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Hotels in New York City – Our Top Picks

Hotels in New York City – Our Top Picks

Are you looking for a hotel in New York? Then you came to the right place. It can sometimes be challenging to choose, since the city has an endless number of hotels, ranging from budget friendly to iconic luxury hotels. Not only that, New York also has many neighborhoods to choose from.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are our top choices for hotels in New York City.

The Jane Hotel – West Village

If you want to stay in a hotel in West Village, I highly recommend The Jane Hotel. It’s a romantic hotel with small but cozy rooms. They offer reasonable prices for being a trendy hotel in West Village.

Address: 113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

PUBLIC Hotel – Lower East Side

This is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a hotel in New York City. PUBLIC Hotel is located in the trendy Lower East Side, allowing you easy access to surrounding neighborhoods like East Village, Soho, Chinatown, West Village, and more. The rooms are small but have large windows and fantastic views.

Address: 215 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

ModernHaus – SoHo

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Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig

ModernHaus is a hotel located in the Soho area, which is a great place to stay in New York if you want a central location with walking distance to most attractions. It’s modern, bright, and has a rooftop bar with a view of the Hudson River.

Address: 27 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Conrad – Midtown

If you’re looking for a very central hotel in New York, Conrad might be a good choice for you. It’s located in Midtown with walking distance to Central Park but not right at Times Square (which you might want to avoid). If you’re lucky, you might even get a room with a view of Central Park.

Address: 151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Michelangelo Hotel – Midtown

This hotel is located in Midtown near Rockefeller Center. The Michelangelo Hotel offers large and beautiful rooms with plenty of light. You’ll have walking distance to Central Park, Times Square, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and much more.

Address: 152 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn Bridge Park

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park next to Dumbo, just south of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. If you’re lucky, you can get a hotel room with a view of Manhattan’s skyline. They also have a lovely rooftop with a pool where you can swim in the summer.

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Plaza – Midtown

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The Plaza is a must on the list, being one of the most famous and iconic hotels in New York. Movies like Home Alone 2, The Great Gatsby, Crocodile Dundee, American Hustle, and many more were filmed here. The Plaza is one of the more expensive hotels in New York and is located right next to Central Park.

Address: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel – Financial District

This hotel in New York is located in one of New York’s first skyscrapers built in 1881. The Beekman is a very beautiful hotel with a more old-fashioned feel, featuring dark floors and vintage furniture.

Address: 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

The Standard – East Village

If you’re looking for a trendy hotel in New York, The Standard in East Village is a good option. They have reasonably sized rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Address: 25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

The Ludlow Hotel – Lower East Side

Here, you get a beautiful view, a great location, and a stylishly designed hotel. The Ludlow Hotel is located in the heart of Lower East Side, right next to the famous Katz’s Delicatessen, where you can enjoy delicious pastrami sandwiches.

Address: 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Wythe Hotel – Williamsburg

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Photo credit: Wythe Hotel

This cool hotel is located in an old industrial space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Wythe Hotel has beautiful decor, high ceilings in each room, and if you book one of their lofts, you can even get a private balcony. You can easily get to Manhattan by taking the L train one stop.

Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

What neighborhoods to stay in New York?

Choosing the right neighborhood for your hotel in New York is crucial for your trip. I recommend the following neighborhoods:

Soho – This neighborhood is great is you’re into shopping and visiting trendy restaurants. Not only that, it’s located in the middle of downtown Manhattan with easy walking distance to a lot of other cool neighborhoods.

Lower East Side – Charming Lower East Side is a great place to stay in. You’ll be surrounded by diverse culture, great restaurants, trendy bars, amazing thrift shopping and lively atmosphere. You also have easy access to Williamsburg, Brooklyn by walking over the Williamsburg Bridge.

Chelsea – Chelsea has a good mix of art galleries, shopping, dining and also the iconic High Line Park. Chelsea is located a little higher in Manhattan, so if you’re interested in walking around a lot exploring Times Square and Midtown this neighborhood could fit you well.

East Village – This neighborhood has a little bit of everything: amazing restaurants, great shopping and a lively nightlife scene.

Meatpacking – Meatpacking is well known for it’s nighlife scene with all the clubs, great restaurants as well as high end shopping. This area feels very trendy and give some good people watching.

Union Square – If you’re visiting NYC for the first time I would recommend staying somewhere around Union Square. It’s located right in the middle of everything in Manhattan and walking distance to Midtown, Soho, West Village, Meatpacking and many more neighborhoods. It’s also just one stop away with the subway to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Williamsburg – This is my recommendation for second timers to NYC. I can guess that your trip you spent most of your time in Manhattan exploring some classic tourist attraction. This time you get to explore Williamsburg, Brooklyn but also have easy access to Manhattan since it’s only one stop away with the L train. Williamsburg is well know for it’s hipster Vibe, great restaurants, amazing thrift shopping and overall good vibes.

Good to know about hotels in New York:

Avoid Times Square

Avoid staying right at Times Square; it’s crowded, and prices are high. Many people make the mistake of staying at Times Square for their first time in New York. Most people find that seeing Times Square once is enough. If you want to stay near Times Square, consider staying a bit further up, closer to Central Park, for example, at Conrad or Michelangelo. If it’s your first time, try finding a hotel close to Union Square instead. Great location right in the middle of everything.

Hotels in New York can be expensive

Staying at hotels in New York can be quite expensive, costing around $200 USD per night, depending on the hotel. If you travel during the low season in winter (January) or summer (August), it is usually cheaper.

Click here to read our article about affordable hotels in NYC.

Added taxes to the total price

Remember that all hotels in New York add taxes and fees to the room rate. Some websites list room prices including taxes and fees, while others do not. If you book directly through the hotel’s website, it’s probably not included in the price.

Check the cancellation policy

Make sure to check the rules before booking, as some hotels do not allow you to cancel.

Breakfast not always included

If you’re staying at a hotel in New York, be prepared to pay for your own breakfast as it’s rarely included in the price. Sometimes, they may have free tea or coffee in the room. If you want a budget-friendly breakfast, you can go to a deli or a grocery store and buy something simple. You can also grab a classic New York bagel or have breakfast at a nearby diner.

Common questions about hotels in New York:

Which hotel in New York was featured in the Home Alone movie?

Home Alone 2 was set in The Plaza Hotel near Central Park.

What is the best area to stay in a hotel in New York?

I would recommend the following areas: Soho, Lower East Side, Chelsea, West Village, East Village, Meatpacking, Union Square, Flatiron, Dumbo, and Williamsburg. I recommend avoiding Midtown and Times Square if it’s your first time visiting.

When during the year is it more affordable to stay at a hotel in New York?

During the low season around August when it’s too hot and January when it’s too cold. Check out our article about affordable hotels in New York.

How much does it cost to stay at a hotel in New York?

You can find a good hotel in New York for around $200 USD per night.

What is a good hotel in New York near Times Square?

I wouldn’t recommend staying at Times Square. Prices are higher, and it’s too crowded. If you want to stay near Times Square, you can stay a bit further up, closer to Central Park, for example, at Conrad or Michelangelo.

Do you have any tips for hotels in New York? Feel free to leave a comment!