New York City

Hotels in New York City

People are still buzzing about the “new Brooklyn,” where each artisan establishment seems to out-craft the next. And the Wythe—near the Williamsburg riverfront—has become the crown jewel of the borough’s renaissance.

 mar 17Stylish and compact, this former members-only club is a well-designed secret among midtown hotels. The 65 smallish rooms have combed-plaster walls, chocolate-marble showers, and Honduran mahogany accents; TV's placed behind two-way mirrors are clever space-savers.

Who would stock a Manhattan mini-bar with a harmonica and furnish a bathroom with denim bathrobes?

It didn't reinvent New York's downtown hotel scene the way the Soho Grand and the Mercer did—it came later, in 2001—but this hyperdesigned, esoteric 97-room enclave has still managed to up the exclusivity ante in an already exclusive neighborhood.

Located in the Upper West Side between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, the 16-story Hotel Excelsior overlooks the verdant park, the Hayden Planetarium, and the Museum of Natural History, which is only a five-minute walk away.

Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Omni Berkshire Place is one block from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and two blocks from New York’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza.

In a landmark building on the Upper East Side, The Mark has been reimagined by French designer Jacques Grange as a soigné retreat. The striking black-and-white, Op Art lobby announces this is no longer a frumpy enclave for ladies who lunch.

The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel is located at the core of the Big Apple.

Situated in the 1926 Taft Hotel building, a 22-story Spanish Renaissance—style structure on Seventh Avenue, this Italian-inspired hotel is just a four-minute walk from Times Square.

A cross between a bed and breakfast (except there’s no breakfast) and a hostel, East Village Bed & Coffee is the creation of Anne Edris. Since Edris has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 24 years, she provides a wealth of information for out-of-towners on the best local dives and sights.

Less glamorous than the Carlyle and less fanciful than the Plaza Athénée, the Lowell at first seems more conservative than its genteel Upper East Side neighbors.

Founded by native Italians Margherita and Saffo, Bravo Holiday Residences manages a collection of villas for vacation rentals in Italy. The company rents villas in some of Italy’s most famous and picturesque regions, including the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany.

This comfortably chic hotel holds a prime location—flanked by Times Square and Fifth Avenue—and adds its soaring 48 floors to the already magnificent New York City skyline. Built from the ground up, this new property strikes a cosmopolitan pose in midtown.

Since opening in late 2006, the London may have received less press than its Gordon Ramsay-run in-house restaurant, but this elegant, all-suite hotel justly deserves its own following.