They say New York is the city that never sleeps, and looking at sites like Hotel Jules – NYC Hotels will attest to the city’s vibrant nightlife. But whether you’re heading there to stay up all night and watch The Big Apple turnover, or you’re seeking a more cultural experience, sooner or later you’ll need a place to crash. Luckily for you, New York isn’t short of top-quality hotels. But beware, there’s no shortage of bad ones either. Here’s our guide to the great places to stay when you visit.
The ACE hotel chain boasts hotels in some of the trendiest districts across the globe, and the New York Ace is no different. Situated a salt beef bagel’s throw away from the Metro, just off Broadway, it’s stylish quarters, art gallery, lively lounge and chic restaurant make the perfect hipster basecamp to explore downtown Manhattan.
If you’re looking for something a bit more classic, you could stay at the nearby Art-house Hotel. This new hotel brings a vintage vibe and a 1920’s French elevator system to the posh Upper West Side. While you’re there, pop into the famous Levain Bakery next door at 77th and Amsterdam and sample their cookies. Apparently, they’re the best in the whole of New York. And that’s saying something.
As someone watching the New York Yankees might say, this one’s a bit of a curve-ball, but in case you’re looking for something all-together more intimate, you might like Skater-Socks. It’s not a hotel. Instead it’s an “apart-hotel”. This funky and colorful managed apartment is situated in the cobbled streets of New York’s financial district, Wall Street. It’s not a party zone but you’ll be staying within easy reach of the World Trade Centre Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, and the start point to river cruises to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
If you’re the cerebral type you might be interested to know that the Library Hotel website claims that staying in their New York residence is a “thought provoking” experience. The hotel features a unique library of books in each of their wooden furnished rooms, to inspire and entertain. When you’ve finished reading, the Library Hotel is in the Murray Hill area, popular with college grads, lively bars & Indian food.
New York’s not New York without skyscrapers. if you’re planning on visiting Top of the Rock, The Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building I’ll assume you’re not scared of heights and you might like to check into the Hotel Boutique. The Hotel Boutique is a midtown Manhattan, high-rise hotel with a 27th-floor terrace. The rooms have over sized windows presenting beautiful views of Lexington Avenue and Grand Central, an amazing location that means many of New York’s best attractions and shopping are a leisurely stroll away. Just don’t take the stairs.
New York’s not all about Manhattan though. Take a trip over the Brooklyn bridge to fashionable Williamsburg to stay in Le Jolie, a European-inspired boutique hotel in Brooklyn. This stylish hotel is a great place to explore the wild and eclectic Williamsburg neighborhood. From restaurants serving the full range of global cuisine to offbeat bars and shops, you might find you don’t need to visit Manhattan at all.
It’s all a matter of opinion of course, but one thing is certain, there is no city like New York, and there’s no shortage of things to see and do. So, if you want to be a part of it or even make a brand-new start in it, I’ll see you in New York, New York!