New York City may be the city that never sleeps, but we all need some time for rest—so picking the right hotel is essential to a successful vacation in the Big Apple. Whether you’re looking for a quiet hotel where you can escape from the city’s bright lights and loud noises or a lively property that will put you in the middle of it all, New York City has the perfect hotel for you.
We’ve rounded up the best hotels to stay at in each of New York City’s five boroughs, with a range of options for all price points and interests. These are the best hotels in New York City.
Best New York City Hotels: Manhattan
First-time visitors to New York City should stay in Manhattan, where you’ll have easy access to everything—thanks to the city’s stellar public transportation system and simple grid design (which makes walking everywhere easy, even without a map… at least above Lower Manhattan).
The Knickerbocker Hotel
Despite its Times Square location, The Knickerbocker is a quiet oasis in the busy city. Housed in a New York City-landmark designated Beaux-Art building, this boutique hotel features modern rooms along with a few historic touches. Guest rooms are solidly soundproofed, so you can admire bustling Times Square from above—and then close the blackout blinds and feel like you’re sleeping in the middle of the countryside.
Aloft Manhattan Downtown Financial District
Manhattan’s Financial District is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a cheap hotel in New York City. You can find amazing hotel deals here, especially on weekends, and the neighborhood offers easy access to the Statue of Liberty, city cruises, and plenty of subway lines. Rooms at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown Financial District feel spacious with big windows and 9-foot high ceilings. The hotel’s 24-hour grab-and-go cafe is convenient for quickly getting snacks or a coffee any time of day or night.
Ritz-Carlton Central Park
For a romantic getaway or treat yourself splurge, you can’t do better than the Ritz-Carlton Central Park. This luxurious hotel has an iconic location right outside Central Park, and most rooms feature panoramic windows with incredible views of Manhattan’s skyline and Central Park.
A stay at Dream Midtown will perfectly position you within walking distance of iconic New York City sites and neighborhoods, including Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and more. However, with Dream’s numerous dining and nightlife options, you might not want to tear yourself away from the hotel. Enjoy dinner at the Italian restaurant Serafina, have a drink with a side of skyline views on the all-season rooftop PHD Terrace, enjoy a craft cocktail at The Rickey Lounge, or bowl a round at the game room/bar Fishbowl.
The Langham New York Fifth Avenue
Thanks to its prime Fifth Avenue location, The Langham New York offers rooms with Empire State Building views. Outdoor space is a premium in Manhattan, but you’ll find it in abundance at this hotel. Book a Deluxe Room With Terrace or a Junior Suite With Terrace to have your own private patio to relax on. Families and extended-stay travelers (or anyone who doesn’t want to eat out for every single meal) will appreciate The Langham’s many room options that feature full kitchens with Miele appliances.
Fitness devotees and wellness travelers need look no further for the perfect New York City hotel—famed luxury gym chain Equinox has expanded into the hotel industry, with the Equinox Hotel New York. Set across from the eye-catching modern art Vessel sculpture in the trendy Hudson Yards neighborhood, the Equinox Hotel bills itself as “The Fittest Hotel on Earth,” and in-room on-demand workouts, foam rollers, and yoga mats, certainly back up that claim.
Hotel pools are few and far between in New York City, so if you’re looking to do some laps or simply relax and float, the Equinox is a great choice, with a 25-yard indoor saltwater lap pool and outdoor pool overlooking the skyline and Hudson River.
W New York Union Square
If you’ve visited New York City’s Union Square before, you’ll likely recognize The W New York Union Square. Located in the 1922 Beaux-Arts Guardian Life Building, the hotel’s famous red W sign has been a landmark of the city for many years.
This trendy hotel doesn’t skimp on space, with suites ranging in size from 440 square feet to 650 square feet.
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side
A clean and affordable hotel is hard to find in New York City, but the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side offers a cheap and cheerful stay in a non-touristy neighborhood. Modern rooms feature comfortable beds and a decent amount of space for a Manhattan hotel. There’s even a fitness center on-site that’s equipped with a sauna and steam room to unwind after a long day of walking around the city.
The Standard, High Line
If you’ve ever walked on the High Line, you’ve probably gazed jealously at The Standard Hotel. With floor-to-ceiling windows in every room overlooking the High Line, Hudson River, and city, it’s clear that this hotel offers incredible views. Head up to the top floor of the hotel for sunsets and late-night parties at Le Bain, or venture out to the open-air rooftop for drinks and crêpes.
Best New York City Hotels: Queens
Queens is often overlooked by visitors to New York City, but for travelers in the know, this diverse neighborhood is a great place to stay for a more local experience. The secret is already out for foodies, who flock to the area for authentic Asian food in Flushing and delicious Greek cuisine in Astoria. Here are the best hotels in Queens.
The Collective Paper Factory
Once a paper factory, now a modern hotel, this Long Island City hotel offers 125 unique rooms outfitted with reclaimed furniture and colorful art. Planning a long stay or working remotely? The Collective Paper Factory features plenty of communal working space, plus desks and fast (free) WiFi in all rooms.
The Parc Hotel
By staying just a few miles outside of Manhattan, you can save big money on hotels. For example, The Parc Hotel in Flushing, Queens is a quick walk from the 7 train (that will have you in Times Square in no time). Another bonus of staying in Queens: You’ll get Manhattan views, like the ones found at The Parc Hotel’s A+ Rooftop Bar.
Driving into New York City? The Parc Hotel has some of the cheapest parking in the city, at $25 a day for guests.
The One Boutique Hotel
Looking for an affordable spa getaway in New York City? Book a stay at The One Boutique Hotel, which is a sister company to the famous Spa Castle (a sprawling complex with outdoor hydrotherapy pools, multiple sauna rooms, and plenty of treatments to choose from). Hotel guests get a $30 Spa Castle voucher included with their stay.
Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport
Have an early or late flight out of JFK Airport? Book a room at the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport to eliminate stress. Located less than a mile from the airport, the hotel runs a free shuttle for guests. An onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Starbucks coffee so you don’t have to settle for airport food.
Best New York City Hotels: Brooklyn
If you’re looking for a cooler (and more local) vibe for your New York City vacation, book a stay in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Bonus: You’ll find more space and better deals in this borough.
The famously hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg is packed full of trendy bars, restaurants, and shops, and makes a great base for a unique vacation. The Pod Hotel chain is known for its budget prices, and Pod Brooklyn is one of its cheapest locations. All of the rooms at Pod Brooklyn have en suite bathrooms, free WiFi, and workspaces.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
With rooms starting at 300 square feet, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most spacious options in New York City. The hotel lives up to its name with many rooms offering stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge—and you’ll find local details throughout the property, such as furnishings made by local artisans. Some of the rooms, like the Skyline 1 Bedroom Suite, even feature in-room hammocks so you can admire the views in comfort.
Hotel Le Bleu
Hotel Le Bleu makes our list of the best hotels in New York City for one reason—free parking. In a city where a garage can cost over $100 a day, complimentary parking is a valuable amenity. (However, note that there are a limited number of spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis, so free parking isn’t guaranteed.)
The Box House Hotel
Situated in Brooklyn’s lively Greenpoint neighborhood, The Box House Hotel offers easy access to both the subway and the East River Ferry—not to mention all the amenities and attractions found within Greenpoint itself. Previously a door and window manufacturing facility, The Box House Hotel now features 126 spacious lofts and suites. Looking for a good hotel for groups? Rent one of The Box House’s apartments that can sleep up to six people and offers fully-equipped kitchens.
Best New York City Hotels: The Bronx
Located right above Manhattan, The Bronx is one of the cheapest neighborhoods to stay in that still offers easy access via the subway (or walking) to New York City’s most popular attractions.
Best Western Plus Stadium Inn
In New York City to catch a Yankees game? Skip the crowded subway and walk to the game when you book a room at the Best Western Plus Stadium Inn, which is located just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. You’ll find great deals on rooms here, leaving you with enough money to actually be able to afford a ticket to the game.
The Opera House Hotel
Formerly the Bronx Opera House, The Opera House Hotel has been lovingly transformed into a landmark hotel in the South Bronx. All rooms feature helpful amenities including a microwave and refrigerator, plus a desk and work chair.
The Residence Inn By Marriott New York The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium
This Residence Inn is another New York City hotel that offers free parking to guests—so if you’re driving into the city (especially from the north) this is a great choice. Breakfast is also included in the affordable price, making this a prime option for a budget stay. Pets are allowed at this hotel as well. Designed for extended stays, all rooms at The Residence Inn feature fully-equipped kitchens.
Best New York City Hotels: Staten Island
Staten Island is an easy ferry ride (or drive) away from Manhattan. New Yorkers know that the best value scenic cruise of the city is the Staten Island Ferry, which is free—and passes by the Statue of Liberty on the way to and from Manhattan.
Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West
Free self-parking, free high-speed WIFi, and free breakfast add up to make a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West a budget-friendly one. Running late in the morning? The hotel even offers breakfast-to-go bags that you can take on the road with you. A location near the Empire Outlets, Richmond County Sports Complex, and Susan E. Wagner College puts you in a great spot on Staten Island.
Hilton Garden Inn New York Staten Island
In need of a nature escape? Staten Island’s William T Davis Wildlife Refuge is one of New York City’s most underrated parks (it’s only 30 acres smaller than Central Park). Stay nearby at the Hilton Garden Inn New York Staten Island which offers easy access to the refuge, along with free parking and pet-friendly rooms.
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