Home to the world-famous Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen is a cultural hub for all things New York City. To accommodate the millions of tourists that pass by every year, the neighborhood also offers a range of first-rate hotels. Here are the best hotels in Hell’s Kitchen.
Once a hotspot for the city’s Irish mob, and a hive of illegal Prohibition activity in the early 20th century, Hell’s Kitchen is one of Manhattan’s most historically intriguing neighborhoods. Though its streets are now devoid of bootleggers and rum runners, it has morphed into an eclectic mix of flea markets, multicultural restaurants and LGBTQ bars. A bit of exploration will uncover numerous gems, while its proximity to Times Square and the Theater District makes it the perfect base for those looking to get a lot done in a short time. Explore it all from these incredible hotels.
Luxury air travel is the inspiration behind this hotel, which is conveniently located close to Times Square. YOTEL New York’s rooms, or “cabins” as they’re known, are inspired by first-class air travel and are characterized by their smart use of space and adjustable SmartBeds, which can convert to upright and reclined seating. The theme continues with the hotel’s airport-style self-check-in kiosks; unlike most first-class plane tickets, however, this budget hotel boasts reasonable prices.
With out-of-the-box amenities like pre-loaded iPod shuffles and yoga mats, it’s no surprise that Kimpton Ink48 Hotel often lands itself on Best of New York lists. Most of the 222 rooms and suites have loft-style ceilings and deep-soaking tubs, but each one comes with expansive views of the city. Pop by the nightly wine hours to mingle with other guests, before heading up to rooftop bar The Press Lounge – an enormous drinking destination with an outdoor pool and dizzying panoramas. Make the most of complimentary PUBLIC Bikes to skip the traffic and get some exercise while you explore the city.
Dark color schemes and mood lighting make the Jay Godfrey-designed rooms at Cachet Boutique sleek and seductive spaces. Its in-house eatery, Treadwell Park, is a beer-focused restaurant and bar serving classic American dishes (like slow-cooked pulled pork and giant pretzels) made with farm-to-table ingredients. Drinks are best taken to the Sky Deck, one of three open-air courtyards with decorative touches like Pop art-style street art and mirror-lined walls – a youthful and chic space to have a pre-dinner beer under twinkling fairy lights. With the bustling High Line just a mile away, and New York skyline icon the Empire State Building within a short walk, there’s plenty to explore nearby.
Frugal and functional travelers may find the Pod Hotels chain a viable option for its prices and convenient locations. The 665-room hotel at Times Square credits getting rid of unnecessary extras for its low prices, replacing them with useful additions like free local calls. With soundproof windows, floor-to-ceiling shutters, and full-size kitchens and living rooms in some rooms, guests will still find everything they need and more.
Unpretentious Distrikt New York City is a great example of a classic metropolitan hotel: elegant, comfortable and homely without any of the fluff around the edges. Deluxe king rooms all come with enormous beds, vistas of the surrounding skyscrapers and low-key furnishings in deep-stained wood. Meanwhile, the hotel is equipped with a fitness center and a business suite, and even offers a free limousine and private car service – a rarity outside Manhattan’s ultra-luxe hotels. In-house eatery Collage Bistro & Bar is perfect for a pre-dinner beverage before heading out to explore Hell’s Kitchen’s multicultural food scene. Try Thai spot Talad Wat or vibrant Mexican joint Vida Verde for dinner with a side of late-night margaritas.
The neon-accented rooms at Row NYC perfectly capture the vibrancy of nearby Times Square. Many come with brilliant city views, but on the whole, the spaces are minimalist and simple with everything you need and no bells and whistles. There’s a fitness studio that offers spin classes, while the lack of in-room minibars is made up for at the hotel’s restaurants. Casual City Kitchen is a market-style eatery, bringing together trendsetting food vendors from every neighborhood in the city (so you can choose between lobster rolls, ramen, donuts and tacos).
Towering 36 stories above Times Square, this four-star hotel provides classic New York City views from every room. The focus on luxury will ensure a dreamy night’s sleep no matter how rambunctious it may get outside in neon-clad Times Square – beds are piled with super-soft fabrics and the spa-inspired bathrooms have rainfall showers. The 24-hour room service comes from chef Todd English’s The Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen, though we recommend dining in to take advantage of the bar’s elaborate cocktail menu, which is inspired by the hotel’s rooftop bee hives. Opt for an executive room or suite for dramatic bird’s-eye views of Times Square.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Julia Goicochea.
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