It might be tempting to stay in the same New York City hotel twice – but then you’d be missing out on discovering the sheer range of them – from tiny, quirky little guesthouses to huge, gilded palaces. To narrow down a luxury stay, think about the neighborhood you want to be in: the futuristic glassiness of the Hudson Yards development, say, or old-romantic’s haunt SoHo, with its tiny Italian restaurants and cult bakeries. These thoroughly modern New York City hotels with suites cater to every personality, making you feel like you’ve scored a prime piece of Manhattan real estate – if only for a few nights – and all are bookable with Culture Trip.
Movie stars and musicians throw decadent parties at this opulent hotel, which despite its rates and prime location has a bold bohemian streak running through it. The lobby and bars are a maximalist fantasy of shell-pink sofas, ceilings carpeted with clusters of light bulbs, mint checkerboard floors and red velvet curtains; upstairs, suites have bright jewel tones and upholstered bed frames. Suite occupants also get a key to New York’s exclusive, private Gramercy Park.
One of the most anticipated New York hotels in years, the box-fresh Equinox is in the sharp-edged new business and luxury-homes quarter, Hudson Yards. From the celeb-y gym brand of the same name, it’s unsurprisingly wellness-focused, with freestanding, jet-black bathtubs in rooms, a cavernous granite-and-gold spa, and a fabulous pool terrace with a view of sunsets over the Hudson. Zen-feeling, minimalist suites have blackout curtains to cure jet lag and dial you into New York time, ASAP.
Right on luxury-shopping boulevard Fifth Avenue, between the Empire State Building and Bryant Park, the Langham is known for its suave, contemporary interiors and lashings of modern art. Some suites have front-row views of the Empire State Building (throwing open those curtains to its glinting spire, piping Nespresso coffee in hand, is a thrill); others have millionaire terraces with cushioned wicker furniture and bamboo plants. This is the place to be right in the action in high glamour, while dodging any old-fashioned frills or simpering service.
This is a true destination hotel: while most staying in Brooklyn will opt for shop-and-restaurant packed Williamsburg, this grand design down near Brooklyn Bridge Park is more than worth the detour. Its jagged rooftop pool gazes over Manhattan’s Financial District; an earthy, sustainability-focused spirit means raw, reclaimed woods, living walls, a plastic-free water supply, organic bedding and yoga mats in rooms. Book the two-bedroom Riverhouse for the best Brooklyn Bridge views from your own private hammock.
New York is no stranger to a rooftop bar, but Sixty’s feels comfier and more intimate than most: bright teal corner sofas, exposed lightbulbs strung across the terrace, views of Manhattan skyscrapers. This SoHo base’s rooms are understated while still feeling expensively furnished – bible-thick art books are stacked neatly on marble coffee tables; decorative globes and walls of picture frames add a touch of whimsy. Score one of the few with a Peloton bike.
This hotel sits close to the old jazz center of Tin Pan Alley, a location which inspires the art deco-infused, vintage-glamour interiors. Snuggle on ivy green velvet sofas in the bar, with its stained glass rendering of the Empire State, or snack on antipasti at the show-stopping, curvaceous marble Leonelli bar counter. Rooms are muted in periwinkle and white, with silky Frette bedding and retro bathroom fittings – thoughtfully equipped accessible options have roll-in baths, grab bars and TTY phones.
This colorful, affordable boutique number near central Bryant Park has vivid scarlet living areas and rooms in three crayon shades of blue – stepping into the suites, with room partitions and mid-century furniture – feels like entering a Warhol print. This is a great base for sightseeing too: five blocks from the Empire State Building (get in there early), steps from Fifth Avenue and the NY Public Library, and a short stroll from the best of the New York City theater scene.
This Little Italy haunt is a delightful mash-up of cutting-edge design and old-fashioned glamour: ornate tasseled keys open your room, graffiti art is displayed in swirly golden frames, and white subway tiles rub up against exposed brick – while a traditional Italian trattoria sits alongside a hip craft beer tavern. Affordable suites are snug, but pack in bathrooms with heated floors, spendy sound systems, Therapedic mattresses and smart TVs.
This charming little hangout, a short walk south of Times Square, is inspired by the surrounding neighborhood, the Garment District, and its heritage as a hat factory. Gentlemanly fabrics and texture leather headboards are eminently strokeable, a vintage newspaper informs you of hotel happenings, and there’s a free wine and cheese hour in the lobby each day. The rooftop bar is a fairy-lit delight, with retro-feel cocktails. Book the Atelier suite for a plush living area, fashion sketches muraled on the wall and tons of natural light.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.