Where to Stay in the City That Never Sleeps
Our top picks for New York City hotels.
Just a glimpse at the Dream Downtown’s ocean liner–inspired facade, and you’ll know that this hotel is playfully different from any other. Reflecting the building’s 1960s role as the National Maritime Union headquarters, portholes feature prominently in the hotel’s design — from the bedroom windows on down to the outdoor pool, whose glass bottom floats directly above the lobby. The Andy Warhol–inspired design inside and rooftop club, featuring luxurious cabanas and Manhattan’s only sand beach, make this sleek spot a go-to for the upscale creative crowd.
This midtown boutique hotel made its name as the “stylish living room of Manhattan,” where the local elite flock to eat, drink and be merry amid sophisticated surroundings. But this year, it also added another dimension to that living room persona, offering a new “firewood concierge service.” The Royalton boasts the most fireplaces of any New York City hotel, and it now offers guests a blaze of fragrant firewood to be enjoyed in their personal hearth — alongside a paired specialty cocktail and a small plate, no less. Guests can choose from sachets filled with maple, apple or hickory-scented stacks, all of which are curated by the hotel’s in-house “wood sommelier” and sourced from a Brooklyn-based firewood company. Now that’s an idea to which we can cozy up.
The High Line Hotel
A graceful blast from the past, the High Line Hotel offers 60 perfectly appointed rooms inside a 19th-century Gothic building that once housed a seminary. Refurbished and opened in 2013, the hotel maintains the building’s original architecture and offers stunning views of the High Line Park, as well as its own urban oasis inside a Parisian-inspired garden. Très chic.