New York Hotels
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
Thanks to a new crop of restaurants and bars, the Dumbo waterfront bleeding into Brooklyn Heights is the buzziest spot to be in Brooklyn right now. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has taken full advantage of their location—a thin strip of land jutting into the water, right at the base of the bridge—and constructed the building entirely of reflective glass and steel.
1 Hotel Central Park
1414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
We’ve been fans of the 1 Hotel group since it first set up shop in Miami; New York quickly followed with two locations—one near Central Park and the other on a stretch of rapidly changing Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Blurring the line between luxury and sustainability, every corner of the space is considered in terms of design, from the locally made tables to the greenery and reclaimed wood walls. The rooms are minimal but comfortable, outfitted with hemp-blend mattresses and organic cotton sheets. Another major draw is the food: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s beloved NYC establishment Jams was reprised here, and he hands down serves one of the city’s best kale salads and squid ink rigatoni.
11 Howard St., Soho
What 11 Howard has managed to do is recreate the feeling through the décor, of being in your own, beautifully outfitted home. The furniture is functional, trend-forward, and approachable; the palette is pretty but not overwhelming (we love the combination of navy drapes and blush throws on the beds). The hotel also smartly addresses the fact that oftentimes we’re travelling for work, not pleasure, and that common areas are just as good for setting up shop with a laptop as they are for socializing. The Thrive Market stocked mini bars also have face masks and other essentials you may have forgotten, and the in-room dining is excellent for familiar, health-centric staples (acai bowls, bone broth, a good bagel, La Colombe coffee). If you do feel like indulging in a first rate meal, the Roman and Williams designed Le Coucou is right downstairs. Whether you barely leave your room, or hardly see it at all, you can feel good knowing that a portion of all room rates goes to the Global Poverty Project.
143 Main St., East Hampton
While it sits steps from East Hampton’s boutique and gallery-packed main drag, entering this six-room inn (there’s also a separate two-family carriage house) is a lot like stepping into a time machine. The picket-fenced, whitewashed home has functioned as a hotel since—you guessed it—1770. Alongside modern additions like the in-room iPad docks and flat screens, its beautiful Colonial flourishes—exposed wooden beams, antique fireplace—are perfectly intact. We go for the ever-reliable and delicious burgers at the on-site restaurant.
Andaz Wall Street
75 Wall St., Financial District
Sleek and modern, this spot is packed out with amenities, including a huge spa, a 24-hour gym, an outdoor beer garden in the summer, and meeting rooms galore. Said meeting rooms make sense because it’s buried deep in the Financial District, which means it bustles with business travelers during the week. It’s not particularly busy over weekends, which means you can get really great rates for the size and quality of the rooms.
31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor
Once the preferred hangout of Truman Capote, Jackson Pollock, and Kurt Vonnegut, Baron's Cove is back to its former glory after a two-year renovation (completed in 2015). This historic, sprawling, whitewashed spot is now home to 67 plush rooms (there's a subtly nautical theme throughout), plus a massive pool, gym, and excellent seafood-centric restaurant.
Crosby Street Hotel
79 Crosby St., Soho
This exuberant Firmdale Hotels offering is sort of the perfect mix of over-the-top design flourishes and straight-up excellent hospitality, which makes it an instant hit for kids. Dotted with dog statues and bright colors, the rooms are fun, rather than stuffy, and there are lots of considerations for little ones: Adjoining rooms, cots, pint-sized bathrobes, a kid’s menu (and 24-hour room service), plus babysitting service. There's also an on-site screening room.
Freehand New York
23 Lexington Ave., Flatiron
We were this close to booking the first flight to NYC when we heard that Freehand was opening a new Roman and Williams-designed property. The first Freehand location in Manhattan (after Miami, Chicago, and LA) is in the Flatiron district, right on the border of Gramercy. (It’s a couple of subway stops south of Grand Central, if you’re coming in by train.) In Freehand’s signature style, the rooms vary from hostel-style bunkbeds to corner kings. Commissioned artwork from nearby Bard College students and alumni is displayed throughout, and there’s an overall collegiate feel to the hotel. The George Washington Bar on the mezzanine level is decked out in leather and wood like a handsome old library. There’s an old-school game room next door, another expansive lounge space full of potted plants where you can do work and drink cocktails simultaneously (if you can?), and the all-day restaurant Studio is like a classic New York diner, if it won the lottery, redecorated, and hired world-class chefs to do the cooking. We plan to try Simon & Whale, the street-level restaurant by Chef Matt Griffin, next time and be back for…
15 Gold St., Financial District
This Thompson Street hotel has a lot more personality than you’ll generally otherwise find in the Financial District, as it’s funnily-enough, inspired by an Aspen country house (and more specifically, it's designed by Jim Walrod). The lobby feels a bit like a ski lodge, there’s really good art on the walls, and the beds are topped with tartan blankets. Though its location is a little out of the way if you’re not planning on spending a majority of your time downtown, it’s not that deep into the Financial District and its rates are good for the quality.
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk
Thanks to a recent face-lift, this big resort in Montauk, which ranges along a prime slice of beach, is a good option, particularly if you have kids or a bigger group. Beyond a spate of great restaurants (Tillie's, Scarpetta, a coffee shop in the lobby), there's a kid's club, a beach club, and all the amenities you'd expect from a mainland hotel, like free Wifi, a gym, a pool, and a spa. It's also one of the area's only year-round resorts, which is great if you're hoping to make a visit during the quieter spring or fall months—just be sure to request a renovated room.
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