There is a reason why many call NYC the city that never sleeps. At any given time, there is something to please anyone in the Big Apple.
Relax on a carriage ride around Central Park, catch an award-winning Broadway show near Times Square, dine in Michelin Star restaurants, or sip a cocktail while listening to some live music.
My New York City Travel Guide has some great tips on getting around NYC and suggestions of where to eat and what to do. Whether you are traveling to the city as a solo traveler or in a large group, there are many great areas to stay in New York City that will put you in the heart of all the action.
From luxurious places to lay your head to budget-friendly options, here are the best hotels to stay at in New York City!
Where to Stay in New York City
You may have heard of the five boroughs of New York City: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. However, if you are visiting the Big Apple, typically you will want to spend most of your time in Manhattan.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the best neighborhoods to stay in New York City! Most are in Manhattan, but there is one neighborhood gem in Brooklyn.
Central Park: Central Park is between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. Both are very nice neighborhoods with a lot of restaurants and shops. The Upper East side is known for being more sophisticated and prestigious. The Upper West Side, on the other hand, has a more laid-back vibe which attracts many younger residents.
Midtown Manhattan: Midtown Manhattan has some of NYC’s top attractions. This area has some great restaurants in the Hell’s Kitchen area, and some of the most popular buildings like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. This is a great central neighborhood in NYC.
Lower Manhattan: Lower Manhattan is home to some popular neighborhoods like Greenwich, Little Italy, and Chinatown. It has some popular attractions like the 911 Memorial and Battery Park, which is the entry to the ferry to get to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Greenwich Village: Greenwich Village is on the lower west side of Manhattan. Nicknamed “The Village”, this neighborhood has a fun and artistic atmosphere. It is home to many artists and on any given day, visitors can find themselves enjoying live jazz, laughing at world-famous comedians, or admiring a new art exhibit.
SoHo: SoHo is in Lower Manhattan and offers visitors trendy boutiques, fun art galleries, and some of the best Italian food. SoHo is surrounded by Little Italy and Nolita (aka North of Little Italy). Strolling through the neighborhood, visitors can enjoy trendy bars, chic restaurants, and quaint cafes.
Williamsburg: Williamsburg is a popular neighborhood in Brooklyn. Visitors can find fun vintage shops, hip boutiques, eclectic restaurants. Walking around the neighborhood you will find remnants of the punk scene mixed with the now popular hipster vibe.
Luxury Hotels in New York City
Looking to have a luxurious getaway in New York City? Whether you want to live like Eloise at the Plaza or spend your days imagining you’re a socialite in Gossip Girl, there are plenty of gorgeous hotels to choose from!
The Plaza / Central Park
Known as the castle on Central Park South, this luxurious hotel has been an icon in NYC for over a hundred years. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea at the Palm Court or a fun cocktail at the elegant Champagne Bar. Even kids will be delighted at the hotel with The Plaza Boutique and Eloise Pop Up.
Guests may even recognize some of the hotel’s interior and exterior from famous movies like Home Alone 2 or The Great Gatsby.
If you don’t end up staying at The Plaza, I’d highly recommend dressing up and having afternoon tea at the Palm Court for a ritzy experience!
The Plaza is a great stay for those wanting to pamper themselves in a bit of luxury.
JW Marriott Essex House New York / Central Park
Comfort meets luxury at the Essex House Hotel. The hotel’s art-deco décor brings together the past and present of this gorgeous hotel. The rooms are comfortable, and some would say have one of the best views in the city.
It’s also located right across from Central Park, making it super convenient for morning strolls!
The Essex House Hotel is a great stay for those traveling for business or pleasure.
The Baccarat Hotel / Midtown Manhattan
The Baccarat Hotel is both luxurious and funky. Guests can appreciate the Baccarat crystal chandeliers throughout the property, enjoy the luxurious heated pool, and relax in their contemporary hotel rooms.
The Baccarat Hotel is a great stay for those wanting luxury and convenience.
The Bowery Hotel / Lower East Side
The Bowery Hotel has an old-school modern vibe. The comfortable and contemporary rooms all have floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city and down comforters.
Guests can enjoy dining at Gemma, the on-site Italian restaurant, working out in the full fitness center, or taking a cruise on the complimentary bike rentals.
The Bowery Hotel is a great stay for families, couples, and those just looking to have fun in the city.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge / Brooklyn
Located just on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a modern, chic, and fun hotel overlooking the water.
Guests can relax in their contemporary rooms, get some work done in the hotel’s communal spaces, or check out a showing in the hotel’s very own 50-person screening room.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a great stay for business travelers or those just wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but still get the city feel.
Lotte New York Palace / Midtown Manhattan
Any hotel that has the word “Palace” in their name is sure to please. The Lotte New York Palace is sophisticated and luxurious with grand stairways and comfortable rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Villard House or whimsical treats and pastries at Pomme Palais.
Fans of Gossip Girl may recognize the courtyard as the Lotte New Palace Hotel served as the home of both Chuck Bass and the Van der Woodsen family.
Lotte New York Palace is a great stay for bridal parties, families, and couples.
The Lowell / Central Park
The Lowell is a contemporary and chic New York City hotel that has guests feeling like they are at their home away from home. Rooms are welcoming and bright with comfortable beds, great views, and complimentary luxury toiletries.
Guests can dine at Majorelle, grab a cocktail at Jacques Bar, or enjoy afternoon tea in the Pembroke Room.
The Lowell is a great stay for a girls’ trip or a couple vacationing.
Mid-Range Hotels in New York City
Densely packed cities usually mean quite a number of choices when it comes to accommodations, and New York has hotel offerings in spades.
If you’re looking for a mid-range hotel in New York City that’s still lovely (and maybe has a boutique charm), but isn’t going to completely break the bank — check out these places!
Walker Hotel / Greenwich Village
Walker is an elegant yet vibrant New York City hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village. The hotel is warm and inviting with Art Deco décor. Guests can dine at the jazz-inspired on-site restaurant, Society Café, or one of the numerous restaurants nearby.
The Walker Hotel is a great stay for those wanting to be in the heart of the city while also enjoying a calm oasis at the end of the day.
Roxy Hotel / Lower Manhattan
The Roxy Hotel is an eclectic boutique hotel in Tribeca. Guests can enjoy complimentary glasses of champagne on the weekends or grab a cocktail at the Bar & Lounge nightly. The décor is old-school glamorous with dark tones and leather furniture throughout.
The Roxy Hotel is a great stay for young couples and groups that want a fun and artistic hotel in the heart of downtown.
Freehand New York / Greenwich Village
The Freehand New York is a stylish hotel that was once the famous George Washington Hotels. The hotel embraces the artistic nature of the neighborhood with original art hanging throughout the hotel. Guests can enjoy dining at one of the five different restaurants including a rooftop bar.
Freehand New York is a great stay for the artist at heart.
The Gardens ES Suites / Upper East Side
The Garden ES Suites is bright, spacious, and quiet. Guests will enjoy the modern rooms with full kitchens. The Garden ES Suites is located in a quiet neighborhood just a few blocks from Central Park.
The Garden ES Suites is a great stay for families and large groups like bachelorette parties.
The Beekman Hotel / Lower Manhattan
Step back in time to the elegance and bold era of The Beekman Hotel. The New York City hotel has the perfect collaboration of 19th century décor mixed with modern elements. Guests will enjoy spacious rooms and comfortable beds.
The Beekman Hotel is a great stay for glamorous girl trips and romantic couple vacations.
Park Central Hotel / Midtown Manhattan
While Park Central Hotel saw many famous guests during the Roaring Twenties, today the hotel is a modern oasis for the traveling wanting to relax and unwind. Guests will love the warm and inviting rooms with plush beds. The location is perfect being in the heart of New York City.
Park Central Hotel is a great stay for solo travelers or small groups wanting a place close to all the great attractions NYC has to offer.
The Warwick / Midtown Manhattan
The Warwick Hotel was built in the 1920s and was known for being a hotspot for celebrities like Elvis Presley, James Dean, and The Beatles. Today guests can enjoy their stay in the stylish hotel with elegant and contemporary rooms.
The Warwick is a great stay for business travelers and those wanting to stay in central Manhattan.
Hotel Chelsea / Midtown Manhattan
Hotel Chelsea is in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC close to hundreds of restaurants and attractions. The rooms are elegant and stylish and the staff is exceptional.
Hotel Chelsea is a great stay for the solo traveler or those traveling as a group.
Budget Hotels in New York City
Just because you’re staying in the city doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. There are plenty of ways to travel New York City on a budget and some fantastic budget hotels in NYC to choose from.
Pod 39 / Midtown Manhattan
Pod 39 is conveniently located in the heart of New York City. Guests will enjoy the vibrant colors throughout and the modern and cozy rooms. There is a restaurant on-site, Empellon, and a rooftop bar.
Pod 39 is a great stay for solo travelers or couples traveling in small groups.
Redford Hotel / Lower East Side Manhattan
Redford Hotel is a quaint 32-room New York City hotel that offers exceptional accommodations. Guest will love the modern and cozy rooms, or the city view from the terrace.
Redford Hotel is a great stay for smaller groups or those traveling alone.
Carnegie Hotel / Midtown Manhattan
Carnegie Hotel is a quiet contemporary hotel in the middle of the bustling New York City. This gem of a hotel offers cozy rooms, a relaxing lounge with complimentary wine hour, and a continental breakfast.
Carnegie Hotel is a great stay for solo travelers or those traveling in larger groups.
Cambria Hotel / Lower Manhattan
Cambria Hotel is in the Chelsea neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. The hotel offers guests modern rooms and some of the best amenities. Guests can enjoy dining at one of three restaurants including the rooftop with some amazing views.
Cambria Hotel is a great stay for the business traveler or those traveling for pleasure and wanting to stay close to it all.
Bonus: TWA Hotel at JFK Airport
TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is a unique hotel that is located at the JFK airport. This is the perfect place to stay for a fun layover without going into the city. This unique hotel has over five hundred guest rooms, and has great amenities like an outdoor pool, fitness center, and two restaurants.
This is a great stay for anyone passing through JFK on a long layover.
Do you have a favorite hotel in New York City? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!