New York has many nicknames: The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, City of Dreams. All are well earned. For many first-time visitors to the United States, New York City is the first stop. And even if the city is your backyard, you could spend a lifetime exploring its ever-changing neighborhoods, shops, restaurants and nightlife spots.
The following lodging options were selected according to location, guest reviews and amenities. Whether you’re in town for business, culture, or just fun and sightseeing, the city provides many options for the upscale traveler.
From $294/ night
This colorful hotel has a youthful, relaxed vibe while still providing all the luxuries you’re accustomed to. Located in the midst of all the action in the heart of Manhattan, the property is a one-minute walk from Times Square, and a five-minute walk from Central Park. Other iconic landmarks like Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, as well as shopping, dining and nightlife, are within a 15-minute walk. Rooms are fresh and decorated with with modern, white furniture, and have rainfall showers, flat screens and a small refrigerator. Amenities include a rooftop bar, three terraces, 24-hour food service, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga classes. The art-filled lobby is a great place to relax, and iMac computers are available for loan.
From $599/ night
Opulence abounds at the Lotte, which features a grand staircase, ornate furnishings and ceiling work, and sumptuous textures and finishes throughout the shared spaces and guest rooms. Health-minded guests will love the 7,000-square-foot fitness facilities, as well as the decadent spa. Rooms feature plasma televisions, marble bathrooms, minibars, work desks, and many have views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the city. Free transfers to Wall Street and Broadway occur twice daily, and both Times Square and Central Park are a 15-minute walk away. Madison Avenue, with its upscale shopping and luxury boutiques, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
From $349/ night
Known for classic European elegance, impeccable service and sweeping views, the Park Lane is a New York City institution. The hotel entrance sits directly across from Central Park, so guests have easy access to fitness and trails and nature. Guest rooms are spacious and open, with oversized windows and fine linens. There’s a sophisticated restaurant, The Park Room, which serves a seasonal menu, or unwind with a drink at Harry’s New York Bar. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and business services. The location is close to perfect: 5th Avenue is a two-minute walk away, while the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center are all within 10 minutes’ walking distance.
From $289/ night
Guests who appreciate Asian culture will love The Kitano. The Japanese-style hotel is a short walk from Grand Central Station, and features soundproof rooms (with windows that open!), iPod docking stations, free green tea and towel warmers. Two on-site restaurants serve a mix of fare: Hakubai Restaurant serves gourmet Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner, while Jazz at The Kitano specializes in American and European dishes. A wise array of amenities includes a tour desk, a gift shop, babysitting service, foreign currency exchange, a gym, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. The Empire State Building is a 10-minute walk away.
From $338/ night
The easy elegance of the WestHouse is unparalleled. Located in Midtown, the art deco style property is an easy three-minute walk to Central Park, and eight minutes to Times Square. The hotel comes stacked with luxurious amenities: a 24-hour business center, concierge services, and a modern fitness center. A rooftop restaurant has amazing views of the city, and there’s also a chic cocktail lounge. Guest rooms feature 400-thread count sheets and custom-blended scents, and some have views of Times Square or Central Park. Those interested in the performing arts will find this an ideal location: Lincoln Center is 10 blocks away and Broadway is five minutes walking.