New York is home to some of the best — and most diverse — shopping in the world, and acquiring new purchases can be the highlight of a vacation. New York has hotels well-situated for all kinds of shopping sprees, whether you’re headed to Fifth Avenue’s high-end designer stores and fancy department stores or trendy downtown boutiques.
Located on W. 55th St., Shoreham Hotel is a half-block away from luxury shopping on 5th Avenue, including high-end emporiums Prada, Gucci, and Tiffany's. Cool magazines in the lobby and rooms like BlackBook and Time Out New York give out-of-town shoppers some direction in their quests, and iJoy massage chairs in the room are the perfect way to relax weary, stiletto-clad feet after a long day out.
There are lots of chi-chi boutiques in SoHo, but relatively few hotels -- the Soho Grand is one of the only options near shopping in this neighborhood. Betsy Johnson, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana are nearby, as is Bloomingdale's (the smaller counterpart to the flagship uptown) and less pricey options like H &M and Ann Taylor Loft. And after you've blown your budget, there are great knockoffs to be found in Chinatown, which is also within easy walking distance.
The Plaza is one of the nicest luxury hotels in New York, and near some of the finest Fifth Avenue luxury shopping. Shopaholics with large budgets will be in good company here, and you'll see plenty of other guests toting shopping bags from high-end designer stores. The hotel is located on West 59th Street and Central Park South -- right near Versace, Gucci, and famous high-end department store Bergdorf Goodman.
Hotel Gansevoort, near the boutiques of the Meatpacking District and the West Village, is a good choice for the shopper with a taste for trendy, hip designer clothes. Helmut Lang, Catherine Malandrino, and Destination, are all in the neighborhood.
The East Village is home to a wide range of shopping choices, from from fun, funky souvenir shops on St. Marks Place to designer boutiques like Mina in Cooper Square. Located near the neighborhood's southernmost and westernmost edge, The Standard East Village is also within walking distance of Lower East Side bargain vintage shops and unique, local fashion boutiques as well as the upscale designer outlets in SoHo.
Lower Manhattan isn't known for its shopping, but bargain-hunting locals will make the trek for the sole purpose of visiting one of the city's shopping gems: Century 21, a department store that sells steeply discounted designer clothes. The Millenium Hilton is conveniently located right next door.