There really is nothing like visiting New York City for the first time. Each neighborhood offers something different, from hidden eateries and hip bars to endless parks and renowned museums. Manhattan happens to be home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, including a Duchess-approved penthouse and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca bolthole. We detail the best of the best below.
Tucked away on a quiet street on the Upper East Side, the Surrey is an Art Deco wonder. Decor is mostly monochromatic, allowing skyline views to take center-stage. The rooms boast cloud-like beds and white marble bathrooms. Be sure to check out the mini-bar, too, for local ales and chocolate. Don’t be surprised if you see an A-lister enjoying a drink on the private rooftop garden – the hotel is known for being discreet.
Sandwiched between the Lower East Side and Midtown, the Bowery Hotel exudes an effortlessly cool atmosphere, with floor-to-ceiling factory-style windows that allow natural light to flood in. Common areas are decadently decorated, with warm lighting, carved mahogany walls and wood-burning fireplaces, while rooms are more pared-back with velvet furnishings and cream walls. Opt for an upper-floor suite for the best city views. Gemma, the Italian trattoria on the ground floor, is a master in seasonal cuisine – it’s definitely worth a reservation.
Perched in NoMad, one of Manhattan’s vibiest neighborhoods, the NoMad Hotel can be found inside a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building on Broadway. Rooms ooze elegance – they feature custom furniture, walk-in closets and clawfoot tubs with Côté Bastide amenities. Food is front and center here, with a Michelin-star restaurant serving everything from East Coast oysters to slow-cooked halibut and chicken with black truffle and foie gras stuffing.
One of Manhattan’s most iconic hotels, the Lowell’s tonal pink-hued exterior stands out among its neutral neighbors. Plonked in the Upper East Side, Central Park is just minutes away – and that’s only when you can pull yourself away from one of the exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, complete with white marble bathrooms. Dining in-house is a must – French haute cuisine is served in the restaurant, which was inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
The Whitby’s checkered windows offer the first hint that something special lies inside. Part of the exclusive Firmdale Hotels group, British designer Kit Kemp’s signature style is immediately noted – with a mish-mash of colors, designs and textures. Rooms are large, but even still, the hotel’s two-bedroom penthouse, with its private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, is worth splurging on. When you’re famished, head to the restaurant with its aesthetically pleasing 30ft (9m) pewter bar, or enjoy a cocktail on the outdoor terrace.
An Upper East Side gem, the Mark is unapologetically lavish. It holds claim to housing one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites. The Penthouse, where the Duchess of Sussex famously hosted her baby shower, goes for a cool $75,000 (£54,000) per night. Yet, even the more reasonable rooms offer an expensive feel. Think Italian linens, sycamore fixtures and Ladurée macarons as a welcome gift in the fridge.
Hidden away in trendy Tribeca, Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel is set along a cobblestone street, just a block from the Hudson River. There’s a heady mix of international influences here, with Moroccan tiles, Italian marble, English leather and Tibetan silk rugs, and the courtyard mimics the feel of a Marrakech riad. Rooms vary in size and style; some boast private saunas, while others come with river views. Carve out time for the Shibui Spa – its heated indoor pool inside a lantern-lit bamboo farmhouse will soothe the senses.
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