The Best Boutique Hotels in NYC

September 25, 2017

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In an Empire State of mind? We sure are. Join in our NYC reverie, and check out our top picks for where to rest your weary head in New York City.

Distrikt Hotel

Distrikt Hotel. Image via

Distrikt Hotel is for the savvy traveler whose itinerary is typed out to the minute, hoping to catch every attraction in town. Located between Port Authority and Times Square, every major train line is in close proximity so guests can commute with ease. With New York City-themed décor, including a 12-foot living wall in the lobby representing Central Park, and high-class hospitality and facilities, Distrikt Hotel will rest weary heads and tired tourist feet in style.

Lafayette House

Lafayette House. Image via

Formerly a pre-war apartment complex, Lafayette House has 15 cozy bedrooms. Each one has a functioning marble fireplace, and some even have a kitchenette and private patio, so if you’d like to pretend you’re in your very own pad, snag one of those. I overhear a lot of tourists say, “I love visiting NYC, but I’d never want to live here.” Well, after a night availing of Lafayette’s charms, guests just might find themselves curiously scrolling through real estate listings over their morning coffee.

McCarren Hotel & Pool

McCarren Hotel & Pool. Image via

Water babies will find it difficult to resist the outdoor salt-water swimming pool –one of the largest in NYC – at this Brooklyn hotel. As at the sister hotel in the heart of the city, McCarren Hotel & Pool offers luxurious hospitality and stylish furnishings in the form of bamboo floors, neutral beige and orange accents, and marble bathrooms.

The Inn at Irving Place

The Inn at Irving Place. Image via hotel website.

Built in 1834, the terraced-house Inn at Irving Place is a refuge from the city. Guests will feel right at home in this clandestine, sans-sign, Victorian-style townhouse. A refined interior including 12 guest rooms and the elegant Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, this is a perfect place for a quiet getaway. Pinkies up.

The Marlton Hotel

The Marlton Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

How apropos for a neighborhood known for its excruciatingly adorable cafés to now have a charming Parisian-ascribed boutique hotel — that also happens to serve raw almond cappuccinos at its espresso bar. Well, we don’t know how Parisian that last part sounded, but The Marlton does deserve full credit for its romantic décor of marble floors, charming molding and literary history. Over a century old, it has housed the likes of John Barrymore, Jack Kerouac and Lenny Bruce. Rooms are small, but comfortably stylish — ideal for discerning artists.

The NoMad Hotel

The NoMad Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue, by Benoit Linero.

Who can resist The NoMad’s cocktail bar or the chance to snuggle with a book in their library? Or enjoying the luxurious roast chicken stuffed with foie gras in their constantly buzzing and overbooked restaurant? Or dropping by for its weekly live magic show held on the second floor? Lucky guests, because they can do all this knowing that once all the fun’s been had, bed is but an elevator ride away. The rooms have a classic, timeless style inspired by the Paris apartment home of the designer’s youth.

Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue, by Adrian Gaut.

The Ides, the Wythe Hotel’s rooftop bar, arguably has one of the best skyline views of Manhattan, where the jagged rows of colossal, concrete stalagmites rise from the single narrow peninsula. The hotel’s designer wallpaper (from Flavor Paper) casually cushions the gritty, industrial use of exposed brick and planks of dark wood, and the beds are made of pine reclaimed from the building — a blend of grunge brought to you by a collaboration of the best local artists, designers and architects.

About The HUNT New York City Writer: JoAnna Kang admits it took her years to make the cross country move from Portland, Oregon to New York City. She finally confronted NYC’s cramped, well-oiled machine, churning out long workdays in exchange for living in a 24-hour glutton’s paradise. Ignoring the fact that her armoire is four feet from the stove, she enjoys recreating delicious recipes from Elizabeth David cookbooks and being part of the team at Windfall Farms’s stand at the Union Square Greenmarket, which advocates pesticide-free, non-GMO, unconventionally grown produce.

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