The birthplace of the East Coast’s Beat movement, Greenwich Village is full of hotels that embrace New York City’s history and vibrant arts scene. Here are the best hotels in the neighborhood’s trendiest area, the West Village.
The West Village is both the fictional home of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and the real-life home of Sarah Jessica Parker, who played the character in the cult TV series. That should give you a good indication of what to expect from this lively neighborhood, but if you haven’t seen the show, think leafy streets housing red-brick walk-up apartment buildings and the odd celebrity strolling down the sidewalk. To help you feel like the star of your own romcom, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best hotels in the area.
In the early 1900s, this 14-story landmarked building housed sailors docking in New York City’s ports. The Jane Hotel still maintains its quirky aesthetic today. Antique lighting and brass hooks lend an authentic feel to the 50-square-foot (five-square-meter) rooms, but upgrade to a Captain’s Cabin for more space and an en-suite bathroom. Travelers can find further design inspiration in The Jane’s ballroom, outfitted with Oriental rugs, a disco ball and more.
The Walker Hotel’s facade is inspired by 1920s Georgian Revival design, but the experience provided by the hotel is timeless. Old-school amenities, including personalized wake-up calls, complimentary shoeshine service and newspaper delivery, are a specialty here. The Parlour cocktail lounge and curated Greenwich Village-themed library add to the Walker’s vintage feel. Tip: lean into the glamour by booking a room with a private furnished terrace.
This staple of the Village’s hotel scene transports guests to the mid-20th century when former lodger Jack Kerouac penned Tristessa and The Subterraneans at The Marlton. The on-site espresso bar, vintage-inspired crown moldings and oak paneling help recapture this period of New York City history. Even the hotel artwork by Berlin-based painter Stefano Castronovo is modeled after the work of Franz Kline and other mid-century Abstract Expressionists.
This 1841-built property epitomizes the Village and its storied past. Comprising two brick landmark townhouses, Incentra Village Hotel provides a welcome respite from the city’s cold ‘steel and glass.’ Inside, antique furnishings and a Victorian parlor will further delight history-loving guests. Each of Incentra’s 12 rooms boasts a unique theme and design and comes with Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
Located at the edge of the West Village, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is a flashier alternative to its historic peers. Past the trendy lobby, complete with a pool table and bar, guests can discover 22 luxurious suites and 164 rooms. Booking any of these grants travelers access to amenities including a 45-foot (14-meter) heated outdoor rooftop pool, rechargeable suitcase boomboxes and custom cakes.