New York's Best New Hotels
Jesse Harris, Courtesy of The James New York
From Times Square to Wall Street, Manhattan’s hotel scene is booming. Here are the best of the
Big Apple’s new arrivals.
Luggage carts repurposed into
clothing racks, a daily Best-Dressed Guest contest, and bedside tables modeled
after sewing stands—if this sounds like a hotel fit for Heidi Klum, that’s
because it is: at New
York’s style-centric Fashion
26 hotel, which opened in the Garment District in April, models can book
one of the 280 rooms for a discounted rate, as can professors from the nearby
Fashion Institute of Technology.
The current recession may
have been tough on U.S. tourism (hotel occupancy was down almost 9 percent in
2009—and that’s compared to the already dismal figures of 2008, according to
research by Travelzoo), but in the Big Apple, business has never been better.
More than 6,800 rooms are slated to come onto the market in 2010, and in the
past few months at least a dozen new properties have joined the Manhattan scene.
“What’s incredible is the
diversity of where these hotels are located,” says Chris Heywood of NYC & Company, the city’s tourism
authority. “They’re all around the island—in Chelsea and Nolita and lower Manhattan. Finally, visitors are able to stay in lesser-known enclaves and get to know the
real New York.”
Neighborhoods are indeed a
good way to pick your digs, since there are so many options to choose from.
Prefer the cool factor of downtown? Try the James, a
Modernist property in SoHo with a permanent art collection, multilevel “urban
garden” (swimming pool included), and 114 eco-friendly guest rooms with
Guests can also choose their
hotels by interest. Fashion 26 lures style mavens, while theater fans may opt
for the stately Chatwal,
Square (and just steps from virtually every musical in town). A $95 million
renovation converted the Lambs Club—an early 20th-century actors’
hangout designed by Stanford White—into this 88-room Empire Deco gem, which
recalls Broadway’s golden era with rich oak paneling and terrazzo floors in the
lobby, and vintage-luggage-inspired wardrobes in the sleeping quarters.
Plus, with most of these new
hotels offering introductory rates for the first few months, there is, quite
literally, no better time than the present to visit Manhattan.