10. The Surrey
This art deco-beaux arts boutique hotel sits on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, tempting travelers to indulge in mouthwatering cuisine at Café Boulud, stroll around the property’s private rooftop garden and sleep soundly in the cozy, intimate accommodations. Each of The Surrey’s salons and suites comes appointed with extravagant extras, such as an iPod docking station, a sleek flat-screen TV, deluxe Sferra bedding and even a fireplace and private terrace (in select rooms). Most recent visitors praised The Surrey’s location and ambiance, noting it exudes a true New York City experience rather than a touristy one.
9. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
This refined Rosewood property is the epitome of 1930s art deco. Although some past visitors were disappointed with the hotel’s white-gloved service staff, others raved about the property’s employees and overall old-world elegance. Overlooking Central Park from its perch on the Upper East Side, The Carlyle shares an address with an eclectic array of high-end galleries and boutiques, not to mention a handful of top-tier restaurants. After you’ve roamed the streets of Manhattan, you can unwind at The Carlyle Restaurant, a high-end dining establishment renowned for its glamorous clientele and exquisite culinary offerings. For a more lively atmosphere, head to Café Carlyle, where classic cabarets are performed regularly. When you’re ready to turn in for the night, relax in your well-equipped accommodations, appointed with Kiehl’s toiletries (a guest favorite), iPod docking stations and fully stocked minibars.
8. The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
This historical Luxury Collection hotel prides itself on blending art deco accents with modern-day accouterments like an on-site Red Door Spa and fitness lounge. Originally built in 1905, the 76-room hotel was renovated in 2010 by architect Thierry Despont. Inside the guest rooms and suites, guests will find 400-thread-count linens, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and rainfall showerheads – all excellent perks, according to recent visitors. Some suites even boast private terraces with New York City views. Plus this five-star hotel earns high marks from travelers for its prime midtown Manhattan location, just steps away from Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Recent patrons also praised the lively Lambs Club Restaurant & Bar; the hotel’s intimate dining establishment has played host to a long list of celebrities and bigwigs, including Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.
7. The Lowell Hotel New York
Perched on the Upper East Side just a couple of blocks from Fifth Avenue’s sleek storefronts, The Lowell Hotel New York provides travelers with easy access to iconic city attractions and venerable department stores. But that’s not the only reason recent guests adore this stylish boutique. The Lowell exudes a serene, elegant ambiance, further enhanced by its calming gold, cream and white color scheme. By New York standards, The Lowell is small (74 rooms and suites); however, many previous travelers call the hotel’s quiet, cozy atmosphere the perfect retreat from the buzzing city blocks. Accommodations come appointed with luxurious extras, such as down comforters, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access – all major perks, according to previous visitors. The refreshing afternoon teatime, complete with Devonshire cream-topped scones and finger sandwiches, takes place in the second-floor Pembroke Room and also earns a nod of approval from recent guests. Keep in mind, Leaders Club members can earn or redeem perks here.
6. The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
Luxury-seekers have a difficult time finding fault with The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. Because of the contemporary panache of its interior and exterior, visitors find themselves in a world of modern luxury. Guests describe the accommodations as well-furnished and incredibly spacious (at least for New York City), though housekeeping services received mixed reviews. Rooms are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, TVs built into the bathroom mirror, deep soaking tubs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Looking for a little more indulgence? Tantalize your taste buds with a meal at Ai Fiori restaurant, which serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. The Langham’s prime location – on Fifth Avenue near the New York Public Library – also appeals to both leisure and business travelers (as well as trendy city-dwellers looking for some respite from Manhattan’s hustle and bustle).
5. The Towers at Lotte New York Palace
Located in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, The Towers at Lotte New York Place impresses visitors with its “incredible” views, “outstanding” customer service and “well-appointed” accommodations. Staying at this property is expensive, but many say you get what you pay for. Standard Tower rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi access, complimentary shoeshines, flat-screen TVs and stocked minibars, among other amenities, while suites boast extra perks like butler service, fireplaces, Miele wine coolers and Nespresso coffee makers. After getting acquainted with your digs, venture out for a treatment at the spa, a workout in the fitness center or a drink in one of three bars and lounges. Breakfast is served daily at Villard Restaurant, and grab-and-go pastries, sandwiches and more are offered at Pomme Palais. For more substantial lunches and dinners, plan on ordering room service or eating at one of many nearby restaurants. When you’re ready to see New York City’s sights, walk a few blocks west to Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
4. Baccarat Hotel New York
Baccarat Hotel takes the age-old style rivalry between New York and Paris and turns it on its head. Instead of declaring a winner, the hotel marries the cities’ renowned aesthetics together, creating a grandeur that delights guests. Walk into any one of the 114 accommodations and you’ll find it decorated in a minimalist white color palette with sleek wooden four-poster beds, marble-topped nightstands and cashmere throws. Grab a drink at the crystal chandelier-clad bar and you’ll be transported to 1920s-era Paris, or get your blood pumping at the fitness center. Whether your preference is old or new, this hotel knows how to do luxury. Along with an indoor pool and gourmet French cuisine, guests can enjoy a chauffeured joy ride anywhere within 15 blocks of the hotel in the property’s house car. The hotel is also home to the Spa de La Mer, which as its name suggests, utilizes the expensive French brand in all of its treatments. But what guests love most is the location: The hotel is four blocks north of Rockefeller Center and five blocks south of Central Park, plus the Museum of Modern Art is across the street.
3. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
This Four Seasons outpost opened in September 2016 and is situated in lower Manhattan. Its location puts guests near the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and offices in the Financial District, making it a popular choice for business travelers. The 189 guest rooms and suites are situated on floors seven through 24 of the building, with large windows offering New York City views. Accommodations are decorated in muted tones of gray and white and are equipped with spacious closets, smart TVs, Bose stereo systems and marble bathrooms that include a separate tub and glass-enclosed shower. Outside the rooms, guests will find a spa, an indoor lap pool and a 24-hour fitness facility, complete with cardio machines, TRX equipment and free weights, plus a yoga studio, chilled towels and fruit. When it’s time for a meal, visitors can head to CUT by Wolfgang Puck for succulent steak or relax and order room service (available 24 hours a day). While many appreciated the amenities at this hotel, several recent travelers said the property and the restaurant are quite expensive.
2. The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel
The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel can be found in New York’s lower Manhattan neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. While the property’s public spaces feature Old World details like Oriental rugs, rich wood paneling and a pyramidal skylight, this Thompson Hotels outpost’s modern guest rooms and suites offer crisp white interiors with custom leather headboards, Carrara marble bathrooms, Asian-inspired lamps and hardwood floors with purple or blue accent rugs. In-room tech amenities include free Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs with digital video recorders. After you’ve settled into your accommodations, grab a bite in one of the two on-site restaurants. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio created Temple Court, the hotel’s signature restaurant, which serves contemporary American dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meanwhile, the Keith McNally-affiliated Augustine restaurant, which opened in November 2016, dishes up brasserie-style meals. Or, if you’d like a light dinner alongside specialty libations, visit the Alley Cat lounge in the once-hidden cellar. You can also listen to DJs and musicians at this venue. Overall, past guests enjoyed the hotel’s food, service and classic yet trendy vibe, though some complained that rooms could use more outlets and better lighting.
- The St. Regis New York
The St. Regis, a landmark hotel set in midtown Manhattan, prides itself on its sophisticated setting and high level of customer service. Recent travelers said the hotel offers the perfect combination of old-world glamour and modern conveniences, reflected in the opulent silk wall coverings, custom-made furnishings and rich blue accents found in each of its 238 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Inside the accommodations, guests will also find Bose sound systems, Remède toiletries and airy floor-to-ceiling windows, among other features. Visitors also suggest indulging in a refreshing cocktail at King Cole Bar. A stay here will cost a pretty penny, but if you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, rest assured that you can earn or redeem privileges, like complimentary nights, for choosing to stay here.