Techies, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs will descend upon New York City for TechCrunch's Disrupt conference next week. Although we're hotel experts, we're also based in NYC and love this city dearly -- the conference neighborhood is our backyard. We've put together a short guide on where to stay, eat, and play right near the conference. Enjoy! (And when you're done, check out our funny and popular Photo Fakeouts.)
You were smart enough to invest in Zynga
The Standard New York: It's too late to get the discount that was offered to conference attendees, but who needs a discount when you've made great investments? Propped above the elevated Highline Park and the epicenter of NYC cool, this sexy hotel offers sumptuous rooms and plenty of hip options for drinking, eating, and partying. Plus, who knows -- maybe TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington will be shacking up in this not-too-shabby suite. Rooms during the Disrupt start at $485 per night. Book Now
You’re still desperately pitching for seed money
The Jane Hotel: This popular boho chic landmark in the West Village is known for its shared bathrooms and hilariously small rooms, as well as the accompanying low rates. Its larger, quainter Captain Cabin rooms are still available from some providers for $275/night. Cafe Gitane restaurant and a popular bar are both on site. Book Now
You want to party like the venture capitalist you are
Hotel Gansevoort: Though some may say the six-year-old hotel is no longer the "it" spot, it's still got a sleek design, sexy mood lighting, a lauded rooftop pool, a hip rooftop bar, a chic new lounge, a Japanese restaurant -- the list goes on. Booking providers still have a few rooms available for $299/night. Book Now
You're waiting for your AOL stock to come back up
Cosmopolitan Hotel: It's not the best hotel in NYC, but beggars can't be choosers, so they say. There's a cozy café, free Wi-Fi, and flatscreen TVs. It's just a short drive to the conference on the West Side Highway, and rooms during the conference start at $215/night. Book Now
You haven’t made money yet, but you’re confident
Greenwich Hotel: Our favorite boutique in NYC, this hotel opened by Robert de Niro in 2008 has large, homey rooms, the popular Locanda Verde restaurant, a cozy lobby, and a plant-filled courtyard. It's all about style, design, and class. Rooms during the conference start at $525/night. Book Now
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White Horse Tavern: This historic pub has a great outdoor patio (a rare thing in NYC); sailors and 20th-century writers would feel right at home. (567 Hudson St. at 11th St.; 212-989-3956) See Map
Film Forum (209 W. Houston Street between Varick St. and Sixth Ave.): This non-profit, 40-year-old theater screens independent, foreign, classic, and retrospective films. Next week's schedule includes "Two in the Wave," about the friendship between filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.
High Line Park (Tenth Ave. between Gansevoort and W. 20th Sts.): Opened in 2009 atop an abandoned elevated freight railroad, this beautifully landscaped park seems to float amidst the cityscape, offering fantastic views. A great place for a picnic.
Alphaville Vintage Toy Store (226 W. Houston between Varick St. and Sixth Ave.): Retro toys and movie posters from the 1940s through the '70s -- think World's Fair memorabilia, children's books, and space-age paraphernalia.
Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts.): The first Oreo cookie was made in this former Nabisco factory; these days, the ground floor is a bustling market with bakeries, cafes, and other high-end eateries and shops.
Photo Fakeout: Hotel 91
It seems that the Hotel 91 is trying hard to distance itself from its actual location -- under the Manhattan Bridge, in the bustling heart of Chinatown. Read more.
Photo Fakeout: The Soho Grand
Something tells us that Lindsay Lohan and her handlers would not be impressed with this: check out the rumpled bed linens we encountered at the luxe NYC celebrity haunt The Soho Grand. Read more.
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