The 11 Best Hotels in NYC: Fall 2011
This year has proven quite eventful on the NYC hotel front (then again, when hasn't it?). Hotels opened. Hotels closed. Hotels wore itsy bitsy tuxedo short shorts. And now, it is time to take stock of the hottest hotels on the NYC scene.
As with all our reviews, commentaries, and other long-winded musings, every hotel on this list has been HotelChatter tested and approved. In no way have these rankings been bought or influenced by eager hoteliers and/or pr reps.
Of course, everyone's got their own unique take on what they would consider "the best" hotel in a given city. Some go for design. Some go for affordability. Some go to party. But those varying opinions only make the conversation richer; so we hope to hear your thoughts on what you feel should (or shouldn't) have made the cut. Drop 'em in comments below!
When Morgans speaks, we listen. Last February, the hotel timed its grand opening perfectly to coincide with NY Fashion Week, and the celebs still can't get enough of the dreamy, cloud-like decor.
Room Rates: $289 a night
Yes, the cheese-grater finally opened its doors in July, to much fanfare. We liked the mammoth, oudh-scented lobby, and the see-through pool floor.
Room Rates: $266 a night
Not even protesters armed with cleaning supplies can keep this luxe hotel at bay. If you happen to stop in, ask for Toni; he's sure to charm.
Room Rates: $500 a night
Enrique Norton's bizarre mesh facade obscures this art-themed new gem in a veil of mystery—here's one hotel that won't be putting on a peep show for visitors of the High Line.
Room Rates: $480 a night
Budget travelers from around the world have been squeezing into the dollhouse-sized "cabins" here since the hotel opened in August. Bike rentals and free WiFi add to the appeal.
Room Rates: $67 a night
When Sierra Leonean dignitaries aren't taking up entire floors, this quiet, classy hotel on Lexington Avenue has tons to offer—the least of which are the restaurant's jelly donut pancakes.
Room Rates: $251 a night
More cabin-size rooms, this time with mood lighting, a Yobot, and a ginormous restaurant/bar/lounge space called Four.
Room Rates: $289 a night
Now that Andre Balazs has taken over this hotel, he plans on converting it into another Standard. Will it be as hot as the original? We'll keep a close eye on this one going into 2012.
Room Rates: $250 a night
We tend to hear more about the party scene here (rooftop pool parties, anyone?) than the actual rooms themselves. But judging from a recent spate of celebrity guests (Rihanna, Beyonce, Kim K), we know they can't be all bad.
Room Rates: $465 a night
Hipsters are still packing it in to this hotel's lobby scene but with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a Stumptown coffee shop and the John Dory seafood bar, can you blame them? Alas, only paying guests can rent the Google Chromebooks during their stay.
Room Rates: $276 a night
This is still the prettiest place to be uptown with its elegant room decor, a Daniel Boulud restaurant downstairs and Central Park across the street. But moving on up to the Upper East Side will cost you.
Room Rates: $720 a night
We will keep on rolling out HotelChatter's Hotel Rankings for several other major cities over the next few months. If you have hotels you want us to check out, or questions on the list, you know where to leave comments.
HotelChatter editors, contributors, and tipsters all contributed to this report.