The Empire State, a place where dreams are born and possibilities are endless. Located in the northeastern region of the United States, New York State is a captivating tapestry of diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and towns, and rich cultural heritage. From the iconic skyline of New York City to the serene beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and the picturesque Finger Lakes, this state offers a plethora of experiences for every visitor. Whether you’re an urban explorer, an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a culinary connoisseur, New York State has something extraordinary to offer and here are our favourite luxury hotels to stay at when you visit.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
The William Vale
Found in the hipster district of Williamsburg, this hotel has the largest pool of any in New York. 208 rooms have been designed by Studio Munge in futuristic style with geometrics, soft greys, light woods, picture windows, huge balconies and glowing space-aged lighting. After dark, take a seat on one of the city’s hottest rooftop bars – Westlight – with its gorgeous panoramic views, great cocktails and delicious small plates. Or feast on Michelin starred cuisine from Andrew Carmellini in the main dining room. And when you crave a decadent sweet treat, Wylie Susfresene’s Hi Du’s Donut creations are lip-smackingly good. There’s a cutting edge gym overlooking the pool area, a shopping concourse just beneath the hotel and a delightful green area just in front of the entrance too.
The Hoxton Williamsburg
This British boutique brand (taking its name from the trendy London district) has expanded across the pond to an equally trendy area. Once the site of a water tower factory, this nine-storey new build takes design inspiration from its industrial heritage, with interiors by Ennismore. The restaurant is built around an old carriage house, with a square brass bar and huge glass wall opening out onto an alfresco courtyard dining area. Packed with quirky features, the hotel has 175 urban chic rooms divided into categories of ‘cosy’ or ‘roomy’. The rooftop restaurant and bar has a New England feel, while a lower terrace provides lighter meals (don’t miss their lobster rolls) to a backdrop of fairy lights, comfy loungers and ping pong tables. There’s no gym, but there is access to one nearby and The Hoxton has a fleet of vintage style bikes for guests’ use.
Facing the East River and downtown Manhattan, this spacious hotel commands some iconic views. Another ex-factory, the eight-story building dates back to 1901, with warehouse-style exposed brick, cast-iron columns and wooden beams. Bedrooms and public spaces serve as galleries for the exciting work of New York artists, with an in-house curator personally selecting all the pieces. The 70 rooms have high ceilings, oversized windows and there are four loft suites. You’ll find local artisan products in the bathroom and minibar – and check the top of your wardrobe for a bespoke denim robe. Dine at Reynard and you’ll find this theme is continued, with menus containing ethically sourced local ingredients and meat from the on-site butchery. Then make your way to the sixth floor for drinks overlooking the bright lights of the Big Apple.
Williamsburg Hotel Brooklyn
Popular with honeymooners and those seeking a romantic getaway, this sexy hotel was designed by Michaelis Boyd, the London-based architects known for Babington House, the Groucho Club and Soho House Berlin. Art installations and additional furnishings come from the Bill Amberg Studio, providing a gritty industrial edge with accents of colour to its 147 rooms. There’s a pretty terrace area decorated by local artists, with outdoor pool, cafe-bar and black and white striped daybeds. Formal dining takes place at Seven Seeds, the dramatically decorated restaurant with an open theatre kitchen. Here you’ll find exotic dishes from the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Egypt. And be sure to take a sightseeing trip or two in one of Williamsburg Hotel’s best features, its tuk-tuk, available at no extra charge. It’s one of the best ways to sample the delights of Brooklyn.
The Roundtree Hamptons
Found in the district of Amagansett, surrounded by acres of land (this was once a working farm), yet close to the shore, The Roundtree offers just 15 forms of accommodation. It has a homely, yet undoubtedly upscale feel. The main house is over a century old, although the internal decor reflects the kind of effortless, contemporary design appealing to New Yorkers heading out of town. As bedrooms take the form of suites and cottages, and there’s no restaurant on the premises, The Roundtree is better suited to families, groups and those preferring to do their own thing when it comes to dining.
The Menhaden Hotel Hamptons
For stunning harbour views and close access to the region’s wine lands, book into The Menhaden Hotel. This too is a boutique establishment, with 16 bedrooms, designed to evoke a smart maritime theme displaying various related artefacts. There are lots of drinking and dining options here: a sophisticated ground floor restaurant, a rooftop bar, cafe and a galley snack stop, plus excellent places to eat in the Greenpoint neighbourhood. There’s much to see and do on the doorstep and the hotel offers a free water taxi, bike hire and transfers via its electric vehicle.
Topping Rose House Hamptons
If you’d like access to a spa during your stay, Topping Rose House is the place to be. The property also boasts an outdoor heated pool, a fitness suite, a destination farm-to-table restaurant (with produce coming from its very own on-site one-acre farm), a trendy bar, a curated contemporary art collection, access to a Lexus and a free shuttle, with private beach passes. 22 bedrooms offer Frette linens, iPads and minibars, some have their own gardens and roof terraces. The building itself is a Greek Revival-style mansion, dating back to the 19th century. Topping Rose House is located in Bridgehampton.
Hero Beach Club Hamptons
Montauk was once populated by creatives, surfers and those who made their living from the water. But it’s becoming increasingly sought after by well-heeled visitors in recent times, with hotels like the Hero Beach Club popping up. The property has a laid-back charm though – you won’t find a dedicated restaurant, but you will be provided with complimentary morning bagels and coffee, as well as s’mores roasting on some nights. The design in the 30 bedrooms (most with balconies) is airy and mirrors the natural pastel hues seen in the coastal landscape. Outside, there’s a large heated pool, with plenty of lounging space and movie nights held under the stars.
Aman New York
You may have thought a hotel room in Manhattan’s sought-after midtown would be tiny, but Aman offers some of the largest suites in the Big Apple, with one of the most prestigious addresses. Each has its own central fireplace and king-sized bed. Add to this another lesser-found amenity on the iconic island; a year-round Garden Terrace. This is also the home of the flagship Aman Spa, with its meditative practices, peaceful indoor pool and cryotherapy suite. On the 14th floor are restaurants Arva and Nama and the Bar Lounge, while below ground is the Jazz Club.
The Times Square EDITION
Stay surrounded by the action, yet submerged in a contemporary oasis at The Times Square EDITION. Michelin-starred chef John Fraser oversees the four floors of dining experiences with indoor and outdoor seating including a fine-dining signature restaurant, an all-day New York restaurant, a cabaret and performance space, and a Lobby Bar. 452 bedrooms and suites display a forward-thinking design combined with a timeless style in moody, seductive palettes. Party till dawn on the Paradise Club’s colourful dance floor with sounds provided by top DJs, relax surrounded by leafy palms on The Terrace and sip on premium selections from the champagne trolley at the vintage-style 701West.
Le Méridien New York, Fifth Avenue
Stay close to the Midtown action at Le Méridien, a new and glittering addition to the Big Apple’s hotel scene, which arrived at the end of 2022. Rising 21 floors, the property has 165 bedrooms and condos for longer stays. It pays tribute to the swanky Fifth Avenue’s former life as a hub for the textile industry, with a scale map of the area and attention to fabric woven into the design by VLDG studio. Guests benefit from Malin and Goetz bath products, and direct access to Latitude / Longitude Bar and an all-day restaurant, Allora, serving regional Italian cuisine.
The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City
Located on 44th Street, this landmark hotel was built in 1905 by Stanford White, before being restored by architect Thierry Despont in 2010. Of the 44 suites, some are themed (The Chatwal Crowns); such as the three-bedroom Zen, with its landscaped terrace and butler service. Unwind after a night on the tiles in the city that never sleeps, with some pamper time at the 3,500 sq. foot spa with its infinity saltwater lap pool, plunge jacuzzi and 24-hour access fitness room. And dine at The Chatwal’s 90-seat Art Deco restaurant, The Lamb’s Club, with cuisine by Chef Michael White.
W New York – Times Square
An eclectic energy in the W mirrors that which is found on its famous doorstep. Bask in the atmosphere of this part of the city at the hotel’s Living Room, a homage to Times Square’s past, accompanied by pulsating DJ beats and cocktails. 590 eclectic bedrooms have panoramic views from picture windows, as well as pillowtop mattresses, 350-thread-count sheets and Davines amenities to ensure you’re fully refreshed for the action-packed day ahead. Order food to your suite, or take the short journey to one of the in-house restaurants; Dos Caminos for Mexican cuisine with a modern angle and Blue Fin’s fresh seafood and sushi.
JW Marriott Essex House New York
Like many of the city’s most notable buildings, this one dates back to the 1930s Art Deco era, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Found at the southern end of Central Park, the Forbes recommended establishment rises 44 storeys, housing 426 bedrooms, 101 suites and 147 condos. All have plush bedding, marble bathrooms and minibars. Interiors are grand with huge glittering chandelier-lit ballrooms, sassy firelit lounges and chic monochrome bedrooms. Enjoy fine dining with a late-night menu, room service and treatments at the PRIMP spa. There’s a shop onsite, free daily newspapers and pets are welcome.
The Mark Hotel
Join the ranks of Selena Gomez, Emma Watson, Gigi Hadid, Gisele, Kendall Jenner and the Beckhams when you stay at The Mark. The glamorous 16-storey property is situated on East 77th Street at Madison Avenue. Ebony, sycamore, and nickel furnishings, Italian linens by Quagliotti and marble bathrooms punctuate its 141 classic bedrooms. Foodies will love celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (a great place to star spot) and the mood-lit Chi-Chi restaurant and bar. And the stylish address caters well to families; Maclaren pushchairs, toys and goodies are provided, with “Woof Woof Kits” for canine guests.
The Ned NoMad New York
The Ned NoMad New York, is located in The Johnston Building on Broadway and comprises 167 rooms – all of which have been inspired by the glamour of the roaring ‘20’s. The Ned NoMad is more than just a place to rest your head. It is home to Ned’s Club, a members’ club that gives members access to the rooftop terrace and other private member spaces such as The Dining Room, The Atrium Stage for live entertainment, The Library for a cool workspace by day and cosy bar by night and advance reservation privileges to the classic Italian restaurant Cecconi’s and Little Ned where cocktails and views of the Empire State building are the order of the day.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad
NoMad opened its doors in July 2022, named after its locale north of Madison Square Park. Its 50-storey facade is striking, offering top-floor views from 500 feet above the city and 250 guest rooms, including suites and penthouse residences. The on-trend hotel really excels when it comes to dining, with Zaytinya’s mezze menus by Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés, Nubeluz cocktail bar boasting 270-degree views across Manhattan, The Lobby Lounge & Bar, for drinks, coffees and pastries in the morning and The Bazaar, arriving later in 2022. NoMad’s 6,800 square-foot spa includes eight treatment rooms and the RelaxSpace Wellness Pod, a 15-minute multi-sensory experience.
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is somewhat of a New York Landmark, conveniently located on Madison Avenue and just one block from Central Park it is the perfect base for exploring the great city. Guest can choose from 189 lavish rooms including 90 suites – all of which are exquisitely decorated and seamlessly combine elegance and comfort. From fine dining or a weekend brunch to creative cocktails and classic Cabaret, the chic restaurants options at the hotel offers guests an unparalleled Uptown dining experience merging culinary artistry with flawless service. With a salon, fitness centre and the Valmont Spa at The Carlyle – one of the best in New York – guests can enjoy relaxation, pampering and a work out with world-class facilities. And with a dedicated and passionate team on hand- a stay at The Carlyle is sure to be a fine one.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
In the heart of Lower Manhattan immersed in some of the city’s most authentic neighbourhoods, sits the diverse and vibrant Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. The landmark luxury hotel is the perfect base for leisure travellers wishing to explore the streets of Tribeca and further afield. The stylish and well-appointed guest rooms and expansive suites are available in a range of sizes and formats to match the needs of every guest. The wellness and fitness centre occupies an entire floor and boasts a seven-room Spa, lap pool and state of the art fitness centre with views overlooking Downtown. Celebrity Chef, Wolfgang Puck, heads up CUT, the hotel’s relaxed yet refined restaurant – a firm favourite with locals, celebrities and guests alike, or venture further afield and experience delicious dishes from one of the nearby hidden gems – just one of the many tailored itinerary options that can be created for guests can enjoy.
Loews Regency New York
Located on New York’s famous Park Avenue, Loews Regency New York is a destination luxury hotel with convenient access to Manhattan’s upscale Upper East Side. An iconic art deco design flows throughout the hotel along with all the first-class amenities a guest would expect from this well reputed hotel name. Accommodation comprises over 300 spacious guestrooms and stunning suites – with signature suites offering the ultimate space for a residential style stay with many boasting a city view or balcony. The Regency Bar and Grill is the hotel’s signature restaurant where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails in stylish surroundings. Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar embraces coffee culture; Italian-inspired yet quintessential New York. Guests can sit-in or take-away signature pastries, sandwiches and coffee. The hotel boasts many top-class facilities including a state of the art fitness centre, complete with Peloton bikes. The hotel is pet and extremely family friendly and pays special attention to these treasured guests.
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.
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.