New York, New York
Trendy, $ (from $199)
What it lacks in space, Arlo Soho makes up for with good design and thoughtful details. Thanks to superior furnishings, smart technology, and inclusive public spaces, the AvroKO-designed micro hotel, along with sister property Arlo Nomad, feels like a game changer in the inexpensive (for NYC) category.
AT A GLANCE
Vibe: Young and hip, but also business friendly.
Standout Detail: Spacious and varied common spaces balance out the smaller guest rooms, and offer plenty of places for business meetings, connecting with other guests, and unwinding after a long day.
This Place Is Perfect For: Design-conscious digital nomads on a budget.
Rooms: 325 compact guest rooms make smart use of limited space with multi-functional modern furniture and built-in storage compartments. Warm walnut furnishings, rain showers, and Blind Barber bath products add a luxurious feel.
On Site: Complimentary WiFi, valet parking, bikes from Priority Bicycles, and an abundance of public spaces, including a library and courtyard.
Food + Drink: Harold's Meat + Three is a Southern-style restaurant that serves breafast, lunch, and dinner. There are two bars, one on the rooftop overlooking the Hudson River, the other in the lobby. A modern bodega stocked with locally made snacks and goods is where guests can get their mini-bar fill.
Highlights: Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate details like bedside USB charging stations, Bluetooth radios, a nicely designed mobile app, and 24-hour virtual concierge.
Good to Know: To keep room prices down, the hotel takes a self-service approach to many things, including that virtual concierge service. In-room mini-bars are empty. That's what the lobby bodega is for.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
The hotel is located on the borders of SoHo and Tribeca, two fashion-forward neighborhoods. Guest can shop their way through SoHo: Opening Ceremony is the city's indisputable fashion clubhouse; Michele Varian sells fine jewelry, handmade pillows, and other home goods; The Apartment by the Line is a minimalist's dream wardrobe and home come to life. When the need to refuel strikes, notable restaurants nearby include Giorgione, Balthazar, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, and Miss Lily's. For a little R&R, head to Aire Ancient Baths, a stunning subterranean spa with candlelit pools and a steam room in Tribeca, for a hot Caldarium and a cold plunge.