Booking a hotel room with a view of the Empire State Building is a bucket-list item for many, but it can be expensive. If you’re eager to see the Art-Deco skyscraper during your trip to NYC, do the next best thing and book a room at a hotel in the area, where you’ll be able to enjoy a view of the landmark every time you walk out of the hotel lobby. The following five hotels, at various price points, promise to give you your fill of the Empire State Building.
The Heights rooftop bar on the 31st floor of Arlo NoMad has views across Manhattan | Courtesy of Arlo NoMad
Recognized for its unique hotel service created with ‘urban explorers’ in mind, the Arlo NoMad is the winner of many prestigious awards, such as a Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Award. Each guest room features modern walnut furnishings and custom light fixtures, which make staying at the Arlo feel like a luxury experience. Other hotel perks include access to the seasonal rooftop bar, complimentary bicycles for exploring NYC, and a second-floor bar, lounge and terrace.
Constructed in 1903 and originally called The Gregorian, this hotel once attracted New York’s upper crust with its stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers. In 2015, the building was restored and renamed The Gregory, and many of its original features can still be seen in the lobby and on-site bar and grill. The contemporary room decor is sleek but inviting, and the massive king- and queen-size beds promise a good night’s sleep.
When decorating each of The Redbury’s 259 guest rooms, creative director Matthew Rolston drew inspiration from New York’s music history. In a nod to the city’s past as one of the birthplaces of pop music and rock ‘n’ roll, each room has a Bluetooth gramophone speaker, as well as down duvets and 300-thread-count bedding. Even better, there’s an on-site Roman-inspired pizzeria that serves unique takes on classic pizzas.
Housed in a historic, turn-of-the-century building, Ace Hotel New York offers rooms of all sizes, including those with bunk beds and ‘mini’ rooms outfitted with a full-size bed. Most rooms feature vintage furniture, and certain rooms even come with a turntable and records. As a bonus, there’s also a British gastropub and a coffee shop on the premises.
This 22-story boutique hotel has a rooftop bar and steakhouse on-site. Room amenities include handmade salted caramels upon arrival, complimentary Nespresso coffee, Malin+Goetz bath products and a walk-in shower. Be sure to specify whether you want a room with a view of the Empire State Building!