Best Hotel Scene of 2012: New York City
It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
Are you really that surprised to learn we've selected New York as the best hotel scene of 2012? Allow us to present our case:
In the past year, the Big Apple witnessed quite a few major openings—The NoMad, The Wythe, Conrad New York, The Out NYC, Pod 39—and 2013 promises to be just as fulfilling, with at least another four on the way.
Yup, this city is definitely on a roll, hotel-wise. Just take a look at our recent "11 Best NYC Hotels" guide to take stock of the goods. Or ask the New York Times, who ran a piece in October titled "A Hotel Building Boom in New York."
In addition to expanding, the city's hotel scene is also undergoing a bit of an exodus, with new hotels now popping up in the outer boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and, yes, even Staten Island).
If you ask us, it's all good news. New York may seem jam-packed full of hotels, but in reality it could always use a few more. In 2012 alone, a record 52 million people visited the city. And during busy holidays (or, for that matter, hurricanes), rates become so astronomical, you're better off staying with a friend, hitting up Airbnb, or just absconding to New Jersey.
For all of these reasons, we're keeping a close eye on this city going into 2013, and we advise you to do the same. NYC's new crop of hotels—whenever they decide to open—will be sure to dazzle. And we're hoping that the influx will help keep rates down.
Maybe that's just wishful thinking, though?