Get under the skin of NYC with these vacation rentals that combine the best bits of a boutique hotel with the freedom of your own city apartment. You’ll just need to narrow it down by neighborhood – base yourself in the buzzing Bowery, flit about in FiDi or receive high society in the Upper East Side. These are our pick of the best, bookable with Culture Trip.
Once a haven for punks, poets and political activists, the East Village is today a little less edgy but no less eclectic. These spacious two-bedroom apartments are perfect for groups of friends looking to soak up the bohemian spirit that still swirls around this arty enclave. From your Avenue A apartment, you can stroll to Tompkins Square Park, browse funky vintage stores and stay up late in subterranean speakeasies.
Tourists often favor the southern side of Central Park, but some would argue the quieter northern side is even more spectacular – the wooded hills and formal Italianate, French and English gardens are so immersive you’ll feel miles away from the skyscrapers of Manhattan. From these two- or three-bedroom apartments in the southern end of Spanish Harlem – or “El Barrio” – you’ll be just steps from those bucolic sights as well as the Museum of the City of New York.
Architecture lovers will admire the beautiful design of this space-for-eight Greenwich Village apartment, which includes an original fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors and sash windows that let in heaps of natural light. If you’re planning to bounce from the boutiques of Bleecker Street to the fashion mecca of the Meatpacking District, you’ll find plenty of storage to stash your finds. But be sure to hurry home in time for sundowners – you’ll want to be clinking cocktails at golden hour on the adorable rooftop terrace with blue wooden floors and a white picket fence.