Moxy NYC Chelsea
Bright, colourful and lively, it’s fitting that the brains behind Moxy Chelsea chose to plant it in New York’s flower district. From its “botanical library” (with flora suspended from a 15-foot wall) to its street-facing conservatory (which opens like an aircraft hangar to make you feel like you’re in the flower market outside), this place has green fingers all over it.
There’s real flower power atop the 37-floor purpose-built skyscraper too. The Fleur Room, a rooftop cocktail bar, has attracted a swathe of early accolades and has already become one of the hottest hangouts in Chelsea. The gigantic windows and 360-degree views up here – of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and the Statue Of Liberty – will have you feeling as though you’re hovering in the clouds.
That’s a theme that continues in the bedrooms, with enormous floor-to-ceiling windows and nimbus-like mattresses combining to similar effect. The rooms are compact – the Moxy’s millennial-friendly mission statement is great design at affordable prices – but the important boxes are all ticked, including super-fast Wi-Fi and super-strong rainwater showers.
Add no less than four in-house dining options (including the phenomenal Feroce on the ground floor, an intimate dining room that feels like it has been transported straight from the backstreets of Rome) and you have what is inarguably another budding success for Manhattan. Jonathan Thompson
Husband-and-wife team Kit and Tim Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, are masters at creating the perfect boutique stay, and last year they tightened their grip on New York with The Whitby. Retaining Kit’s colourful style in what could have been a grand if muted midtown environment, the public areas reflect the Kemps’ taste for art, with the bar-brasserie and lobby areas alive with Carla Kranendonk’s Afro-influenced art. The 86 rooms are no less startling, with fabric-lined walls, slipper-soft furnishings and marble bathrooms. The Whitby also sports a well-equipped gym and 130-seat theatre, but this is first and foremost an ideal retreat for anyone wishing to be close to Moma, the theatre district or the super-brand souks lining Fifth Avenue.
The Standard High Line
The Standard High Line has some of the best views in New York, east over the Hudson (spectacular at dawn or sunset) and north towards the glittering skyline. The minimalist white interiors and comfortable beds, baths, showers and desks are all positioned to let the floor-to-ceiling glass fourth wall do the talking. The higher up the 18 floors you go, the more extraordinary the scene: you can stand in the window and watch the taxis beetling below your toes. Unless you suffer from vertigo, for a Village base, this is very hard to beat.
Although you can’t hear any of it in the extremely comfortable beds, this being a Balazs creation, the hotel is party central – whatever time you make it home, onsite club the Boom Boom Room means that’s there’s usually some kind of after-hours activity in progress.
Back on the ground floor, come morning, you can blow away the cobwebs with a walk or run along the High Line park, above which the building perches, and the hotel does a buzzing business as a breakfast and brunch spot. (The High Line, now stretching all the way to 34th Street, is a great reason to revisit.) As you wander out into the Meatpacking District and into the West Village, in the true test of an urban hotel, you’ll feel like you belong in the neighbourhood, instead of just passing through. Olivia Cole
The Lowell Hotel
Consider The Lowell Hotel your new home from home. Actually scrap that, it's way nicer than your actual home. Just live in The Lowell instead. With its unrivaled luxury: plush lounge areas, roaring fire places and exceptionally accommodating service, we guarantee you won't want to go home. Check yourself and the family, friends and general loved ones into the two bedroom suite which has some of the best views of Manhattan. The suite comfortably fits four adults, with a king and twin beds, everything about it is pure luxury. Go to The Majorelle, the hotel's restaurant, for a sublime three-course lunch. Charles Masson and his creative culinary team, under the leadership of chef Richard Brower, have put together a menu of stand-out classics. After, make sure you go for their afternoon tea in the Pembroke Room.
Viceroy New York
Viceroy New York is on the doorstep of Central Park, so in terms of location it's unrivaled. Although there isn't much of an entrance to the hotel, the rooms are wonderfully stylish and minimal and the staff are exceptionally accommodating. Get yourself checked into a suite, the rooms are cleverly designed and exceptionally functional. The beds and pillows are potentially the most comfy you'll sleep on during your time in the Big Apple. The bathrooms are also beautiful and marbled, with a power shower strong enough to make you want to run that park on your doorstep.
The Williamsburg Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel is an outstanding choice if you're in Brooklyn. The lively, spacious bar downstairs ensures there's atmosphere at all times. The food is excellent and in keeping with everything you've seen on Broad City. The Queen Room comfortably accommodates two or three people, and the views are outstanding. There's even a pillow menu for you to choose the ideal comfort and a sound machine for you to zone out to.
The latest opening from Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager; Public launched in the summer of 2017 with the promise of reimagining and democratising the luxury hospitality experience.
As with Schrager’s previous hospitality openings (which include The Edition hotels) the design is impeccable. Exposed poured-concrete columns punctuate the public spaces, with Douglas fir plywood panels and beautifully designed lighting softening the aesthetic.
In place of a traditional lobby is a buzzy deli/shop/café hangout, cut through with an Instagram-friendly, LED-lit escalator whisking guests to the first floor. It’s here that it becomes evident how Schrager has rethought the service experience at the hotel. Guests self-check in using static iPads in the lobby ("Public advisors" are on hand to help out) and there is no room service – guests can preorder for collection from ground-floor eatery Louis. The rooms are small, but sophisticatedly simple. Imposing floor-to-ceiling triple-glazed windows frame the New York skyline (and include automatic blackout blinds in you’re in need of a lie-in after partying too hard at the rooftop bar)
With rates starting from $200 a night, The Public certainly lives up to the promise of affordable luxury and is a welcome addition to the Lower East Side.
Citizen M Bowery
Situated in Midtown Manhattan, Citizen M Bowery occupies the perfect location if you think you will be exploring each end of the island. What Citizen M hotels do well is offer fuss-free, affordable and comfortable luxury in some of the best spots across the world and this hotel is no different. With function at its heart, you won't be disappointed by what's on offer. You also won't be disappointed by the view from the top of the building, where you'll find the rooftop bar with views across the Hudson of the World Trade Center and Empire State Building. If you aren't looking to splash out, but want to experience NYC living at its best, we recommend you stay here.
Located in Williamsburg, this is undoubtedly one of the hippest and most happening hotels in the city. With views across to Manhattan, the hotel is as Brooklyn as you could possibly get, with exposed brick and industrial interiors defining it. But don't let that make you think it won't be luxurious, because, boy, is it! Located in a 117-year-old factory building that has been meticulously converted into a 70-room hotel, it oozes contemporary opulence with just the right amount of edge.
Undoubtedly the most luxurious hotel in Manhattan, this is a favourite of the likes of Kim Kardashian. Situated mere metres from Times Square, this hotel is a sanctuary of silence and calm. Walk into the lobby and you're met with a deliciously fragrant space. Up one flight of stairs (or lift) and you find the opulent lounges, reception and dining rooms, which act a sanctuary to the madness outside. The bedrooms offer private Parisian pied-à-terre living in the heart of New York City – what more do you need?