The 5 Best Hotels on the Upper West Side

A stay in the leafy Upper West Side puts you right on the edge of Central Park
A stay in the leafy Upper West Side puts you right on the edge of Central Park | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
There are many reasons to visit New York’s Upper West Side, from its historic institutions including Central Park and the Lincoln Center, to the speakeasy-style bars. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels on the Upper West Side to make your stay even more special.

Encompassing the edge of Central Park, with numerous brownstone building-lined streets and many celebrity residents, the Upper West Side has always been one of Manhattan’s most-loved neighborhoods. Its leafy streets have been the backdrop to more than its fair share of movies and TV shows, while locals flock to the area’s amazing restaurants (the Upper West Side is also home to Levain Bakery, made famous for its huge, gooey cookies). Stay round the corner from stars including Bono and Tina Fey at one of the neighborhood’s best hotels.

The Hotel Beacon

The Hotel Beacon, Manhattan
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The Hotel Beacon owes its name to its rooftop’s original airway beacon, a relic of flight’s early history in America. Today, the 90-year-old hotel provides guests with copies of The New York Times and residential-style rooms equipped with kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and free wifi. Stay in a private suite for the luxury of having your own separate living room and perhaps even a furnished terrace if you really want to push the boat out. Or settle for the terrace of the chic in-house bar.

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The Lucerne Hotel

The Lucerne Hotel, Manhattan
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Old-school hospitality may be the 115-year-old Lucerne Hotel’s most distinguishing feature. Not only will you be offered a private airport transfer and a daily complimentary wine reception, but there’s also a personal concierge service that aims to facilitate your every need – from ticket reservations to beauty appointments. The building may be old, but the rooms are anything but, with smart TVs, designer toiletries, and speedy wifi among the standard amenities on offer. There’s also a fitness center and spa for relaxing tired limbs – plus a sleek on-site restaurant serving up French-Mediterranean fare every evening.

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Mandarin Oriental

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The Mandarin Oriental is a high-end New York City hotel
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Towering above the rest of Manhattan, the Mandarin Oriental offers spectacular views of the city. The five-star hotel’s location on Columbus Circle means that you’ll have easy access to New York’s world-famous shopping scene and restaurants, although the on-site American diner, lobby lounge, and cocktail bar may well tempt you to stay put for the evening. All rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting spectacular skyline views – the best way to wake up to in the morning before a long soak in the tub of your marble bathroom.
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Arthouse New York

Budget Hotel
Arthouse Hotel New York City
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The bright, modernist rooms at Arthouse New York aim to emulate the chic and space-conscious living of traditional NYC lofts. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows offering fabulous views over the city, and the minimalist interiors are punctuated with deep-blue curtains. Upgrade to a terrace room and get your own outdoor space with patio furnishings – perfect for a private sundowner before heading out to discover the city that never sleeps. There is more than enough to keep you entertained in-house, however, with rotating art exhibitions featuring greats such as Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, and live music in the hotel’s wine bar (with a cracking wine list to boot).

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6 Columbus

Boutique Hotel
6 Columbus
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Situated on the edge of the lower end of Central Park, the location of 6 Columbus is about as stereotypically New York as you can get. To continue this theme, opt for one of the hotel’s incredible suites, all of which come with spectacular views – some over the park itself, others over the city’s buildings. The Loft Suite, meanwhile, comes with wraparound glass walls, offering literal 360-degree views. Regardless of what room you go for, they are all tastefully understated with 1960s-oriented design and in-room art by Guy Bourdin. Head to the rooftop bar for cocktails (and yet more views) before heading to in-house Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill for upscale sushi in Zen-like surrounds.

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Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting on this article.

These recommendations were updated on May 1, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.