The 5 Best Hotels in the East Village, New York

The Lower East Side borders the high-rises of the Financial District
The Lower East Side borders the high-rises of the Financial District | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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Wellness Editor6 May 2020

While the East Village now has its fair share of upscale establishments, the neighborhood’s history as an artsy enclave is still very much evident. These East Village hotels put you a stone’s throw from the best sights and hangouts, from Tompkins Square Park (home of the beloved Halloween dog parade) to the basement bars and buzzing tattoo parlors of St Marks Place.

The East Village has an offbeat and artsy atmosphere that has managed to stand the test of time. While New York has grown – and the neighborhood with it – the East Village has managed to retain the grungy underground vibe that makes the city so captivating, and which many other areas have lost. Its multicultural food scene continues to flourish with regular new openings. Stay in the thick of it at one of the area’s best hotels.

The Standard, East Village

You can’t miss The Standard East Village – it’s the only 21-story building on an otherwise low-rise street, boasting unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan. You enter through the red-brick facade of an original tenement building (which would have typically housed several families back in the late 1800s). The renovated interior is modern and minimal, with pops of neon, floor-to-ceiling windows and vinyl upholstery in every room. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with biodynamic wine at Narcissa, street-side coffee at Café Standard and drinks with a drag show at NO BAR, an inclusive new-wave LGBTQ bar.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • East Village Hotel

    Staying at the East Village Hotel is the closest visitors can get to living like a local. Each room in this walk-up building is a self-contained studio, complete with a bed, kitchenette, giant TV and air conditioning. Your city crash pad doesn’t have in-building dining establishments, but it’s located right above The Bean café (great for morning coffees, bagels and acai bowls) and around the corner from Momofuku Noodle Bar and Please Don’t Tell – a secret speakeasy accessed through a phone booth in adjoining restaurant Crif Dogs.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Moxy NYC East Village

    A stay at Moxy NYC will take you on a trip through the history of the East Village. The design of each floor takes inspiration from the area’s past, with a strong focus on rock’n’roll – as evidenced by the turntables and curated selection of vinyl from Academy Records offered at reception. Bars and eateries are run by the people behind the much-loved Tao restaurants, so you know you’re in good hands, but French-Mediterranean restaurant Cathédrale is particularly worth your time. The space is meant to be reminiscent of the city’s grand dining rooms; its lofty ceilings are adorned with a wire mesh sculpture by artist Edoardo Tresoldi alongside deep-blue drapery seemingly rippling above you. A rooftop bar is also planned for 2020 – an ode to the petite NYC backyard with patio furniture, an ivy-covered wall and string lights.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    The Ridge Hotel

    If boutique accommodations are your preference, stay at The Ridge Hotel. Each room features the work of a local artist such as Ricky Powell or Crash – a nod to the artistic legacy of the East Village and Lower East Side – and comes with complimentary access to Brain.fm, a music station that aims to enhance your cognitive state. Right on your doorstep you’ll find Lil Frankie’s classic Italian restaurant; Boulton & Watt, a gastropub with an old-world industrial feel; and Bob Bar, a late-night dance spot with DJs spinning ’90s hip-hop.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Gramercy Park Hotel

    From the moment you cross the threshold you know Gramercy Park Hotel is not going to be an average stay. Its Renaissance Revival-style rooms have powder-blue walls and merlot-red couches – a long way from the hyper-sleek abodes that are rife throughout the rest of town. Owned by Ian Schrager – the co-owner of infamous Studio 54 – the Gramercy offers a lot in the way of entertainment. Maialino is an Italian-style trattoria, complete with blue-and-white checked tablecloths and a menu that will transport you to the rolling hills of Tuscany in no time. Meanwhile, The Rose Bar & Jade Bar serves up great drinks and even better tunes in a room lined with paintings by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst – to name a few.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on May 6, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.