The Best Hotels to Book in Downtown New York City

A great location doesnt mean you have to compromise on style – the Roxy Hotel delivers both
A great location doesn't mean you have to compromise on style – the Roxy Hotel delivers both | Courtesy of The Roxy Hotel / Booking.com
Josh Taylor

Deputy Editorial Director

Whether it’s your first, second, or hundredth time, a visit to New York City is virtually guaranteed to involve sightseeing on some level. From landmarks like the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal to lesser-known attractions that only the locals know about, it’s all waiting for you in Manhattan. Make the most of your time on the world-famous concrete island with a stay at one of these chic hotels, all located in the central downtown area and bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Conrad New York Downtown, for sweeping skyline views

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High-ceilinged lobby with blue lighting, blue sofas and light projections on the wall at Conrad New York Downtown
Courtesy of Conrad New York Downtown / Booking.com

In terms of location, the Conrad is one of the best hotels in New York. On the banks of the Hudson River in Downtown Manhattan, it’s a ten-minute stroll to the city’s iconic neighborhoods of Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and Soho. Sleek, contemporary rooms have picture-frame windows, presenting that NYC skyline view like a work of art on the wall. In-room dining can be arranged in your suite or room, and the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar serves signature poptails – cocktails in ice lolly form – with a backdrop of sweeping views from the Statue of Liberty to New York Harbour.

2. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, for an iconic stay

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View from bedroom of private balcony at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
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A good hotel in New York is not hard to find, but an iconic one is a different story. The Four Seasons in Downtown is housed in a turn-of-the-century skyscraper so you know views from the top-level suites are going to be incredible. The experiences offered by the concierge are not your average selection either – bike rentals to get around, a picnic in the park with hampers crafted by head chef Maria Tampakis or a three-hour walking tour of Lower Manhattan’s art scene – and are all exclusively available for guests of the Four Seasons. Fancy staying in? There’s an entire floor dedicated to the spa, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

3. The Maritime Hotel, for seafaring style near Chelsea Market

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The rooftop terrace with lounge seating looks towards Chelsea and midtown from The Maritime Hotel.
Courtesy of The Maritime Hotel / Booking.com

An aesthetic that evokes a luxury cruise seems to be the key to this nautically-themed hotel’s success. Think porthole windows, dark wood interiors, and textiles in nautical patterns throughout the rooms. The sea continues to inspire at the subterranean TAO Downtown restaurant, where a pond full of koi carp is the first thing to greet diners on arrival.

4. The Bowery Hotel, for a vintage feel in NoHo

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Two walls of floor to ceiling windows give this room at The Bowery Hotel impressive views across Manhattan.
Courtesy of The Bowery Hotel / Booking.com

Manhattan’s oldest thoroughfare lends its name to this Lower East Side hotel – and the Bowery honors its historic neighborhood with factory-inspired floor-to-ceiling windows, timeless furniture, and staff outfitted in retro topcoats. Nods to the youthful energy of the modern-day Lower East Side include complimentary iPads and bicycles for hire. People-watching at the Bowery Lobby is a favorite pastime of locals, and only guests of the hotel can partake while enjoying fare from hotel restaurant Gemma.

5. Arlo SoHo, for a minimalist pad near Pier 34

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Inside sitting area with a view over inner courtyard, featuring bamboo trees, khaki, brown and beige furniture at Arlo SoHo
Courtesy of Arlo SoHo / Booking.com

A stay at Arlo SoHo puts you on the cusp of trendy SoHo and just a two-minute walk from the High Line park. Head out to explore the area on foot, or grab a bike outside – the hotel has several that are free for guests to use throughout summer and autumn. Inside, a buzzy community vibe rings across the library-style area and courtyard – be sure to check the pinboard by the elevators for post-it recommendations left by other guests. Meanwhile, rooms are cleverly designed with Scandi-style furnishings to make them appear larger than they are, and feature more than enough USB plug sockets to keep all your devices powered.

6. The Roxy Hotel, for art deco design in TriBeCa

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Live Jazz Lounge at The Roxy Hotel featuring a small stage with instruments, leather sofas, brick walls and ambient lighting
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The glowing Roxy marquee sign above the entrance of this eight-story hotel suggests you’re in for a treat inside. You won’t be disappointed. From the tiered-banquette seating of the live jazz lounge to the retro in-house cinema, the burnt orange tones, and vintage clock radios displayed in the rooms, the place is dripping with 1920s nostalgia. Upgrade to a luxury Studio King suite for maximum indulgence – with Egyptian cotton sheets, Frette bathrobes, and a minibar stocked with ready-to-pour cocktails, you won’t get bored easily.

7. The Beekman, for a classy stay in the Financial District

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Elegant lobby with columns, green walls, portraits on the walls, velvet sofas, vintage-looking lamps and full bookcases in the background at The Beekman
Courtesy of The Beekman / Booking.com

Built in 1881 as one of the first skyscrapers in New York, the Beekman has earned its place among the most historic hotels in the city. And thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation not so long ago, it now comfortably ranks as one of the most magnificent, too. Just look at the central atrium – a nine-story tangle of wrought-iron balustrades built under a glass roof. It’s quite the feature, and an apt introduction to the other splendid surprises still to come. The downstairs Bar Room is all green leather sofas, faded portraits, and a row of beautiful mahogany-framed cabinets filled with classic tomes. Rooms carry off the same vintage vibe, and even the fitness center looks plucked from another epoch, with a spiral staircase connecting its two floors.

8. The Standard, for exceptional views in the East Village

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Lounge chairs with rolled up red and white towels lined up on the rooftop of The Standard with a view of the Manhattan skyline in the background
Courtesy of The Standard / Booking.com

Floor-to-ceiling windows replace walls at this eclectic hipster hotel, in which all the rooms have wraparound views of Manhattan. At the base of the 21-story tenement building, you’ll find a secluded garden with lip-shaped topiary, a cafe with a covered patio and indoor mushroom farm, plus a neon-lit cocktail bar that hosts live DJs and themed events. Two East Village institutions – the Strand Bookstore and McSorely’s, said to be NYC’s oldest pub – are within a five-minute walk.

9. Gild Hall, for foodies near Wall Street

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Wood-paneled Felice Restaurant at Gild Hall featuring black tables and chairs, worn wooden floors, modern light fixtures and mirrors on the walls
Courtesy of Gild Hall / Booking.com

The wood-paneled Felice Restaurant at Gild Hall specializes in Tuscan cuisine, serving classic dishes such as pappardelle with sweet Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms, and truffle sauce beneath an upper-level wine bar with a superb selection of Italian wines. Accommodations feature brass fittings, leather headboards, and a dark palette of browns, grays, and blacks, and range in size from cozy doubles to a penthouse suite. One World Trade Center, the Seaport District, and Wall Street are all on your doorstep.

10. Hotel 50 Bowery, for art lovers in Chinatown

Boutique Hotel

Two double beds in a modern bedroom at Hotel 50 Bowery featuring a flat-screen TV and floor-to-ceiling windows with view of Manhattan
Courtesy of Hotel 50 Bowery / Booking.com

This sleek Hyatt hotel showcases a collection of original works by New York-based artists, as well as historic black-and-white photographs of Chinatown, donated by the Museum of Chinese in America – only eight minutes away on foot. Amenities comprise a fitness center, a co-working space, and the Crown, a glass-enclosed, 21st-floor cocktail and snack joint with dizzying views. Most rooms also overlook the city or Manhattan Bridge. Book a fourth-floor suite for your own private, landscaped terrace with Brooklyn vistas.

Looking for the best view in the city? Check out our guide to the best hotels with balconies in NYC, bookable now on Culture Trip.

Mark Nayler and Suzy Pope added extra reporting to this article. This is a rewrite of an article originally by Julia Goicochea.

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