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Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.
Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?
Here are four different hotels to try amongst the nooks and crannies of Downtown aka Lower Manhattan. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.
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For most of us, we're just happy that our hotel room in Manhattan doesn't look out onto a brick wall. But for those of you who are particular about your views, we've rounded up the best hotels in lower Manhattan for river gazing. And no, you don't have to spend a fortune to do it, which is another reason to consider downtown versus uptown when planning your stay.
5 SCENIC WATERFRONT HOTELS IN LOWER MANHATTAN
1. It's all about the views at Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, which also took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy (everything's back to normal now, though). The 298-room hotel often gets overshadowed by its uptown counterparts (Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons New York), but actually this place outshines all of them put together when it comes to fresh sea breezes and plenty of open spaces around the hotel The rooms even come with telescopes!
Rates from $395/night.
Four more after the jump!
A dedicated tipster recently went inside the Hotel Azure in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood and discovered the hotel was using some eco-friendly practices:
The best part is that they have those key card activated energy saving systems like the hotels do in Europe. I have been waiting to come across those in NYC. The rooms are super small but they are clean and well priced.
Another hotel stateside using this energy-saving system is the Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco.
The Azure actually just opened in September and despite the website saying it's located in Soho, the hotel sits on Lafayette and Canal which is really Chinatown. Still, you can walk to the cool shopping in Soho and if you're on a budget you are very close to all those fake bags and watches they sell on Canal.
The hotel rooms are decked out in a modern but simple decor--white sheets on the bed with blue accent pillows. The hotel bathrooms are very simple (read: small) with a sink and a shower but also with fancy blue tiling.
As is the trend these days with small hotels, the WiFi is free and each room has a 32-inch flat screen TV. So far the hotel has pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor but we found kinda pricey rooms at $399 for next Friday. Then again, this is New York City where average room rates are over $300.
The NY Times has an article on the lower Manhattan hotel happenings with a report that the hotel going up at 75 Wall Street will "a major hotel company that is starting a new boutique brand in Lower Manhattan."
Some other details are that the 36-story building will have 251 rooms, half of which will be suites and 350 condos for sale. The redesign is being done by David Rockwell who is looking to create a luxurious interior despite an office building exterior.
"From the outside, what you see is something that's built as an office," Mr. Rockwell said. "The surprise is going to be on the inside; it will be very luxurious, all about reflective light." The lower floors will include meeting spaces, a restaurant overlooking Water Street, and a bar that will spill out into an outdoor plaza.
But what we really want to know is who could this mystery major hotel company with a new boutique brand be? Could it be Andaz, the newly announced Hyatt brand? Or is it Barry Sternlicht's One or Crillion brands? Maybe it's the newly announced SLS hotels started by Sam Nazarian which will be managed under the Starwood umbrella? If you have an idea, let us know.
75 Wall Street rendering: Rockwell Group via NYTimes