2. Most travelers have something to say about the giant, futuristic atrium-style lobby inside Conrad New York. Love the hanging Monica Ponce de Leon aluminum sculptures, or hate 'em—nevertheless, it's hard to walk through here without forming some kind of opinion. Adjacent to the lobby is the classy Atrio restaurant, up on the 16th floor is Loopy Doopy rooftop bar, and everywhere in the all-suite hotel, rooms are incredibly spacious, with light wood paneling, frosted glass sliding doors, and an HDTV with plenty of plug-in ports for you workaholics.
Rates from $379/night.
3. For those looking to spend a little less, but stick with the awesome river views, Best Western Plus Seaport Inn is located, as the name implies, in the heart of South Street Seaport, a bustling downtown shopping center right on the East River. With the ubiquitous cobblestone streets and seagulls darting overhead, bustling Times Square will seem a million miles away! Among the hotel's features are free WiFi, free breakfast, a 24-hour gym, and Brooklyn Bridge views from the Terrace rooms.
Rates from $259/night.
4. Don't be upset if you leave Andaz Wall Street a few pounds heavier than when you arrived, since the hotel's three dining venues—Wall & Water, Bar Seven Five, and, of course, the Farmers Market—are all known for outstanding cuisine. To help your digestion, take a stroll around the gorgeous waterfront promenade, and if you're up for it, hop on the East River Water Taxi, whose pier sits two blocks from the hotel.
Rates from $328/night.
5. Andre Balazs' new project is the Cooper Square Hotel, which is (slowly) being converted into the Standard East Village. However, our heart still belongs to the original Standard by the High Line. With its electric cool ambience, popular biergarten, and stunning views over the Hudson River and the High Line, this is one waterfront hotel worth dropping anchor for.
Rates from $395/night.
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