New York hotels for every budget

By Danielle Contray

Photography courtesy of Hudson Hotel

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April 2016

Whether you want to hang with the hip crowds, lounge around in a landmark or just be well placed to see the city’s sights, our guide to New York’s best hotels will have you covered – whatever your budget.


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.

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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.

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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.

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  • The rooftop pool at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

    Take the plunge

    The rooftop pool at Gansevoort Meatpacking – strictly reserved for guests – has stunning skyline and Hudson views, and a relaxed bar and lounge area where you can recline with a glass of wine and listen to the city hum below.

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Budget: Roosevelt

Best for: Sightseers.

The lowdown: Located steps from the city’s biggest landmarks such as Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, The Roosevelt has been popular with travellers since it opened in 1924. This classic hotel is best known as a good value in Midtown, but is not totally basic – there are three bars onsite, including a seasonal rooftop lounge on the 19th floor.

Stay for: The architecture. The hotel retains many of its original art deco features, including regal staircases, chandeliers and columns in its grand lobby.

Know this… Deluxe rooms are not only a bit larger, but they have better city views.

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  • Expect high style at The New York Edition © Nikolas Koenig.

    Rooms with views

    For truly electrifying Gotham views, book one of the higher, north-facing rooms. The Empire State Building, which is just nine blocks north – feels as if it’s in touching distance.

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  • Luxury abounds at The Plaza.

    Secret escape

    The hotel’s Royal Plaza Suite has all the makings of a luxury retreat – three bathrooms, a grand piano and sweeping views of Fifth Avenue – but inside the master bathroom, there is a secret panel that opens as an exit door for guests who need to make a subtle escape outside.

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  • Le Parker Meridien.

    Looks can be deceiving

    A secret, grungy burger bar might be the last thing you’d expect to find in the shiny Le Parker Meridien hotel, but Burger Joint has locals queuing out of the door and back up to the hotel reception for its no-nonsense burgers and fries.

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Mid-range: InterContinental Barclay

Best for: Contemporary Midtown Manhattan.

The lowdown: Built in 1926, this art deco landmark is the perfect base for city wandering and sightseeing. Picture the great writer, Ernest Hemingway, who once walked through the majestic reception room and relaxed in the lounges. The lavish residential-styled rooms and Barclay culinary restaurant delights will make you feel replenished after a day of exploring.

Stay for: The Gin Parlour is inspired by 1920’s Dutch and English gin bars. Choose from over 88 premium gins and enjoy a storytelling cocktail mix from one of the connoisseurs.

Know this… Newly opened in 2016, the InterContinental Barclay is modern, fresh and well-priced.

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Luxury: The Plaza

Best for: The high life.

The lowdown: The Plaza has sat at the south east corner of Central Park and Fifth Avenue for more than a century. The glittering Grand Ballroom has held a number of prestigious events, from Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball to Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ wedding in 2000. A recent $450 million renovation breathed new life – and lots of modern luxurious touches – into the landmark hotel.

Stay for: The hotel’s iconic Palm Court restaurant, where you'll find the most elaborate afternoon tea in the city.

Know this… Despite its location, park views are hard to come by. See green and avoid city noise with a courtyard room. The junior suite comes with 24-hour butler service.

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  • Hub-central: The InterContinental New York Barclay.

    Contemporary luxury

    The InterContinental Barclay offers delectable dining from 6am until midnight and prides itself on a homely feel for travelling residents. With a number of wonderful amenities and a selection of beautifully designed rooms and suites, this sustainable hotel offers quality service and a superb location.

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Budget: Hudson

Best for: High design, low price.

The lowdown: Cult French designer Philippe Starck is behind this boutique hotel near Columbus Circle. His quirky touches can be found throughout, from the 40-foot-high lobby which has vines and shrubbery trailing down exposed brick walls to the in-room bedside lamps by British X-ray photographer Nick Veasey.

Stay for: The 15th-floor Sky Terrace – the ideal place to laze away an afternoon with a kaffir lime sake on a hammock.

Know this… With a great location and superb design, there must be a catch? Guest rooms are thoughtfully laid out, but Standard rooms are a tight 150 square feet.

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  • The Bar Room restaurant at The Beekman. ©The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel.

    Lounge about

    Leather seats, velvet cushions and luxurious Persian rugs adorn The Bar Room, below the atrium of The Beekman. Order chef Tom Colicchio’s house cocktails and soak it all in.

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  • Aloft New York Brooklyn is perfect for second-time visitors who want to venture outside of Manhattan.

    Up on the roof

    Aloft Brooklyn’s Asian-inspired rooftop terrace stocks beers from Sri Lanka to Saigon. Make sure you order a side of the Shibuya disco fries – which are topped with a sloppy and satisfying heap of brisket, daikon chili and garlic sour cream.

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Mid-range: Le Parker Meridien

Best for: Classic location, modern style.

The lowdown: Located at West 57th Street in Midtown, this hotel puts you right near the shops of Fifth Avenue, the MoMA and Central Park. Inside, the three-storey atrium boasts artwork by Damien Hirst, an old-school barber and nail salon; while the rooms are sleek, with plenty of mod-cons and ergonomic Aeron desk chairs.

Stay for: The tiny 1950s-style Burger Joint, hidden off the lobby, draws a crowd for classic burgers and fries.

Know this… Book a Park View King for views of Central Park. If you decide against the splurge, the hotel’s rooftop terrace will suffice (that's also where you’ll find the pool).

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  • The Roosevelt: perfect for sightseers on a budget.

    Location, location, location

    Spanning an entire block between Madison Avenue and 45th Street, the Roosevelt is just a short stroll from the city’s most famous classic sights – including Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station.

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Luxury: The New York EDITION

Best for: Urban tastemakers.

The lowdown: This high-end hotel opened in 2015 in the Gothic Metropolitan Life Tower, a 1909 ‘skyscraper’ that rises over Madison Square Park, with a muted colour palette and minimalist design. The city’s social set were instantly drawn to its slick lobby – the hotel hosted no less than 13 celeb-studded parties in its opening week alone.

Stay for: Brunch at the Clocktower restaurant, overseen by British super chef Jason Atherton.

Know this… Large windows are part of the design no matter what room you book, but you'll need to be facing north for views of the Empire State Building.

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