Murray Hill, a relatively quiet neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan, is popular among young professionals and an excellent area to stay in when visiting New York City. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking for more luxurious accommodation, check out this list of the best hotels in Murray Hill.
One of those rare New York areas that has managed to retain all of its local charm, Murray Hill is a quiet enclave hidden amidst the steel and concrete of this renowned megacity. With the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings within walking distance, the riverside neighborhood is well located for sightseers who want to stay away from the crowds. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in and around Murray Hill.
Rooms at Arlo Nomad let the view take centre stage; Midtown’s tallest, sleekest skyscrapers soaring in all directions. Taking a step back however, you’ll notice absolutely no compromise in the decor either. 1970s-style chestnut wood furnishings add a sense of personality, while Blind Barber products in the bathrooms mean luxurious showers even if you forget your toiletries. Dining comes in the way of Middle Eastern restaurant Lamalo, or late-night pizzas from the 24-hour Bodega in the lobby. Meanwhile, wet the whistle at downstairs Barlo – a 60s-style Mad Men-esque underground bar – or if the weather permits, at the rooftop A.R.T NoMad, where you can toast to your incredible choice of hotel among the twinkling skyscrapers of NYC.
The exterior of the Bryant Park Hotel – a gold and black skyscraper dating from 1924 – provides an accurate indication of the glamour found inside. The interiors focus on subtle luxury, with pared-back rooms highlighting incredibly comfortable furnishings and gleaming bathrooms. The subterranean Celon Cocktail Bar & Lounge flaunts Moroccan influences and feels as much like a desert yurt as an underground watering hole in the heart of Manhattan. Film fanatics will love the in-house screening room – previously hired by the likes of Nicholas Cage, Paul McCartney and Lindsay Lohan – while Sex and The City fans can recreate one of the show’s most famous scenes on the street outside, where protagonist Carrie Bradshaw was jilted on her wedding day.
A modern boutique hotel, The William features 33 rooms designed with a monochromatic palette in mind. Every floor of the hotel is a different color, with the hues ranging from teal to pink. The William also boasts two stellar restaurants, The Shakespeare Dining Room and The Shakespeare Pub. Both serve British-inspired fare, with The Shakespeare Pub being the less formal of the two.
A minimalist’s paradise, Pod 39 has rooms filled only with the things travelers really need – no oversized furniture or expensive room service here. Although on the smaller side, the brightly colored rooms are by no means drab and – most importantly – easy on the wallet. If you need more space to stretch out, head down to the Playroom Lounge to get some work done or squeeze in a game of ping pong. The space is kitted out with an enormous Turkish rug, vintage-style leather furniture and a pot-plant-lined wall. But the biggest draw is Pod 39 Rooftop, which serves cocktails and small bites from Salvation Taco in a space that feels more Mexican Hacienda than inner-city metropolitan.
Named for the architect of NYC’s iconic St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Renwick Hotel is in a 1920s brick building that was once the residence of famous writers such as John Steinbeck and F Scott Fitzgerald. Every one of The Renwick’s 173 loft-style rooms is stocked with bath products from CO Bigelow, and the black-out curtains promise a good night’s sleep. The Renwick’s on-site restaurant, Bedford & Co, showcases regional dishes prepared over a wood-burning open grill.