New York City is a bucket list destination for many travelers, but it also can be expensive…and overwhelming. When it comes to selecting a hotel, it’s best to skip the usual chains and look for cooler boutique properties or smaller chains that feature good amenities, ideal locations and, of course, enough space. Whether you are looking for something on a budget or you want to splurge on the biggest suite in town, there is a bed waiting for every kind of traveler. Here are the 20 best hotels in NYC at every price point.
1. Pod 51 Hotel
Starting rate: $66
Located on East 51st Street, Pod 51 is one of Manhattan’s best budget hotels. There are several types of rooms depending on your budget and needs, from bunk rooms with shared bathrooms to private bedrooms with en suites. The vibe is small and sparse but hip, sort of like you’re back in a college dorm. Plus, there’s a roof deck, outdoor terrace and two eateries. Book online directly with the hotel for the best deals (a longer stay often comes with a discount).
2. Sister City
Starting rate: $159
While New York’s Ace Hotel has become a bit tired (and way too overcrowded in the lobby), the brand’s new addition, Sister City, is a great option for those who want something simple and easy. The rooms are tight but filled with everything you need, from Bluetooth speakers to comfortable beds. Dine at all-day restaurant Floret or just head out into the Lower East Side to find a bite to eat. The hotel also boasts an 11th-floor bar, Last Light, with indoor and outdoor seating, cocktails and small plates.
3. Boro Hotel
Starting rate: $159
Long Island City is becoming hip, as evidenced by Boro Hotel, a contemporary hotel with an industrial design. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Manhattan skyline and they are notably large, especially by New York standards. There’s a rooftop bar, a lobby café and an all-day restaurant called Beebe’s, which is inspired by Italian and New York cuisines. And don’t worry about not being in the center of NYC—there’s tons to do and eat in Boro Hotel’s neighborhood of Dutch Kills, and you’re only a few subway stops away from midtown.
4. The Hoxton
Starting rate: $159
Located in Williamsburg, the Hoxton is a good budget option for those who don’t want to sacrifice style for price. Even the smallest rooms are well designed for comfort, with amenities like in-room coffee and a complimentary breakfast bag left on your door every morning. The hotel’s restaurant, Klein’s, serves up Americana fare, while the rooftop bar and eatery Summerly has amazing views in the warmer months. People love to hang out in the lobbies of Hoxton hotels, and this is one you’ll definitely want to make your office on the go while traveling.
5. Moxy East Village
Starting rate: $179
The newly opened Moxy East Village, designed by the Rockwell Group, pays tribute to the different eras of the neighborhood in its artsy design. The hotel includes co-working spaces, an underground lounge, two restaurants (Cathédrale and Alphabet Bar & Café) and a rooftop bar that’s set to open in 2020. There is tons to like about staying here, from free coffee to weekly fitness classes to walk-in rain showers, and the location is ideal for those who want to explore lower Manhattan. Look for discounts online when booking in advance.
6. Kimpton Hotel Eventi
Starting rate: $199
Kimpton has several properties around NYC, and Kimpton Hotel Eventi is a good pick for anyone who needs a central location for work or play. The hotel can be found in NoMad near Penn Station and midtown, and its guest rooms and specialty suites have a modern feel (score the Veranda Suite if you really want to live it up). There are also two restaurants, a spa, a gym and public bikes to borrow for the day. This one allows pets, in case your dog is along for the trip.
7. The Standard High Line
Starting rate: $230
It’s the infamous location of the Solange and Jay-Z elevator video. But history aside, if the views from the Standard High Line don’t convince you to stay, the location will. The sleek hotel is located on the High Line, a former elevated train track turned public park, and it’s within walking distance from the West Village and the Whitney Museum. There’s a gym, a rooftop club, a German beer garden and a popular restaurant available for guests, and the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can wake up looking at the Hudson River. If you want to splurge, book the Empire Suite, a corner room with views of the Empire State Building.
8. The Wythe Hotel
Starting rate: $230
Built in a 117-year-old factory building, the Wythe Hotel is Brooklyn’s OG cool hotel. The aesthetic is industrial chic, with massive windows that offer great views from all the rooms, and the furniture is locally made for the property. For insane views of the New York skyline, head to Lemon’s 6th-floor bar, which has a terrace that opens in the summer. The hotel also hosts special events, including live music, conversations with notable celebs and workshops.
9. MADE Hotel
Starting rate: $250
Located in NoMad just off Broadway, the Made Hotel has a cool bohemian sensibility and guest rooms that feel like a quiet respite from the busy area. There are numerous options for room size, from standard to penthouse suite, which means there’s something for every budget and taste. Enjoy dinner at hotel restaurant Ferris or grab a drink in the hotel’s sunny 18th-floor lounge, Good Behavior. There’s also a coffee shop, lobby bar and guest-only patio, as well as regular events, including live music.
10. The William Vale
Starting rate: $265
The William Vale can be found in the heart of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. It features an outdoor pool and terrace, perfect for visitors during the warmer months of the year. The rooms are contemporary, with modern art touches, and many of the suites have balconies that overlook the city. The 22nd-floor bar, Westlight, is a great spot for a pre-dinner drink, while Mister Dips, a food truck built into an Airstream trailer, serves up casual American fare on the promenade. Be sure to check the website for package deals, which can include meals and discounts.
11. Andaz 5th Avenue
Starting rate: $300
Staying in midtown doesn’t mean having to settle for a corporate chain. Instead, settle into this hotel right across the street from the New York Public Library. While Andaz is part of Hyatt, the hotel’s Fifth Avenue outpost is chic, with rooms designed to feel like New York lofts (that even include free snacks and drinks in the minibar). Grab dinner at The Bar Downstairs and Kitchen, or relax with an in-room spa treatment. There’s also a fitness center, which should help burn off all those calories you’re likely to eat (and drink) while in NYC. Check the hotel’s website for deals before booking since they often have special rates and discounts.
12. Gramercy Park Hotel
Starting rate: $349
Gramercy Park Hotel is NYC’s most exclusive boutique hotel, filled with handcrafted furniture, vintage finds and an art collection that rivals a museum (including pieces by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat). Select from one of the ornate guest rooms or opulent suites, all of which are uniquely designed and decorated. Grab a bite at Danny Meyer’s Italian eatery Maialino or have a drink in the classy Rose Bar, which often hosts live music. Best of all, all guests can get a key to the green oasis of Gramercy Park during their stay.
13. 1 Hotel Central Park
Starting rate: $350
1 Hotels are known for their sustainable, eco-friendly design, and 1 Hotel Central Park, located only a few blocks from the park on Sixth Avenue, feels like you’re staying in a forest rather than a busy city. The well-appointed rooms have great views, especially from your very own window seat, and there are Bluetooth speakers and Nespresso machines in every room. Enjoy a meal at Jams, an eatery from chef Jonathan Waxman, or explore the neighborhood, which has easy access to the Museum of Modern Art and Fifth Avenue shopping.
14. The Bowery Hotel
Starting rate: $395
Located on Bowery, the Bowery Hotel is a quirky boutique-meets-luxury property. The rooms have a chic vintage-inspired design with marble bathrooms (and, sigh, Le Labo products). There’s a fitness center, nightly turndown service, complimentary bikes and in-room spa services, and the hotel will even loan you a laptop if yours goes bust. Dine at Italian restaurant Gemma or grab a cocktail in the plush, old-school lounge that feels as if it’s been taken directly out of a Clue board.
15. Dream Downtown
Starting rate: $425
Dream Downtown is near Chelsea Market, the High Line and the West Village, perfect for an exploration of the city’s best shops and eateries. The highlight is a 50-foot outdoor pool (a rarity in the city), but the hotel also features a gym, a hair salon and several places to eat and drink. The rooms have supercool porthole windows (it feels like you’re on a ship, but it’s actually a luxury hotel), and it’s pet-friendly for those who are traveling with a furry friend.
16. The Beekman
Starting rate: $459
Although the Beekman only opened in 2016, its building has been an important historical site in New York for years. The hotel’s nine-story atrium is beyond impressive, as are the amenities, which include nightly turndown service, a double-level fitness center and several dining options from chef Tom Colicchio. The rooms themselves pair modern and vintage furnishings, with marble bathrooms, cocktail tables and that feeling that you just want to live here forever. Book the Eat and Drink package, which includes a complimentary room upgrade and dining credit.
17. The Conrad New York Midtown
Starting rate: $475
Every room in the Conrad New York Midtown is a suite, with one- and two-bedroom options, as well as the 50th-floor Sky Suite. Like all Conrads, the decor is contemporary and sleek, with in-room amenities like Nespresso coffee machines, comfortable seating areas and marble bathrooms. Food and drinks can be found at Dabble or via 24-hour room service (thank you, Mr. Conrad). The property also has a notable art collection, with pieces by Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Amy Judd throughout the hotel. If you’re staying over the holidays, don’t miss the FAO Schwarz Holiday Suite, a one-bedroom suite filled with toys of all sorts.
18. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
Starting rate: $700
Situated on the Upper East Side, the Carlyle is a New York City staple. The classic, elegant hotel was built in 1930 and has been about high-end service ever since. The hotel features both rooms and suites, including options for extended stays, and the Empire Suite is known as one of the world’s biggest and best hotel suites. The Carlyle is also home to historic cocktail spot Bemelmans Bar and the Carlyle Restaurant, where you’ll find European-inspired dishes. Don’t forget to book a treatment at the Sisley-Paris Spa, which also features a fitness center for those who want to keep things tight.
19. The Mandarin Oriental
Starting rate: $745
The Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle directly overlooks Central Park, but that’s not the only thing that makes the hotel so special. The rooms are located on the upper floors, more than 30 stories above the ground, so there’s a sense of floating over Manhattan every time you wake up. The details are luxurious, and the service is top-notch, with ornate decor and marble bathrooms. Enjoy the spa or book a table at the Aviary NYC, an avant-garde cocktail bar and restaurant on the 35th floor.
20. The Mark Hotel
Starting rate: $75,000 (for the Mark Penthouse suite)
If you are extremely wealthy and have amazing taste, consider booking into the Mark’s two-story, five-bedroom penthouse. Not only is it where Meghan Markle held her baby shower, but it’s also the perfect place for a New York holiday, especially if you take advantage of their latest package, the Mark’s Penthouse Holiday Spectacular, which offers access to a private rooftop ice rink (can you imagine?). The hotel also has a restaurant from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a chic bar and a salon from acclaimed stylist Frédéric Fekkai.