory. Elements of the past can be seen as you walk into one of the bedrooms, in the exposed brick walls, factory windows, reclaimed wood, and concrete floors. The industrial-chic hotel is located on Brooklyn’s waterfront, in the heart of vibrant Williamsburg. Wythe is also an artist incubator. In every room at the Wythe you will find original artwork by artists from the community. Wythe’s hope is to foster a connection between guests and Brooklyn’s wider creative community. Dining options include the recently opened Bar Blondeau, which serves French fare, natural wines, and stunning views of Manhattan, and Le Crocodile, a brasserie serving French fare.
Smyth Tribeca is a new, independent, 14-story, 100-room neighborhood hotel. It is a destination for clients looking for an elegant and minimalist environment. The design is a mix of urban, classic and contemporary. Smyth has 12 different room types, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and large marble bathrooms and walk-in rainfall showers. The residential-style lobby is meant to mimic a home living room, and the bar is the perfect gathering place for Tribeca designers.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg
The nine-story Hoxton Williamsburg building on the site of a former water tower factory retains some industrial touches. The quirky, retro lobby is filled with locally sourced vintage furniture, fireplaces, shelves filled with artwork, and chandelier styles that date back to the 1970s. Rooms offer floor-to-ceiling views of the city and are compact but have a folding desk, drawers under the bed and a wardrobe instead of a chest of drawers. There is also a mini library organized specifically for each room.
If there’s one thing to take away from this hotel, it’s that it offers absolutely stunning views of the Empire State Building, which is just two blocks away. Rooms are tiny (think college dorm style) at 150 square feet, but the fascinating floor-to-ceiling window wall makes up for the lack of space. Arlo NoMad has a rooftop bar on the 31st floor, a bar on the 2nd floor, a bodega and a Middle Eastern restaurant. Check out their event calendar for DJ events and workout classes.
The Redbury NYC opened as a hotel for women in 1903. It was the first hotel in the city exclusively for women, men were not allowed above the ground floor. The hotel immediately became a hit and even had 200 women on a waiting list to stay. Today, of course, people of any gender are allowed to stay in the hotel. Chic bedrooms have walls adorned with picture frames and intimate pieces such as record players. The color red predominates throughout the hotel… go figure! The Redbury has a lounge, Italian restaurant, Roman-style aperitif bar and café. In 2012, the hotel was designated a historic monument.
The TWA Flight Center was completed in 1962 but closed in 2001 when the airline disappeared. Today, the architectural wonder has been transformed into a hotel that serves as both an airport hotel and a sanctuary for those making longer layovers. The surprisingly quiet rooms offer stunning views of the JFK slopes. The views are also spectacular from the infinity pool. TWA Hotel offers guests a lounge inside an idle airplane, the world’s largest hotel fitness center, museum exhibits, and a Twister Room where you can play a game. wall-to-wall version of the game. Rooms are available for day and night bookings.