There are a million or so reasons to visit New York City, but the question of where to stay can be a littler harder to answer. Most first-timers will head to one of the typical tourist-stays in Time Square, and while they do offer a central location, they don’t always show you the ‘real’ New York. Another option is to stay in an apartment rental found online. While they can offer a more authentic stay, these rentals can often be set up illegally by renters looking to make a little extra.
For a happy medium that provides the location of a local apartment and the service and safety of a hotel, New York’s boutique hotels offer the perfect answer, and with a personality all of their own. Here we run through our favourite boutique hotels in the city.
W New York
Quirky, contemporary design is at the forefront of this hotel’s appeal, from the New York skyline carpeted across the lobby floor to the breathtaking wraparound outdoor terraces that make the Extreme WOW Suites truly wow-worthy.
Close to all the main attractions, a stay at the W New York will not disappoint and, once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, why not give in to temptation and book a treatment at the hotel’s Bliss® 49 Spa? Failing that, be seduced into its Whiskey Blue bar – a New York nightlife highlight.
Sleek, sophisticated and stylish is the name of the game for Langham Place, set in the heart of Fifth Avenue. The level of service here really is the crème de la crème, setting the hotel far apart from its competitors. All the rooms feature indulgent amenities, Italian linens and large marble bathrooms too, serving up pure luxury throughout.
The Bryant Park Hotel
Already award winning, Bryant Park Hotel continues to receive worldwide recognition for its commitment to luxury service and revered hospitality – rated on TripAdvisor as the ‘Trendiest Hotel in New York City and America’ and awarded the ‘Best Places to Stay’ accolade by Condé Nast Traveller. Geared towards fashionistas and culture vultures, this hotel oozes elegance, sophistication and just the right amount of pizzazz.
Andaz 5th Avenue
Embracing the philosophy that everyone should be a little different, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to express your own personal style. Located in Midtown Manhattan, this chic enclave offers loft-like guestrooms that are reminiscent of pre-war New York – think marble bathrooms and porcelain foot baths – as well as boasting state-of-the-art entertainment. You could almost be forgiven for not leaving your room, but being a mere stone’s throw from all the action, it’s best to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Located at the very top of the Time Warner Center, within walking distance of Fifth Avenue, this hotel offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide sweeping views of the Hudson River, Manhattan and Central Park. Plus, with a celebrated restaurant, recognised for its inventive cuisine, not to mention a world-renowned spa, the Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel with a 5-star difference.