Who wouldn’t find any excuse for a weekend in New York? But whether you’re someone who visits every year, or it’s still top of your travel wish list, it can be hard to keep up with the hotel scene. From newly opened to old favourites, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to where to stay in the Big Apple…
UNDER £100 PER NIGHT
The Jane, Meat Packing District
Located in the leafy West Village, just blocks from Sarah Jessica Parker’s front porch, this ultra-trendy boutique hotel is as eccentric as they come: think stuffed animal heads, sparkly glitter balls and potted palm trees. Lobby staff wearing vintage bell hop uniforms man the ornately carved reception desk – on first glance, you’d think you’d been transported into a mysterious Wes Anderson film (the setting is a mirror image of the Grand Budapest Hotel) – and the rooms are all styled with a nautical theme: choose from pod-like bunks and standard cabins with shared bathrooms, or pricier Captain’s Cabins. There’s also a glitzy ballroom with decadent chandeliers where you can curl up on the vintage sofas, and the Roof Bar, which boasts stunning views of the Hudson River.
Standard Cabins from £95 per night; Captain’s Cabins from £200 per night
UNDER £200 PER NIGHT
Towering above the former tenement district of the Lower East Side, this fashion crowd favourite is set in one of New York’s hippest ‘hoods, just around the corner from the iconic Katz’s Deli. Paying homage to the neighbourhood’s gritty, creative past, this loft-style hangout has a quintessential New York vibe with exposed brickwork, dark-stained wooden floors and a few exotic touches – think mosaic-tiled floors, chandeliers, shaggy sheepskin rugs, and ornate lamps and rugs hand-sourced from Morocco, India and Indonesia – to add a cosy, homely feel.
Prices from £159 per night
11 Howard, Soho
With a bright blue mural on the side of the building, 11 Howard is hard to miss. Interiors are modern Danish in design, with oak floors, high ceilings and walls splattered with contemporary art. Electric skateboards are available for hire and there’s a dark and sultry cocktail bar – The Blond – that turns into one of Soho’s glossiest late-night drinking spots. A boutique hotel with stacks of style, this is one to have on your radar.
Prices from £160 per night
The Knickerbocker, Times Square
A legendary landmark right in the heart of Times Square – the hotel was created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, and rumoured to be where the martini was invented – with live jazz four nights a week and the hip St Cloud rooftop bar; the perfect place to catch the city sunset.
Prices from £195 per room per night, Room Only
UNDER £250 PER NIGHT
Gansevoort Park Avenue, Flatiron District
This ultra-trendy high rise on the elite Park Avenue combines a heady mix of downtown cool and uptown sophistication. New York’s first heated indoor-outdoor pool graces the rooftop, whilst inside there’s an Exhale spa, the Cutler Salon and an incredible 2000-square-feet Duplex Presidential Suite. A tri-level rooftop wonderland, home to hip bars and lounges, exceptional dining – don’t miss Asellina’s elegant Italian cuisine – buzzing nightlife and majestic views of the Empire State building.
Prices from £230 per room per night, Room Only
Refinery Hotel, Garment District
Oozing with industrial-chic charm, this gothic skyscraper located in New York’s famed Garment District, has a super-cool creative vibe, with curated artwork, vintage furnishings and a rooftop bar boasting epic Empire State views. Be sure to visit Winnie’s prohibition-style jazz lounge, and the vintage vibes of the Parker & Quinn American bistro.
Prices from £245 per room per night, Room Only
An edgy hotel on the Lower East Side sharing the block with trendy cafés, restaurants, buzzing night spots and indie boutiques. Urban in style – the hotel comes dripping in graffiti and modern art – with exposed red brick walls, reclaimed woods and stained concrete floors. Mr Purple, the all-day bar-cum-restaurant-nightclub on the 15th floor is well worth a visit, if not for the cocktails, then the uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.
Prices from £260 per night
The New York Edition, Flatiron District
Once known as the tallest building in the world and modelled after the bell tower of Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, today, it’s a modern, airy clubhouse with a stylish cocktail library bar, billiard room and slick Jason Atherton restaurant. Sip a signature cocktail at the chic lobby bar, follow the dramatic, sculptural white spiral staircase to the mahogany-clad Clocktower restaurant, before drifting up to your contemporary, bright white fur-swathed suite.
Prices from £265 per room per night, Room Only
Soho Grand Hotel
A haven for trendsetters, Soho Grand is Downton Manhattan’s first luxury boutique hotel, paying tribute to Soho’s illustrious past. Interiors are super cool, with a touch of opulence, sporting concrete floors, plush fabrics, cast-iron detailing and artwork sourced from nearby galleries.
Prices from £292 per night
UNDER £300 PER NIGHT
This downtown wonder – the latest brainchild of hotelier Ian Schrager, founder of legendary 1970s nightclub Studio 54 – is an altogether new type of luxury hotel. You’ll get everything you want, but with no unnecessary extras, so you can experience New York in style without completely blowing the budget. New York-inspired dishes come wood-fired at superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen, or served up fast food-style at Louis’s market canteen. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, but for jaw-dropping views of the city, head up to the Roof Bar where you can sip on martinis whilst taking in the Manhattan skyline.
Prices from £275 per night
Capturing the classic New York apartment vibe, The Bowery, which was once a boutique backpacker’s hostel, is now one of the city’s hottest hipster hangouts. 200 rooms run from cabins to bunks to more spacious dorms, whilst the lively R Bar on the ground floor is the perfect spot for an after-party, promising to draw in a raucous crowd.
Prices from £290 per night
£300+ PER NIGHT
An oldie but a goodie. The rooftop at The Standard is still one of the best cocktail spots in the city. Boasting dramatic views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline – which are particularly breathtaking at sunset – this trendy hotspot in the Meat Packing District sits on giant concrete stilts above Manhattan’s famous High Line, and is one of the neighbourhood’s most popular hangouts. Rub shoulders with the cool set, sip on smokey mescal margaritas, and then head downstairs to the Standard Grill to sample the bustling brasserie’s sizzling, meaty fare.
Prices from £320 per night
The essence of industrial glamour, Sixty Soho is a hipster hotspot to see and be seen at. A favourite among the fashion crowds – the rooftop bar, Above Sixty Soho, is the talk of the town and the place to be during the summer – this Soho boutique promises slick service and impeccable style, in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Manhattan.
Prices from £330 per night
Crosby Street Hotel
Bursting with style and sophistication, Kit Kemp brings a touch of English charm to edgy Soho with his chic New York hangout. Dripping in Kit’s special blend of inspired fabrics, textured wall coverings and colourful artwork, this Firmdale gem is as much of a social spot as it is a hotel, with crowds spilling out onto the chic patio on Lafayette Street night after night.
From £587 per night