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.
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.
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.
Hero Beach Club
626 Montauk Highway, Montauk
This refurbished seaside retreat (formerly the Oceanside hotel) quietly opened in the summer of 2017 out in Montauk, a spot not always known for it's blissed out tranquility in the summer months. Here, along Montauk's Umbrella Beach, this 34-room getaway features tastefully beach-y furnishings imported from Bali, the kind of mattress you'd happily spend the weekend lounging on courtesy of Tomorrow Sleep, and crisp linens from Hill House Home. (Several of the rooms also have a balcony.) In the morning, there's a small breakfast set-up (bagels, coffee) but not too many other frills—and that's kind of the point. The delightfully in-the-know hotel staff will set you up with everything from, say, surf lessons to tip you off to the best lobster shack in town. On the property, they're featuring yoga on the lawn four days a week and have plans to build out the wellness offerings come the summer 2018 season.
High Line Hotel
180 10th Ave., Chelsea
This 60-room boutique hotel sits on ground that was actually an apple orchard in the early days—though the federally protected historic building (formerly the General Theological Seminary) wasn't built until the 1800s. The rooms themselves are modern but very comfortable, furnished with antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces that were sourced in and around the city. As for the downstairs amenities, you'll find a cozy little courtyard restaurant protected from the street, and Chelsea Market just a few steps away. As the name indicates, you're also right near the High Line—we like to pick up a coffee from the on-site Intelligentsia to nurse during the walk.
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