It might seem impossible for a great hotel to stay under the radar in New York City, where everything new and noteworthy gets hyped to death within, well, a New York minute. But the residential Upper West Side is often overlooked by tourists. It’s a great destination for visitors who want to experience New York as the locals do, and it’s home to a a few hotel gems that deserve more recognition than they get.


The Lucerne Hotel

Upper West Side, New York City, New York, United States

Tourists often overlook the lovely, residential Upper West Side -- which is a shame. This 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.


Hotel Beacon

Upper West Side, New York City, New York, United States

More like a classic pre-war apartment building than a hotel, the affordable 255-room Hotel Beacon has large rooms -- most are 50 percent bigger than standard New York City rooms -- with kitchenettes. Its Upper West Side location makes it a safe, quiet option for families.


Arthouse Hotel New York City

Upper West Side, New York City, New York, United States

Tucked into a quiet, classy, residential side street on the Upper West Side, this 250-room boutique comes with snazzy touches like a 16th-floor common terrace, a top-notch gym, friendly doormen, and good-sized designer rooms with excellent beds. It's a great pick for parents visiting Columbia University, and when rates dip under $150 a night, it's a phenomenal value.