The 25 best New York City hotels, including affordable Midtown stays, luxury downtown suites, and boutique Brooklyn gems

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  • As vaccines roll out and warmer weather arrives, it’s time to reconsider a visit to New York City.
  • We chose the best New York City hotels in 2021 at a range of prices, from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
  • We personally visited, reviewed, and photographed every hotel on this list.

I review hotels for a living and lived in New York for over 10 years, so when friends and family plan a visit, they’re quick to ask, “where should I stay?”

It’s a loaded question. The city is filled with hundreds of hotels, from old-school Manhattan luxury to neighborhood-centric boutique Brooklyn gems. Big brands have flagships, and micro hotels offer small spaces for cheap.

To narrow the field, we stayed at, toured, and researched the city’s top-rated hotels to determine which offer the best value, guest experience, and location. We take all our own photos, too, so you know what you’re really getting. This list is updated regularly to reflect new additions and pricing.

Browse all the best hotels in New York City below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

Here are the best New York City hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Arlo SoHo

1. Arlo SoHo shades open

Book Arlo SoHo

Arlo SoHo seeks to popularize the trend of micro hotels with sleek, tiny rooms measuring barely 150 square feet. And we mean tiny. You can likely reach the bathroom from your bed, and there’s little by way of privacy.

But, what it lacks in size, Arlo makes up for with bustling common spaces and a low starting price point of $79, which a great deal for typically expensive SoHo, though prices in the summer are often closer to $190.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Read our full hotel review of Arlo SoHo

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel

Gild Hall   Guestroom   King Premiuim
One of Gild Hall’s Premium King rooms.

Book Gild Hall

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel from World of Hyatt, offers much more personality than the typical Financial District hotel. Warm and welcoming, the cozy decor is inspired by Aspen country houses for an overall rustic vibe. Details such as tufted leather, dark wood, and brass accents are woven throughout the property, as well as a lobby chandelier fashioned out of antlers.

It’s an interesting, out-of-the-box option for an otherwise corporate neighborhood.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review for Gild Hall

The Freehand New York

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Book Freehand New York

The Freehand New York is a good pick for budget-conscious travelers who want convenience and personality from their accommodations, but also something nice to look at.

Art-filled accommodations are steeped in character with reasonable prices. From cheap bunk bed options to spacious suites, Freehand is a sleek stay for those seeking something lesser-known than Ace Hotel.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Freehand New York

Hotel 50 Bowery

Bowery hotel room 2

Book Hotel 50 Bowery

A World of Hyatt Joie de Vivre property, Hotel 50 Bowery brings boutique glam to the gritty Lower East Side. We like it for its well-appointed rooms, great views, rooftop bar, and overall design.

Plus, the LES location near Chinatown offers a fun base with prime access to dining and nightlife that many in Midtown miss.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Hotel 50 Bowery

The Evelyn New York

Evelyn New York

Book The Evelyn New York

The Evelyn is a historic NoMad hotel that recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Everything feels brand new, while still maintaining the building’s roots in music and history through Art Deco design. Rooms are on the small side, making it ideal for a solo business traveler, or couples looking for an intimate, boutique stay. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of The Evelyn New York

 

Moxy Chelsea

Moxy Chelsea

Book The Moxy Chelsea

The Moxy Chelsea in Manhattan’s flower district is wedged between the popular Chelsea and NoMad neighborhoods. Part of the Marriott family, the Moxy Chelsea is a great option if you want to earn or redeem points. Some rooms can be small, but stunning views, the rooftop bar, and great location make up for it.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of Moxy Chelsea

MADE Hotel

Made hotel

Book MADE Hotel

MADE Hotel has quickly become popular with both tourists and business travelers for its central NoMad location, boho-chic design, and lush green-filled spaces. It’s the kind of hotel you should pick if you prefer experiential, one-of-a-kind properties that you’ll document on the ‘Gram. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review for MADE

Moxy East Village

Moxy East Village bed

Book Moxy East Village

Marriott’s boutique on a budget outpost in the East Village is a four-star hotel themed after the neighborhood’s vibrant local scene. There are clear nods to rock and roll, street art, and other East Village countercultures.

As part of the Marriott Bonvoy family, Moxy East Village is great if you want to earn or redeem points during your stay. Rooms are small, but comfortable, common areas are fun, and the location is pretty great.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of Moxy East Village

Sister City New York

Sister City: An affordable boutique hotel in New York

Book Sister City New York

Sister City is a new spin-off property from the creative studio behind Ace Hotel that caters to the experienced, and busy, traveler. Self-service tablets guide guests through check-in, while amenities and housekeeping are on demand.

It’s a smart approach for savvy guests looking to avoid the pain points of crowded, more traditional hotels and prefer an individualistic approach.

COVID-19 procedures are not yet available as this hotel is temporarily closed

Read our full hotel review of Sister City New York

The Knickerbocker

Knick bed
The King-sized bed in my deluxe room was outfitted in crisp Sferra linens.

Book the Knickerbocker Hotel

The Knick is one of the nicer hotels in Times Square. Rooms are spacious, with a minimal look, but feel significantly higher-end thanks to zen-inducing bathrooms and generous floor plans, especially when compared to many of the big brand counterparts in this tourist mecca.

There’s also good on-site food and drink, including a great rooftop bar overlooking the action. If you’re booking a room in Times Square, you’re likely spending most of your time outside of it, but The Knick is a great option for those who want a chic place to retreat.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Knickerbocker

The Williamsburg Hotel

Williamsburg Hotel King Terrace View
Golden hour from the terrace of a King Studio room.

Book The Williamsburg Hotel

Williamsburg in Brooklyn is much like the boutique concept itself, with local artisan wares, small-batch products, and whimsical intrigue spilling out from most restaurants, bars, and storefronts. The Williamsburg Hotel curates this approach with meticulous precision and offers panoramic city views and wonderful on-site food and drink that locals love, too.

The hotel channels the neighborhood’s cool factor, weaving it through guestroom offerings and products, pop-up shops in the lobby, and weekly programming that includes anything from basket weaving and flower arranging to music sets and facials. While other area hotels are overtly modern and luxe, the Williamsburg Hotel is both, but with a more intimate, laid-back vibe. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review for The Williamsburg Hotel

Ace Hotel New York

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Book Ace Hotel New York

Ace Hotels have long established themselves as the cool kid, operating in hip cities like Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle and more. It’s the hipster, in hotel form.

The New York location has moody lighting, minimal rooms, and decor inspired by art and rock music. But it’s not all hype. We’d recommend Ace to anyone who wants to feel like one of the cool local kids spread out on the lobby’s leather sofas to co-work. Except unlike most of them, you’ll get to actually go upstairs and spend the night. Choose a small or bunk bed room and you might even land it for well under $200 per night.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Ace New York

Park South Hotel

King Bedroom Park South

Book Park South Hotel

Rooms at the Park South Hotel are relatively straightforward, but recent renovations have made it a highly-reviewed hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. It belongs to World of Hyatt’s Joie de Vivre boutique portfolio and has a standout culinary program that might very well upstage the tasteful rooms.

Aside from high season, it’s very reasonably priced for a well-appointed four-star hotel.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is currently closed until April 1, 2021.

Read our full hotel review for Park South Hotel

Sixty SoHo

Sixty SoHo Bathroom

Book Sixty SoHo

If you’re set on SoHo and have a budget for something more spacious than Arlo’s micro-sized rooms, look to Sixty SoHo. The hip hotel places you in style-minded accommodations right near equally fashionable shopping and dining.

The hotel is so cool, that some guests complain of staff members being snobby or unaccommodating, though we didn’t experience that at all. A basic Queen Superior starts at a very accessible price, but prices can fluctuate wildly.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review for Sixty SoHo

The Park Terrace Hotel

Park Terrace bed
My extremely comfortable bed in a Studio View Suite.

Book the Park Terrace Hotel

The Park Terrace is a great base for those who love boutique hotels and want to be near Times Square, but not actually thrust into it. Little details shine, from amenity closets available to guests on each floor to grab items you may have forgotten to pack, to the tranquil furnished terrace where you can grab a drink from the adjacent bar and linger with a view. There’s also a great breakfast buffet featuring locally sourced baked goods. This hotel has personality without feeling stuffy. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of the Park Terrace Hotel

Library Hotel by Library Collection

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Book Library Hotel

The four-star Library Hotel, by Library Hotel Collection in Midtown, New York is a book lover’s paradise, but there’s plenty to adore even if you don’t consider yourself a bibliophile.

The highly-reviewed property consistently ranks within Trip Advisor‘s top 10 hotels in New York City. It has a charming, whimsical vibe thanks to themed floors and over 6,000 book titles available to peruse. Rooms tend to be small, but perks such as wine and cheese receptions, 24/7 snacks and refreshments, and breakfast included add value.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is closed for reservations until April 2021.

Read our full hotel review of Library Hotel

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

The Beekman levels

Book The Beekman

Behind a historic, yet unassuming facade, The Beekman Hotel is a jewel hiding in plain sight. Housed in a New York City landmark building dating back to 1881, the hotel features a breathtakingly preserved nine-story atrium. We spent the night in a suite, and while lovely, your money is just as well spent in a more affordable Superior Queen, which feels equally iconic.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo King
There’s a partition dividing the bed from the partially open bathroom.

Book 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

One of the best things about the rooms at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge are the stunning floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. But when you close the drapes, the abundant reclaimed wood, repurposed materials, living plants, and soothing neutral colors make it feel like you’ve escaped to a woodsy Scandinavian cabin. It’s a total respite with front door access to Brooklyn Bridge Park and is another top hotel for Brooklyn.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The William Vale

William Vale Balcony
My balcony was a prime perch for the Manhattan skyline at sunset (and all day), and I particularly enjoyed lounging on the daybed.

Book The William Vale

The William Vale in Williamsburg is one of the best hotels in Brooklyn with sleek rooms, a popular pool scene, and the on-site rooftop bar Westlight and Italian restaurant Leuca, both of which easily warrant a visit on their own.

It’s one of the more expensive options on this list, but for good reason. All rooms have balconies with some of the best views of New York City. While holidays and weekends can start at upwards of $500 per night, flexible travelers looking to book midweek or in winter will find deals under $350. For a special occasion, consider upgrading to a suite or Manhattan view. Come sunset, you won’t regret it.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The William Vale

The Conrad New York Downtown

Conrad New York
The bed in the aptly named Hudson River View King Suite was incredibly plush and comfy.

Book Conrad New York Downtown

Many visitors fixate on Midtown, but the Conrad New York Downtown offers a more local experience in a neighborhood where real New Yorkers actually spend time.

An all-suite offering, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more spacious accommodations in all of downtown Manhattan. The five-star hotel carries a higher price tag, but the added space makes staying here feel like you’ve landed a great New York apartment.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Conrad New York Downtown

Andaz 5th Avenue

Bedroom Andaz Fifth Avenue NYC

Book Andaz 5th Avenue

Andaz 5th Avenue, a World of Hyatt member, has an excellent Midtown location beloved by tourists and business travelers for the convenience it offers. The high-end hotel is known for being a dependable, fashionable brand, though, that solid reputation means rooms feel a bit generic. But they’re recently renovated and spacious. We stayed in a suite but solidly stand behind their Standard King Room as the best choice.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review for Andaz 5th Avenue

Loews Regency New York Hotel

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The Manhattan suite comes with a spacious living room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms.

Book Loews Regency New York

Loews is a posh five-star hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, close to Central Park and Midtown, and is popular with travelers in search of something a bit more mature (aside from the Real Housewives of New York City antics that have taken place in the lobby bar, of course) with a mix of older couples and business types, as well as families seeking more room for their brood. 

Rooms are spacious with elegant, but traditional decor, and suites are apartment-style with terraces and marble bathrooms. It’s not as splashy as some hipper counterparts, but this luxury property delivers on a classic hotel experience you can count on to be elegant, well-styled, and more than comfortable.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Loews Regency New York Hotel

Conrad New York Midtown

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The Atrium Suite comes with a gorgeous terrace.

Book Conrad New York Midtown

Where the Conrad New York Downtown in TriBeCa might be considered straight-laced and traditional, the brand’s newer outpost in Midtown is contemporary and youthful, with a design-heavy approach favoring rich gem-tone velvet upholstery, modern light fixtures, and prominent art.

Like its downtown sibling, all rooms are suites with standard entry-level offerings that feel more pied-a-terre than a generic hotel room. It’s a great option for newcomers eager to explore from a well-placed, five-star base that is steps from Central Park, Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater District. 

COVID-19 procedures available here.

Read our full review of Conrad New York Midtown

The Chatwal

The Chatwal Hotel bed

Book The Chatwal

The Chatwal is another higher-end property we’ve deemed worth the cost given its coveted Midtown location, old school Manhattan glam, five-star service, and sizeable rooms.

Rooms start at $500 per night, which isn’t cheap but is accurately priced for such a top-tier hotel in Manhattan. It’s actually cheaper than other ritzier counterparts. As a Marriott Bonvoy property, it’s a good place to cash in on points if the price tag still seems out of reach, too. 

COVID-19 procedures: The Chatwal is not currently open and has not stated when they will be reopening.

Read our full hotel review of The Chatwal

Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

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Baccarat Hotel is regarded as one of the best hotels in New York City, if not the world, and it’s easy to see why. The elegant property, owned by the French fine crystal brand of the same name, is teeming with dazzling crystal fixtures, glassware, and chandeliers from the high-end line, which are found everywhere from common areas, guest rooms, and even elevators.

The opulent look also delivers on substance as well as style, with impeccable service, painstaking attention to detail, and gleaming rooms that feel like the kind of place James Bond might stay (truly, there are even doors fashioned out of wall panels).

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full review of Baccarat Hotel

Our methodology for selecting hotels

Much of travel is, in truth, subjective. One person might love city hotels and another will loathe the noise and crowds. Similarly, one traveler might simply seek a place to rest their head and another will want to be dazzled and delighted by luxury at every turn. Others have kids to entertain, business to tend to, and an itinerary to work around. Of course, all of these people do have in common: they all set a budget, whether it’s looking for a cheap hotel or five-star luxury at an expected price.

For these reasons, this list of hotels offers a mix of all of these factors including:

Price: We chose budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels in New York City ranging from bare-bones bunk rooms to standard hotel rooms and indulgent suites. We only accepted starting room rates in low season under $800 per night.

Value: Price is one thing, but value is another. We chose hotels in New York City that offered strong value for the money such as large rooms, great views, good on-site amenities, excellent service, central locations, and more.

Location: The best hotels in New York City represent a wide range of neighborhoods across Manhattan from the Upper East Side to TriBeCa and the Financial District in lower Manhattan. We also reviewed hotels in Brooklyn.

Guests: We always think, “who stays here?” when reviewing hotels and chose the best hotels in New York City for families, couples, solo travelers, business travelers, groups of friends, and more so you can pick the best base for your particular trip.

Reviews: We read and consulted past guest reviews and ratings on sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and others to ensure that the majority of past guest experiences were overwhelmingly positive.

Experience: We also visited and personally stayed at every hotel on this list. Included hotels were chosen based on first-hand experience considering every factor on this list rather than solely researching what others have said. We then visited to back up those claims.

Cleanliness: Travel won’t be the same post-pandemic for quite some time, so we only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of their guests either by imposing strict new cleaning policies in light of COVID-19 or temporarily closing until they can safely address all concerns.

More of the best hotels in New York City

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These aren’t the only hotels we’ve reviewed in New York City. We stayed at many others, too,  included in the lists below for the best luxury, boutique, or affordable hotels in New York City. 

Additionally, we’ve reviewed other New York City hotels that we liked, but didn’t deem worthy of a spot on this list, at this time.

And, we are in the process of reviewing and considering other New York City hotels and will regularly update this list based on those stays. 

 

FAQs: Everything you should know about booking a New York City hotel

What is the best time of year to visit New York City?

This answer is dependent on what you intend to do. If you’re planning on doing lots of sightseeing, consider visiting in the spring or fall when the temperatures are mild and it’s comfortable to explore the city without worrying about extreme weather.

However, some people think visiting New York around the holidays is a magical time, and others like the summer when the city feels less crowded.

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in when visiting New York City?

If you’re a first-time visitor who wants to see the lights of Broadway and stay in the center of the action, you’re probably looking at Times Square. However, to feel more of a local, neighborhood vibe, consider staying in atmospheric neighborhoods such as Chelsea, Flatiron, NoMad, or adjacent areas of Midtown such as Bryant Park to experience fewer crowds.

If you’ve been to New York before, or are open to other areas, we recommend heading downtown to TriBeCa or across the bridge to Williamsburg or DUMBO in Brooklyn, all of which have great hotels (featured on this list).

What are the cheapest times of year to visit? The most expensive?

You’ll often find the cheapest hotel prices in New York in the winter, right after the holidays and until early spring. Prices may dip again in late summer when high heat and humidity keep crowds low.

Expect prices to surge the highest from early September through the end of the year, when events such as New York Fashion Week and the holiday season pack in visitors and tourists consistently, year after year. During those times, even the cheapest budget hotels will see their base starting rates at least double in price.

Is it safe to stay in hotels right now?

With vaccine rollouts underway, many travelers are now looking to book postponed trips. And while vacation rentals continue to be very popular, hotels are open during COVID-19 and poised to make a big comeback as more people become fully vaccinated. 

However, in hotels, you’re more likely to encounter other people in common spaces such as lobbies, check-in desks, and on-site venues including pools, spas, restaurants, and bars. Thankfully, the experts we spoke to said that with added caution, it is safe to stay in a hotel

Of course, there’s no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel. We recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing.

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Sister City: An affordable boutique hotel in New York

  • As vaccines roll out, many are starting to book future bucket list trips to places like New York City.
  • With hundreds of hotels in New York City from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the options can be overwhelming.
  • We narrowed the field and carefully chose the best New York City hotels in 2021 at a range of prices.

With vaccine rollouts underway, many travelers are finally looking to book trips that had to be put on hold for the past year. And while remote getaways and vacation rentals continue to reign supreme, it’s likely that hotels and cities will make a comeback as more people become fully vaccinated.

However, if you’re planning a trip for sooner rather than later, keep in mind that hotels have common spaces where you’re likely to run into other guests and places like check-in desks can be potential problem areas. We’ve noted new cleaning policies where applicable below, but for any hotels you may be considering, it’s worth reading up on their specific policies yourself too. You may also want to consider home rental companies, which experts and the CDC note are safer than hotels right now.

If you’re wondering if it’s safe to travel right now, we talked to experts about the risks of travel and the necessary precautions you should take when flying, driving, and yes, staying at a hotel.

Of course, there’s still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel just yet. We always recommend following guidelines from organizations like the CDC and WHO, wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing. Before making any travel plans you should also consider your own health risks, as well as those of others in the location you’re traveling to.

All that said, if you are planning a trip to New York now or in the future, there’s no shortage of hotels to choose from. As a longtime New Yorker, when friends and family come to visit, I’m often asked, “where should I stay?”

It’s a loaded question. The city is filled with so many great hotels throughout many neighborhoods and boroughs, from old-school luxury in Manhattan to contemporary boutiques in Brooklyn dripping in neighborhood charm. The big brand names all have flagships, and cheap (and some not-so-cheap) micro hotels are rapidly popping up.

Much like the city itself, there’s something for everyone based on what you like and how much you’re willing to spend.

To help narrow the field, we hit the New York streets to stay at, tour, and research the city’s top-rated hotels to determine which are truly the best.

Every hotel was personally reviewed, vetted, and selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Hotels are located in New York City, with a primary focus on Manhattan and Brooklyn, and are considered a four- or five-star hotel, for an elevated experience that won’t disappoint, or a three-star that’s a total standout.
  2. Holds a Trip Advisor rating of four or above, as many tourists check and use it.
  3. It starts between $79 to $745 per night, a common range in New York depending on the time of year and advance booking. While that higher-end might seem, well, high, it’s not uncommon in New York in popular seasons or for those seeking a luxury property.
  4. Boasts amenities and features that are visually interesting with unique design, architecture, food, or other experiential elements that add value.

Here are the best New York City hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Arlo SoHo

1. Arlo SoHo shades open

Book Arlo SoHo starting at $79 per night

Arlo SoHo seeks to popularize the trend of micro hotels with sleek, tiny rooms measuring barely 150 square feet. And we mean tiny. You can likely reach the bathroom from your bed, and there’s little by way of privacy.

But, what it lacks in size, Arlo makes up for with bustling common spaces including four bars, an on-site restaurant, co-working space, rooftop lounge, and a seasonal Instagrammable courtyard. It starts at just $79, which a great deal for typically expensive SoHo, though prices in the summer are often closer to $190.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 59 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: Cheap room prices and cool SoHo location.

Cons: The room sizes can feel shockingly small and bathrooms lack privacy.

COVID-19 procedures: All Arlo hotels have a Rest Assured policy that includes:

  • Mobile check-in/check-out via the Arlo app.
  • Housekeeping services will only be provided upon request in stay-over rooms.
  • Guest rooms will remain vacant a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Clorox360 Antimicrobial fogging sanitizing & cleaning system will be used in all guest rooms just prior to releasing the rooms for sale.
  • Read more here

Read our full hotel review of Arlo SoHo

Hotel 50 Bowery

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Book Hotel 50 Bowery starting at $109 per night

A World of Hyatt Joie de Vivre property, Hotel 50 Bowery brings boutique glam to the gritty Lower East Side. We like it for its well-appointed rooms, great views, rooftop bar, and overall design.

Plus, the LES location near Chinatown offers a fun base with prime access to dining and nightlife that many in Midtown miss.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 47 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: The hip, style-minded vibe with cool views and a trendy rooftop.

Cons: While some may love the LES/Chinatown location, others might find it noisy and far from tourist sightseeing.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel has implemented new policies that include:

  • Limits on the number of people in an elevator and fitness center at one time.
  • Frequent cleaning of high traffic public spaces and touchpoints.
  • More frequent replacement of HVAC filters in guestrooms and public spaces with HEPA filters.
  • Revised guestroom setups and the removal of high touch items.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures of all guestrooms.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of Hotel 50 Bowery

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel

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One of Gild Hall’s Premium King rooms.

Book Gild Hall starting at $109 per night

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel from World of Hyatt, offers much more personality than the typical Financial District hotel. Warm and welcoming, the cozy decor is inspired by Aspen country houses for an overall vibe that feels rustic. Details such as tufted leather, dark wood, and brass accents are woven throughout the property, as well as a lobby chandelier fashioned out of antlers.

Mid-tier rooms typically start at $369 per night, but nightly rates for smaller rooms start around $200, making it an interesting, out-of-the-box option for an otherwise corporate neighborhood.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 57 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Intricate design and decor that stands in sharp contrast to neighborhood surroundings, but in a good way.

Cons: Starter rooms can be small, and on-site amenities as well, in particular, the gym.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is reopened with the following policies in place:

  • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the hotel’s public areas.
  • Mobile check-in and keyless entry via the World of Hyatt app allow for guests to bypass the front desk and head straight to their guest room.
  • Each guest receives a personal Wellness Kit, which includes a single-use mask, sanitizing wipes, and remote control sleeve.
  • All hard and soft surfaces in the guest rooms are cleaned and sanitized, and guest rooms are sealed for a minimum of 24-hours prior to arrival.  Electro-static sprayers are used for enhanced measures.
  • Housekeeping services can be scheduled or declined based on guest’s preferences.
  • Deliveries to the guestroom, including amenities and room service, are offered via knock-and-drop.
  • Fitness Centers are open, though reservations are required and can be made through the Front Desk.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review for Gild Hall

MADE Hotel

Made hotel

Book MADE Hotel starting at $109 per night

MADE Hotel has quickly become popular with both tourists and business travelers for its central NoMad location, boho-chic design, and lush green-filled spaces. It’s the kind of hotel you should pick if you prefer experiential, one-of-a-kind properties that you’ll document on the ‘Gram. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 65 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Standard entry-level rooms are just as nice as more expansive suites, and the lofted beds in the smaller rooms are cooler, making it an easy decision to save money.

Cons: While they look nice, some bathrooms aren’t designed in the most efficient way.

COVID-19 procedures: All MADE hotels have rolled out new procedures that include:

  • Guest rooms will be left un-entered for 24 hours.
  • Rooms will only be serviced upon request.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean rooms, with particular attention paid to high-touch items.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review for MADE

Ace Hotel New York

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Book Ace Hotel New York starting at $109 per night

Ace Hotels have long established themselves as the cool kid, operating in hip cities like Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle and more. It’s the hipster, in hotel form.

The New York location has moody lighting, minimal rooms, and decor inspired by art and rock music. But it’s not all hype. We’d recommend Ace to anyone who wants to feel like one of the cool local kids spread out on the lobby’s leather sofas to co-work. Except unlike most of them, you’ll get to actually go upstairs and spend the night. Choose a small or bunk bed room and you might even land it for well under $200 per night.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 163 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.4 out of 10

Pros: The Ace brand cool factor, a NoMad location, and on-site stores and eateries that are so good, you might not want to leave the property.

Cons: Some rooms show wear and tear and the lobby can feel crowded.

COVID-19 procedures: The Ace Hotel is temporarily closed and has not yet stated when they will reopen. 

Read our full hotel review of Ace New York

Moxy East Village

Moxy East Village bed

Book Moxy East Village starting at $115 per night

Marriott’s newer outpost in the East Village is a four-star boutique hotel themed after the neighborhood’s vibrant local scene. There are clear nods to rock and roll, street art, and other East Village countercultures.

As part of the Marriott Bonvoy family, Moxy East Village is great if you want to earn or redeem points during your stay. Rooms are small, but with a starting price of $116 midweek, it’s a great deal. Rooms are comfortable, common areas are fun, and the location is pretty great.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 52 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Marriott Bonvoy earning potential, cool Moxy brand clout, and East Village location.

Cons: Room rates can seem expensive considering many rooms are on the smaller side.

COVID-19 procedures: Moxy is part of the Marriott Bonvoy brand and follows Marriott’s new ‘Global Cleanliness Council’ policies that include:

  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes. 
  • Surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Added partitions at front desks provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates.
  • More hand sanitizing stations around Marriott’s hotels particularly near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, fitness areas, and meeting spaces.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of Moxy East Village

The Evelyn New York

Evelyn New York

Book The Evelyn New York starting at $119 per night

The Evelyn is a historic NoMad hotel that recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Everything feels brand new, while still maintaining the building’s roots in music and history through Art Deco design. Rooms are on the small side, making it ideal for a solo business traveler, or couples looking for an intimate, boutique stay. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 12 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Art Deco style and NoMad location.

Cons: Can be expensive for rooms that tend to be small.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel has implemented new policies that include:

  • Contactless check in/out kiosk terminals and safety plexiglass between you the front desk service team.
  • Masks, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer always available. Safety Welcome Kit provided to all guests.
  •  Pre-shift temperature checks for all staff on arrival.
  • HEPA filter vacuum cleaners.
  • Disinfected and occupant-free rooms for 24 hours.
  • Electrostatic sprayer with hospital grade EPA registered products that continuously disinfect for 24 hours.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of The Evelyn New York

 

Moxy Chelsea

Moxy Chelsea

Book The Moxy Chelsea starting at $119 per night

The Moxy Chelsea in Manhattan’s flower district is wedged between the popular Chelsea and NoMad neighborhoods. Part of the Marriott family, the Moxy Chelsea is a great option if you want to earn or redeem points. Some rooms can be small, but stunning views, the rooftop bar, and great location make up for it.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 60 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Views for days, Marriott Bonvoy earning potential, and the Chelsea location.

Cons: Can be expensive for what may seem like a quite standard offering.

COVID-19 procedures: Moxy is part of the Marriott Bonvoy brand and will be following Marriott’s new ‘Global Cleanliness Council’ policies that include:

  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes. 
  • Surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Added partitions at front desks provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates.
  • More hand sanitizing stations around Marriott’s hotels particularly near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, fitness areas, and meeting spaces.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of Moxy Chelsea

The Freehand New York

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Book Freehand New York starting at $125 per night

The Freehand New York is a good pick for budget-conscious travelers who want convenience and personality from their accommodations, but also something nice to look at.

Art-filled accommodations are steeped in character with reasonable prices. From cheap bunk bed options to spacious suites, Freehand is a sleek stay for those seeking something lesser-known than Ace Hotel.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 309 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Hip and cool with excellent on-site food and drink.

Cons: Street noise bleeds into rooms and may make sleep difficult if you’re sensitive to it.

COVID-19 procedures: The Freehand hotel brand has implemented new policies across all properties that include:

  • Online check-in options.
  • All food and beverage offerings will be grab-and-go.
  • Masks and other hygiene products are available for purchase in travel shops and vending machines.
  • Deep cleaning increased throughout the hotels.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of Freehand New York

Sister City New York

Sister City: An affordable boutique hotel in New York

Book Sister City New York starting at $134 per night

Sister City is a new spin-off property from the creative studio behind Ace Hotel that caters to the experienced, and busy, traveler. Self-service tablets guide guests through check-in, while amenities and housekeeping are on demand.

It’s a smart approach for savvy guests looking to avoid the pain points of crowded, more traditional hotels and prefer an individualistic approach.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 42 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Affordable prices and a self-service approach helps things to run smoothly. Check-in is a breeze.

Cons: Some might find the self-service stand-offish. Rooms can feel small for two people.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is not currently open and has not yet stated when it expects to reopen.   

Read our full hotel review of Sister City New York

Park South Hotel

King Bedroom Park South

Book Park South Hotel starting at $158 per night

Rooms at the Park South Hotel are relatively straightforward, but recent renovations have made it a highly-reviewed hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. It belongs to World of Hyatt’s Joie de Vivre boutique portfolio and has a standout culinary program that might very well upstage the tasteful rooms.

With prices in low season starting at $150s, it’s very reasonable for a well-appointed four-star hotel.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 69 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Excellent on-site food and drink with competitive pricing for a four-star hotel.

Cons: Pricing is unstable and can surge hundreds higher than is typical otherwise.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is currently closed until April 1, 2021.

Read our full hotel review for Park South Hotel

Sixty SoHo

Sixty SoHo Bathroom

Book Sixty SoHo starting at $162 per night

If you’re set on SoHo and have a budget for something more spacious than Arlo’s micro-sized rooms, look to Sixty SoHo. The hip hotel places you in style-minded accommodations right near equally fashionable shopping and dining.

The hotel is so cool, that some guests complain of staff members being snobby o unaccommodating, though we didn’t experience that at all. A basic Queen Superior starts at a very accessible price, but prices can fluctuate wildly.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 98 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.7 out of 10

Pros: Fancy digs with a SoHo address.

Cons: Rooms prices can be expensive and fluctuate.

COVID-19 procedures: All Sixty Hotels are implementing new procedures that include:

  • Check-in/check-out kiosks available for contactless service.
  • UV lights are used on guest’s luggage and HVAC systems to promote filtration.
  • Rooms are left to “rest” between guests according to health expert guidance.
  • Rooms are only serviced and sanitized before check-in and after check-out unless requested otherwise by guests.
  • The front desk has been equipped with a plexiglass screen.
  • Compressed spray cleaners and electrostatic spray cleaners have been implemented.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review for Sixty SoHo

The Knickerbocker

Knick bed
The King-sized bed in my deluxe room was outfitted in crisp Sferra linens.

Book the Knickerbocker Hotel starting at $168 per night

The Knick is one of the nicer hotels in Times Square. Rooms are higher-end than what you’ll find at some of the big brand counterparts in this tourist mecca, with good on-site food and drink, including a great rooftop bar overlooking the action. If you’re booking a room in Times Square, you’re likely spending most of your time outside of it, but The Knick is a great option for those who want a chic place to retreat.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 56 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Luxury-leaning hotel in Times Square with nicer rooms than many nearby counterparts for roughly the same price.

Cons: It’s Times Square, so it can be noisy both from outside traffic and inside from fellow guests.

COVID-19 procedures: The hotel has implemented new policies that include:

  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the hotel
  • More frequent cleanings with EPA-rated hospital-grade disinfectants.
  • Guests receive sealed safety kits containing a face mask, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.
  • All hotel workers and guests are required to wear face masks and gloves.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of The Knickerbocker

The Park Terrace Hotel

Park Terrace bed
My extremely comfortable bed in a Studio View Suite.

Book the Park Terrace Hotel starting at $189 per night

The Park Terrace is a great base for those who love boutique hotels and want to be near Times Square, but not actually thrust into it. Little details shine here, from amenity closets available to guests on each floor to the tranquil terrace, and great breakfast buffet. I also liked how it had personality without feeling stuffy. The hotel’s published rates start at $300, but I spied deals on Booking.com as low as $195 per night.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 19 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: The low-key boutique vibe across from Bryant Park, self-serve amenities, and New York-inspired breakfast buffet.

Cons: It’s expensive in high season and standard rooms are small.

COVID-19 procedures: The Park Terrace Hotel has a new ‘Certified Safe & Clean’ program based on expert advice and guidance that includes:

  • Contactless check-in options via the mobile app or website.
  • Plexiglass shields installed at front desks.
  • Once cleaned, rooms will be sealed by the cleaning staff and only broken by the guest entering the room.
  • All amenities provided will be single-use.
  • Increased cleaning of all HVAC systems.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of the Park Terrace Hotel

Library Hotel by Library Collection

The Library Hotel   lobby

Book Library Hotel, starting at $195 per night

The four-star Library Hotel, by Library Hotel Collection in Midtown, New York is a book lover’s paradise, but there’s plenty to adore even if you don’t consider yourself a bibliophile.

The highly-reviewed property consistently ranks within Trip Advisor‘s top 10 hotels in New York City. It has a charming, whimsical vibe thanks to themed floors and over 6,000 book titles available to peruse. Rooms tend to be small, but perks such as wine and cheese receptions, 24/7 snacks and refreshments, and breakfast included add value.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: Perks such as happy hour, lounge access, and breakfast included in room rates.

Cons: Rooms feel dated and not as stylish as other NYC hotels.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is closed for reservations until April 2021.

Read our full hotel review of Library Hotel

 

The Williamsburg Hotel

Williamsburg Hotel King Terrace View
Golden hour from the terrace of a King Studio room.

Book The Williamsburg Hotel starting at $199 per night

Williamsburg in Brooklyn is much like the boutique concept itself, with local artisan wares, small-batch products, and hip intrigue spilling out from most restaurants, bars, and storefronts. The Williamsburg Hotel curates this approach with meticulously-curated style, panoramic city views, and wonderful on-site food and drink that locals love, too.

The hotel channels the neighborhood’s cool factor, weaving it through guestroom offerings and products, pop-up shops in the lobby, and weekly programming that includes anything from basket weaving and flower arranging to music sets and facials. While other area hotels are overtly modern and luxe, the Williamsburg Hotel is both, but with a more intimate, laid-back vibe. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 4 of 89 hotels in Brooklyn

Hotels.com Rating: 8.2 out of 10

Pros: Guests receive priority access to the popular rooftop water tower bar and trendy pool scene. Rooms are well-designed and the gem-toned tiled bathrooms are gorgeous.

Cons: Entry-level rooms are very small and not soundproofed from other hotel guests. Splurging on a suite is really the only way to avoid both pain points.

COVID-19 procedures: The Williamsburg Hotel has implemented new policies that include:

  • All bed linens are changed daily and washed at a high temperature. They have also increased the frequency of air filter replacement.
  • Common areas are sanitized every hour.
  • All venues will be at 50% capacity until WHO guidelines are lifted. 
  • Sanitizing safety kits are given to all guests.
  • Rooms are cleaned with hospital-grade cleaning supplies including a virucide and hand sanitizer agent which is used on all surfaces.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review for The Williamsburg Hotel

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

The Beekman levels

Book The Beekman starting at $224 per night

Behind a historic, yet unassuming facade, The Beekman Hotel is a jewel hiding in plain sight. Housed in a New York City landmark building dating back to 1881, the hotel features a breathtakingly preserved nine-story atrium. We spent the night in a suite, and while lovely, your money is just as well spent in a more affordable Superior Queen, which feels equally iconic.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 32 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9 out of 10

Pros: Incredible architecture, friendly service, great on-site food and drink.

Cons: Many previous guests have complained of noise.

COVID-19 procedures: The Beekman has new policies in place that include:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols using EPA-registered disinfectants throughout the property.
  • Guestrooms remain vacant for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the next guests’ arrival for the foreseeable future.
  • They have removed certain high-touch items from guestrooms.
  • Guests have the option to schedule housekeeping service at their preferred time should they wish. 
  • New in-room fitness and wellness experiences have been designed.
  • The Hotel’s fitness center abides by limited capacity guidelines and is available to guests by appointment only.

Read our full hotel review of The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo King
There’s a partition dividing the bed from the partially open bathroom.

Book 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge starting at $257 per night

One of the best things about the rooms at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge are the stunning floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. But when you close the drapes, the abundant reclaimed wood, repurposed materials, living plants, and soothing neutral colors make it feel like you’ve escaped to a woodsy Scandinavian cabin. It’s a total respite with front door access to Brooklyn Bridge Park and is another top hotel for Brooklyn.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 15 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Cool rooms make thoughtful use of the size so standard offerings don’t feel like a compromise, plus the waterfront location and city views.

Cons: The bathroom provides little, if any, privacy.

COVID-19 procedures: All 1 Hotels are implementing new policies that include:

  • Properties sanitized using hospital-grade EPA approved agents and virus-eliminating UV technologies.
  • High touchpoints sanitized multiple times per day using UV technologies.
  • All guests will be given wellness kits upon arrival and luggage and packages will be sanitized using UV technology.
  • Guestrooms will be thoroughly sanitized and sealed prior to guests entering.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The William Vale

William Vale Balcony
My balcony was a prime perch for the Manhattan skyline at sunset (and all day), and I particularly enjoyed lounging on the daybed.

Book The William Vale starting at $260 per night

The William Vale in Williamsburg is one of the best hotels in Brooklyn with sleek rooms, a popular pool scene, and the on-site rooftop bar Westlight and Italian restaurant Leuca, both of which easily warrant a visit on their own.

It’s one of the more expensive options on this list, but for good reason. All rooms have balconies with unparalleled views. While holidays and weekends can start at upwards of $500 per night, flexible travelers looking to book midweek or in winter will find deals under $350. For a special occasion, consider upgrading to a suite or Manhattan view. Come sunset, you won’t regret it.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 8 of 89 hotels in Brooklyn

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: All rooms boast balconies with unbeatable views, and the on-site food and drink scene is worth a trip on its own.

Cons: It’s expensive and starter rooms will feel very small for what is still an expensive price. Consider an upgrade to a suite to feel more worth it, but it will cost you.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel has implemented new policies that include:

  • Assigning every other guest room to ensure plenty of space in rooms and on balconies.
  • All hard and bathroom surfaces are disinfected with EPA list cleaners between guests.
  • Turndown service is by request only.
  • Lobby seating has been rearranged for social distancing and you must make reservations to use the gym to avoid overcrowding.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of The William Vale

The Conrad New York Downtown

Conrad New York
The bed in the aptly named Hudson River View King Suite was incredibly plush and comfy.

Book Conrad New York Downtown starting at $269 per night

Many visitors fixate on Midtown, but the Conrad New York Downtown offers a more local experience in a neighborhood where real New Yorkers actually spend time.

An all-suite offering, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more spacious accommodations in all of downtown Manhattan. The five-star hotel carries a higher price tag, but the added space makes staying here feel like you’ve landed a great New York apartment.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 24 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: All-suite rooms offer more than double the space of typical NYC hotel rooms for similar pricing.

Cons: Not everyone will love being in TriBeCa, which can feel far from uptown neighborhoods and attractions.

COVID-19 procedures: Conrad is part of the Hilton family and will be following Hilton’s new ‘CleanStay with Lysol protections’ that include:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicating guest rooms haven’t been accessed between cleaning and when guests enter.
  • Extra cleaning in rooms of high-touch surfaces and increased cleaning frequency of public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers.
  • Contactless check-in/check-out options.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of Conrad New York Downtown

Andaz 5th Avenue

Bedroom Andaz Fifth Avenue NYC

Book Andaz 5th Avenue starting at $371 per night

Andaz 5th Avenue, a World of Hyatt member, has an excellent Midtown location beloved by tourists and business travelers for the convenience it offers. The high-end hotel is known for being a dependable, fashionable brand, though, that solid reputation means rooms feel a bit generic. But they’re recently renovated and spacious. We stayed in a suite but solidly stand behind their Standard King Room as the best choice.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 91 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: A central location near all major tourist activity and business hubs without being thrust in the frenzy of crowds, plus spacious rooms.

Cons: Room design feels a bit generic, and housekeeping could pay better attention to detail.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is has new policies in place that include:

  • Hourly cleaning and sanitization of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Hyatt hotels are conducting guest and staff temperature checks.
  • Guests are required to wear face masks or coverings in hotel indoor public areas.
  • All room service orders will be delivered to the door.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review for Andaz 5th Avenue

Loews Regency New York Hotel

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The Manhattan suite comes with a spacious living room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms.

Book Loews Regency New York starting at $459 per night

Loews is a posh five-star hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, close to Central Park and Midtown, and is popular with travelers in search of something a bit more mature (aside from the Real Housewives of New York City antics that have taken place here, of course) with a mix of older couples and business types, as well as families seeking more room for their brood. 

Rooms are spacious with elegant, but traditional decor, and suites are apartment-style with terraces and marble bathrooms. It’s not as splashy as some hipper counterparts, but this luxury property delivers on a classic hotel experience you can count on to be elegant, well-styled, and more than comfortable.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 55 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Rooms are generously-appointed, whether you opt for a standard room or a suite, and a large gym, and on-site spa and salon from a celebrity stylist sweeten the deal.

Cons: Some rooms have little to no view, or come with street traffic on lower floors.

COVID-19 procedures: All Loews properties have implemented new policies that include:

  • Hand sanitation stations added to front desks, spas, fitness centers, and other high traffic areas.
  • Contactless experiences via a hotel app for access to in-room TVs, ordering room service, and communicating with the concierge or front desk.
  • Team members and guests will be required to wear masks in public areas.
  • Read more here.

Read our full hotel review of Loews Regency New York Hotel

The Chatwal

The Chatwal Hotel bed

Book The Chatwal starting at $500 per night

The Chatwal is another higher-end property we’ve deemed worth the cost given its coveted Midtown location, old school Manhattan glam, five-star service, and sizeable rooms.

Rooms start at $500 per night, which isn’t cheap but is accurately priced for such a top-tier hotel in Manhattan. It’s actually cheaper than other ritzier counterparts. As a Marriott Bonvoy property, it’s a good place to cash in on points if the price tag still seems out of reach, too. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 89 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: The five-star service with personal butler and Broadway concierge is excellent and will make you feel like Upper East Side royalty.

Cons: Room prices are expensive and might be out of reach for many.

COVID-19 procedures: The Chatwal is not currently open and has not stated when they will be reopening.

Read our full hotel review of The Chatwal

Conrad New York Midtown

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The Atrium Suite comes with a gorgeous terrace.

Book Conrad New York Midtown starting at $508 per night

Where the Conrad New York Downtown in TriBeCa might be considered straight-laced and traditional, the brand’s newer outpost in Midtown is contemporary and youthful, with a design-heavy approach favoring rich gem-tone velvet upholstery, modern light fixtures, and prominent art.

Like its downtown sibling, all rooms are suites with standard entry-level offerings that feel more pied-a-terre than a generic hotel room. It’s a great option for newcomers eager to explore from a well-placed, five-star base that is steps from Central Park, Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater District. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 296 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 8.2 out of 10

Pros: All rooms are spacious, offering great value for families or those on a longer stay who want apartment-style accommodations without sacrificing comfort or style.

Cons: Suites are pretty incredible and also pretty costly, and may seem redundant when all rooms are some sort of suite.

COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is not accepting reservations until May. It will be following Hilton’s new ‘CleanStay with Lysol protections’ that include:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicating guest rooms haven’t been accessed between cleaning and when guests enter.
  • Extra cleaning in rooms of high-touch surfaces and increased cleaning frequency of public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers.
  • Contactless check-in/check-out options.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of Conrad New York Midtown

Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Book Baccarat Hotel starting at $745 per night

Baccarat Hotel is regarded as one of the best hotels in New York City, if not the world, and it’s easy to see why. The elegant property, owned by the French fine crystal brand of the same name, is teeming with crystal fixtures, glassware, and chandeliers from the high-end line, everywhere from common areas, guest rooms, and even elevators.

But the opulent look is substance as well as style, with impeccable service, painstaking attention to detail, and gleaming rooms that feel like the kind of place James Bond might stay (truly, there are even doors fashioned out of wall panels).

Trip Advisor Ranking: 23 of 511 hotels in New York City

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: Rooms are immaculate, and so is every nook and corner of the hotel, for that matter. The hotel is exceptionally elegant and refined, while still remaining warm and welcoming. On-site food served in the Salon is not to be missed.

Cons: The entry-level price is very expensive for what’s still a standard room that would go for far less at other luxury hotels on this list. Plus, even the purported best hotel in New York isn’t perfect — the noise from the TV in the next room was quite audible during my stay.

COVID-19 procedures: The Baccarat Hotel has new policies in place that include:

  • The hotel will be completely sanitized using EPA-approved sanitizing agents and disinfected by an accredited third-party company.
  • All accommodations will remain unoccupied at least 24-hours between guest arrivals.
  • Everyone entering the building must undergo temperature checks, and masks are required to be worn in all public areas and outside of your guestroom. 
  • Only two guests are allowed in each elevator at any given time, with exception given to larger parties traveling together.  
  • In-room dining’s limited hours are from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Read more here.

Read our full review of Baccarat Hotel

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