Take a look at the best luxury hotels in Lower Manhattan.
Occupying a historic 19-century building, The Beekman is a stunning luxury property that opened in August 2016 and artfully blends antique style with modern comfort. The 287-room property is located in the Financial District in downtown Manhattan, a five-minute walk from multiple subway lines. The stylish rooms and suites are outfitted with all the expected trappings, including quirky artwork, sleek marble bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. Two fine-dining restaurants, including one by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, are on-site, but the real standout is the large living-room-like bar, which sits under the striking atrium and is popular with the local after-work crowd. This is easily one of the top properties in NYC, though occasional neighborhood construction noise and no full spa are downsides. If a spa is important, check out the The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park.
The four-and-a-half-pearl Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown opened in 2016 with a sleek, business-like design to match its location. It's within a 10-minute walk of the One World Observatory, Stock Exchange, and multiple subway lines, but uptown sights like Central Park are a 30-minute drive away. All of the 189 rooms and suites are large (starting at 400 square feet), and have the expected high-end amenities like espresso machines, deep tubs, and rainfall showers, but decor is a bit staid. Wellness amenities are extensive, including a full spa, indoor lap pool, and modern gym. The Wolfgang Puck steakhouse, with a bar and 24-hour room service, take care of sustenance. Overall, this is a good pick for those that are loyal to the brand, but it's worth considering The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel nearby for more historic personality.
The 463-room Conrad New York is a stylish business hotel next to the Goldman Sachs building in Battery Park City. Its soaring, 15-story atrium lobby with large art installations makes a dramatic first impression; the restaurant is a buzzing after-work drink spot; and there are 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Rooms are enormous, particularly for New York City (this is one of the few all-suite properties in the city), and all have separate living rooms and sliding partitions. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines, quality toiletries (several brands, including Aromatherapy Associates, are available), fluffy robes, and wet bars. The location is far from popular Midtown tourist attractions, but there are excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity and numerous subway stops are within walking distance. As an alternative, consider the historic The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, which has free luxury car service and celeb-chef restaurants, but no river views.
Gild Hall is far hipper than your average Wall Street business hotel. Friendly service, a hunting lodge-like lobby, and 126 attractively designed rooms with 55-inch flat-screen TVs, Sferra linens, and D.S. & Durga bath products make this a top choice for stylish financiers. But there’s not much after-dark action in the Financial District. Another hip business hotel worth considering is the Andaz Wall Street, which features a striking Rockwell Group design and freebies like lobby snacks, barista coffee, and minibar items.
Occupying a 20-story building originally built in 1903, Residence Inn New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Area is a modern upscale hotel for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located in the Financial District in downtown Manhattan, a six-minute walk from The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The 242 contemporary rooms and suites all include full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There's a free hot buffet breakfast, and while there isn't a bar or restaurant, guests can order room service from The Malt House across the road -- there's also a small convenience store on-site for snacks. A business center, modern gym, and laundry room are convenient perks for long-term stays. Travelers may also want to consider the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, which has a spa and views of the Statue of Liberty, though slightly higher rates.
The hotel's location across the street from One World Trade Center -- for many years a noisy and emotional construction site -- is now the hotel’s best feature. Guests can walk not only to the September 11 Memorial, but also to Wall Street and South Street Seaport. This upscale business-oriented hotel is a big name and also a big property (it rises 55 floors), and the 569 modern rooms and suites have large windows to capitalize on the spectacular city views. Just note that room service and Wi-Fi fees add up fast; it's also worth considering other upscale hotels in the neighborhood, such as Gild Hall and Andaz Wall Street.
When it opened in 2010, this W hotel brought the suit-focused Financial District with a dose of cool. It's a sleek hotel, and its biggest assets are its stylish lobby lounge (with huge wrap-around terrace) and its proximity to Ground Zero (which means perfect views of the Freedom Tower). Other features include a nice fitness center (with great views), a small business center, meeting rooms, and a restaurant by the well-regarded BLT chain. Many tourists would prefer to be in a hipper, quainter, or more central neighborhood, but the hotel is close to Wall Street, Trinity Church, Battery Park, the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and of course the 9/11 Memorial. Travelers who like the idea of a hip hotel in the Financial District can also consider Gild Hall, about a 10-minute walk to the east.