The Best Hotels to Book Near the Flatiron Building, New York City

A couple of blocks east of the Flatiron Building, the Freehand has a friendly, social vibe
A couple of blocks east of the Flatiron Building, the Freehand has a friendly, social vibe | Courtesy of Freehand New York / Expedia.com
Tim Forster

These beautiful places to stay are characterful, cool, quirky and super-handy for central Manhattan sightseeing. Book the one you fancy with Culture Trip.

The triangular Flatiron Building straddles Broadway and Fifth Avenue and is one of New York’s best-known architectural landmarks. Not open to visitors, it is still a great landmark to be near – after all, it’s ultra-central. The Flatiron District brims with excellent restaurants and fancy boutiques, while the Gramercy Park neighborhood oozes charm, all leafy streets and upscale townhouses. Chuck in proximity to hotspots such as Union Square and the Empire State Building, with the East and West Villages a brisk walk away – you’re ready to take Manhattan.

1. Freehand New York

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Freehand New York
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Two blocks east of the Flatiron Building, this heritage building used to be the George Washington Hotel, a famed haunt for artists and musicians. Now, it’s the funky Freehand Hotel: true to the old spirit, its rooms are simple yet classy, with custom-painted artwork and murals, and surprisingly affordable. Small groups are well served, with the option of a triple room or private bunk rooms for four. Expect a social vibe from the hotel, with two bars (one on the rooftop), a game room, gym and exceedingly friendly staff.

2. Made

Hotel

Good Behavior, MADE Hotel, West 29th Street
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Planted squarely between the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings is this new 108-room independent boutique hotel. With lots of wood fixtures and natural textures, the rooms have an earthy-chic ambiance and excellent views of New York’s skyline; accessible rooms, a penthouse and various-size suites are all available. Beyond the rooms (and their slinky Italian sheets), Made has an 18th-floor lounge with views, a second-floor patio and an in-house tapas restaurant with treats by two chefs from former NYC restaurant Le Turtle.

3. The Evelyn

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The Evelyn
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A bold Beaux-Arts building is the setting for this sophisticated spot, exuding the glamour of pre-glass and steel Manhattan. One block north of Madison Square Park, the Evelyn promises elegant rooms with Art Nouveau touches and super-soft Frette linens, with thoughtful extra touches: think heated bathroom floors and multimedia hubs at the in-room desks. There’s no dearth of dining in the vicinity, but you’d be daft not to eat in: the hotel has a Michelin-star Mediterranean restaurant, Benno, as well as a Roman-style bakery from chef Jonathan Benno.

4. The James New York – NoMad

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With 337 rooms, the James covers all bases, from standard queen rooms right up to a superstar-worthy sprawling penthouse suite. Whichever you pick, rest assured you’ll get modern decor with Instagrammable geometric designer furniture and a soft color palette. Pet-friendly, the hotel is particularly well equipped for groups and events, from business meetings right through to weddings. And for those times when it’s too wet outside, dining in is tops: try the enduring New York Italian restaurant Scarpetta as well as the Australian cafe.

5. The New York EDITION

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This five-star destination from the Marriott group occupies the historic MetLife skyscraper on Madison Avenue, directly across from Madison Square Park and a block from the Flatiron Building. The 271 rooms don’t disappoint – all bold, bright designs, cool stone bathrooms and stellar city views. If you’re in town for a milestone occasion, explore the numerous suites begging to be splashed-out on. And still on the indulgence front – make a reservation for the Clocktower, the hotel’s modern British restaurant, which glitters, down to its Michelin star.

6. The Inn at Irving Place

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

The Inn at Irving Place
Courtesy of the Inn at Irving Place / Expedia

Everyone likes a little gem – and this one, a mere block away from Union Square, exudes early 20th-century Gotham glamour, with antique interiors inspired by novelist Edith Wharton. The Inn at Irving Place is just the ticket if you need a quieter, more intimate place to stay – there are just eight guest rooms (as well as four more for those wanting longer-term stays). Despite its diminutive size, the Inn – set across two historic brownstone buildings – has a cocktail lounge, Cibar, you’ll want to spend an evening or two in, as well as Lady Mendl’s, a classy, quirky tea salon.

7. W New York (Union Square)

Chain Hotel

W New York (Union Square)
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This outpost of the cool W Hotel chain is situated directly across from Union Square, a few blocks south of the Flatiron Building. Housed in a decadent 21-story Beaux-Arts building (the former Guardian Life skyscraper), the hotel’s public areas have a glitzy, ballroom-chic element to them – a neat counterpoint to the sharp, modern rooms with splashes of color. With numerous meeting rooms, it’s a good choice for business travelers, too.

8. Walker Hotel

Boutique Hotel

The Walker Hotel vintage decorated room with rotary phone, lamps and city view
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This Art Deco stunner stands a few blocks south of the Flatiron Building on the edge of Greenwich Village (with its myriad bars and restaurants). Its rooms are decked out with sharp vintage colors and patterns and stylish black-and-white tiled bathrooms; for a seriously special occasion, consider the top-floor suites with marble bathtubs and terraces delivering city views. While there’s no shortage of eateries nearby, the hotel also has the Society Cafe on premises, where the menu pushes the boat out with modern American cuisine.

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best hotels with a balcony in New York City, or opt to stay closer to another Big Apple landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge. If New York City architecture is your thing, we know just the Art Deco tour to take, but if it’s dessert you’re after, we’ve got you covered with all the best Brooklyn spots.

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