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New York City hotels

When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake.
- David Frost

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It's expensive to stay in Manhattan, where space is at a premium and $300/night counts as "reasonable." Beware Craigslist rentals; we know of a dozen smart travelers who have been scammed.

Abingdon Guest House

  • West Village, Cozy, $$$$ $
  • 13 Eighth Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10014
  • +1-212-243-5384
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Charming inns are scarce in NYC. The style befits the West Village brownstone aesthetic. In other words, don't expect every amenity, but do expect old and quirky charm. Best room: Ambassador.

Ace Hotel

The city's blogerati make the clubby, arty lobby their daytime office and happy hour haunt. The rooms brim with charming retro-mod touches like record players and pencil sharpeners. Access to Breslin and John Dory restos a plus.

Andaz Fifth Avenue

The rooms are large, modern, and serene; the public spaces are numerous, welcoming, and cool. Local touches include books from the New York Public Library, and pastrami from Katz's Deli. 

Bowery Hotel

Old world opulence meets modern temperment. There's a swank lobby (velvet sofas, roaring fires, opulent carpets), lofty suites (marble bathrooms, views of the East Village),  and a true downtown scene (models, actors, designers).

The Broome

  • SOHO, Cozy, $$$$ $$$$
  • 431 Broome St.
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-431-2929
  • Website | Email

A quiet gem, tucked away on the coolest street in Soho.  The interior courtyard, decorated with over-sized lamps, Moroccan floor tiles, and rattan bistro chairs, is tucked away and quiet. Rooms are decorated minimally but luxuriously.

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Arguably the city's grandest hotel, which explains the well-heeled, monied clientele. A destination beyond the rooms for Bemelman's Bar, the cabaret, and Sense Spa.

Crosby Street Hotel

  • Soho, Modern, $$$$ $$$$
  • 79 Crosby St.
  • New York, NY, 10012
  • +1-212-226-6400
  • Website | Email | Review

The modern English design is vibrant and eye-catching. The rooms are spacious, witty, and charming. The scene is bustling. The clientele is chic.

Gild Hall

  • Financial District, Trendy, $$$$ $$$
  • 15 Gold Street
  • New York, NY, 10038
  • +1-212-232-7700
  • Website | Email | Review

A stylish choice in the heart of Wall Street, it feels like a modern, amenity-rich gentlemen's club, and couldn't be more convenient for business. 

Gotham Hotel

The midtown location, minimalist but comfortable style, and excellent rates make it ideal for business travelers. But certain features set it apart: only two to four rooms per floor, a terrace in every room (!), and the charming Tenpenney restaurant and bar. 

Gramercy Park Hotel

  • Gramercy, Trendy, $$$$ $$$$
  • 2 Lexington Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10010
  • 212-920-3300
  • Website | Email | Review

Hotelier Ian Schrager converted a legendary dive hotel into a headline-grabbing showpiece with help from Julian Schnabel. Opulent decor, scene-y lobby and rooftop bars, sleek gym, excellent Maialino restaurant.

Greenwich Hotel

Great Design, Feels like a Find, Chef-driven Resto

A touch of Tuscany in Tribeca, the hotel has plush rooms, discreet service, quiet courtyard, and the excellent Locanda Verde restaurant. Robert DeNiro is an owner, but this is a hijinks-free zone.

The High Line Hotel

  • Chelsea, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 180 10th Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10011
  • +1-212-929-3888
  • Website | Email

Subtle sophistication housed in a Gothic-style Chelsea building (formely known as the Desmond Tutu Center).  The rooms are homey with large windows facing the High Line and an enclosed garden for sunny strolling.

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Inn at Irving Place

Step back in time and pretend you're staying with a beloved great aunt in her 1800s antique-packed Gramercy Park brownstone that somehow also has WiFi.

The Jade Hotel

  • Greenwich Village, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 52 W. 13th St.
  • New York, NY, 10011
  • +1-212-375-1300
  • Website | Email

A beautiful facade on a leafy, residential street in the Village, gives way to deco-inspired rooms (with rotary phones and upholstered walls). Feel like a local when you go "home" for a meal at the lobby bistro, which includes a working fireplace. Double rooms are great for sharing with friends.

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James Hotel

  • Soho, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 27 Grand St.
  • New York, NY, 10013
  • +1-212-465-2000
  • Website | Reservations

A new addition to the Soho skyline, notable for its cool, low-attitude rooftop pool and bar, David Burke restaurant, comfortable and easygoing rooms, and subtle art theme throughout.

The Jane

The vibe is youth hostel meets decadent set piece. The tinieset rooms have shared bathrooms. Ideal for stylish revelers on a budget.  

Lafayette House

A beautifully appointed pied-a-terre that's all about privacy. The anti-hotel, there's no lobby and very little staff intrusion, just 15 big, charming, turn-of-the-century rooms with WiFi and working marble fireplaces. 

The Marlton Hotel

  • Greenwich Village, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 5 W. 8th St.
  • New York, NY, 10011
  • +1-212-321-0100
  • Website | Email

Channeling a Parisian hôtel particulier in Greenwich Village, this place is elegant without having an ounce of snobbishness. The cozy lobby living room has lots of seating, a cafe kiosk, free WiFi, and a roaring fire. Rooms are tiny, bright, feminine (brass fixtures, marble bathrooms, herringbone wood floors) and reasonably priced. Request rooms on the 11 or 16 line; the 03 line includes bathtubs.

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The Mercer Hotel

The exclusive refuge in the heart of Soho is the downtown choice for celebs, design aficionados, and well-heeled travelers who want to be around them. 


A Beaux Arts show-stopper with an over-the-top interior designed by Jacques Garcia. The bars and dining atrium are run by the highly competent Eleven Madison Park staff. A tea cart peddling cream-stuffed macarons rolls through the library every so often, as does a sophisticated crowd of suits, foodies, and tech stars.

The Quin

  • Midtown West , Modern, $$$$ $$$$
  • 101 W. 57th St.
  • New York, NY, 10019
  • +1-212-245-7846
  • Website | Email

It's high-end adult-contemporary — with in-room flowers, Duxiana beds, Fresh beauty products, and a direct hotline to Bergdorf — and perfect for uptight business travelers who want to be uptown. The hotel's attachés wrangle hard-to-come-by tickets and reservations for happenings all over the city.

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The Standard

Party epicenter of the moment for the always-buzzing Standard Grill and Biergarten, the clubby Boom-Boom Room, and the glam, exhibitionist-friendly rooms overlooking The High Line. 

The Standard East

  • East Village, Trendy, $$$$ $$$
  • 25 Cooper Sq.
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • +1-212-475-5700
  • Website | Email

A 21-floor glass tower means floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of light. Cafe Standard is handsome as all hell and has sidewalk seating on a prime people-watching avenue. The California cuisine and Scandinavian decor at Narcissa are a real treat. You'll be in the center of all the action.

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  • Midtown West , Trendy, $$$$ $$$
  • 120 W. 57th St.
  • New York, NY, 10019
  • +1-212-830-8000
  • Website | Email

It's a new midtown option for those with downtown sensibilities — all brass and marble and wood and very attractive. Rooms are compact but incredibly stylish, with custom furniture that fits like a glove.

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