The city that never sleeps is an epicentre of art, music, fashion, food and shopping. A melting pot of cultures, New York is synonymous with the concept of cosmopolitanism. Whether you fancy a $1 slice of pizza at 2am in the morning, some gourmet street food when exploring the sights, or sustainable seafood from the latest swish restaurant opening downtown, NYC is a culinary smorgasbord. New York is designed to be explored on foot and each neighbourhood offers something completely different, take the time to explore the century-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side and then head to the trendy bars and clubs of the Meatpacking District. It’s no wonder city is also home to some of the hippest luxury hotels in the world. Here are just a few of our favs….
The Ritz Carlton New York
For elite townhouse luxury, on Central Park’s doorstep, book a Beaux-Arts Suite at The Ritz Carlton. It’s recently been redesigned by Gilles & Boissier, incorporating the building’s history and artwork by native New Yorkers. The refined hotel also has a new spa, the Swiss-inspired La Prairie, and a Club Lounge perfect for a little caviar and champagne. Its accolades are numerous, including 14 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Hotel Awards, a AAA Five Diamond Award and many appearances on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List.
The Chatwal, A luxury collection
The Chatwal on 44th offers a boutique art deco base close to the bright lights of Times Square and Broadway. The 20th-century building was re-launched in 2010 and renewed by master architect Thierry Despont. Of the 44 suites, 14 are themed and all feature 400 thread count linen. Feast on classic American dishes at the Lamb’s Grill as you enjoy the city skyline through 20ft viewing windows, work out at any time of day or night and treat yourself to a massage at the MYND Spa & Salon.
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Arrive by a Four Seasons private jet or Rolls Royce and stay in a suite in the sky, at this Manhattan landmark, perfect for very special occasions. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the 52-storey hotel on billionaires row, offers panoramic views enabling you to wake up, work out and dine among the Big Apple’s skyscrapers. It fuses modern and art deco styles with its high ceilings and geometric patterns. The dining options are suitably cosmopolitan for an internationally renowned chain – don’t miss the Japanese breakfast in bed and Ty Bar’s exclusive, barrel-aged bourbon.
Sofitel New York
Another big name luxury chain, Sofitel can be found close to the Rockefeller centre. There are 398 rooms – show fans will particularly love the Tony Awards suite full of Broadway memorabilia and with its own terrace – all in a 1940s Manhattan-Parisienne style, as designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Robert Hohmann leads the culinary offer with Gaby Brasserie and Bar and you can even catch occasional exhibitions at the Sofitel. Both Yahoo! UK Style and The Telegraph described this as one of New York’s most romantic hotels, making it ideal for a honeymoon, wedding venue or anniversary break.
The NoMad Hotel
Chic yet bohemian Parisienne style can be found at The NoMad – part of the Grand Luxury Hotel group – in the Flatiron district. Built in 1903, but renovated in 2012, it’s a relatively low rise option (12 storeys) for those who prefer a more boutique feel than the big-name skyscraper hotels. 168 stylish rooms feature custom bathrobes and slippers by Frette, handmade rugs, hardwood floors, original art pieces, Italian bedding, and some have claw-foot tubs. If you’re not staying here, make a point of stopping by to check its phenomenal 24ft solid mahogany bar, as well as its Michelin starred eatery.
Lotte New York Palace
One of 30 hotels in the Lotte group, this one has a privileged position on Madison Avenue. It’s often the venue of choice for US society weddings and high-end conferences, beloved by locals and visitors. The Palace presents immaculate timeless luxury, with 909 soft inviting bedrooms and opulent en-suite marble bathrooms. If you plan to stay for longer than a fortnight, the suites accommodate extended breaks, providing your home from home. Guests can escape the bustle of the city at the hotel’s Spa Splendor, and choose from three delightful dining options, along with two regal bars.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
If you’d rather look out onto Manhattan than stay there, opt for the super trendy 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. As the name suggests, it sits in the shadow of what is arguably the world’s most famous crossing, with stunning city and waterside vistas. Farm-to-table, sustainable cooking awaits at The Osprey, Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge and Neighbors artisan cafe. Nurture your mind, body and spirit with a visit to Bamford Haybarn Spa, try boxing, yoga or book some expert personal training sessions. There are frequent events such as Full Moon parties, films, talks and environmentally focused activities. When it’s time for bed, rest your head on 100% organic sheets and custom Keetsa mattresses, surrounded by industrial urban chic.
Mandarin Oriental New York
Mandarin Oriental has long borne a reputation as expert hoteliers, with fans including stars such as Gary Barlow, Rami Malek, Christian Louboutin Dame Helen Mirren. You too can live like a celebrity at their impressive Manhattan residence, with glittering views from its floor to ceiling windows (some overlook Central Park or the Hudson). Opt for a luxe suite for the comfort of your own living area, or one of the 244 other rooms and suites. Eat and drink at one of three in-house venues, take a swim in the indoor pool and bliss out at the large spa. The Mandarin Oriental is an ideal spot for those discovering NYC for the first time.
Located at the fashionable address of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, The Peninsula is well placed for some of the best shopping on the planet. Evoking an atmosphere of both glamour and class, the stunning neo-Italian Renaissance architecture by Hiss and Weeks incorporates limestone carvings, copper cornice and Doric columns. It’s especially loved by couples, in part due to its wonderful rooftop cocktail bar, Salon de Ning, serving sophisticated Asian food. Gourmet dining can be found at Clement and Gotham Lounge (named after the hotel’s original incarnation The Gotham Hotel).
The St Regis
Founded by John Jacob Astor, the graceful St Regis is part of the Marriot group and steeped in recent history. The country’s first Bloody Mary was made here, at the King Cole Bar and the building was declared a New York City Landmark in 1988. Stay in a Tiffany, Dior, or Bentley designer suite, where your butler is on hand for any requests – as is a chauffeur-driven Bentley House Car for some fancy sightseeing. There’s a regal, almost regency air about the place, making it popular as a wedding destination hotel.
The New York EDITION
Constructed in 1909 as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s headquarters, this Edition hotel was once a clocktower. It’s since taken on a new lease of life as a boutique hotel, spa and Michelin starred restaurant with epic 365-degree views. From the dark oak wood-panelled foyers, 273 guest rooms can be found, offering a contemporary style with neutral palettes. Located in Madison Square Park, this hotel takes a thoroughly modern approach – it’s a doggie friendly establishment, and has everything from cooking classes to social pours and Haiku nights. The Bar, attached to The Clocktower Restaurant, is a jewel in the hotel’s crown with a fibreglass globe chandelier, 24k gold leaf bar and carved plaster ceilings.
The Whitby New York
The Whitby is an eclectic, funky addition to Tim and Kit Kemp’s British Firmdale Hotel group. Located in the upper midtown, this is the place to be for lovers of innovative contemporary art and design. It has its own state of the art screening room, as well as a gym, drawing room, meeting rooms, restaurant, bar and orangery. It’s very family-friendly too, providing popcorn and movies, board games, books, cribs and special slippers, bathrobes & toiletries for little ones. There’s a programme of hip, cutting edge events and you can even hire the entire top floor as your own two-bedroom, two-fireplace suite with dining room and outdoor terrace.