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.
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.
27 Grand St., Soho
The rooms at this Soho hotel are decorated minimally and elegantly. People flock here for the splashy features like a glass elevator on the side of the building, the scene-y rooftop pool, and great views of Manhattan from the gym, the sky bar, and many of the rooms.
The Mercer Hotel
147 Mercer St., Soho
André Balazs hotels are known for their practical, yet elegant spin on comfort: Homey amenities include a library of books and movies, while the rooms are modern and simple, with special attention given to good bedding and spacious bathrooms. The Mercer Kitchen is a great plus—it's one of the best restaurants in the area, and a great spot for lunch while shopping.
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