New York City’s hotels offer everything from breathtaking views to 24-hour room service. Here we’ve put together a list of Whitewaller‘s favorite places to relax and rest your head, should you decide to do so during your time in the city that never sleeps.
Designed by Herzog de Meuron and opened by Ian Schrager last year, PUBLIC provides travelers and locals alike a space to come home to. With 367 guest rooms, an elevated shop (Trade), restaurant (Public Kitchen), grab-and-go market by Jean-Georges Vongeritchen, and art space (Public Arts), the hotel also welcomes guests to a David Barton gym, lobby, rooftop bars, and more.
Whitewaller recommends: Attending an event at Public Arts.
With interiors designed by Jacques Garcia, the 168 guest rooms and suites shine with king-sized beds, custom bedding and bathrobes by Sferra and Frette, and exclusive Argan bath amenities by Côté Bastide.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the multiple dining spaces with menus by chef Daniel Humm.
Joining its sister location in Miami is Freehand New York—a 395-room hotel in the former George Washington Hotel, by Sydell Group. To complement the unique and free-spirited rooms, the hotel also welcomes guests to expansive public spaces, two restaurants, and the George Washington Bar. With warm palettes made up of wood millwork, ceramic tile and marble, lush plants, and touches of burnished brass, the hotel is a home away from home.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying brunch at Studio.
Kitano Murray Hill
The Kitano Hotel is New York’s only Japanese-owned hotel, and offers guests 18 floors of 150 special rooms. Complemented by Japanese decor and artwork, the hotel also gives guests wonderful cuisine from the in-house restaurant Hakubai.
Whitewaller recommends: Commit to JAZZ at KITANO—an adjacent jazz-infused supper club
Opened recently in May, MADE is an inaugural hotel project by the hospitality entrepreneur Sam Gelin. Eighteen floors encompass 108 guest rooms, welcoming a reinvented approach with a crafted environment of rich and conscious materials.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a cocktail at the lobby bar before heading up to the rooftop.
The Wythe Hotel is an industrial building that has been converted into a 70-room hotel. With exposed brick walls, iron columns, and pinewood beds, the hotel’s rooms are spacious conversions. Delicious bits can be found at the ground-floor restaurant, Reynard.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a cocktail on the rooftop at The Ides.
Hôtel Americano Chelsea
Designed by Enrique Norten, Hôtel Americano offers 56 Japanese-inspired rooms of style and comfort, with a rooftop pool and lounge, too. Each room has the feel of an urban ryokan, with wooden platform beds, warm light, and for some, a spacious soaking tub.
Whitewaller recommends: Treating yourself to tapas and tequila on the rooftop at La Piscine, or French food at The Americano.
Maritime Hotel Chelsea
In a nautical-themed hub of West Chelsea vibes, this New York icon is a hot spot for fashion, art, food, and business professionals. Enjoy the 16th-century fireplace from the South of France, the ceilings with oak beams, and the much-photographed nautical mural.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a bite to eat from in-house restaurant La Sirena.
The William Vale Williamsburg
In Brooklyn, The William Vale delights visitors with its stunning Albo Liberis–designed structure and interiors by Studio Munge. The multi-use space features 183 guest rooms, three dining destinations by Chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality Group, the Vale Pool, the elevated 15,000-square-foot Vale Park, Westlight bar on the 22nd floor, diverse cultural programming, and more.
Whitewaller recommends: Staying in The Vale Garden Residence suite.
Gramercy Park Hotel Grammercy
Gramercy Park Hotel has long been a New York destination for its many cultural happenings, artworks, lively bars, and more. Each room features an array of amenities, and guests are encouraged to eat at Danny Meyer’s Maialino, sip cocktails at the Rose Bar, and explore the extensive art collection.
Whitewaller recommends: Staying in the Park View Luxury Suite.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo
With 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn gets a stunning mission-driven hotel offering sustainable luxury. Situated at Pier 1 and designed by the architecture studio Incorporated, the hotel has sweeping waterfront views of the city’s skyline and landmarks, 194 guest rooms, a lush lobby space by Harrison Green, Bamford Haybarn Spa, two restaurants, a screening room, and more.
Whitewaller recommends: Staying in the Riverhouse suite.
SIXTY SoHo SoHo
Through a contemporary, bohemian, and inspiring ambience, SIXTY SoHo reflects its stylish surroundings. This boutique hotel features upscale rooms, suites with balconies and soaking tubs, a lobby lounge, and a seasonal rooftop bar. Recently, Bistrot Leo took over the former Sessanta space, bringing an updated take on classic fare to the downtown neighborhood.
Whitewaller recommends: Grabbing a bite at Bistrot Leo.
citizenM Times Square
In Times Square, citizenM is as much a destination as it is an innovative attraction. For each of its locations, the award-winning Dutch hotel group made sure to provide a uniquely stylish setting complemented by top-of-the-line amenities. In this 230-room property, guests will find a “ground floor” courtyard, two outdoor terraces, working spaces, a 24-hour canteenM, and a coveted collection of contemporary art.
Whitewaller recommends: Grabbing a cocktail by mixologist Mayur Subbarao on the roof.
EDITION Hotel NoMad
With 273 rooms boasting extraordinary style and service, The New York EDITION welcomes its guests to an elegant, relaxing environment and a fine dining experience. The hotel’s lobby and lobby bar, with floor-to- ceiling windows overlooking Madison Square Park, are dynamic social hubs—to see and be seen.
Whitewaller recommends: Staying in the penthouse on the 31st floor with 180-degree views of the city.
The Bowery Hotel East Village
This hotel epitomizes opulent comfort and character with its 17 floors of handpicked antique furnishings, leather seats, and Persian rugs. Amenities include the rustic Lobby Bar, a calm courtyard, and Italian fare in their acclaimed restaurant, Gemma.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying 24-hour room service and a complimentary shoeshine.
Standard High Line Meatpacking District
This luxury boutique hotel, located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, offers one of the city’s most renowned rooftops. Startling views can be seen from the top, while the ground-floor plaza acts as the neighborhood’s living room.
Whitewaller recommends: Exploring The Standard Grill’s food and The Standard’s Biergarten beer.
Built in 1881, this gorgeous architectural treasure welcomes guests to nine floors of vibrant comfort. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, combines the sophisticated interior design of Martin Brudnizki with the culinary masterpieces of restaurateur and chef Tom Colicchio, alongside restaurant-auteur Keith McNally. With its opening in September 2016, the hotel now provides guests with 287 rooms—including 38 suites and two penthouses with private rooftop terraces—with eclectic bespoke furniture and vintage furnishings sourced from dealers all over the world.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a bite to eat at Augustine, Fowler & Wells, and The Bar Room.
The Mark Upper East Side
The Mark’s 1920s Art Deco building shines with a Jacques Grange–designed interior, with artwork and furnishings by handpicked collaborators of his like Ron Arad, Eric Schmitt, Paul Mathieu, and Mattia Bonetti. The luxury hotel also offers undeniable amenities, such as breakfast in bed or a tent in your room for kids.
Whitewaller recommends: Indulging in the caramel popcorn or the truffle pizza.
The Surrey Upper East Side
Located on the Upper East Side, this 1926 Beaux Arts building accurately reflects the allure of New York City’s top luxury hotel. Personal space and intimacy are important aspects of the hotel’s design, similar to that of the surrounding private residences. The Surrey prides itself on its $30 million art collection, which adds to its tranquility.
Whitewaller recommends: Having a bite to eat at Café Boulud.