New York City is rife with hotels – massive corporate entities as well as small and unique boutique properties all vying to turn tourists and business persons into guests. With so many to choose from and all offering different locations, amenities, and price points, trying to decide where to stay isn’t always an easy task. Recently, there has been a surge of boutique hotels as travellers seek small and unique properties that focus on personalized service and guest experience. Such a trend is seen in several tourist destinations around the globe, but perhaps most prominently in New York City where over 150 properties are considered as boutique hotels.
Here are our Favourite Five to consider if you’re heading to the Big Apple.
The Greenwich Hotel – TriBeCa, New York City
Co-owned by actor Robert de Niro, The Greenwich Hotel, boasts craftsmanship, a chic locale, and a lush rooftop amidst the backdrop of the bustling city. Featuring only 88 guest suites, the rooms offer plenty of freebies including wi-fi, snacks and DVD rentals. Despite the small property, the hotel also offers an on-site gym, a spa, and an underground pool. As for dining options, the Greenwich features Locanda Verde restaurant for delicious homemade Italian meals.
Soho Grand Hotel – SoHo
The Soho Grand Hotel is famous as Manhattan’s first luxury downtown boutique hotel. Surrounded by restaurants and galleries, this is an upscale property with a chic personality attracting a hip crowd of travellers, including a multitude of celebrities. Perhaps the fashionable rooftop with scenic views of NYC has something to do with it. Or it could be the well-appointed rooms, onsite gyms, event space, the trendy restaurants and bars in the surrounding area, or the fact that this hotel is one of few that is pet-friendly.
Sixty Les – Lower East Side
Continuing with hotel properties that feature a seasonal rooftop, there is Sixty Les located in NYC’s trendy Lower East Side. Featuring 141 rooms, free wi-fi, a sushi restaurant and beer garden, the property is within walking to the New Museum. Rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, iconic photography by Lee Friedlander and a fully-stocked minibar. Private bathrooms provide slate showers with rain showerheads. Metro Station and Little Italy are mere steps from SIXTY LES, while Greenwich Village is 0.6 miles away. Lower East Side is a great choice for travellers interested in food, restaurants and culture.
The Time – Times Square
The Time, located in Midtown Manhattan is a bit larger than the aforementioned boutiques but manages to retain a boutique status. with 193 rooms, some of which are suites offering separate living areas. The hotel provides a fitness centre, a bar, and an Italian restaurant featuring a multitude of pizza options.
With 193 rooms, some of which are suites offering separate living areas. The hotel provides a fitness centre, a bar, and an Italian restaurant featuring a multitude of pizza options.
Westhouse Hotel New York
This beautiful and upscale boutique hotel sits in Midtown just steps from a series NYC hot spots. Central Park, Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center are all nearby, as is Broadway if you’re in the mood for some live entertainment. Inside, the hotel lobby is decorated with vintage chandeliers and artwork, with is in stark contrast to the modern design of the guest rooms, featuring marble bathrooms and designer furniture.
Choosing any one of these five hotels will yield a fantastic and memorable stay in New York City.