New York City’s Financial District is an area rich with history, where travellers can still experience a touch of the old world amidst the “new downtown.” Whether visiting for business or pleasure, spend a few nights at one of these hotels in the to experience the best Downtown Manhattan has to offer.
Flashier and more playful than most options in the Financial District, Aloft Downtown is a destination for people looking to party, with a pool table in the lobby lounge and a 24/7 snack bar to refuel at any hour of the day or night. The hotel hosts weekly karaoke nights, and a DJ spins at the bar every other Friday evening. Kids are welcomed with “Camp Aloft,” a sleeping bag plus extra treats to entertain your child while you map out the next part of your downtown adventure.
Geared toward working travelers, the World Center Hotel offers rooms that are clean and modest. The crown jewel of the hotel, is its World Terrace Private Dining Club on the 20th floor. Guests have exclusive access to the bar and restaurant, so kick back on the private terrace and enjoy the sparkling view of One World Trade Center and its surroundings.
The Assemblage is configured to blur the lines between work and play and doesn’t sacrifice style or design in doing so. The moss-covered archway before the lobby is quite a dramatic entrance, and the guest rooms are large, individually decorated, and most include a kitchenette. Complimentary amenities include yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes on the second floor.
Mr. C Seaport Hotel at the South Street Seaport is the newest establishment in the Financial District from the Cipriani family. Located in an English-style red-brick building amidst the cobblestones of the Seaport, Mr. C offers tastefully decorated guest rooms with stunning panoramic views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge, while the on-site restaurant, Bellini, serves rustic Italian cuisine.
Nestled along the border of Battery Park, the Wagner Hotel offers amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor from its large guest rooms. An all-suite hotel catering to business travellers, the Wagner is well appointed with writing desks in every room and well situated for exploring the Financial District in your downtime. If you’re driving, the Wagner is one of only a few downtown hotels with valet parking service.
The Beekman is housed inside one of Manhattan’s original skyscrapers, erected in 1883. Now a city landmark, the hotel restored the building’s ornate Victorian wrought-iron railings and balustrades in the nine-story atrium. The reception desk is draped with Persian rugs, and rooms are curated with similarly eclectic furnishings from around the globe. Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio is at the helm of The Beekman’s food offerings at Temple Court and the underground speakeasy, Alley Cat. An incredible art collection honoring the Financial District’s past and present was commissioned from Jane Hammond and Patrick Jacobson and is on view throughout the hotel.
The Four Seasons Downtown has a palatial lobby and guest suites to match: most have separate seating areas, marble fireplaces, and private terraces. The luxury hotel offers top-tier amenities including a full-sized pool, spa, and personalized family concierge plans. It’s also home to CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s first Manhattan restaurant.