When it comes to picking a place to stay in New York, it’s all about narrowing down your options based on your amenity of choice—from over-the-top penthouses and stellar art collections to gorgeous views. Here, our picks for the best of the best luxurious hotels in New York.
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
There’s no better way to appreciate the Manhattan skyline than from the vantage point of Brooklyn, and no hotel offers a better view than 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a 194-room property along Brooklyn Bridge Park. Every element of the hotel's design seeks to bring the outside in: floor-to-ceiling corner windows are appointed with hammocks, potted plants fill the room, and reclaimed wood surfaces are sourced from the nearby Domino Sugar Factory. Rooms from $350.
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The Mark Hotel
The concierge at 140-room Mark Hotel is one of the city’s best—they even have a private phone line to Todd Okerstrom, director of personal shopping at Bergdorf Goodman’s flagship on Fifth Avenue, which allows penthouse guests 24-7 access to the store and the help of a personal shopper. If your 3AM purchase needs a hem, there’s an in-hotel tailor at the ready. Rooms from $725.
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This midtown masterpiece is the latest venture from design gurus Tim and Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels. Each part of the whimsical space is an explosion of color and detail: there’s the rainbow-hued sculpture by Hermione Skye O’Hea over the front desk, 40 illuminated porcelain pieces by Martha Freud, and 86 rooms that range in shape, size, and décor—making the hotel just as popular for staycations. Rooms from $695.
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Four Seasons New York Downtown
The opening of the Four Seasons New York Downtown two years ago capped off the downtown resurgence. The hotel occupies 24 floors of an 84-floor building, with condos occupying the rest of the space. There are 189 total rooms, including 28 suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The two crown jewels are the Tribeca Suite and Royal Suite—the latter, which spans 2,400 square feet, has sweeping views of downtown New York. Rooms from $1,000.
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At thisuptown gem, which underwent a top-down renovation to its lobby and public spaces last year, you’ll find some of the elegant interiors in the city. The Mediterranean-focused Majorelle is headed by restaurateur Charles Masson (of La Grenouille fame), while the Jacques Bar and Club Room evoke quintessential old New York. The room to book: the Manhattan Suite for its spacious terrace and the stunning de Gournay bedroom wallpaper. Rooms from $855.
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The Greenwich Hotel
The penthouse at this Tribeca hotel is one of the city’s most exclusive spaces: it’s a design collaboration between Axel Vervoordt and Tatsuro Miki, has 4,000 square feet of outdoor space (that includes an upper and lower terrace), and is over-the-top in its minimalism. The remaining 87 rooms are less austere but just as rustic and refined, while the Shibui spa offers traditional Shiatsu rooms and a lantern-lit swimming pool. Rooms from $625.
Opened in 2015, this ode to crystal signaled the comeback of midtown Manhattan as a destination for luxurious hotels in New York. And, located across from MoMA, it is also the perfect home base for first-time visitors to the city. The 112 rooms are all white marble and dark wood, and the hotel is also home to the first La Mer spa in the country. For guests who want to recreate the hotel's look, up to 180 different pieces of crystal are available for purchase. Rooms from $1,000.
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The Mandarin Oriental New York
Most people don’t know that within this classic, Columbus Circle-based hotel, there’s an exclusive suite that’s only available upon request: Suite 5000, a three-bedroom retreat filled with original works from Steven Naifeh, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, and Andrew Levitas. The other 248 rooms are on the smaller side, but each offers views of Central Park or the Hudson River. Rooms from $695.