The city is brimming with show-stopping hotels, so deciding where to stay can often be overwhelming. We’ve done the hard yards for you and curated our pick of the best. From boundary-pushing design to the rooftop pools to see and be seen at, consider your next trip across the Atlantic sorted.
Best for city views: The Ludlow
Where? Lower East Side
Towering above the top restaurants and boutiques that have infiltrated the former tenement district, The Ludlow is a hip hotel in New York’s Lower East Side. Just around the corner from Katz Deli (of When Harry Met Sally fame) and a 10-minute walk from Chinatown, the location is ideal for exploring. Yet, the Dirty French bistro and the garden bar on the ground floor may just entice you to stay – as will the rooms with stunning views across the city. Be sure to head to the rooftop to watch the sunset as the city turns on its twinkling lights.
Rooms from £314, ludlowhotel.com
Best for art lovers: The Whitby
The second New York City outpost for London-based Firmdale Hotels (Crosby Street Hotel was the first), The Whitby is a 10-minute walk from Central Park and just steps away from Fifth Avenue. Location aside, Kit Kemp’s knack for creating vibrant and warm hotels is instantly apparent here, with artworks and sculptures lining the reception and rooms filled with eclectic pieces. If your budget allows, opt for the penthouse for killer views space and a large terrace surrounded by the city’s famous skyscrapers.
Rooms from £573 per night, firmdalehotels.com
Best rooftop pool: Williamsburg Hotel
Overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the Williamsburg Hotel combines the best of the two boroughs. The design-led rooms, with bespoke furniture by Michaelis Boyed and Bill Amberg Studio, are incredibly Instagram-worthy and it will be hard to drag yourself away from the rooftop pool with its city views. Downstairs you’ll find three bars, with The Copper Bar and its teal jewel tones being the stand-out. The all-day restaurant serves a mix of delights, including avocado on toast if you’re craving home comforts as well as a Brooklyn-inspired afternoon tea.
Rooms from £212, thewilliamsburghotel.com
Best for ultimate luxury: The Mark
Where? Upper East Side
Self-described as New York’s most ‘boldly lavish’ hotel, The Mark is famously where the Duchess of Sussex held her baby shower. It’s a royal favourite for a reason: the rooms are luxe and the views of the Upper East Side rooftops are plentiful. Expect opulence and old-world glamour as soon as you step in the lobby and The Mark - Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s French-American restaurant – is great for dinner but shines at breakfast with its varied menu. You can even opt for a ‘lunch to go’ created by the famed chef, and take it to Central Park on one of The Mark’s signature bicycles.
Rooms from £496, themarkhotel.com
Best for literary lovers: Library Hotel
Boasting one of the best rooftop bars in the city, Library Hotel’s Bookmarks bar is not to be missed – especially for the literary-inspired cocktail names. A haven for bibliophiles, the hotel itself is home to over 6,000 books and it also offers advance reader copies of Simon & Schuster books. Situated just one block from the New York Public Library, each of the hotel’s 60 guest rooms feature books and art related to a specific Dewey Decimal category.
Rooms from £306, libraryhotel.com
Best for design: 1 Brooklyn Bridge
You can’t get much more ‘New York’ than walking across Brooklyn Bridge, but now you can add a stay on the iconic bridge to your bucket list too. Offering views of the Manhattan skyline, 1 Brooklyn Bridge is located next to the Dumbo ferry terminal and Brooklyn Bridge Park – making it primed for exploring. Inside, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and décor with a distinct Scandi vibe – a Bamford Haybarn Spa is hidden downstairs as well. If you can, try to book the Corner Suite with the hammock overlooking the skyline – it’s an ideal place to perch and watch the sunset after a day seeing the sights.
Rooms from £315, 1hotels.com
Best for a quaint escape: The High Line Hotel
This red-brick building starkly contrasts with the contemporary high rises that surround the city’s High Line Park (the elevated linear park that snakes among buildings in Chelsea). Inside you’ll see modernised glimpses of a bygone era, with light-filled rooms and locally-sourced furniture, oversized beds and view of the High Line or into the hotel’s private Parisian-inspired gardens. The bar is one of Chelsea’s best-kept secrets and the hotel itself is perfectly primed to explore the leafy streets down to Greenwich Village.
Rooms from £340, thehighlinehotel.com
Best icon: The Plaza
A New York City icon, The Plaza rises above the corner of Central Park and Fifth Avenue – with Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman and the Pulitzer Fountain right on your doorstep. The marble-laden lobby is the first hint of something spectacular, as all of the 282 lush rooms offer crisp linen, spa-like baths and ample space - you can even opt to stay in the Betsey Johnson-designed Eloise Suite with its vibrant pink walls and neon lights. Downstairs, the Todd English Food Hall offers nine different food counters with everything from oysters to pasta, but be sure to visit Palm Court for a New York pastrami hash and eggs for breakfast.
Rooms from £699, theplazany.com
Best rooftop restaurant: The Hoxton
The first stateside outpost for Hoxton hotels (it was closely followed by Portland and Chicago), The Hoxton in Williamsburg is neatly positioned on bustling Wythe Avenue, just steps away from Wythe Hotel and The Williamsburg Hotel. The pastel-hued lobby was designed by Ennismore Design Studio in collaboration with Soho House and serves up an array of Instagram-worthy shots. There are three restaurants, with the open-air Summerly restaurant on the rooftop offering views across the Manhattan and Brooklyn skyline - expect it to be busy in summer with guests sipping cocktails and munching on lobster rolls. Rooms come in sizes ‘Cosy’ and ‘Roomy’, all with king-size beds and some offering stellar views.
Rooms from £118, thehoxton.com
Best for Scandi-lovers: MADE Hotel
Tucked away behind the Empire State Building, you’ll find MADE – the hotel of minimalist’s dreams. The Scandi design of the 108-room hotel comes from LA-based Studio Mai, and the result is muted tones, sharp edges and fixtures draped in handmade fabrics. Ferris, MADE’s in-house restaurant serves up seasonal fare, while locals will flock to the Lobby Bar, coffee shop Paper and upstairs to rooftop bar Good Behaviour to quench their thirst.
Rooms from £173, madehotels.com
Best for minimalism: New York Edition
Perched on the east side of Madison Square Park, the New York Edition is in the thick of it. Housed in one of Manhattan’s original skyscrapers, a 41-storey clock tower, this is the fourth of Ian Schrager’s Edition hotels. Schrager (of Studio 54 fame) has designed a hotel with a minimalist palette, except for the occasional royal blue accents and rooms that feel more like residences. The Michelin-star restaurant The Clocktower is helmed by Jason Atherton and the menu is filled with decadent offerings that will delight the senses.
Rooms from £339, editionhotels.com
Best for sustainable eating: 1 Hotel Central Park
As the name suggests, 1 Hotel Central Park is located a two-minute walk away from the famed Manhattan landmark, on the corner of Sixth Avenue and W 58th Street. Designed using reclaimed materials, the hotel draws on the park for exterior influences with its foliage-covered walls and interiors filled with natural furnishings. The rooms follow this nature-inspired design with some offering sweet window nooks and others views over the leafy park. The farm-to-fork ethos is upheld at Jams, with seasonal menus curated by Chef Jonathan Waxman. The hotel also has a Lobby Farmstand that allows guests and locals to forage for seasonal ingredients.
Rooms from £285, 1hotels.com
Best for breakfast: The NoMad
NoMad, the New York neighbourhood once known for its wholesale stores now boasts a number of cool bars, restaurants and luxury hotels – The NoMad included. Located in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building on Broadway – close to Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building – the 168 rooms offer timeless elegance with modern day touches. Expect custom-designed furniture, walk in showers and closets, free-standing clawfoot bath tubs and Côté Bastide bath amenities. Downstairs you’ll relish in the in-house restaurant’s refined menu, with everything from short rib hash for breakfast and black truffle and foie gras chicken for dinner.
Rooms from £310, thenomadhotel.com
Best for Midtown exploring: Walker Hotel Greenwich Village
Where? Greenwich Village
An easy walk to both Union Square Park and Washington Square Park, and primed for exploring celeb favourite Greenwich Village, Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is a boutique hotel with an emphasis on design. Oozing old school glamour, the art deco interiors offer antique mirrored glass, a white marble bar and walnut fixings. Downstairs, the Society Café sources its meat and fish from the Union Square Green Market and serves up a selection of local wines. Rooms on the higher floors offer dreamy glimpses of the Manhattan skyline, and the décor gives of a charming vintage vibe.
Rooms from £175, walkerhotel.com
Best for elegance: The Lowell
Where? Upper East Side
One of New York City’s most iconic hotels, The Lowell’s tonal pink façade is perfect Instgram fodder. The luxury hotel in the affluent Upper East Side is just a short stroll from the wonders of Central Park and has defined timeless elegance since its opening in 1927. All 47 suites and 27 bedrooms exude a homely feel and come complete with white marble bathrooms. During your stay, be sure to check out the newly opened Majorelle restaurant which was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle gardens in Marrakech and offers French ‘haute cuisine’.
Rooms from £556, lowellhotel.com
Best for Fifth Avenue shopping: The Peninsula
On the corner of Fifth Avenue and W 55th Street, The Peninsula towers above the sidewalk and in a prime position for a spot of high end shopping – Harry Winston is just across the road. MoMa, Central Park and Times Square are all a few blocks away. Rooms are peaceful, with TVs in the bathroom for when you need a break from the pace of the city. The spa offers innovative treatments, the indoor pool is perfect for a dip and the fitness centre is well equipped. Clement Restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine (the Maine Lobster and Eggs are a winner for breakfast) and be sure to head to the roof to visit Salon De Ning, the rooftop bar and terrace with its view over the world's most famous shopping street below.
Rooms from £547, newyork.peninsula.com
Best boutique hotel: The Bowery Hotel
Wedged between Nolita and NoHo, the Bowery district seamlessly blends Lower East Side cool with the madness of Midtown. The Bowery Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in the city, with its art deco-esque bar, Moroccan-style rugs and colourful tiling. Light floods into the rooms thanks to the floor-to-ceiling, factory-style windows, and there are distinct Seventies influences in both colour and design, which have been modernised to fit with the times. Downstairs, you’ll find Gemma, the Italian Trattoria run by Chef Andrea Taormina which pairs seasonal cuisine with an extensive wine lest. This bolthole is one of the city’s hidden gems.
Rooms from £297, theboweryhotel.com
Best for Downtown exploring: The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel
You’ll find The Beekman downtown in trendy Tribeca, just a few blocks from Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the 9/11 Memorial. Owned by New York-based Thompson Hotels, the building was built in 1883 but the hotel only opened in 2016, which means you’ll find modern and moody interiors, including fringed lamps, velvet ottomans and teal-hued bar stools. The buzzy Temple Court restaurant offers both a tasting menu and an a la carte menu based on classic American cuisine but if you prefer French food, head to Augustine for a Brasserie-style experience. The Alley Cat is an intimate bar hidden in the cellar and The Bar Room offers bespoke cocktails – but is often busy with locals.
Rooms from £310, thebeekman.com
Best for Manhattan views: Wythe Hotel
Self-described as ‘the original Williamsburg hotel’, Wythe Hotel has been a Brooklyn institution since it opened in 2012 – just as hipsters started to infiltrate the now trendy borough. Situated in a 117-year-old factory building, many of the hotel’s 70 rooms offer stunning views over Manhattan with their floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms are deliciously minimal, with heated concrete floors, locally made furniture (including custom beds made from the building’s reclaimed ceiling pine) and high ceilings. On the roof you’ll find Lemon’s rooftop bar offering up some more of those twinkling views alongside an extensive cocktail menu.
Rooms from £207, wythehotel.com
Best for millennials:Public Hotel
Where?Lower East Side
Located in the vibey Lower East Side of Manhattan, the 367-room Public Hotel is a tech-loving millennial haven. Rooms have 10 USB points so you will never have to decide whose phone is in more desperate need of a charge and self check-in and keys for rooms are available on guests’ smartphones. Floor-to-ceiling windows are mainstays in the light-filled rooms which offer stunning views across the city. Nearby, you’ll find some of the best noodles in the city at Ivan Ramen on Clinton Street and pastrami delights at Katz Deli around the corner.
Rooms from £150, publichotels.com