Whether uptown or downtown — or anywhere in between — the top properties in New York offer something for everyone.
New York is the ultimate hotel town. For any trip you’re looking to have — from a quiet, art-focused few days on the Upper East Side to a packed weekend full of checking out the buzziest restaurants and shops on the Lower East Side — there’s a corresponding hotel. And while almost every big chain in the world is represented in New York City, it’s also full of smaller independent and boutique properties, and it’s those that particularly resonated with readers this year.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities.
For an old-school New York atmosphere (complete with crystal chandeliers and European oil paintings), readers loved Hotel Elysée — which is within walking distance to MoMA and Central Park. “Staff is superb, always there when you need them and never hovering,” said one reader. Just blocks from Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, Archer impressed our readers with its whimsical design (highlighted by subtle pops of green and maroon fabrics) and its Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant. Several readers also cited the Empire State Building views.
Two other properties, the Peninsula and the Greenwich, stand out for their superior spas, which offer some of the city’s best facials and massages. At the Greenwich, guests can unwind by a lantern-lit swimming pool that is covered by the roof of a 250-year-old wood-and-bamboo farmhouse brought over from Japan. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, which is set in a restored 1881 landmark in the revitalized Financial District, was a four-year-labor of love — but it was definitely worth the wait. Just one year after opening, the property has made our World’s Best list. “This beautiful Gilded Age building has been lovingly restored to perfection,” said one fan. “Plush guest rooms and two of New York’s best restaurateurs, Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio, have set up shop at the hotel. What a gem.”