It seems like a new hotel opens every week in New York Cityby the end of the year, there will be some 90,000 hotel rooms herewhich makes it an exceedingly difficult and rather overwhelming task to answer the question, "Where should I stay in New York City?" Curbed's guide of need-to-know hotels seeks to solve this conundrum, with a list of the city's 18 most iconic, essential hotels. This iteration of the Hotel 18 aims to balance the collection of age-old classics (like the famed Plaza and Waldorf Astoria), with a couple newbies (welcome to the club, Viceroy New York) and affordable, but not generic, options (sorry, no Gene Kaufman or Sam Chang creations here). Eligible hotels have been open for at least one year. We're constantly seeking input for future revisions, so let us know in the comments or on the tipline if you disagree with the list.
· Hotel 18 archives [Curbed]