The best luxury hotels in New York City



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  • We’ve already curated Business Insider’s list of the best
    overall hotels in New York City
    , which range from cheap micro
    hotels to ultra-indulgent all-suite properties to suit every type
    of travel.
  • But when it comes to the luxury traveler, only a certain hotel
    will do. These are properties where no detail is overlooked,
    service is impeccable, the design is opulent, and rooms are
    tastefully elegant.
  • To help narrow the field and highlight the best luxury hotels
    in New York, we stayed at, toured, and researched the city’s
    top-rated luxury hotels to determine which are worth your money,
    and range in starting price from $228 to $745 per night.
  • Read all
    Insider Picks hotel reviews here

Hundreds of hotels fill the expanse of Manhattan and its
surrounding boroughs with offerings that speak to all kinds of

But for the distinctive, discerning traveler who views travel as
an investment, and reveres world-class hospitality and
sophisticated accommodations above all else, there’s only one type
to consider: luxury.

Luckily, New York City has some of the best luxury hotels in the

Of course, it can look wildly different, from corporate brand
hotels with reliable but generic rooms; to old-school, regal
properties with white-glove attention, as well as contemporary and
modern enclaves that merge luxury amenities with boutique
sensibility for an intimate yet hip approach.

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Luxury also comes with a higher price tag. If it’s not typically
in your price range, but you too appreciate the finger things in
life, look to New York’s slowest season, such as midweek in winter
(pro tip: Sundays and Mondays are typically cheapest) when prices
for standard, entry-level rooms might drop as low as $200 to $250
per night, offering an opportunity to experience New York’s most
indulgent hospitality at a fraction of the normal price.

To highlight the very best, we stayed at, toured, and researched
the city’s top-rated luxury hotels. If you’re traveling for a
special occasion, have budget to spare, or an expense account at
the ready, consider splurging on one of these fine properties,
selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Four-and-a-half or five-star hotels in New York City, with a
    focus on Manhattan and Brooklyn, and tastefully-appointed,
    sophisticated rooms and top-notch service.
  • Holds a Trip Advisor rating of four-and-a-half or above, from a
    significant number of reviews, as many tourists check and use
  • It is typically priced under $800 per night all year, and
    ideally, closer to $250 to $500 in low season.
  • Met our high standard — just because it’s fancy doesn’t mean
    it’s the best.

These are the best luxury hotels in New York City to book
in 2020, sorted by price from low to high:

best hotels in New York City

best boutique hotels in New York City

The William Vale Book
The William Vale starting at $228 per night

The William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is incredibly cool,
and also very luxe. All rooms are sleekly-designed with expansive
terraces for panoramic views of Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan. The
pool scene is thriving, upped only by the on-site food and
nightlife. The rooftop bar Westlight and Italian restaurant Leuca
both easily warrant a visit on their own, and attract locals who
wait in lines that wrap around the block. 

Of course, staying here provides VIP access to skip the line,
among other cushy benefits. Standard rooms are a bit small, but
splurge on a suite and you’ll feel like the coolest kid in
Williamsburg, which is saying a lot.

Holidays and weekends start at upwards of $400 per night, but
flexible travelers looking to book midweek or in winter will find
deals under $250. Those sunset terrace views are more than worth

Pros: All rooms boast balconies with
unbeatable views, and the on-site food and drink scene is worth a
trip on its own.

Cons: It’s expensive and starter rooms will
feel very small for what is still an expensive price. Consider an
upgrade to a suite to feel more worth it, but it will cost you.

Business Insider’s full hotel review of The William Vale

Conrad New York Midtown Book
Conrad New York Midtown starting at $240 per night

Where the Conrad New York Downtown in TriBeCa might be
considered more straight laced and traditional, the brand’s newer
outpost in Midtown is contemporary and youthful, with a
design-heavy approach favoring rich gem-tone velvet upholstery,
modern light fixtures, and prominent art.

Like its downtown sibling, all rooms are suites with standard
entry-level offerings that feel more pied-a-terre than a generic
hotel room. It’s a great option for newcomers that are eager to
explore from a well-placed, five-star base that is steps from
Central Park, Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater

Pros: All rooms are spacious here, offering
great value for families or those on a longer stay who want
apartment-style accommodations without sacrificing comfort or

Cons: Suites are pretty incredible and also
pretty costly, and may seem redundant when all rooms are some sort
of suite.

Business Insider’s full review of Conrad New York Midtown

The Knickerbocker Book
the Knickerbocker Hotel starting at $250 per night

I don’t typically associate Times Square with luxury — crowds,
Broadway, Spiderman begging for photo tips, and more crowds come to
mind more instead. But The Knickerbocker is a rare high-end
offering and a refreshing alternate to the big-name brand hotel
offerings with small, indistinguishable rooms. 

The Knick, as it’s affectionately known, is a five-star hotel
where you’ll find high-end and spacious rooms that manage to
channel zen in an otherwise chaotic part of town. There’s also good
on-site food and drink from the likes of Charlie Palmer, and a
great rooftop bar overlooking the action. If you’re booking a room
in Times Square, you’re likely spending most of your time outside
of it, but The Knick is a great option for those who want a chic
place to retreat.

Pros: First-time visitors to New York will
appreciate the central Times Square base to hit up all the city’s
major attractions, with nicer rooms than many nearby counterparts
for roughly the same price.

Cons: It’s Times Square, so it can be noisy
both from outside traffic and inside from fellow guests.


Business Insider’s

full hotel review of The Knickerbocker

The Beekman Book
The Beekman Hotel starting at $262 per night

Behind a historic, yet unassuming facade, The Beekman Hotel
effortlessly blends boutique hotel charm with luxury finishes, to
appeal to travelers seeking a more individual stay but with all the
trimmings of a luxury hotel.

It’s also a jewel hiding in plain sight. Housed in a New York
City landmark building in the Financial District dating back to
1881, the hotel features a breathtakingly preserved nine-story
atrium, which may very well upstage the tastefully-appointed rooms
and excellent on-site food and drink.

Pros: Incredible architecture, friendly
service, great on-site food and drink. Don’t miss dining at any of
the wonderful restaurants.

Cons: Many previous guests have complained of

Business Insider’s full hotel review of The Beekman Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Book
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge starting at $279 per night

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is another to, ahem, bridge the gap
between boutique and luxury.

Where it excels on the latter is top-notch customer service,
hygge-inducing rooms (read: intensely cozy), and a design-forward
approach observed everywhere from the glass-encased shower to the
open lobby dripping in lush greenery.

Reclaimed wood, repurposed materials, living plants, and
soothing neutral colors make it feel like your room might double as
a woodsy Scandinavian cabin, minus any sort of roughing it. It’s an
indulgent stay and one you can feel good about thanks to the
earth-friendly mission.

Pros: Cool design and sustainable efforts make
thoughtful use of the room, and smaller standard offerings still
feel roomy. Plus the waterfront location and city views and

Cons: The bathroom provides little, if any,

Business Insider’s full review of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Andaz 5th Avenue Book
Andaz 5th Avenue starting at $281 per night

Andaz 5th Avenue, a World of Hyatt member, has an excellent
Midtown location beloved by tourists and business travelers for the
convenience offered.

They also love it because they know what to expect: Andaz is a
high-end brand dependable for luxury rooms and amenities and
excellent service. The solid reputation also means some rooms feel
a bit corporate, but there are no surprises here and all rooms are
spacious and recently renovated. We stayed in a suite but solidly
stand behind their Standard King Room as the best choice.

Pros: The Andaz brand is a reliable
heavyweight, and the central location is near all major tourist
activity and business hubs without being thrust in the frenzy of

Cons: Room design feels a bit generic compared
to some more contemporary hotels, and housekeeping could pay better
attention to detail.

Business Insider’s full hotel review for Andaz 5th Avenue

Conrad New York Downtown Book
Conrad New York Downtown starting at $300 per night

Many visitors fixate on Midtown, but the Conrad New York
Downtown offers a more local experience in a neighborhood where
real New Yorkers actually spend time, and rooms here feel like the
kind of posh apartment we imagine they call home.

An all-suite offering, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more
spacious accommodations in all of Manhattan where even starter
rooms have a separate living room, work area, wet bar, multiple
closets, and an excellent walk-in shower that feels completely

Pros: All-suite rooms offer more than double
the space of typical NYC hotel rooms for similar pricing, and the
shower is among the best we’ve tried.

Cons: Not everyone will love being in TriBeCa,
which can feel far from uptown neighborhoods and attractions.

Business Insider’s full hotel review of Conrad New York

Loews Regency New York Hotel Book
Loews Regency New York starting a $300 per night

Loews is a posh five-star hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side,
close to Central Park and Midtown, and is popular with travelers in
search of something a bit more mature (aside from the Real
Housewives of New York City antics that have taken place here, of
course) with a mix of older couples and business types, as well as
families seeking more room for their brood. 

Rooms are spacious with elegant, but traditional decor, and
suites are apartment-style with terraces and marble bathrooms. It’s
not as splashy as some hipper counterparts, but this luxury
property delivers on a classic hotel experience you can count on to
be elegant, well-styled, and more than comfortable.

Pros: Rooms are generously-appointed, whether
you opt for a standard room or a suite, and a large gym, and
on-site spa and salon from a celebrity stylist sweeten the

Cons: Some rooms have little to no view, or
come with street traffic on lower floors.

Business Insider’s full hotel review of Loews Regency New York

The Chatwal Book
The Chatwal starting at $500 per night

The Chatwal is a resplendent example of old-school Manhattan
luxury that offers a glam stay reminiscent of decades past, but
with all the modern touches you’d expect. It’s also a member of
Marriott Bonvoy, offering a more elevated sense of hospitality than
you may find at other brand options.

Rooms start at $500 per night and include perks such as butler
service, town car, and a Broadway concierge, not to mention
sizeable rooms and a coveted Midtown address.

Pros: The five-star service is excellent and
will make you feel like Upper East Side royalty.

Cons: Room prices are expensive to start and
surge higher in peak seasons.

Business Insider’s full hotel review of The Chatwal

Baccarat Hotel Book
the Baccarat Hotel starting at $745 per night

Baccarat Hotel is regarded as one of the best hotels in New York
City, if not the world, and it’s easy to see why. The elegant
property, owned by the French fine crystal brand of the same name,
is teeming with crystal fixtures, glassware, and chandeliers from
the high-end line, everywhere from common areas, guest rooms, and
even elevators.

But the opulent look is substance as well as style, with
impeccable service, painstaking attention to detail, and gleaming
rooms that feel like the kind of place James Bond might stay
(truly, there are even doors fashioned out of wall panels).

Pros: Rooms are immaculate, and so is every
nook and corner of the hotel, for that matter. The hotel is
exceptionally elegant and refined, while still remaining warm and
welcoming. On-site food served in the Salon is not to be

Cons: The entry-level price is very expensive
for what’s still a standard room that would go for far less at
other luxury hotels on this list. Plus, even the purported best
hotel in New York isn’t perfect — the noise from the TV in the
next room was quite audible during my stay.

Business Insider’s full review of Baccarat Hotel

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The best luxury hotels in New York City