New York City Hotels
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.
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.
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 and 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 & the Whale, the street-level restaurant by chef Matt Griffin, next time and come…
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.
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.
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
171 Ludlow St., Lower East Side
A somewhat newcomer to the Lower East Side, Hotel Indigo stands out, literally, as one of the tallest buildings in its radius, which translates into unparalleled views of the neighborhood and beyond. Not surprisingly, the hotel has a rooftop bar (Mr. Purple) and a modestly sized pool—not necessarily for doing laps, but it adds to the atmosphere. The rooms are modern and the best ones have floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The duplex penthouse suite might be the biggest splurge, but the outdoor terrace room on the seventh floor is pretty special, too.
605 S. Normandie Ave., Koreatown
The Renaissance-revival exterior of Hotel Normandie is the first sign that this hotel is from another era—the era known as 1926. The hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2010, and the result was updated guest rooms and common areas, and the restoration of a lot of the original Spanish colonial details: the heavy wood beams, fireplaces, and patterned tiles. The in-house diner, Cassell, is rightly revered for its hamburgers, and Comptoir, the more formal of the hotel’s two restaurants, has an intimate dining room with only ten seats and is the genius of French Laundry alum Gary Menes (reservations are essential). After dinner, treat yourself to an after-dinner drink at the Normandie Club, a moody, dark cocktail den, or the Walker Inn, the hotel’s speakeasy-style lounge.
44 West 29th St., Flatiron
Tucked away on an unassuming side street in the Flatiron district, Made is right in the thick of Manhattan’s gorgeous sprawl, showcased beautifully via floor-to-ceiling windows in all 108 rooms. Inside, exposed bronze-shelving with a sleek, industrial-ish vibe plays off the beds’ colorful, hand-woven headboards; the bathrooms have hand-painted Japanese tiles and deep limestone sinks. Good Behavior, the hot-house rooftop bar, is filled with plants, many hanging whimsically from the ceiling. Sipping on a Toki Toddy (Japanese whisky mixed with turmeric tea and pressed ginger) and lounging on one of the sofas (indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather) surrounded by the hazy glow of towering buildings is as New York as it gets: the view is epic. Paper, the coffee bar in the lobby serves dynamite coffee, lattes, and tea, pastries, and come dusk, excellent cocktails; the Lobby Bar specializes in small plates, and Ferris is the hotel’s sleek, subterranean delight of a restaurant.
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