SoHo stands for South of Houston, the east-west street that bisects Lower Manhattan. Once home to starving artists, it’s now filled with high-end galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Stay at one of these hotels near the SoHo Grand – all bookable with Culture Trip – and you’ll be within walking distance of Katz’s Delicatessen, the enlightening Tenement Museum, the Comedy Cellar, a haunt of celebrity comics, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
For work or play, NoMo SoHo has got you covered. Rooms are a crisp combination of royal-blue carpets and ceilings and white furniture, including a full-size work desk. Sparkling marble showers, Frette linens and mini-fridges are standard. The Premium Queen Corner Rooms go a step further, with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows and a seating area overlooking the city. If the emails can’t wait, private day-use offices are available for a fee. The hotel is dog-friendly, and gym access is included in your stay. When your workday is over, head for the Canal Street shops or the Pearl River Mart, stacked with three floors of trendy Asian fashion and imported goods.
Thoroughly modern as the name implies, but true to the artistic roots of the neighborhood, ModernHaus has furnished 114 rooms and suites with reclaimed hardwood floors, white walls and exposed-concrete details. The oversize windows let in artist-worthy natural light, while the common areas feature works by giants of the contemporary art world such as Alexander Calder and Jean Dubuffet. The rooftop bar has views so spectacular that it was used for scenes in a John Wick movie. Outside, the hotel is surrounded by high-end galleries and the cobbled streets of SoHo.
It’s music, music, music at the Roxy all day and into the night. Catch a jazz set in the soaring atrium, or spin your own vinyl selections on the TEAC turntable in your suite. Every room feels like the inside of a Martin guitar, with warm wood walls and gold-accented mid-century modern decor. A 118-seat 1930s theatre screens indie and cult classics. When it’s time to take a bow, turn on the white-noise generator for a peaceful night’s rest.
A hotel with a heart, the Howard supports women and girls in underdeveloped countries through partnerships with several charities. The aesthetic in the rooms and suites is Danish-inspired, with light oak floors, contemporary custom furnishings and organic products used throughout. French doors in the suites open to terraces with views of SoHo, Tribeca and Little Italy. Sleep soundly, knowing you’re supporting programs around the world.
It’s the little things that set Arlo SoHo apart. Well-designed storage squeezes every useable inch from the 150sqft (14sqm) sleek and comfortable rooms, leaving room for mini-coolers and under-bed storage. Opt for the Queen Terrace rooms to add a private outdoor terrace with the only outdoor showers in Manhattan. Don’t worry, there’s a rain shower inside, too. Borrow a bicycle, and head to the Strand Bookstore or Pier 25 for a round of mini-golf.
Imagine Roman marble baths, a Parisian courtyard, an English gentleman’s club and a Japanese spa. Now, put them all together with the most perfect views of One World Trade Center, and you have the Greenwich. The 88 rooms and suites are unique in design, from ultra-modern to fireside cozy. The Shibui Spa has imported a 250-year-old Japanese bamboo farmhouse that adjoins the lamp-lit pool. Pocket terraces draped in ivy overlook the cloistered inner courtyard, where celebrities come to unwind. It’s the perfect pied-à-terre for world travelers in New York.
A hotel for gourmets, the Mercer is home to a two-story, 200-seat restaurant helmed by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 74 rooms and suites overlook Prince Street or the bamboo-filled hotel courtyard. The decor is a subtle palette of cream and gray. High ceilings let in plenty of natural light, and there are large bathrooms, many with two-person marble tubs. Avid shoppers can walk off a fabulous meal with a stroll from the hotel to nearby Versace and Coach stores.
The Sohotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been welcoming guests since 1805. The 88 rooms pair exposed brick with primary colors and a family-friendly attitude. Two queen and twin configurations are available, with the premium family rooms adding heated floors, refrigerators, sitting areas and Spanish oak floors to the experience. The hotel is perfectly located between Little Italy and Chinatown, for meals at any hour and quick access to all the attractions Manhattan has to offer.
There’s something for everyone in SoHo. Places to stay range from rooms suitable for those on a budget to luxury hotels, now bookable with Culture Trip. Whether you’re hoping to relax in the city or pack in as much culture as possible, these New York restaurants should never be left out of your itinerary.