Take a look at the best luxury hotels in New York.
This elegant B&B in East Hampton is exactly what its name suggests: a house full of art. It was designed and decorated by the owners, Michael and Rosalind, who combine mutual talents in art and hospitality. There are only four rooms for rent, but there are all the amenities of a larger property, including endless communal spaces, an outdoor pool, and fitness center. Although big in scope, the Art House retains all of the personalized charm of staying with friends, making it a distinctive option in the Hamptons -- though it comes at a high price.
The three-pearl Saratoga Arms is a historic boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. The property feels like an elegant bed-and-breakfast, with a traditional yet friendly ambience and a full breakfast included in the rate. Other extra perks include a 24/7 pantry with free snacks and drinks and a wrap-around porch where guests can enjoy the small plates menu and wine list at day’s end. The 31 clean and spacious rooms are individually-decorated in a traditional and thoughtful fashion. Some include fireplaces, living rooms, and balconies. The budget-friendly Junior Queen rooms are significantly smaller than Standard Queens. Another good option with a pool and lower rates, is the mid-range Best Western Plus Saratoga Springs, but it's an eight-minute drive outside of town.
The historic, family-owned Mirror Lake Inn, with beautiful views of its namesake, has been around for nearly 90 years. This charming property is bigger than meets the eye, and the 131 carpeted, cozy rooms have lodge-y decor in varying degrees of elegance, and are located in several distinct sections of the resort. Suites might come with gas fireplaces, jetted tubs, and/or private balconies. There are three dining options, including The View (with an impressive wine list) and The cottage (with an apres-ski atmosphere). Guests can walk to downtown Lake Placid for more choice. Meanwhile, the indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, fitness center, and seasonal skating rink provide opportunities to work off the trademark cookies in the lobby — just watch the bill for those pesky extra fees. Phone calls are not allowed in common areas, which enhances the relaxed vibe.
Opened in October 2009 on a quiet, cobblestoned street in SoHo, the 86-room Crosby Street Hotel offers spacious, impeccably furnished rooms to a sophisticated set who can afford the sky-high rates. The hotel manages to be both lavish and welcoming, especially at the restaurant and in the vibrant public spaces.
Consisting of 14 floors above the Lotte Palace Hotel, The Towers at Lotte is a five-pearl luxury property with an excellent Midtown location right by famed Fifth Avenue shops and landmarks. Its 176 richly appointed and spacious guest rooms have skyline views (some overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral), and some have kitchenettes and separate living and dining spaces. There are four specialty bars, a patisserie, a 7,000-square-foot spa, and a fitness center with stunning views on-site. But some luxury features are missing, such as a full restaurant or a pool. Still, little luxe perks abound, including free packing/unpacking, shoe shines, clothes pressings, drawn baths, shuttles to the Theater District, and car service in a Mercedes. For another luxury option that offers a pool, a restaurant, and Central Park views, travelers could try the Mandarin Oriental.
Hotel 50 Bowery offers travelers stylish digs and a hip atmosphere in Lower Manhattan's Chinatown, across the street from the Manhattan Bridge. This 229-room upscale property opened in 2017, and it features a restaurant that serves dim sum and other Asian-inspired dishes, plus a chic rooftop bar and lounge (and an equally chic crowd to match), with sweeping city views. Guest rooms are spacious for Manhattan, all with oak floors and furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, original art, and subway-tiled bathrooms with rainfall showers. In-room amenities include minibars, bathrobes, 42-inch smart TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has gallery exhibits, a 24-hour gym, and meeting rooms, but there's no spa. Guest may want to compare decor and prices with The Roxy Hotel, a trendy Tribeca hotel with similar amenities.
One of New York's sexiest boutiques, conveniently sandwiched between Grand Central and Times Square, the Bryant Park Hotel caters to fashion and entertainment types and discerning Europeans. The combination of friendly, personalized service, a great bar and restaurant, and cool, comfortable rooms -- all within a 128-room art deco building -- makes it a distinctive pleasure.
This historic home turned bed-and-breakfast in East Hampton is meticulously maintained and decorated. Although it's just a short walk from the village center, it remains a hidden gem (one that stays open year round). The owners, Gary and Sylvia, have included their personal touches in the 10 rooms and suites, right down to the stuffed Gordon Setters on each bed and photography on the walls. The location is not directly on the beach and rooms come at a high price, but the top-notch breakfast and easy walk to restaurants and shops make it a stand-out option. Those looking for more features could consider The Maidstone Hotel, which has free yoga classes and a hot-spot restaurant and lounge.
Formerly known as the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the Roxy Hotel is a four-pearl, 201-room property right on the Avenue of the Americas, in the heart of Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood. Luxurious rooms have high ceilings, and all come equipped with MacBook Pro laptops and DVD players. The hotel offers plenty of atypical amenities, including an on-site cinema, in-room pet goldfish (on request), and free loaner bicycles, plus a well-equipped fitness center and a good selection of bars and restaurants. While there are no proper business facilities, the Penthouse and some of the bars can be rented out for special events. Parking is expensive and in-and-out privileges are not available. Travelers looking for a similarly trendy hotel with an uptown location may want to consider The Quin, just south of Central Park.
Opened in 2005, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid offers a luxurious escape a few miles from town. The 94 suites all have kitchens with stainless steel appliances, laundry, and free Wi-Fi. Activities for every season and every age include ice skating, snow shoeing, tennis, canoeing/kayaking, motorized boating, a movie theater, and bowling alley, to name a few (all are free). KANU restaurant and lounge, with fireplaces roaring, serves three meals — breakfast is another freebie — and adults can hit the spa while the kids participate in the free "Kamp Kanu" children's program. An underground tunnel connects to the indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs during cold weather, otherwise it's a short walk across the beautiful grounds. Other extras include coffee, tea, and refreshments in the afternoon, and s’mores around the bonfire in the evening.
Located in business-focused Midtown East, this old-school upscale hotel is a favorite among visiting dignitaries, politicians, and extended-stay business travelers. The veteran staff is known to greets guests by name and the lobby is filled with antique furniture. The 30 guest rooms and 162 suites range from 350 to 935 square feet, and most include balconies and/or kitchenettes. Italian food is served at Bistagno for dinner and room service is available 24 hours. There's a small on-site fitness center, but guests are better off taking advantage of the free access to NY Health and Racquet Club. Expect a bit of a staid atmosphere, except for the lively rooftop bar and lounge, Upstairs, which draws locals and tourists for cocktails, weekend brunch, and incredible views. The nearby Lotte New York Palace Hotel is a more contemporary business hotel alternative, with the additions of a French bakery and a spa.
The Sherry-Netherland is one of New York’s grand dames. With only 100 individually decorated rooms, white-gloved elevator operators, and a marble, vaulted lobby with crystal chandeliers, this boutique is exclusive, elegant and historic. Rooms have classic decor and modern technology features, including iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There’s not much in the way of hotel features, but the small fitness center is well-equipped, and the adjacent restaurant is known for its wonderful Venetian fare. The Sherry’s location -- on the southeastern corner of Central Park -- makes it a great base to explore the city’s major attractions.
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 Langham Place Fifth Avenue is a modern luxury hotel conveniently located a four-minute walk from the Empire State Building and three blocks from Bryant Park. Some of the 234 spacious and minimalist rooms come with kitchens and laundry machines, making this an appealing choice for business travelers and families. Michelin-star Ai Fiori restaurant provides a distinct Riviera setting and Italian and French cuisine. Some of the 7,500 square feet of flexible meetings, events, and weddings spaces feature skyline or Empire State Building views. Chuan Body + Soul includes a modern fitness center and a Himalayan salt sauna. Just about the only downside is how simply the rooms are decorated. For a more striking design and an indoor pool, consider the nearby Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New York.