New York City is just one of those places where you have to do it big. It could be because NYC is the unofficial capital of ‘Merica or because the city is fueled by money. While for most, a $700+ per night hotel is a safe bet for a luxurious stay, not all are in the perfect location. This article lists the city’s best hotels in truly luxurious locations (better than Times Square).
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The Most Luxurious NYC Hotels in the Perfect Locations
Ever heard of Harold Samuel? I can take a good guess you haven’t, but his words have been repeated for almost a hundred years, “Location, location, location.” What is a luxurious hotel if you are walking outside into a crowded, busy, and otherwise unpleasant area?
Ever heard of Harold Samuel? I can take a good guess you haven’t, but his words have been repeated for almost a hundred years, “location, location, location.” So what is the point of a luxurious hotel if you walk outside into a crowded, busy, and otherwise unpleasant area?
That’s why we’ve built a list of the best luxury hotels in New York City to satisfy the most opulent desires of your heart. But most importantly, we’ve also described the area around the hotel so you know just what the vibe will be. So whip out that credit card because the prices of these NYC hotels don’t come cheap, but they will leave a lasting impression!
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Crosby Street Hotel
$$$$+ | SoHo | 5 Star | Beautiful Design
The Crosby Street Hotel is a wonder to the eyes, which makes it perfect for people with great style and a large budget! The hotel is nestled into the center of Soho in the shopping and restaurant district.
You are very close to many attractions, such as Washington Square Park, Pier 25 & 27, Rockafeller Park, Ground Zero, Brookfield Plaza, and a leisurely bike ride to the Brooklyn Bridge.
SoHo is my favorite area since there are many great hotel choices, things to do, restaurants, and access. However, lower Manhattan (where SoHo is) has a better vibe.
$$$$+ | 5 Star | Central Park | Iconic
The Lowell Hotel is an iconic hotel in NYC, very close to Central Park. The Lowell opened its doors in 1927, occupying seventeen floors for rooms, suites, and luxury. However, it is better known for its old-world charms, such as sitting rooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea.
The area is ideal for anyone looking close to Central Park in a residential area. You’ll be surrounded by restaurants and fashion houses mostly enjoyed by local aristocrats and Manhattanites. In addition, the proximity to the southern portion of Central Park, which is home to attractions like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge, is ideal. I recommend this for anyone looking to pass your mornings in bed before enjoying a stroll through central park and, eventually, a Broadway Show.
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
$$$$+ | 5 Star | Central Park | Classical Design in a Historic Building
The Pierre is an iconic NYC hotel that has been a landmark since 1930. It has a classical design, including frescoed restaurants and beautiful suites. The “Tata Presidential Suite” will run at least $15k.
The only location better than the Lowell Hotel is the Pierre which obstructs Lowell’s Central Park view. That said, Pierre’s view is almost as vast as its prices. In addition, you are incredibly close to the Central Park Zoo and a ton of shopping on the precipice of the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Loews Regency Hotel
$$$$ | 5 Star | Upper East Side
Loews Regency is a classy and chic hotel perfect for romantics or business travelers looking to impress. It’s often cheaper than its counterparts, but that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality here!
Loews Regency is located just around the corner from the Pierre and Lowell. So if you are looking for all the same attractions at a lower price, the Loews is for you!
The William Vale
$$$$ | 5 Star | Pool | Williamsburg
While I would stay at the Hoxton in the cooler months, I would choose the William Vale in the dead of summer. Of course, the price is higher, but their pool is fantastic!
Brooklyn is notorious for its younger crowd of hipsters and artists, which eventually attracts young entrepreneurs. Williamsburg has almost entirely kicked out the long-bearded hipsters that made it cool and replaced them with Wall Streeters who want to pretend they are not bankers. Don’t translate that into being a negative thing – the entire area went from nice to wow, that’s nice.
Many nearby waterfronts are spotted with beach volleyball courts, restaurants, bars, and running paths. It’s a dream.
The Williamsburg Hotel
$$ | 5 Star | Williamsburg
Yet another great Williamsburg option with a pool and beautiful views, which makes it an easy choice. This hotel and the William Vale are practically interchangeable.
Situated right next to the William Vale, you’ll find all the same amenities, like parks, views, and blow-your-mind restaurants. The craft cocktail was not invented here in Williamsburg, but it definitely drove drinks like the rum & coke and vodka cranberry out of town. Instead, you’ll find yourself enjoying refreshing cocktails made with the utmost effort that seems to empty your wallet in an oh-so-pleasurable way!
Mandarin Oriental NYC
$$$$+ | 5 Star | Modern Luxury | Central Park Views
The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury staple, so it can be an easy choice if money is not a consideration. Shared spaces are incredible, and Columbus Circle is one of my favorite areas of NYC.
The first thing you notice when walking out the front door of this hotel is how lovely Colombus Circle is and how open the area is. There are so many pedestrian areas in front of each skyscraper that you will not feel forced onto sidewalks.
It is a delightful area that is close to the West Side Highway. That is my favorite path in NYC, with tons of tennis courts, a bike path, and incredible views! You are three steps from Central Park and have lots of subway connectivity. I prefer this side of Central Park over the east side due to the general feel and accessibility.
The Ritz-Carlton NYC
$$$$+ | 5 Star | High-Class | Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton is one of the world’s most classy hotel chains, and their Central Park property has got to be the flagship location. Beautiful spacious rooms in a historic hotel with fantastic rooms make it a no-brainer if you can stomach the price per night.
$$$$+ | 5 Star | It’s the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons are the marker for consistency in terms of luxury travel. To be able to stay at a Four Seasons where ever you go is something many aspire to but only some reach. It is safe to say you’ll get a beautiful and spacious room with all the amenities for a hefty price.
Another great Central Park hotel in a good location. While this is considered the more premium of the two Four Seasons in NYC, I prefer the downtown location over this one.
$$$$+ | 5 Star | Beautiful Modern Design
If I were looking for a nice hotel in Midtown, I would likely stay at the Langham because I love the design of the rooms. A cool modern feel with lots of windows, light, and wood tones mixed in. Great choice if you can part ways with that type of money.
I do not like Midtown since the area is occupied mainly by businesses (instead of residents), which means the restaurant scene is focused on lunch and tourists. That said, it’s New York, and everyone has unlimited options. You can walk to Bryant Park or the Flat Iron without destroying your feet which is nice.
Overall, I avoid Midtown as it is not “my NYC,” but the Langham has always tempted me in!
Easily the most famous hotel in the United States and possibly the world, The Plaza Hotel is iconic on NYC’s Central Park skyline. The rooms are massive, the service is top-notch, the views are incredible, and the price is almost reasonable for what you get!
Remarkably similar to the Pierre, this hotel has unobstructed Central Park views if you pony up for a good room. In addition, the main drag in front of the hotel has a mega-luxurious feel, and you’ll have first dibs on the famous central park horse and carriage rides!
$$$$+ | SoHo | 5 Star | Mega-Luxury | Rooftop Pool
The Dominick, formerly the Trump Soho, is my go-to hotel for romantic trips with my wife. We’ve stayed there a couple of times, and it is everything that money can buy. The rooms are outfitted with Fendi furniture, there is a fantastic pool, and it is simply luxurious.
The hotel pool is incredible and turns into a party during the day. It is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day when the weather is nice.
The hotel is in Soho, which is an excellent area if you are looking for walkable restaurants, shopping, and generally fancy stuff. It is also close to Pier 27 and 25, where City Vineyard and Grand Banks can be found. Both are very trendy places to eat and drink with water views. Grand Banks has better views than you could imagine because it is a boat!
You can also cruise down to Rockafeller Park and stroll through the North Cove Yacht Harbor to see the financial district’s nicest boats, where the “Yacht Scene” of Wolf of Wall Street was filmed and where you’ll find Brookfield Place, which is a great shopping plaza.