New York City
Hotels in New York City
As a year-round hub for travelers on every budget, hotels in New York city appeal to all tastes and budgets, from the charming boutique hotels located in trendy neighborhoods like the West Village or TriBeCa to the megalithic high-rises that accommodate tourists in Midtown Manhattan. Travelers can also choose from the tried-and-true staple chains such as Sofitel, Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton, which have locations scattered throughout the city and cater to a range of budgets. For world-famous luxury accommodations with all the amenities, book a room at the Waldorf Astoria, the Four Seasons or The Plaza – they’re some of the most famous hotels in New York City so a stay might cost thousands a night, but you’ll be rewarded with sumptuous accommodations and incredible views over Park Avenue or Central Park.
Other Travel + Leisure favorites include the St. Regis, a Beaux-Arts beauty that houses the bar that invented the Bloody Mary, the Ritz-Carlton, which overlooks Central Park and offers outrageously luxurious amenities like a “tech butler,” a gemologist, and an award-winning concierge team, and the Mandarin Oriental, which gives the Four Seasons a run for its money with its sleek, modern design, opulent Asian-inspired décor and a 14,500 square-foot spa that offers treatments like ayurvedic scalp stimulation and Thai yoga massage. After all, there’s a reason New York City hotels are known for their luxury.
As sumptuous and plush as the Four Seasons (a few blocks away) is slick and modern, the popular MO occupies the 35th through the 54th floors of the Time Warner Center at the southwest corner of Central Park.
Opened in September, 2010, this Modernist addition to SoHo has a permanent art collection and 114 rooms with natural linen bedding and reclaimed-wood floors. We love wall-size murals by area artists.
One of the few independent hotels left in Manhattan, this 142-room bijou is cherished by Europeans (and savvy celebrities) for its intimacy and attentive staff.
You're on your own at this hip approximation of a Victorian pied-à-terre, but that's one of its selling points. Checking in means ringing the buzzer so a staff member can come up from the basement and hand you the key.
Situated within a mile and a half of Central Park, Times Square, and the theatre district, this 17-story hotel is ideal for visitors seeking a convenient location and affordable rates. The 597 rooms are basic but clean and comfortable, and all of them are large by New York standards.
This striking, 46-story property is within walking distance of Lower Manhattan neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village and SoHo. Public spaces are dramatically designed: the two-story lobby has Venetian-plaster columns and discreet leather seating.
Built in 1903, the Mansfield Hotel is located just a few blocks from Times Square and was the home of reputed Great Gatsby inspiration Max von Gerlach.
A stylish classic, the Carlyle gets all the details right—from the chessboard floors and (still-working!) mail chutes to the new Empire Suite, a cashmere-walled, $15,000-a-night duplex designed by Thierry Despont and curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Formerly Jumeirah Essex House
This iconic Park Avenue hotel is located in midtown, just two blocks from Central Park. Inside, the high-ceilinged lobby is decorated with marble pillars and oversize armchairs, while the 354 guest rooms contain silk wallpaper, granite-top desks, and doeskin bathrobes.
Of the same vintage as the neighboring St. Regis (both hotels were built between 1904 and 1905), the Peninsula has retained its decorative Beaux-Arts façade—but inside, old-world grandeur meets streamlined modernity.
André Balazs understands that stellar views in New York City have less to do with the height of a building than with its context.
One of the most anticipated new hotels in the city, the Mondrian SoHo opened its 270 rooms in February 2011. It’s an odd mix of 18th-century elegance and postmodern New Yawk—designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz said he was inspired by Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête.
Situated directly across from Central Park in the center of midtown Manhattan, this grand-scale boutique hotel has a sumptuous feel, from its opulent lobby that was modeled after the Vatican Library to its intricate mosaic floors and manned elevators.
Accessed via an private entrance off 50th Street, the Waldorf Towers hotel occupies floors 27 through 42 of the famed Waldorf=Astoria, an Art Deco landmark constructed in 1931.