These 16 Hotels Have the Best Views in New York City

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Mandarin Oriental New York Columbus Circle View
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New York City has a lot of, well, everything, and that also extends to its hotel inventory. As of 2022, NYC boasts a whopping 120,000 hotel rooms spread across the five boroughs, which means that there is certainly a hotel out there for even the most exacting of travelers who want a Central Park view or bust. The flip side of that statement, of course, is that not every hotel will afford guests that Instagrammable moment right outside their window. Even some of the city’s premier properties might still have rooms with views of a brick wall or a rather lackluster street scene.

But luckily, we’ve done the research to scope out the hotels with the absolute best views of New York City. From grande dames that look out onto Central Park South to properties in locations you may have never considered (we’re looking at you, John F. Kennedy International Airport), read on to discover the 16 best New York City hotels for a room with a view.

Hotels with the Best Views of NYC in 2022

Editor’s Pick: Mandarin Oriental, New York

Mandarin Oriental New York Suite
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Why We Chose It

Find stunning views over Central Park and some of the city’s most luxe rooms, all in a convenient location at Columbus Circle.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: No, $15 per day
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Indoor pool, fitness center, Diptyque bath products in rooms

Hotel Description

Located on the 35th to 54th floors, not only are these some of New York City’s highest hotel rooms, but nowhere else commands such jaw-dropping Central Park skyscapes as those at the Mandarin Oriental. And while the floor-to-ceiling windows and views alone are worth the considerable daily rate, the hotel is also known for its high-touch service, crisp Italian bed linens, and incredibly central location at Columbus Circle. Don’t miss having afternoon tea or an evening cocktail at the MO Lounge; the panoramic windows above Columbus Circle are a unique treat.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge 

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park New York
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Why We Chose It

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a sustainable, greenery-filled hotel in Brooklyn Heights with gorgeous views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $42 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Audi house car for guest use, rooftop pool and bar, holistic Bamford Wellness Spa

Hotel Description

Brooklyn Heights may not be the most popular destination when it comes to hotels, but for travelers looking for an oasis of green amidst the urban jungle, few properties compare to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Located directly in front of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the rooms feature enormous, floor-to-ceiling windows, many with truly jaw-dropping views of the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Those looking for frame-worthy shots should book either the Bridge King or Bridge Suite for views of the (you guessed it) Brooklyn Bridge, or the Liberty King or Liberty Suite for views of the Statue of Liberty.

Aman New York

Aman New York swimming pool
Aman New York

Why We Chose It

The most luxurious hotel to open in New York City — maybe ever — with views overlooking the iconic Fifth Avenue, plus a world-class spa.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None 
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

All rooms have a functioning fireplace; two private Spa Houses; on-site music venue the Jazz Club.

Hotel Description

Few hotel openings have made a splash in this city the way Aman New York did when it finally opened its doors in 2022. Housed in the famed Crown Building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the rooms here feel as if they’re on a different planet from the hectic streets below. Not only is it pin-drop quiet, but it also features large windows with lovely views of the classic and elegant buildings of Fifth Avenue. Guests can also take advantage of a year-round outdoor terrace on the 14th floor; while it affords plenty of scenic skyscape views, outdoor landscaping and wooden slats allow guests to maintain privacy from the surrounding buildings.

The Dominick Hotel

Dominick Hotel New York
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Why We Chose It

One of Soho’s most luxurious bolt holes, with spacious suites and penthouses commanding beautiful views from high floors.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $45 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Seasonal outdoor pool with cabanas; Babor Signature Spa; dogs (up to 25 pounds) allowed

Hotel Description

With hotel rooms on the 27th to 44th floor, not only are the sky-high views here a luxury for downtown Manhattan, but they rival some of the tallest hotels in Midtown as well. The upper floors in particular command some of the choicest panoramas in all of Manhattan, and the Dominick Duplex Penthouse has views of everything from the Empire State Building to the Hudson River. Guests can also take advantage of Terrace on 7, an outdoor relaxation hub with a seasonal pool, loungers, and cabanas, all with views of Soho.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown 

Four Seasons New York Empire Suite

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Why We Chose It

Chic and modern rooms — with incredibly comfortable beds — are located at the intersection of some of NYC’s most visited neighborhoods.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Heated, indoor pool, fitness center, spa with 111Skin and Augustinus Bader products

Hotel Description

Housed inside one of the tallest buildings in Lower Manhattan, it’s no surprise that the sleek and elegant rooms at the Four Seasons boast some of the most panoramic views below 14th Street. The suites are also notable for their size: The Oculus suite, with a bird’s-eye view of Santiago Calatrava’s similarly named sculpture, has enough room for a walk-in closet, an extra-deep soaking tub, and a dining table for four. And for even more space, look into the Empire Suite; at 2,400 square feet, it’s bigger than most NYC apartments and has sweeping views of Lower Manhattan all the way up to Midtown.

Graduate Roosevelt Island

Interior and exterior views of the Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island in NYC
Steve Freihon Photography

Why We Chose It

As the only hotel on Roosevelt Island, the views at this playful property are truly unparalleled.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

5,000 square-feet of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to peruse; 24-hour fitness center; pet-friendly

Hotel Description

It’s true that New Yorkers don’t frequent Roosevelt Island all that often, but the relatively new Graduate Hotel has certainly piqued the interest of both locals and tourists alike. Since opening in 2021 as the only hotel on Roosevelt Island, it’s won fans for both its funky, retro-chic decor, and the unobstructed views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Grabbing a drink at the Panorama Room, the hotel’s 18th-floor bar and lounge, is also a must; the 360-degree views of the city skyline are fantastic.

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

A guest room terrace at The Langham, New York
Michael Weber/Courtesy of The Langham, New York

Why We Chose It

Find some of Manhattan’s largest hotel rooms in one of the city’s most convenient locations, and with up-close-and-personal views of The Empire State Building. 

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Fitness center, bookable in-room Champagne cart, complimentary The Langham Club privileges for certain room categories

Hotel Description

Aside from having the best-smelling lobby in all of NYC (and being number five on the Best New York City Hotels), The Langham has won legions of fans for its top-notch food at Ai Fiori and its oversized, apartment-like rooms. The hotel’s location across from the Empire State Building makes it an ideal spot to book for architecture lovers. Insider tip: The Empire State Presidential Suite on the 27th floor has the best views in the hotel, but for something a little less pricey, ask for room 2404, a One Bedroom Empire Suite.

Moxy Lower East Side 

Moxy Lower East Side NYC Executive Corner King Dusk

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Why We Chose It

One of the city’s newest hotels on the ever-vibrant Lower East Side, this sleek property also boasts some of the most panoramic downtown views.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $30 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

24-hour gym, indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, coworking spaces

Hotel Description

The idea of a shiny, new hotel on the Lower East Side may still be a head-scratcher for some lifelong New Yorkers, but once inside the quirky Moxy property, it’s apparent that the hotel pays homage to the artistic roots of the neighborhood. Unlike other smaller properties nearby, the hotel’s height affords it a better vantage point to scope out downtown from your room. Some rooms, like the Executive King, have views as far north as The Empire State Building and all the way south to One World Trade Center; all of which can be captured brilliantly through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Pierre, NY, a Taj Hotel

View from a guest room at The Pierre - a Taj Hotel
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Why We Chose It

A legendary and elegant Upper East Side haunt with some of the best views of Central Park in all of Manhattan.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $34.43 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Live jazz music at Two E, Suite Reyad hair salon, babysitting services

Hotel Description

Perhaps the only feature of The Pierre that’s more beautiful than its neoclassical exterior is the insane views of Central Park from its high-floor rooms. Those looking for a proper bird’s-eye view of the famed NYC landmark should opt for one of the suites; our favorites include the one-bedroom Park Suite or the Deluxe Grand Suite, which both have Central Park and city skyline views. And for tranquil street-level views, grab a meal at in-house and sustainably sourced restaurant Perrine, which is directly across from the Park.

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel
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Why We Chose It

The Plaza is one of the most centrally located hotels in the city (and one of the most famous), with views over storied Fifth Avenue and Central Park.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $60 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Guerlain Spa, Warren Tricomi salon, 24-hour fitness center

Hotel Description

We like to think of The Plaza as a Goldilocks hotel: Its location, service, and rooms are “just right” for many types of travelers. And at number 10 on our Best Hotels of New York City list, we think you’ll agree, too. Of course, it’s also perhaps the most renowned hotel in all of NYC, which makes staying here — with all the decades of history swirling around you — a special treat. Located at the southern corner of Central Park, request a room with a Park view; our favorite is the Carnegie Partial Park View One-Bedroom Suite. At 1,000 square feet, the rooms are enormous, and also come with butler service and fresh flowers.

PUBLIC Hotel

Marriott Marquis New York
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Why We Chose It

A sexy, lively hotel in the hip neighborhood of the Lower East Side, with rooms boasting enormous windows and expansive views.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $35 per day
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

The Roof rooftop bar with live DJs, 24-hour gym, holistic wellness program available for guests

Hotel Description

Nightlife impresario Ian Schrager is behind this sleek hotel on the Lower East Side, whose public spaces have become some of the neighborhood’s most buzzy spots to grab dinner or a cocktail. But upstairs, the sleek, blond wood-paneled rooms (each with floor-to-ceiling windows)  are Zen-like in their minimalism. The views here are best seen in bed and show off the bustling Lower East Side and Midtown’s skyline. The Loft Great View room has an especially great corner view of the city, thanks to the extra windows. Make time to grab a drink at The Roof bar,  which features stunning 360-degree views of the neighborhood.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

Madison Suite Guestroom at The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

Why We Chose It

NoMad’s newest and most sought-after property, with a sky-high bar that boasts unparalleled views.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Ritz-Carlton Spa with Augustinus Bader products, 24-hour gym, Frette linens

Hotel Description

This swanky hotel finally brings a true luxury property to the now fully revitalized NoMad neighborhood. All rooms on high floors here (ask for a Manhattan or Skyline room on floors 23 to 33) have expansive views over downtown Manhattan. Each one faces out in the same direction, so all have incredibly photogenic vistas of landmarks like The Flatiron Building and One World Trade Center. Equally worth a visit for the views and drinks is Nubeluz, the hotel’s rooftop bar perched 500 feet above the street, which has a menu curated by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés.

The Standard, High Line

The Standard, High Line

The Standard, High Line

Why We Chose It

In an uber-cool location on the border of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and the West Village, find rooms that have a prime view of the High Line.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $34 per day
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

24-hour gym, biergarten on the first floor, Peloton bikes in the fitness center

Hotel Description

Every one of the 338 hotel rooms at The Standard, High Line boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the High Line and the Hudson River. There’s no doubt that this downtown hotel is a favorite for those who want to gaze upon the city. Apart from the views in the rooms (ask for one with a bathtub, if available), The Standard is also known for its world-class bars and clubs; Le Bain and The Rooftop are a must-see for anyone looking for a late-night good time with cityscape views to match.

The Times Square EDITION

Edition hotel NY
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Why We Chose It

A design-forward hotel in the middle of Times Square that still feels like an urban oasis.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $35 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

24-hour gym, Paradise Club with live DJ performances, Le Labo bath products

Hotel Description

While many New Yorkers avoid spending time in Times Square due to the tourist crowds and never-ending traffic, The Times Square EDITION is actually a New Yorker-approved spot. You’ll find locals enjoying a drink at its chic bars or catching late-night music at Paradise Club, but those who book a room are even luckier. The City View rooms in particular, with their floor-to-ceiling window access onto Times Square and Midtown, possess one of the best vantage points in the city. And when the weather is temperate, we also recommend a casual meal or cocktail at chef John Fraser’s The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens.

TWA Hotel

TWA Hotel-TWA_David Mitchell_0619_Howard Hughes Suite with Runway View
Courtesy of TWA Hotel

Why We Chose It

An airport hotel you’ll actually want to stay in, with incredible views of the planes taking off, to boot.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Martini bar in room, rooftop pool, Connie the cocktail lounge (inside a 1958 Lockheed Constellation "Connie" airplane)

Hotel Description

We almost can’t believe we’re recommending a hotel at JFK Airport, but once you step inside the 1960s time capsule that is the TWA Hotel, you’ll understand why. Housed inside Eero Saarinen’s famed 1962 TWA Flight Center, this hotel is retro in the best possible way — think a Twister Room and lots of plush red fabric — while filled with all the modern conveniences you need. And if you’re a plane nerd, there is nowhere better to spend the night. We recommend booking a Runway View room to be up close and personal with the planes taking off from Terminal 5.

The William Vale

View of NYC from The William Vale hotel
Read McKendree/Courtesy of The William Vale

Why We Chose It

Williamsburg’s most action-packed (and only true luxury) hotel features dreamy views of the East River and Manhattan’s skyline.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25 per day
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Balcony in every room, outdoor pool, seasonal ice rink

Hotel Description

As number three on T+L’s World Best Awards for New York City hotels, it’s no secret that The William Vale is one of our readers’ favorite hotels in all of the Big Apple. But apart from its uber-chic rooms (and even chicer crowd), this Williamsburg spot also has some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. And, with every room equipped with a balcony, it’s that much easier to survey the happenings down below in the bustling neighborhood or take amazing panoramic shots of Manhattan from across the river. We also love the views and the vibe on the 22nd floor at rooftop bar Westlight; go during sunset.

Final Verdict


There is not just one good view from a hotel room in New York City; part of the beauty of this city is that the landscape can change seemingly every block. But for the best city skyline and Central Park vantage points, our winner is the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Not only are these rooms some of the highest in NYC, but the hotel itself is known for its sumptuous and comfortable decor and attentive service.

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing for New York City hotels is quite dependent on the time of year. You will pay a hefty premium between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, for example, but prices will drop dramatically for January and February. Of course, those are the coldest months of the year, so make sure to bring plenty of layers.
  • Beware of traversing crowded areas like Midtown Manhattan by taxi during rush hour; gridlock is almost a given. New York is a city meant to be explored by foot, the easiest way to get from point A to point B is often either by walking or by subway. Plus, it allows you to discover cafes and boutiques you never would have stumbled upon otherwise (this is especially true in many downtown neighborhoods, with their charming, winding streets).
  • Check out our New York City travel guide for even more ideas. 

How We Chose These Hotels

To choose the New York City hotels with the best views, we started with a list of over two dozen of the city’s premier properties. We combed through guest reviews, visited hotels to check out the views for ourselves, and queried our network of travel advisors, travel editors, and the most pickiest of our frequent-traveling friends. In addition to the views themselves, we also took into account metrics like the hotel’s location, its reputation, the number of amenities available (like an on-site spa or gym), and its interior design and architecture. Our choices, therefore, not only provide postcard-perfect views but are hotels we would gladly recommend based on their other stellar features.

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