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10 Best Hotels in New York City

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New York knows how to dazzle like no other city in the world, particularly when it comes to luxurious accommodation. From suites fit for presidents to loaner sports cars you can take for a spin along Broadway, the best hotels in New York offer exclusive perks and services to please the most discriminating traveler.

The Best Hotels in New York City

These 10 luxury hotels in New York deliver only the sweetest of dreams.

The Best Hotel in the Financial District

Manhattan’s southernmost neighborhood has a rhythm and style all its own, attracting bankers and artists in equal measure. It’s home to financial epicenter Wall Street as well as the soaring Freedom Tower and somber 9/11 Memorial and Museum. FiDi also serves as the gateway to two of New York’s most iconic attractions, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty.

The Beekman

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Near Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll find the stunning red-brick 1881 building that houses this luxury hotel opened in 2016. Stepping into The Beekman, with its soaring nine-story atrium and collection of Persian rugs, feels like walking into a lavishly adorned Broadway play.

High ceilings, aged oak floors, and vintage furnishings ensure each of the 287 rooms feels as grand and spacious as the public areas. Sip handcrafted cocktails at chef Tom Colicchio’s Bar Room at Temple Court, and savor a bite of golden-age New York glamour in Augustine, a brasserie-style restaurant from Keith McNally.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, concierge services, business center, courtesy Lexus house car, 24-hour room service, D.S. & Durga bath amenities, Sateen Sferra linens, Carrara marble bathrooms, oversized rain shower, dry-cleaning and laundry service, and LEED-certified building.

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The Best Hotels on the Upper East Side

The belle of New York neighborhoods has long symbolized affluence and attracted discerning travelers. With easy access to Central Park, Fifth Avenue, and Museum Mile, the Upper East Side boasts gracious accommodation alongside stunning private residences.

The Lowell Hotel New York

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Of luxury hotels in New York, this landmark boutique property enjoys one of the richest settings on a tranquil residential street just off Madison Avenue. The 47 suites and 27 deluxe rooms feature polished oak floors, custom headboards, and cashmere throws.

Unique features like wood-burning fireplaces and spacious terraces give guests the feeling of living in a grand New York apartment, while discreet service provides access to the city’s most exclusive experiences. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Pembroke Room and dry martinis in Jacques Bar before setting out to explore New York.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, concierge, Frette Brio linens and bathrobes, La Botega slippers, marble bathrooms (many with his and her sink and deep soaking tubs), Voss water at turndown, DDC28 luxury amenities, fitness center, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, multilingual staff, business center, meeting rooms, and dog-walking services.

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The Surrey

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New York’s only Relais & Chateaux property is a timeless, elegant oasis within the buzzing metropolis. Acclaimed designer Lauren Rottet once said she was inspired by the idea of a family estate passed down through generations. That spirit of warmth and intimacy rings through the renovated 1926 townhouse and inspires guests to return time and again.

The 187 rooms and suites offer a soothing mix of traditional furnishings and contemporary design, and the hotel’s modern art collection is a star attraction. Take in grand views of Central Park from a private roof garden and enjoy relaxed dining in celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake bistro. Both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the designer shops of Madison Avenue are within walking distance. Or stay in for some rejuvenation in the ultra-luxe Cornelia Spa.

Amenities: Fitness center, Bobbin bikes, in-room mixology kit and cocktail bar, bathrobes by Pratesi, and Sferra luxury linens.

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The Best Hotels in Soho

South of Houston lies this trendy neighborhood known for designer boutiques and world-class art galleries. Cobblestone streets and historic buildings with cast-iron facades serve as backdrop for fine restaurants and buzz-worthy bars, attracting the city’s fashionable set along with savvy, style-conscious travelers.

Crosby Street Hotel

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An elegant mix of Soho sophistication and high London style defines one of the best hotels in New York. From one of Manhattan’s most picturesque and tranquil streets, guests step into an elegant lobby lit by floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows. Nearby is a guests-only drawing room.

The warm glow and natural light continue throughout 86 spacious guest rooms, including 17 suites, with boldly upholstered headboards and striking artwork. Guests love the hotel’s honesty bar, lush sculpture garden and terrace, and MNDFL meditation series.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, room service, private screening room, dry-cleaning and laundry service, fitness center, valet parking, concierge, and guests-only courtyard garden.

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The Mercer Hotel

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Like sister hotel Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, The Mercer feels exclusive and private while pulsing with sultry energy. Housed within an 1890s Romanesque revival beauty originally created for John Jacob Astor II, the hotel feels like a private residence. Hardwood floors, shelves laden with art and design books, and calming decor create a loft feel. The 75 rooms have high ceilings and tall windows looking onto Soho’s action.

Generously sized bathrooms and marble bathtubs make leaving your room less appealing, but your reward comes via sipping craft cocktails in the buzzing Kitchen Bar and dining in chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s contemporary French restaurant, The Mercer Kitchen.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi; 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets; HD TV; 24-hour room service and concierge service; limousines and chauffeur service available; valet parking; packing and unpacking service; same-day laundry and dry cleaning; complimentary shoe shine service; dog walking; complimentary day passes to neighborhood gym; and Guitar Hero, Wii, and Xbox 360 available for loan.

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The Best Hotels in Midtown Manhattan

New York’s best-known neighborhood is home to grand theaters, global brands, iconic skyscrapers, and the ever-bright lights of Times Square. For luxury travelers who seek an oasis within the nonstop action, five-star hotels offer convenient access to the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Central Park, and beyond.

Park Hyatt New York

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This luxury property opened in 2014 in the sky-high One 57 building with 210 sleekly designed and spacious rooms, many boasting panoramic vistas of Central Park.

Service and attention to detail are hallmarks of the Park Hyatt, with guests receiving top-level concierge service and pampering. For the ultimate respite, grab a lounger by the serene indoor pool and unwind before enjoying a treatment at the Spa Nalai.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, room service, dry-cleaning and laundry service, concierge, multilingual staff, hot tub and heated indoor pool, marble soaking tubs, Le Labo luxury amenities, and flat-screen TV.

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The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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This mansion built in 1882 has been transformed into one of the best hotels in New York. From Madison Avenue, an iron gate leads into the opulent hotel grounds, once the property of infamous hotelier Leona Helmsley.

Lotte Palace boasts an ultra-luxe hotel within a luxurious hotel. Gracing the building’s top 14 floors, The Towers offer sweeping views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and the Gotham skyline. Most notable is the Jewel Suite created by jewelry designer Martin Katz. Be sure to have a cocktail in the bar, named Trouble’s Trust after Helmsley’s beloved pet pooch Trouble.

Amenities: 24-hour room service, complimentary house car service, spa and fitness center, free Wi-Fi, complimentary shoe shine and valet pressing service, Molton Brown luxury bath amenities, 24-hour dry-cleaning and laundry service, and business center.

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The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue

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This limestone tower soars 60 stories above Fifth Avenue between Bryant Park and Empire State Building. The 234 guest rooms average more than 700 square feet, a feat in tightly squeezed NYC, and include large windows to take in the Midtown action and enormous marble tubs for soaking in the luxury of it all.

Take a spin in the house car before dining in the French and Italian Riviera-inspired Ai Fiori (if in season, don’t miss the truffle tasting menu).

Amenities:
Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, room service, Swedish Duxiana beds, Pratesi linens, rain showers, children’s activities, dry-cleaning and laundry service, business center, multilingual staff, and babysitting.

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The Chatwal

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Located within the Theater District, this art deco beauty is one of the best hotels in New York, offering impeccable service and dramatic decor. Guests love the refined butler service and luxe amenities in the 76 guest rooms and suites, like spacious bathrooms with rain showers and mirrors that turn into TV screens.

Sip a cocktail on the terrace before dining in the clubby-chic Lamb’s Club. A treatment and swim in the infinity pool of the Red Door Spa are a must.

Amenities: Room service, dry-cleaning and laundry service, concierge, multilingual staff, heated indoor pool, and 24-hour fitness center.

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The Best Hotel in Gramercy Park

Located near Union Square and the Flatiron District, Gramercy feels private and exclusive while offering easy access to New York’s most acclaimed restaurants and nightlife spots.

Gramercy Park Hotel

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This Lexington Avenue institution once hosted Humphrey Bogart’s wedding and is a haven for art and style lovers, steps from scenic Union Square Park. With grand chandeliers and red velvet touches, the Gramercy Park Hotel has a modern, artful vibe.

Don’t miss cocktails in the sexy Rose Bar and dining in celebrity chef Danny Meyer’s Maialino Restaurant. Guests gain access to an impressive art collection featuring works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, room service, dry-cleaning and laundry service, business center and meeting rooms, children’s activities, multilingual staff, and Aesop amenities.

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—Original reporting by Jess Simpson

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