When visiting New York City, there are many places you can stay, including boutique hotels in NYC. Boutique hotels cater to those looking for a smaller, but still distinctive, hotel setting. If you’re set your sights on staying at a boutique hotel in NYC, here are the 10 best.
1. Book-Lovers Boutique Hotels in NYC: The Library Hotel
Located at 299 Madison Avenue at East 41st Street, the Library Hotel has 60 rooms, each featuring a topic corresponding to the Dewey Decimal category of the floor it’s on. Hotel guests can partake of the nightly wine and cheese reception, a free daily continental breakfast buffet, 24-hour complimentary refreshments, New York Sports Club passes, an advanced reader edition of a Simon & Schuster book, and more.
2. The Michelangelo
Its location at 152 West 51st Street puts the Michelangelo right in the thick of Midtown, near Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, and Central Park. Its spacious rooms feature modern, neoclassical elements, as well as in-room laptop safes and complimentary in-room movies.
3. The NoMad Hotel
This LEED-certified Gold hotel is a renovated Beaux-Arts building located at 1170 Broadway at 28th Street. Rooms at the NoMad feature many custom amenities, including bathrobes and slipper by Frette, bath products by Côté Bastide, and Bellino linens and bedding. Many rooms feature a freestanding clawfoot tub. All food is prepared under the guidance of Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, owners of Eleven Madison Park.
4. The Lowell Hotel
The Lowell is a classic boutique hotel in NYC that’s been around since 1927. Its elegance shines through, from its wood-burning fireplaces and landscaped terraces, to afternoon tea in the Pembroke Room. The Lowell is located in the Upper East Side, at 28 East 63rd Street, not far from MoMA and Central Park.
5. citizenM New York Times Square Hotel
citizenM in Times Square is a modern take on a boutique hotel. The hotel focuses on the lobby as a place for guests to get comfortable. Rooms are big enough to fit an extra-large king-size bed and bathrooms feature “anti jet-lag” rain showers. Although its location at 218 West 50th Street places close to the hustle and bustle of Times Square, the hotel’s triple-glazed windows and soundproofed walls guarantee a restful sleep.
6. The Whitby Hotel
Visitors looking for a boutique hotel in NYC that is charming and quiet should look at the Whitby at 18 West 5th Street. Each of its 86 rooms are individually designed, and all feature floor-to-ceiling windows; some come with a private terrace. On Saturday evenings, the Whitby shows a classic movie in its private cinema, combined with brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.
7. Refinery Hotel
The Refinery Hotel is located at 63 West 38th Street, near Bryant Park, in the former Colony Arcade building, which housed a hat-maker’s factory. The loft-style rooms feature 12-foot ceilings and hardwood floors, and mini-fridges stocked with Dean & DeLuca specialties and local Hudson whiskey. The Refinery’s popular rooftop bar features view of the Empire State Building, and has a retractable-glass roof.
8. 11 Howard
Located in SoHo, just north of Canal Street, 11 Howard practices what it calls “conscious hospitality.” The hotel supports the Global Poverty Project, donating a portion of all its direct bookings to the charity. Saturday stays include a complimentary wine hour from 6-7 p.m. Rooms feature organic bath products, natural bamboo area rugs and custom-crafted furniture.
9. The High Line Hotel
This dog-friendly hotel, housed in a 19th-century brick seminary at 180 10th Avenue, is just a hop, skip and jump from the High Line. The High Line Hotel features individually decorated guest rooms with vintage touches, like antique telephones. Other amenities include complimentary Shinola bicycles, two Intelligentsia coffee shops (one in a 1963 Citroen truck) and a Parisian-inspired café/garden.
10. Life Hotel
Truly an icon, this boutique hotel in NYC is the former headquarters of LIFE magazine. Life Hotel is located at 19 West 31st Street, two blocks south of the Empire State Building. Its rooms feature vintage iron beds, brass fixtures, rain shower heads, pillow-top mattresses, plush robes and slippers, and all-natural bath products. All guests get two complimentary cocktails on their day of arrival, as well as access to the hotel’s fitness center, which has Peloton bikes.