The Best Hotels Near the New York Botanical Garden

Enjoy a room with a spectacular view at The Carlyle
Enjoy a room with a spectacular view at The Carlyle | Courtesy of The Carlyle / Expedia
Rachel Eva Lim

Escape the city streets inside this 250-acre (101ha) natural haven in the Bronx, a must-visit while in Manhattan. From no-frills hotels to boutique boltholes, here are the finest places to stay near the New York Botanical Gardens.

No trip to the Big Apple is complete without a visit to the New York Botanical Garden. Founded in 1891, these serene, landscaped grounds are home to more than one million living plants spread across a sprawling urban site. The art gallery and verdant outdoor spaces also host regular exhibitions by renowned global artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Dale Chihuly and Yayoi Kusama. From fancy five-star digs to artsy accommodations, here are a few standout stays that offer easy access to the gardens.

1. Edge Hotel

Budget Hotel

A bedroom at the Edge Hotel with a white double bed, a TV and a desk
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Located in Washington Heights, one of New York’s most culturally dynamic neighborhoods, Edge Hotel is ideal for those who prefer to bunk down far away from the hectic hustle of the city center. It features simple and comfortable rooms that are decorated with pops of color – such as vivid geometric artwork and bright-red desk chairs. The hotel is walking distance from both Fort Washington Park and Highbridge Park, and is also conveniently positioned near plenty of restaurants and cafes.

2. Opera House Hotel


Opera House Hotel
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This elegant Bronx hotel is a great option if you want to stay in the same borough as the New York Botanical Garden. In its former life as the Bronx Opera House, the building hosted many famous performers including the Marx Brothers, Harry Houdini and Gracie Allen. You’ll find remnants of its grand and storied history in the form of framed memorabilia, paintings and playbills hung on the walls. Rooms are spacious and come furnished with granite or marble baths, leather headboards and plush beds.

3. Royal Regency Hotel


Royal Regency Hotel
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Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers is a stylish stay that won’t break the bank. Rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with king beds, moody dark-wood accents and pops of purple throughout the furnishings. Drop by the fitness center for a morning workout, before tucking into a complimentary continental breakfast. Come evening, you can unwind at the hotel’s Venue lounge, which hosts regular comedy, salsa and live-music nights.

4. Aloft Harlem


Aloft Harlem
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This is a fun, colorful boutique stay in New York’s spirited Harlem district. You’ll find vibrant artwork adorning the walls of both the public spaces and private rooms. The latter also boast walk-in showers, huge beds and custom Bliss Spa amenities. Thinking of bringing your pet along on your trip? Aloft Harlem will be happy to accommodate your furry friend. Be sure to grab a breakfast to-go from the hotel’s 24-hour cafe before heading out for the day.

5. Arthouse Hotel New York City

Budget Hotel

Two beds with wooden bed frames in a hotel room at Arthouse Hotel New York City
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For a hotel that sports plenty of old-world charm, look no further than Arthouse Hotel New York City. The original building dates back to 1919 and used to house apartments, but was renovated in 2019. Plenty of original touches are maintained in the public areas, including an antique fireplace and French elevator system from the 1920s. Guest rooms are decked out in a more contemporary style and feature eye-catching artwork, exposed-brick walls and blond-wood furnishings.

6. The Mark

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

The luxurious lobby and entrance to the Mark features art deco design and eclectic art
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This trendy boutique hotel offers a quiet retreat in the heart of the city. Rooms are outfitted with queen- or king-sized beds, bold jewel-toned accents and views of either the cityscape or a townhouse garden. Make time for a meal at the restaurant, which offers an extensive menu dreamed up by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Tuck into dishes such as roasted Maine lobster or a classic cheeseburger with black truffle dressing, followed by profiteroles.

7. Hotel Beacon


Hotel Beacon
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If you’re looking for a self-catered stay in New York, Hotel Beacon should be your place of choice. The charming Upper West Side establishment features large rooms that are equipped with rare kitchenettes. It’s also located near multiple supermarkets, delis and bodegas where you can stock up on supplies. Besides being a convenient car or bus ride away from the New York Botanical Garden, you’ll also be walking distance from the city’s other lush natural gem: Central Park.

8. The Carlyle


A luxurious seating area with and illustrated wall mural of ice skaters in central park at the Carlyle, Madison Avenue
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This Upper East Side hotel has been a symbol of luxury and sophistication since it first opened in 1930. Opulent, stately suites are decked out in gold and marble furnishings, and all include king beds, separate living rooms and knock-out city views. Be sure to stop by Bemelmans Bar for a nightcap. The walls are adorned with whimsical illustrations by artist and writer Ludwig Bemelmans – best known for his Madeline series – and the menu includes a unique array of signature martinis.

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