Best Hotels in New York City

What makes a hotel qualify as one of the best in New York? At Oyster, we know that the "best hotel" is different for just about everyone. For some, the best hotel is the most luxurious, and for others, it's the one that offers the most for kids. We compiled lists of the best luxury hotels, value hotels, best kid-friendly hotels, most romantic hotels, "hidden gem" hotels, best honeymoon hotels, best business hotels, best hotel spas, best best party hotels, most pet-friendly hotels, most amazing hotel rooms, best hotel service, best hotel pools, hotels with notable restaurants, best bathrooms, and best hotel gyms. Don't have time to read all that? Not to fear. We selected one hotel from each list that bests its competitors (if only slightly). Below, we present the best hotels of New York.

The St. Regis New York

Best Luxury Hotel

The St. Regis New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Romantic

With butlers on call 24-hours, ever ready to draw guests a bath from the hotel's signature bath menu, a top restaurant from renowned French-born chef Alain Ducasse on site, chandeliered guest rooms, a 5th Avenue location (the better for shopping), and a stunning Beaux Arts lobby, the St. Regis is a classic luxury pick.

Holiday Inn NYC - Manhattan 6th Avenue

Best Value Hotel

Categories: Business, Value

Opened in 2008, this modern 226-room Holiday Inn is a great value. Rooms are small but clean and all have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and comfy beds. The on-site gym and business center are bonuses at these prices. And the location in artsy Chelsea is a 20-minute walk, or a ten-minute cab or subway ride, from the popular tourist draws like Times Square (to the north) and Soho (to the south).

Hotel Beacon

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

Hotel Beacon Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Categories: Kid-Friendly, Value

With large, reasonably priced rooms and a location on the quiet, safe Upper West Side -- a short walk from Natural History Museum and Central Park -- the Hotel Beacon is an ideal pick for families. All of the just-renovated standard rooms have well-equipped kitchenettes and plenty of space for cribs and roll-away beds. Even better, nearly half of the hotel's rooms are one- and two-bedroom suites that cost little more than standard rooms at many similar hotels and can sleep up to six. For stocking the kitchenette, Fairway, one of the city's best grocery stores, is across the street; and for cleaning up any juice-box spills, the hotel has a 24-hour coin-operated laundry on-site.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Most Romantic Hotel

Gramercy Park Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Pillow-top mattresses, luxuriously heavy comforters, and velvet throw blankets make these beds perfect for spending lots of time in. The old-world, boho-chic decor accentuates the romantic vibe, and the English Drinking cabinet -- essentially a flip-down bar -- allows couples to enjoy stylish cocktails without going anywhere.

The Lucerne

Best Hidden Gem Hotel

The Lucerne Rating: 3.5 Pearls
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Tourists often overlook the lovely, residential Upper West Side--which is a shame. The 250-room Lucerne, in a tony red-stone building, gives tourists a taste of the local experience, and is close to great kid-friendly attractions like the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Warm European decor and traditional, attentive service -- including 24-hour room service and a concierge who really knows the area -- make this a great pick for the price. The 1 subway line, which heads to Times Square, is only a block away.

The Plaza

Best Honeymoon Hotel

The Plaza Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Romantic, Wedding

A prime 5th Avenue location on the edge of Central Park, newly renovated (and richly decorated) rooms, unparalleled service, and an overall feeling of opulence make this iconic New York hotel our number one pick for honeymooners. Hallway butlers, room service, and a concierge are available 24 hours a day. The 8,000-square-foot Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is one of the city's best hotel spas. Step outside for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, or cruise Manhattan in the hotel's Rolls Royce for free.

The Kimberly Hotel

Best Business Hotel

The Kimberly Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Enormous, 700 square foot suites equipped with personal fax machines make this 192-room boutique a favorite among extended-stay business travelers -- especially diplomats and politicians, thanks to the hotel's proximity to the U.N. The Secret Service has been known to bunk here, and a senator (the staff wouldn't name names) was in-house during our reporter's visit. And travelers of every political and national affiliation can get behind the cheap Wi-Fi -- it's free in public spaces and only $7.95 a day in-room. A stunning penthouse meeting space can be rented out for large meetings or events and is equipped with high-speed Internet, a PC/Laser Jet printer, fax machine, copy machine, and conference table.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

Best Hotel Spa

Mandarin Oriental, New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The gorgeous spa, with Asian accents and fresh orchids throughout, offers a full range of treatments, from manicures to massages. They don't come cheap -- a 50-minute massage runs over $200, and most treatments are over $300 -- but if you splurge on a treatment, you also get access to Experience Showers, an Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, and a Vitality Pool. (Only guests staying in suites have free access to these facilities; other guests can pay $50 per stay to use them.) For the ultimate in luxury, guests can book a private, 650-square-foot VIP spa suite that replicates an Asian-style home and has its own fireplace, elevated bath, steam shower, and dual massage beds.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Best Hotel Rooms

Gramercy Park Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Loft rooms, the standard rooms at the Gramercy Park Hotel, are huge (370 to 440 square feet) and have a bold design that blends old-world elegance with a boho-chic that's heavy on velvet.

The Plaza

Best Hotel Service

The Plaza Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Romantic, Wedding

Service of any kind here runs 24 hours a day, whether it's guest laundry or room service or the concierge. A 24-hour butler, assigned to every hall, attends to your every need -- and won't hesitate to make you a cappuccino at 3 a.m. The house car, a Rolls Royce Phantom, will transport any guest for free around Manhattan (first-come, first-served). Turndown service includes bottles of Fiji water and glasses set up on each side of the nightstand.

The Greenwich Hotel

Best Hotel Pool

The Greenwich Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

Greenwich Hotel's underground pool lies beneath a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse roof. The pool and spa were both designed by Japanese designer Mikio Shinagawa, who also designed Matsuri restaurant in New York's Maritime Hotel.

Trump International Hotel And Tower

Best Hotel Restaurant

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New York has no shortage of celebrity-chef restaurants, but a big name in the kitchen doesn't always translate into the meal of your life (just a memorable credit card balance). At Jean Georges, the namesake restaurant from famed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, your odds are excellent. One of just four New York restaurants with 3 Michelin stars, Jean Georges garnered additional honors in 2009, winning the prestigious James Beard Association Outstanding Restaurant award in competition against the country's top eateries. Even with all the accolades, Jean George isn't out of reach. Sure, dinner's a pricey affair, but the restaurant also offers a two-plate lunch for just $28. Hotel guests can experience the master chef's culinary artistry without even leaving their rooms: Room service from both Jean-Georges, and his slightly less formal Nougatine, is available 24 hours/day.

The Plaza

Best Hotel Bathroom

The Plaza Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Romantic, Wedding

The Plaza's bathrooms have enough space for two twin 24-karat-gold-plated sinks and a partitioned-off toilet with its own window. A full-size soaking tub and shower has an intricate stone-mosaic walls, and the thick Mascioni Turkish cotton towels and robes (available in both adult and children's sizes) didn't disappoint. The body lotion and hand soap, are from Miller Harris, and the shampoo and conditioner comes from a the hotel's own line.

Affinia Dumont

Best Hotel Gym

Affinia Dumont Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Affinia Dumont has more than a great gym -- the entire hotel is fitness-themed, with a Fitness Concierge that doubles as a personal trainer, fitness tips on the elevator TV monitors, and special Experience Kits designed to keep guests fit through walking or yoga. Strength training fit kits -- which come with an exercise ball and weights -- can be ordered for the room. Guests that prefer to get their workout in the hotel gym will find stellar, up-to-date LifeFitness equipment, including cardio machines (three ellipticals, three treadmills, two bikes) with personal TVs, eight weight machines, and a set of free weights.

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