The fall and winter seasons in New York are a magical time. The leaves crunching under your shoes and the cool weather around you during this time of year makes visiting the city so much better. There really is no better time to visit the Big Apple than at the end of the year, when the whole city feels like it’s party time. And whether you’re visiting for a long weekend, a business trip, or an extended stay, New York’s best hotels could be the icing on the cake of an already perfect getaway.
Blogger Lauren Farley believes that the best establishments in the city are those that offer the most amenities to their customers. “That can include things like a gym, spa, or concierge services,” she explains. Doing your research to find the perfect property for you will only add to the overall experience you are destined to have on your trip.
Whether it’s catching a Broadway show, exploring the variety of restaurants, or strolling through Central Park or one of the many iconic museums, you’ll want an inviting room and a comfortable bed to recharge your batteries after a busy day in the city. Ahead, eight of the best New York hotels to check out for your visit to the Big Apple.
The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn offers a hip vibe that so many people crave when traveling to New York. Luxury travel blogger Mona Molayem says this hotel is upscale, keeping the luxury traveler in mind and including thoughtful touches like Le Labo products stocked in every room. Each bedroom also has its own private balcony.
“Besides the sleek, modern rooms, one of the many things that makes this hotel great is that not only do they have an outdoor rooftop pool, but it’s the longest in town, so it doesn’t not as crowded as other hotel pools,” Molayem shares. Other amenities include a rooftop bar on the 22nd floor with dreamy views of the New York skyline, an Italian restaurant, and even an on-site food truck if you’re looking for something quick and casual before exploring the city.
The Ned Nomad, run by Richie Akiva, is a sophisticated hotel and members-only club located in the heart of New York’s historic North Madison neighborhood. The hotel offers “Ned’s Club”, their exclusive lineup including a rooftop bar and terrace restaurant evoking 1920s glamour, various Prohibition-inspired spaces – just for member enjoyment. But Little Ned’s and Cecconi’s restaurants are open to all customers.
During my stay at the hotel, the rooms were as welcoming as the staff. I was able to check in early and had great service while enjoying drinks and desserts on the rooftop. No matter which of the 167 beautifully restored rooms you stay in, you’ll appreciate the comfortable beds, richly patterned furniture and screens covered in damask fabric.
Farley shares that the Dream Downtown Hotel is a must stay. Located on W. 16th Street, it offers guests stunning views of the Hudson River and High Line Park. They have a great indoor/outdoor rooftop bar (with two different terraces) open all year round. The hotel also has a beautiful lobby and many other amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center and indoor pool. The rooms are quite large and modern, making them perfect for those looking for something upscale, fun, and glamorous.
Travel blogger Ally Gibson shares that as an ex-New Yorker, the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village is always the first place she tries to book when she returns to town. “With an Art Deco vibe including stained glass, brick walls and vintage decor, this place has a lot of personality, which sets it apart in a sea of mediocre options across town,” she explains. The rooms are vintage inspired and have the perfect charm with a fresh take on modern luxury.
The staff are extremely friendly and detail oriented which makes every stay special. Gibson particularly likes the hotel’s proximity to Washington Square Park, one of his favorite parts of town: it’s a charming area and full of amazing restaurants and shops.
Located just off Times Square, the Algonquin Hotel is one of NYC Farley’s most iconic hotels. “He’s been featured in many movies over the years (including Breakfast at Tiffany’s), so if you’re looking for a place with a bit of Hollywood history, this might be your spot,” says Farley. The Algonquin has a beautiful lobby and year-round indoor pool. (However, the rooms are quite small, so it might not be the best for long-term stays in NYC.)
The Refinery Hotel is a 4-star hotel located on 38th between 5th and 6th, so you’ll be outside the chaos of Times Square and just down the street from iconic Bryant Park. “I especially love staying at the Refinery Hotel because of its beautiful rooftop with stunning views of the Empire State Building, gym, spacious rooms, and delicious truffle fries,” Gibson shares.
The staff are lovely and the interior decor has a refreshingly clean and modern feel. This boutique hotel is also close to several metro stations, making it perfect for tourists who want to explore all parts of the city.
The Library Hotel is a charming boutique hotel located near the New York Public Library, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and many other New York landmarks. Travel enthusiast Anna Krizova shares that staying at this hotel also gives you access to a library with over 6,000 books, which is great for book lovers. The reading room is the best place in the hotel, she shares, as refreshments are available 24 hours a day, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, flavored water, and more. It also offers a good free breakfast and cocktail, as well as a fantastic rooftop bar.
The Mark Hotel is one of Gibson’s favorite places to splurge on a special weekend. “In fact, of all the hotels I’ve stayed in around the world, this is easily one of the best,” she shares. With its gorgeous and spacious monotonous rooms, delicious restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Jean Georges, incredible detail-oriented staff, gym, bike rentals and prime Upper East Side location, this 1920s landmark is an emblematic hotel to discover. The Mark is just a few blocks from Central Park, the MET, around the corner from the famous Bemelmans Bar, and not to mention a handful of amazing shops and restaurants.