Budget: Aloft Brooklyn
Best for: Outer-borough exploration.
The lowdown: This Aloft is one of the more stylish – but still reasonably priced – hotels to open in the Brooklyn hotel boom. Its downtown location means easy access to many major subway lines to see the borough’s sights, as well as those over the river in Manhattan. Night owls will love the hotel’s 24-hour pantry.
Stay for: The Kimoto Rooftop Beer Garden is an indoor/outdoor space with views of the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
Know this… Views aren’t really the draw for the guest rooms here, and the space can feel tight. Upgrade if you want to gain a few extra square feet.
Mid-range: The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel
Best for: Style seekers.
The lowdown: This Lower Manhattan hotel was one of New York’s first skyscrapers. Formerly, it housed a library frequented by Edgar Allan Poe. The lobby is lit by a pyramid-shaped glass roof, nine storeys up, giving it an impressive, cinematic beauty. Martin Brudnizk’s interior design, with Persian rugs and velvety sofas, makes the hotel feel like the home of a very grand, yet very welcoming family.
Stay for: The food is by American celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and there’s a new cellar lounge open from 2018. To build up your appetite, go exploring; the hotel is moments from Brooklyn Bridge and surrounded by subway stops.
Know this… Guests can make use of the hotel’s LS460 luxury Lexus sedan to travel further afield.
Luxury: Gansevoort Meatpacking
Best for: All-hours action.
The lowdown: As one of the first hotels to open in Manhattan’s trendiest neighbourhood – the Meatpacking District – the Gansevoort is the place for those who want to see and be seen. It rates high on the bling-o-meter, with swanky silver-striped furnishings, 14-foot-high revolving glass door, and a 45-foot heated rooftop pool.
Stay for: There are multiple after-hours spots here, including the sexy Provocateur Nightclub. But start the evening by watching the sun set over the Hudson from the rooftop bar.
Know this… Grand Deluxe rooms are the best value if you want a view – angle for one with a Juliet balcony.