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.
44 W. 29th St., Midtown
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.
Park Hyatt New York
153 W. 57th St., Midtown
In a neighborhood that's primarily serviced by grand, historic hotels, the just-opened Park Hyatt offers an experience that's very modern. The Christian de Portzamparc-designed skyscraper, One 57, sits directly across from Carnegie Hall and offers some of the biggest rooms, square-footage-wise, in the city. Meanwhile, the contemporary interiors by design firm Yabu Pushelberg strike the perfect balance between modernism and comfort. Bonus: the 13,000-square foot Spa Nalai, which is divided into a fitness room, 65-foot lap pool, and six sleek suites offering everything from treatments on a sand quartz bed (the only one of it’s kind in NYC) to cupping.
The Four Seasons New York
57 E. 57th St., Midtown
Completed in 1993, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons building was one of the most iconic additions to the New York skyline in the '90s; at 54 stories, it's also one of the tallest hotels in the city. Despite its location just steps from Madison Avenue in the most bustling part of Midtown, it feels like a quiet reprieve. If you're feeling baller, inquire about the Ty Warner penthouse on the top floor.
700 5th Ave., Midtown
Every outpost of the Peninsula—Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles—delivers the same service and attention to detail (and, in New York, those Savoir beds). Their Manhattan hotel, located in a gorgeous old beaux-arts building that was first built in 1905 and opened as The Gotham, has 200 rooms, each decorated simply and luxuriously. The onsite concierge is available 24 hours a day and even organizes personalized tours of the city.
768 5th Ave., Midtown
Since its original owners first broke ground on the building in 1907, The Plaza, with its opulent décor, luxe suites, and location right along the edge of Central Park, has been a monumental presence in the city. F. Scott Fitzgerald (a regular himself) staged Gatsby's confrontation with Tom Buchanan in a Plaza suite, Frank Lloyd Wright famously lived there for several years while he oversaw the construction of the Guggenheim Museum, and, of course, there's Eloise. All of the rooms (and there are some magnificent suites as well) are decorated in the original style of the building.
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park
50 Central Park S., Midtown
The Ritz actually has two outposts in Manhattan, including one at the tip of Battery Park which offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. The outpost in Midtown is classic New York, with all the amenities you'd expect (amazing beds, beautiful bathrooms), though what really sets this location apart is the luxe spa, La Prairie.
44 W. 44th St., Midtown
Although first built in 1898, the Royalton didn't burst onto the scene really until 1988, when Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck made it one of their projects and decked it out with daring, experimental design that drew a very trendy crowd. In 2007, the hotel underwent its first renovation since Starck's initial vision, with a redesign led by goop favorites Roman & Williams; the dark, moody lobby epitomizes their signature warm, modern style. Meanwhile, the rooms upstairs (larger ones have actual wood-burning fireplaces in the winter) are crisp and light, with white bedding and mirrored bathroom tiles. If you're staying in Midtown but need to be south of all the grand dames off Central Park, it's a great pick.
The St. Regis
2 E. 55th St., Midtown
While it's a historic classic (it was built in 1907), New York's St. Regis received a 90 million dollar renovation in 2013. It's still as luxe and old-world as ever: The historic King Cole Bar, and the library—assembled by the hotel's original owner John Jacob Astor, which houses more than 3,000 vintage leather-bound books—are as wonderful as ever. The service here is famously excellent: Each guest is assigned a tails-wearing butler to attend to any special requests.
The Whitby Hotel
18 West 56th Street., Midtown
In the past few years, Midtown has undergone a subtle evolution from the land of corporate offices and tourists to a neighborhood New Yorkers actually want to hang out in. It’s all thanks to a smattering of stylish new cafés, restaurants, and hotels. The Whitby, which opened last spring, has been a big part of the revival. The property is part of British-based Firmdale Hotels (the brand’s downtown Crosby Street Hotel is a fashion-world favorite) and displays founder and designer Kit Kemp’s signature aesthetic—bright, boldly patterned fabrics; floor-to-ceiling windows; colorful floral headboards and wallpaper; and tasteful, contemporary artwork everywhere. Fittingly for a hotel with roots in the UK, afternoon tea is a major draw, and this one offers a selection of gluten- and dairy-free options.
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