By Rachel Felder
December 02, 2013

Manhattan’s latest crop of boutique properties have one thing in common: classic styling with a modern twist.

High Line Hotel
Location: Occupies a slice of the 1895 Gothic-style General Theological Seminary, in Chelsea.
Ideal For: High Line explorers; gallery-hoppers.
Nod to the Past: Original stained-glass windows; well-worn handwoven carpets.
What We Love: A desktop stationery embosser to personalize postcards and envelopes.
Choice Bite: Cult bakery Mah Ze Dahr’s caramel-oatmeal bars, served from the hotel’s 1963 Citroën van parked by the entrance.
Smallest Room: 275 square feet.
Details: 180 10th Ave. $$$

Jade Hotel
Location: Brick-clad building on a prime Greenwich Village block, equidistant from the Village Vanguard, Bleecker Street, and Washington Square.
Ideal For: Music nostalgics; visiting NYU parents.
Nod to the Past: Vintage photos of the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol; old-school rotary phones.
What We Love: A library of art books, curated by Maker magazine, beside the lobby fireplace.
Choice Bite: Cocoa-cinnamon-braised short ribs at Grape & Vine.
Smallest Room: 225 square feet.
Details: 52 W. 13th St. $$

The Marlton Hotel
Location: Notorious Greenwich Village flophouse—Jack Kerouac and Lenny Bruce were guests—redone by hip hotelier Sean MacPherson.
Ideal For: Stylistas with a tight budget (and not much luggage: rooms are tiny).
Nod to the Past: Weathered marble floors in the lobby; ornate moldings in guest rooms.
What We Love: Lighting fixtures inspired by 1920’s designer Serge Mouille.
Choice Bite: Croissants and café au lait at Parisian-style Café Marlton.
Smallest Room: 100 square feet.
Details: 5 W. Eighth St. $$

Refinery Hotel
Location: The 1912 edifice in the Fashion District once housed hat factories on its top floors and a ladies-who-lunch tearoom in the lobby.
Ideal For: Fashion execs; seekers of non-touristy midtown zones.
Nod to the Past: Wooden writing desks designed to look like old sewing machine tables.
What We Love: Cocktails conceived by a molecular biologist and former NASA consultant.
Choice Bite: Lamb burger with goat cheese and harissa aioli at Parker & Quinn.
Smallest Room: 250 square feet.
Details: 63 W. 38th St. $$$

Viceroy New York (pictured)
Location: New build in Midtown West, down the block from Carnegie Hall, with a retro design by heritage-chic specialists Roman & Williams.
Ideal For: Trend-conscious business travelers.
Nod to the Past: Black and white tiles with scarlet grouting; multipaned windows; brass hardware.
What We Love: A rooftop bar from Gerber Group with expansive views of Central Park.
Choice Bite: Roasted scallops with guanciale at chef Marc Murphy’s Kingside restaurant.
Smallest Room: 250 square feet.
Details: 120 W. 57th St. $$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000