The selection of hotels and accommodations in New York City is vast (maybe even too vast). On average, almost 85% of New York hotels are fully booked; and the average cost of a hotel room is $290 per night. Given that the city saw approx. 55 million visitors last year, those figures start to add up.
It is therefore no surprise, that with a total of 106,000 rooms available, there is a broad selection ranging from low priced to highly luxurious hotels. There are also many famous addresses such as the Waldorf Astoria, the Greenwich Hotel, or the Plaza Hotel, which many of us can barely afford (nor do they care to).
The Plaza Hotel, in particular, should be familiar to most of you from films or TV show, Sex and the City. The paparazzi are always waiting at the door because many celebrities and politicians choose to stay there, to such an extent that somebody famous is guaranteed to be a guest at any given time. After our many trips to the greatest city in the world, we have found our Top 5 Hotels in New York City. We included something on this list for everyone. We hope this list will inspire you and perhaps you too will find your perfect hotel for your next New York visit!
1. The Standard, High Line
Since 2009, this impressive hotel adds to the pulsating Meatpacking District and not just architecturally. Located directly at the beautiful High Line Park (the High Line runs underneath the hotel), it features great style, individuality, and breathtaking views from every one of its 337 rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford fantastic views of the Hudson River, the High Line, or the Meatpacking District. Food and drink options include the rooftop bar Le Bain, an in-house beer garden and the “Top of the Standard” lounge. Everything is rather chic and slight more expensive but the atmosphere is definitely worth it. We were guests at the Standard Hotel during our last trip to New York and we have nothing but good things to say. Room rates start at $150.
2. Gansevoort Hotel
Also located in the aforementioned Meatpacking District is the Gansevoort Hotel. This hotel is especially popular with the younger crowd. The lively quarter, the fully styled 186 rooms and the exciting rooftop bar are all enticing elements of the property. People who choose this hotel want to do one thing in particular: discover the New York nightlife. Quiet is a rarity here. Rooms feature photos from Studio 54, extravagant furniture, and small balconies. Even the lobby is a “playground for adults” as per hotel management. A bar, pool table, and unusual seating arrangements bring hotel guests closer together. Head to the Plunge rooftop bar & lounge to round out the evening. From there, you can enjoy wonderful views of the city and the Meatpacking District. Nightly rates start at $100.
3. Conrad Hotel
Located near One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial, and the lovely Battery Park is the Conrad Hotel. In contrast to the previous hotel this is just the one for those who seek some peace and quiet. A fifteen-floor glass facade and a uniquely illuminated lobby provide luxury and comfort on a relatively affordable basis. All rooms are equipped with Nespresso machines and generous marble bathrooms and all 88 rooms promise a great stay. Here, contemporary art meets classic English decor. The location is perfect: turning right outside the hotel you can go directly to Battery Park, turning left takes you past New York’s best burger restaurant Shake Shack or to the 9/11 Memorial. From May to October, the small but cozy “Loopy Doopy” rooftop bar is an inviting place to have a drink. The view toward the Statue of Liberty or One World Trade Center is also one of a kind. Starting at $90 per night, you can stay in beautiful downtown Manhattan.
4. Andaz Wall Street
Just a short walk from the Conrad Hotel lies the Andaz Wall Street Hotel. As sister brand of the hotel giant Hyatt, the Andaz targets young and stylish guests. Every Andaz brand hotel has its own style and charm and this also holds true for the one on Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. In addition to business travelers, many tourists also stay at the hotel. The 253 rooms of the Barclays Bank building on Wall Street feature a loft-style decor. Two years ago, the hotel flooded and had to close during Hurricane Sandy. It has now been fully rebuilt and renovated. A rare find in New York: at the Andaz, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in the minibar are free for guest! Nightly rates start at $75.
5. Grand Hyatt
In the heart of midtown Manhattan, at the old Grand Central Station and because of this right in the thick of things, is the Grand Hyatt. Connections from here are first class, since Grand Central Station is located just outside the door. The hotel is also close to 5th Avenue and its unlimited shopping opportunities, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park. As soon as you leave the hotel, you are in the bustle of the city. The level of comfort provided by the Hyatt is also unparalleled should you need a quiet moment to recover indoors. The rooms are well appointed and many restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Rates start at $75 per night.
Bottom Line: There you have them – our ultimate list of the Top 5 Hotels in New York. Should you have any questions about the individual hotels, or about the best time to travel as well as other topics, simply send us a message.
The photos in this articles come from media sources and Facebook pages of the respective hotels.
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