The Best Hotels to Book Near the South Street Seaport Museum

Visit the South Street Seaport Museum to learn about New York's historic shipping past
Visit the South Street Seaport Museum to learn about New York's historic shipping past | © Edi Chen / Alamy Stock Photo
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29 September 2021

The South Street Seaport Museum anchors the historic Seaport District between the towers of Wall Street and the piers of the East River. Its mission is to protect the art and artifacts – and the history – of the shipping past of New York, USA. Tour the tall ship Wavertree and learn about life aboard a 19th-century cargo ship, before setting sail into one of the best hotels near the South Street Seaport Museum – bookable on Culture Trip.

Mr C Seaport

Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (223 Reviews)
Mr. C. Seaport
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Price Drop
Now from $267 per night
Find an Italian welcome at this Cipriani family-owned hotel in the South Street Seaport Historic District. From the first sip of a welcome Bellini to the ultra-modern Italian furnishings, you’ll be surrounded by top-notch European service and amenities. Most of the 66 guest rooms and suites here offer marble baths with rain showers, fine Italian linens and wrap-around balconies – with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. The concierge can conjure up everything from theatre tickets to a private jet, too. Roll like family with complimentary car service in a Lincoln Continental or a Navigator – pay a visit to the South Street Seaport Museum to acquaint yourself with the experiences of the first Italian immigrants to New York City.
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The Beekman Tower

Chain Hotel
4.1/5 (133 Reviews)
The Beekman Tower
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Price Drop
Now from $184 per night
Start spreading the news, Frank Sinatra’s favorite hotel is waiting with an all-suite lineup. Each studio and one or two-bedroom has a full-size, fully equipped kitchen, views of New York or Roosevelt Island and complimentary laundry service. The South Street Seaport Museum is only a 15-minute ride down FDR Drive and the United Nations headquarters is a short walk away. If you’re on longshore leave, the extended-stay suites are a great option for you. Stay Well suites include an air purifier, showers with chlorine filters, lighting to reduce jet lag and access to a curated meditation app.
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The Frederick Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
4.3/5 (704 Reviews)
The Frederick Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $199 per night
The Frederick keeps everything ship-shape and has earned Small Luxury Hotel of the World status. Linens and robes in the studio rooms and loft suites are by Frette, amenities are from C.O. Bigelow – the oldest apothecary in America – and iPod docking stations are up-to-the-minute. Exposed brick and art deco-influenced décor give a nod to its historic 1844 roots – and the vintage map of New York in the shower brings a smile. Use it to chart your route to the South Street Seaport Museum, 10 minutes away from one of the multiple nearby subway stations.
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The Wall Street Inn

Hotel, Inn
4.4/5 (948 Reviews)
The Wall Street Inn
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Price Drop
Now from $117 per night
The Wall Street Inn – proudly powered by several generations of women owners – offers an optimal level of comfort in the deluxe and superior rooms. Solid wood paneling and floral elements in draperies, wallpaper and carpets bring to mind the heyday of fine craftsmanship – marble baths feature jacuzzi tubs and plush robes. This is a prime location for being on the water, at the South Street Seaport Museum – just a 10-minute walk away –or above it on the Brooklyn Bridge.
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World Center Hotel

Business Hotel
4.3/5 (1670 Reviews)
Guest room at World Center Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $146 per night
All the bells and whistles are complimentary at World Center Hotel: espresso in the lobby, gym and yoga equipment delivered to your room, purified water refills on every floor and arguably the fastest Wi-Fi in NYC. Clean and contemporary décor are the watchwords here. This adult-only establishment has views of the September 11 Memorial and Museum from the restaurant terrace – and of the Hudson River from select guestrooms. Visit the One World Observation Deck across the street to see all of Lower Manhattan and the nearby South Street Seaport District.
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Smyth Tribeca

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Smyth Tribeca
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Cool and chic, Smyth has 100 guestrooms with a choice of soothing gray or neutral wood tones, all with a mid-century modern sensibility. Rooms and suites are light-filled and large by NYC standards – suites have terraces with views of the Empire State building and Tribeca. Talk a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or stroll over to the Seaport Historic District, both 15 minutes away.

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  • The Greenwich Hotel

    Suite Hotel
    4.7/5 (11 Reviews)
    The Greenwich Hotel
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    World travelers know that the Greenwich has gathered influences from around the globe and distilled the best into 88 rooms and suites – each as different as their inspirations. The leafy courtyard is a little bit of France, the marble baths say Italy, England brings the drawing-room and stone fireplaces to recall mountain chalets and the spa has imported an actual Japanese bathhouse to sit beside the pool. No wonder celebrities feel right at home here. Explore how global influences of the past built New York City at the South Street Seaport Museum, just 10 minutes away by car.
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    The Roxy Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Luxury
    4.5/5 (952 Reviews)
    Roxy Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $203 per night
    Let the Roxy save you a seat at Django, the popular jazz bar that puts guests first. The music continues with a turntable and curated vinyl selection in every suite from loft to penthouse – plus refreshments in the fully stocked Smeg minibar. The retro theme continues with clock radios and 50s-style graphic print textiles throughout – and a 118-seat theatre shows indie hits and cult classics. This unique hotel is within walking distance of more classics, too: namely the Brooklyn Bridge and the Seaport District.
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    NoMo SoHo

    Boutique Hotel
    4.1/5 (1091 Reviews)
    NoMo SoHo
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    Price Drop
    Now from $162 per night
    A crisp electric blue and white palette make a perfect backdrop for the avant-garde paintings, sculptures and mosaics at NoMo. Every one of the guestrooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling views, a full-sized work desk and Malin+Goetz amenities in the marble showers. Suites add outdoor terraces and soaker tubs, both with unrivaled SoHo views – and a room credit for the noteworthy NoMo Kitchen is included with your stay. Several subway stops are nearby, ready to whisk you around Manhattan’s finest.
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    These recommendations were updated on September 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Debra Smith

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