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hotels in new york city

New York or nowhere baby.  Whether it’s your first time visiting NYC or like us, you can just never get enough of exploring this pulsating hub where fashion, food, art, culture, and history collide — here are our favorite places to sleep, in the iconic city that never sleeps.

The Greenwich Hotel

Set on the cobblestone streets of downtown TriBeCa — the former warehouse district turned trendy neighborhood just south of SoHo— The Greenwich Hotel is brimming with old-world charm with a homey vibe.  A favorite among the celebrity set (it’s co-owned by Robert DeNiro),  The Greenwich Hotel is New York’s answer to LA’s Chateau Marmont.

Worth Traveling For

Locande Verde, the hotel’s coveted Italian restaurant, the Japanese-inspired Shibui Spa, complete with an indoor pool on the basement and the eclectic lived-in, thrown-together decor and cozy fireplaces.

1 Hotel Central Park

A welcoming nature-filled oasis in the middle of the urban jungle (the exterior is a three-story living green facade) as its name suggests 1 Hotel Central Park is steps from Central Park.  The designer property is an exercise in stylish sustainability, reclaimed wood furniture, lush greenery, and recycled materials redefine the notion of luxury.

Worth Traveling For

The fresh seasonal American farm to fork cuisine at the luxe rustic Jams Restaurant, the Field House wellness and fitness sanctuary, and the dreamy custom organic cotton mattresses.

Baccarat Hotel

As you’d expect from a famed French crystal house the Baccarat Hotel New York oozes Parisian glamor and grandeur. Set on Manhattan’s famed Museum Mile, just off Central Park, the property literally dazzles with crystal chandeliers, rich red accents, LED light displays, and a decadent fireplace that mirrors the furnaces that produce Baccarat’s signature opulent crystals.

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The Grand Salon; specializing in Alsatian-inspired cuisine by a two Michelin-starred chef,  the 60 million dollar penthouse (dare to dream), the La Mer signature spa, and the luxe indoor pool with checkered floor and cabanas inspired by the Côte d’Azur.

The Carlyle

Michael Kors’ favorite hotel and one of New York’s most iconic hotels, The Carlyle on the swanky Upper East Side, is old-school fabulous.  Since its 1930 opening, it’s hosted presidents, royals, and celebrities — and the nostalgia lives on with a white-gloved elevator attendant, decadent lobby, chessboard floors, ornate ivory, and plush suites with elegant antiques and black marble bathrooms.

Worth Travel For

Jazz and drinks at the legendary cabaret club Café Carlyle (dinner jacket required.), afternoon tea at the sultan palace inspired The Gallery with its crimson walls, sapphire blues, and velvet cushions, and Bemelmans Bar, where the walls feature painted mural scenes of Central Park.

The Pierre

Part of the luxury Taj Hotel collection, The Pierre is another grand old dame on the chic Upper East Side overlooking Central Park that was a favorite of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Yves Saint Laurent.  Here the luxe suites pay homage to its  Indian heritage with soft neutrals and jewel tones,  handwoven carpets, and artworks curated by a Mumbai artist.

Worth Traveling For

The hotel’s opulent restaurant Perrine which serves sustainable, locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, the pastel frescos painted in 1967 that adorn the walls and ceilings at the French fine-dining restaurant Rotunda and the Jiva Spa, where treatments come inspired by India’s ancient wellness rituals.

Mandarin Oriental

It’s hard to beat the incredible views over Central Park at the towering Mandarin Oriental, just off Columbus Circle.  The hotel’s signature Asian-inflected style makes for a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city while the interior’s rich purple hues, modern artworks, shimmering light fixtures, and shiny metal accents bring the glamor.

Worth Traveling For

The killer views, best enjoyed over a cocktail and Asian bites in the elevated MO Lounge lobby bar, the 75-foot lap pool overlooking the Hudson River, and the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, touted as one of the best in the city.

The Mark

Another New York classic, The Mark on the Upper East Side is an Art-Deco-inspired gem with interiors that are slick and modern with a hint of splashy.  The rooms, revamped by Jacques Grange, are elegant with a tranquil palette of cream, whites, and rich browns, and cool modern artworks.

Worth Traveling For

The iconic location gives you access to Bergdorf Goodman, the lobby’s striking black and white striped polished marble floor, the French Haute hotdog and popsicle stand out front.

Crosby Street Hotel

Tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street in NYC’s trendy, shopping, and culinary SoHo district, Crosby Street Hotel is a charming boutique hotel that evokes a classic-meets-contemporary English elegance. A go-to for the fashion set, the chic interiors designed by Kit Kemp feature warm textured wall coverings, rich fabrics and colorful artworks.

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The leafy garden courtyard, which extends beyond the stylish bar and restaurant (don’t be surprised to spot an A-lister or two), the state-of-the-art cinema in the basement which plays hosts to screenings and VIP events, and the cozy guest drawing-room.

The Peninsula

Set in a  gorgeous landmark beaux-arts building that dates back to 1905 The Peninsula in midtown Manhattan will have you reveling in neo-classic elegance, from the grand two-story foyer to the ornate plaster ceiling with striking crystal chandelier, magnificent dual staircases, and curated art exhibitions (past works showcased Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat).

Worth Traveling For

The old-world glamor, the chic Rooftop Bar and Terrace (complete with igloos in winter), the elevated American cuisine and Color Room at Clement Restaurant, and the coveted The Peninsula Spa with its innovative spa menu, glass-enclosed pool, and Asian Tea Lounge.

TWA Hotel

Turning the notion of the airport hotel on its head is the newish TWA Hotel at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.  For those keen to experience the nostalgia of the golden era of air travel, the kitsch property at the landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center is a tribute to midcentury modernism design and glamor. There are two hotel wings behind the historic building with guest rooms overlooking the runways.

Worth Traveling For

The sexy retro design, the rooftop infinity pool with runway views, The Paris Café by Jean-Georges, martinis and swizzle sticks in the sunken lounge, the 10,000 sq ft gym, and museum exhibits showcasing yesteryear images and memorabilia from TWA and The Jet Age.

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