Harlem is a historic neighborhood, with clubs and cafés that have played host to some of the most talented artists to emerge in the last century. A stay in the area offers visitors the chance to explore its storied streets, as well as easy access to some iconic New York City landmarks further downtown. If you’re looking to visit, here are the best hotels in Harlem.
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Aloft, Harlem, New York City | Courtesy of Aloft Harlem / Hotels.com
This three-star hotel in West Harlem is one of the neighborhood’s higher-end accommodations. Aloft Harlem boasts a self-serve cappuccino station and a popular cocktail bar. Plus it has a sustainability-focused design that manages to make materials such as cork, wood and even recycling receptacles seem stylish. At six stories tall, this Marriott property offers priceless views of Manhattan (at a reasonable price).
The Harlem Flophouse is a Victorian-era townhouse that has operated as a hotel for over 100 years. During that time, it has hosted Harlem Renaissance artists, fashion and music photo shoots, and travelers who are looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences. The Flophouse’s quirky charms include shared bathrooms featuring antique clawfoot tubs, a deliberate absence of modern appliances, and a hotel cat, Phoebe.
For a stay in Central Harlem to remember, there’s 255West Guesthouse. The four rooms in this 130-year-old brownstone are named after the owners’ chihuahuas – Guillaume, Gino, Lily and Calliope – who live adjacent to the house. Like their namesakes, the rooms each have their own personalities and feature everything from an electric-blue four-poster bed (‘The Gino’) to minimalist black-and-white-themed decor (‘The Guillaume’).
Its location on Park Avenue and 129th Street makes the Park Ave North an excellent option for cost-conscious travelers who don’t mind a commute. Popular New York City attractions such as Times Square and Central Park are easily accessible via the five subway lines near the hotel. However, guests may be content to stay put in the Park Ave North’s 19th-century building, featuring 14 rooms equipped with kitchenettes, and a private backyard with seating and umbrellas.
The sister to the Park Ave North is even more affordable due to its shared bathrooms (a common quirk of the area’s 19th-century buildings). Travelers willing to share their sink will be rewarded with perks such as fully-functional kitchenettes in many of the Central Park North’s 12 rooms and an enviable one-block distance from Central Park. Best of all, these newly renovated rooms start at just $89 a night.