Words by James Gregory Wilkinson
New York is a city constantly in the midst of change – and similarly fluctuating is its hotel industry. Right now, there’s a swathe of new accommodation options springing up for the savvy traveller. Whether you’re looking for a quirky, boutique stay or a full-blown six-star experience, one of these new lodgings will be perfect for your needs.
Hip, sleek and stylish are all words we’d use to describe this hotel, which is busily disrupting the business-travel accommodation market. While the rooms are small, as with many NYC hotels, they’re nicely comfortable and offer stylish touches like a makeup station, complete with mirror and stool. Free wifi always warrants a big tick, and the Soho location puts it in proximity to restaurants, bars and shopping.
Park Hyatt New York
This gleaming monument to luxury stands proudly at the top of midtown, across the road from the historic Carnegie Hall. Modern and sophisticated, it boasts 210 well-appointed, spacious rooms, with the deluxe offerings averaging out at a whopping 530 square feet. The bathroom amenities created specially for the hotel by niche fragrance house Le Labo are well worth taking home, if you’re so inclined.
Slated to open in February, The Knickerbocker is a spectacular renovation of one of New York’s grande dames. First opened in 1906, this imposing edifice in the Beaux-Arts style has been completely gutted and rebuilt, retaining only the elegant facade. Nothing’s been spared on the 330 guestrooms, with bespoke furnishings, intelligent lighting and the best beds money can buy.
citizenM New York Times Square
No longer is Midtown a no man’s land – these days, the formerly bland tourist area is fast becoming a worthy destination in its own right. citizenM’s hip sense of style is just what the doctored ordered for the area, injecting a much-needed dose of cool and delivering huge, ultra-comfy beds, bespoke toiletries, and iPad-controlled lighting, window shades and thermostat.
Frette towels, Malin+Goetz amenities, an ionic hairdryer and free wifi are just some of the elements that come together in this midtown accommodation offering to make it one of our top picks for NYC visitors. Located near the theatre district, it’s a boutique hotel that thinks of everything you need before you even realise it yourself.
Aloft Manhattan Downtown
Leaving midtown for a moment to head down to the financial district, we find Aloft – Starwood’s mid market, select-service offering. You won’t get the white-glove treatment here but that’s just how Aloft’s guests like it. Comfortable rooms with an emphasis on technology, free high-speed wifi and a 24-hr front desk makes this an efficient, easy stay.
The Ludlow Hotel
Looming over the once-derelict Lower East Side, the Ludlow heralds the new era of downtown life. Elegantly appointed with just a hint of the edginess that once pervaded the area, this uber-cool hotel treats guests to rain showers and comfy beds –and there’s a fully stocked, complimentary snack bar in every room.
Loews Regency Hotel
Park Avenue Privileges aren’t only for well-heeled Manhattanites any more – this hotel lets you have them as part of a program which offers added services such as complimentary shoe shines and a Fiat car service at your disposal. Flawless service standards and amenities like a TV built into the bathroom mirror make this a comfortable, quietly luxurious retreat.
You know when you book in a stay at a Trump hotel that it’s going to be a glamorous stay. True to form, the decor of even the entry-level rooms here is next-level opulent. Quilted, leather-panelled headboards, gilded cushions and plush carpets lend an air of decadence. Just dodge the paparazzi you’re quite likely to find out the front – this place is a celebrity magnet.
The Broome NYC
Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast out on the patio, featuring locally sourced, seasonal food, and finish it by snuggling up in your superlatively comfortable bed, the soundproof windows shielding your ears from the traffic noise of Soho’s busy Broome Street. Rooms are cosy but not cramped, while suites are big enough to spread out in.
The Paper Factory Hotel
If you’re prepared to take the road less travelled and journey up to Queens, you have something special in store – the Paper Factory is a charming, achingly hip hotel with bucketloads of attitude – and plenty of space to accommodate your shopping bags. Original artworks adorn the walls, soaring, 12-foot ceilings and free wifi are all big pluses here.