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A trip to the Big Apple is unlike anywhere else in the world. As they say, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Whether you’ve got your eyes on fame and fortune or you’re just happy to explore New York City’s must-see sights and things to do, it’s hard not to get caught up in the magic here, especially if you’re planning on going all out and checking into a five-star hotel in NYC.
This incredible city has some of the US’s most impressive five-star spots, offering seriously premium amenities with gorgeous views overlooking the city skyline. This unbeatably cool city is home to many awe-inspiring luxury hotels, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorites below.
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Lotte New York Palace’s opulent suites, dramatic decor, and prestigious location make this one of NYC’s finest hotels in Manhattan in more ways than one. This incredible spot is one of the city’s most iconic and instantly recognizable hotels and is suitable for all kinds of travelers. The Lotte New York Palace is located across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and also offers free transfers to Wall Street and Broadway theaters twice a day, so you’ll always feel close to the action. Inside, you’ll find marble bathrooms and neutral bedrooms artfully decorated with plush furnishings and beautiful views. The communal areas are just as spectacular, with a state-of-the-art 7000-square-foot fitness center and spa, full facilities for business meetings, and wonderful spaces to hold weddings or other events. Timeless elegance meets modern-day luxury in this one-of-a-kind spot.
1 Hotel Central Park demands attention before you’ve even walked through its oversized, vine-coated doors. Set right in the heart of NYC, this is one of the best five-star hotels in the city for anyone looking to explore on a daily basis. It’s also a great place to stay for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as 1 Hotel Cetnral Park sits right on the parade route. Stylish and unique, 1 Hotel is an urban retreat inspired by nature, fusing together the outside world with all modern comforts and offering everything you could need for a relaxing few days. Focused on sustainability, this NYC hotel was designed using reclaimed materials, something you’ll spy as you wander through its colossal space. Thoughtful touches bring nature into your room with reclaimed woods and treetop views, while you’ll find state-of-the-art technology and seasonal menus that keep things fresh. The gym is one of the most impressive parts of this hotel, something many guests speak of when they’ve checked out.
Check into an EDITION hotel, and you’ll know vaguely what to expect: an impressively curated spot with serious attention to detail and plenty of Instagrammable corners. The New York EDITION is no exception and may even take the most impressive EDITION award. A fusion of fashion and florals, almost every room at this hotel comes swathed in greenery, from overhanging palms to freshly cut flowers. While the standard rooms come with all modern comforts, the premium rooms go above and beyond with private balconies and views of Times Square. The EDITION doesn’t just show off when it comes to decor but also when it comes to dining, with six unique dining experiences developed by a Michelin-star chef. Want to eat out? Restaurant Row is only a few steps away, too.
Whether you’ve been lucky enough to stay at The Langham, Fifth Avenue already, or it’s a place you’ve only dreamed of visiting, it’s fair to say there aren’t many NYC hotels with the same kind of prestige that this particular name offers. This five-star hotel provides celebrity treatment and more in a place where the staff goes to the effort to make you feel more like a family member than just a guest. Inside, expect beautiful views of the Empire State Building and New York’s architectural wonders, along with wood accents and marble bathrooms. If you’re looking to relax and refresh, you’re in the right place, as the Langham is one of the best spa resorts in New York City. Head to the luxury spa or work out in the 24-hour fitness center and, when you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat in the chic restaurant, which serves up Mediterranean fine dining.
One of the best Hilton hotels in NYC, The Conrad New York Downtown hotel has so many on-site amenities you could reasonably spend all your time here without leaving the hotel. This probably isn’t why you came to NYC, but it’s something to consider when deciding how many nights to stay here. The answer? Never enough. The Conrad is one of NYC’s most fashionable hotels and a coveted name worldwide. Infusing modernism into every room and even its rooftop terrace, this impressive spot takes luxury living to the next level and is ideally situated alongside the Hudson River. A hotel designed for those who would like a little more room than the standard New York hotel offers, The Conrad rooms feature a separate living room, an espresso machine, and a huge bed. With 2000 pieces of artwork on display in its atrium, it’s somewhere you’ll never get tired of returning to.
If New York City’s coolest inhabitants were to open a hotel, it would look a little something like 11 Howard. This upscale boutique hotel is one lusted over from across the world, with stylish care and attention spotted in every corner. Located close to Soho, Bowery, Chinatown, and Little Italy neighborhoods in Manhattan, it’s fair to say that exploring the city is a seamless experience when staying here. A place where Danish minimalism meets New York realism, 11 Howard takes sustainability seriously with chic, minimalist rooms, oak flooring, and unique artwork. Choose between rooms and suites with an extensive range of amenities and budgets to suit all kinds of five-star guests. Expect custom-crafted furniture, high ceilings, natural bamboo area rugs, double-weave wool bed throws, and ceramic wall sculptures. You’ll even find organic bath products in the bathroom.
Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards is the true definition of cool. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows in every room and toned-down, styled-up bedrooms, this is a place for those who like to make the most of the city in pure comfort. This five-star hotel is perfectly located for all kinds of NYC adventures, only a three-minute walk from the 34th Street-Hudson Yards subway station and one mile away from both the Empire State Building and Times Square. Inside, expect total soundproofing, blackout blinds, and integrated technology in every room for a truly personalized experience. Throughout the hotel, you’ll also find the luxury spa, the 60,000-square-foot fitness center, and, maybe the coolest part of all, the 24th-floor restaurant, complete with its own roof terrace.
New York’s Mandarin Oriental stretches high into the sky, which means you’re guaranteed incredible cityscape views here even if you choose the most affordable rooms. This luxury spot comes decked out top to bottom with suave design and attention to detail. The list of amenities here mostly comes in figures and they’re seriously impressive. We’re talking a 14,500 square-foot Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa, a 75-foot lap pool and, at the other end of the spectrum, a few mere footsteps to take you to the Broadway Theater District, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center and more. You’ll spy all of the traditional Mandarin Oriental perks while staying here, including the famed MO Lounge where you can sip on a cocktail while watching the world go by down below, and the elegant rooms and suites with oversized bathtubs and cozy beds to match.
The Dominick Hotel is one of the classiest in New York City, kitted out with classic design and ensuring a wonderful stay complete with that all-American top-notch hospitality. This premium spot in SoHo stretches a huge 46 stories into the sky and overlooks the city just below. Every room here comes with a little unique charm like a personalized minibar and custom-made furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure you’ll never forget where you’re waking up each morning and an Italian marble bath helps you to wind down after a long day in this fast-paced city. This is a hotel designed for all kinds of guests, with a large pool on the 7th floor as well as business facilities for those working in the city. There’s a large gym if you’re looking to sweat out your sins while staying here.
WestHouse Hotel describes itself as a “home away from home” which gives you an indication of the level of service and hospitality you’ll receive while staying here. A beautiful hotel from start to finish, WestHouse has views of Manhattan and the Hudson River from each of its spacious rooms and plenty of communal areas to relax in throughout your stay. Blending the home comforts of an elegant Uptown apartment with the refined luxuries of a boutique hotel, a stay at WestHouse offers a little more than your average. Everything here has been specially chosen, from the signature scent by an ambient specialist to the luxury bedding and personalized experience each guest receives. Steps from Carnegie Hall, Central Park and Fifth Avenue, you’ll never run out of things to do while staying here.
Four Seasons Hotel New York is a classic: a place everyone who loves a five-star hotel should experience at least once in their lives. This stunning, Manhattan-based spot is quintessentially NYC in every way, from its stylish interiors to its impressive range of amenities and unbeatable location. Sat on Billionaires’ Row, the city’s most prestigious space between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, it’s fair to say you’re going all out when you check in here. Each room comes with panoramic views of the city, complimentary WI-FI, and endless space to make yourself at home. The suites are even bigger and are considered some of the largest offered in Manhattan. Spend your mornings with a coffee planning your day from the outdoor terrace, or head to Ty Bar in the evenings to sip on bespoke cocktails.
We’ve pretty much lost count of the number of movies and TV shows that have referenced The Plaza over the years and this is one luxury NYC hotel that will never go out of style. The Plaza is unlike any other hotel in the city and, a little like King Midas, everything it’s associated with turns to gold. Step outside and you’ll be greeted by some of the world’s most luxurious brands, like Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue: perfect for anyone looking to do some shopping. Inside, you’ll find world-class restaurants and bars like The Palm Court, while the rooms are just as impressive. Each one comes with its own iPad as well as 24-karat gold plated bathroom accessories and, of course, those wonderful views.
The Lowell Hotel is classy and classical: a true blend of traditional NYC style with a few modern elements thrown in for good measure. A five-star hotel that’s fully deserving of its stars – and could maybe even do with one more – the Lowell is a multi-award winner not just within NYC but also in the wider United States. It’s also one with a lot of history, first built in 1927 and playing host to endless celebrities in that time. Take a stroll through the 17 floors here and witness unique Lowell charm on every floor, from the bedrooms with their wood-burning fireplaces and landscaped terraces with views of the city to the breakfast and afternoon tea options offered at the famed Pembroke Room. Those traditional elements we speak of? These include a nightly turndown service and free New York Times newspapers delivered.
You may have heard about The Mark in the past: mostly for offering the most expensive hotel suite in America at a huge $75,000 per night. But don’t worry as not all of the rooms there are quite so expensive. There’s plenty to talk about over at The Mark from its prestigious rooms and suites through to its incredible dining options and chic, lively Mark Bar. Taking the definition of “glamorous” to a whole new level, each Art Deco room comes with custom-made furniture and marble bathrooms, while the suites come with designer cooking facilities and even more space. Outside the rooms, you’ll find a fitness center and a salon as well as bikes for rental. Based on the Upper East Side, you only have to step outside of its swish doors to experience luxury living in the city.
The Pendry Manhattan West is California-inspired, which you might not expect from a pretty centrally located NYC hotel. Filled with charm and relaxation, this unique five-star hotel is an oasis in the middle of the city’s fast-paced atmosphere and one you’ll appreciate a little bit more the longer you stay here. The rooms here, with their neutral decor, are pretty suave but it’s the rest of the hotel that’ll really win you over. You’ll find four unique day-to-night food and beverage spots dotted through the Pendry’s multiple floors as well as a few different rooftop venues and a collection of stunning special event spaces. Outside, you’ve got easy access to Midtown, Chelsea, the redeveloped Empire Station/Penn Station Complex and the west side’s best shopping, dining, culture and signature style.
The Knickerbocker is one of NYC’s most famous hotels and is rumored to be the place where the Martini cocktail originated. No one’s sure whether that’s totally accurate or not, but this majestic hotel is one to check out for a few nights regardless. A stately spot in the heart of New York, The Knickerbocker is all about toned-down colors and dialed-up charm. This elegant landmark hotel overlooks Times Square and is filled with just as much magic as you’d expect from its location. Here, soak up the views from the indoor/outdoor roof terrace or lie back in your sumptuous room and admire the views just outside. High ceilings, designer toiletries, and high-thread-count sheets are just some of the perks that come with staying here, as well as the hotel’s own chic restaurant and a gym – if you have any free time left!