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The 38 Essential New York City Hotels

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Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed's Hotel 38 map, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in New York City?" We've combined reader and expert recommendations to compile the following list of NYC's most essential hotels. They range from the new and trendy (Williamsburg's Wythe Hotel) to the older and more architecturally classic (The Classic), from the affordable (The Larchmont) to the affordable if you're famous (The Crosby Street Hotel). We've only included hotels that have been open for more than a year?newer establishments will have their moment to shine later in the week.

We'll be updating the map several times a year to account for changes in the hotel world. If you have a favorite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time.


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1. Mercer Hotel

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147 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-6060
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The Mercer is the sister hotel to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, so, naturally, it's pricey and popular with celebrities. (The lobby is always a place to spot power players.) William Schickel designed the 1890 building—a Romanesque Revival landmark—as offices for the Astor family; before it became a hotel, it housed artists' lofts. The 75 hotel rooms and suites were designed by Christian Liaigre, and the hotel is part of the Andre Balazs empire.

2. Waldorf Astoria New York

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301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-3000
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The hotel, an Art Deco landmark, was designed by Schultze and Weaver and takes up the full block between 49th and 50th streets and Park and Lexington avenues. Fun fact: the hotel was the first to ever offer room service. It also contains some of the city's most expensive rentals within Waldorf Towers, a separate division of the hotel located on its upper floors, and a secret subway platform underneath the hotel where dignitaries could access the building without being seen.

3. The Pierre – A Taj Hotel

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2 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 838-8000
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The Pierre is Taj Hotels' flagship and received some upgrades to the rooms and bathrooms in a recent $100 million renovation—the building, which opened in 1930, is located within the Upper East Side Historic District. The penthouse contains the hotel's former ballroom and is on the market for $125 million following the death of former owner Martin Zweig. That price almost makes the hotel's room rate seem like a bargain.

4. Crosby Street Hotel

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79 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-6400
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The Crosby Street Hotel, the first U.S. outpost from UK-based Firmdale Hotels, is priced at a level that befits its frequent famous guests. (The nightly rate for a date next week is about four times the rate at The Mercer Hotel, as an example.) One reason those guests come to the Crosby: the 99-seat movie theater downstairs, which often hosts screenings.

5. Ace Hotel New York

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20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-2222
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The Ace Hotel is one of the newish crop of hotels that sprang up in its neighborhood, whether that neighborhood is WhoDi, NoMad, or the Canal Street of Midtown. It's also one of the more affordable hotels on this list, with a lobby beloved by the city's startup kids.

6. The Standard, High Line

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848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-4646
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Hotel guests' peep shows have generated some headlines, but The Standard also has things to offer to the non-nudity-inclined. The building straddles the High Line, for one thing, and contains an ice rink and rooftop bar. There's always fun public art.

7. The New York Palace Hotel

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455 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 888-7000
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The Palace Hotel—yes, the one from Gossip Girl, and it's had cameos on 30 Rock and Law & Order, too—has been undergoing a renovation of all 900 of its rooms. The hotel actually began as a private residence, designed by McKim, Mead & White for Henry Villard and built in 1882. That original residence now contains the hotel's Villard Ballroom.

8. Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection

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59 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-6800
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The Algonquin Hotel has always been closely connected to the city's literary and intellectual life, most notably through the Round Table, the group of writers who gathered at the Algonquin for lunch every day beginning in 1919. Out of the Round Table came The New Yorker, which (bonus!) remains free to hotel guests.

9. The NoMad Hotel

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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The NoMad has a completely different feel from the nearby Ace—the NoMad's aesthetic leans more toward the European, with Paris-inspired interiors by Jacques Garcia featuring clawfoot bathtubs and reclaimed maple floors. The individual rooms range from standard to apartment-esque—the Suite Royale is an 1,800-square-foot space with a private terrace.

10. Bryant Park Hotel

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40 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 869-0100
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The Bryant Park Hotel's headliner amenity is, of course, Bryant Park. The design is sleeker and more modern than the other entries on this list. Celeb-friendly Japanese-inspired eatery Koi occupies the hotel's restaurant space.

11. The Plaza

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768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 759-3000
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Condo troubles aside, the landmarked Plaza remains iconic in the NYC hotel world. The hotel, designed by the Dakota's Henry Janeway Hardenbegh, opened in October 1907 after a $12 million, two-year construction process. At the time, rooms cost $2.50/night. (Today, they cost just a bit more.) Movie appearances include North by Northwest, The Great Gatsby, and Home Alone II—and, of course, the hotel has a long-standing association with Eloise.

12. Andaz Fifth Avenue

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485 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 601-1234
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The Andaz is part of the Hyatt empire, but the decor emphasizes New York art. There's a white marble and resin Nick Hornby sculpture, for example, inspired by everything from the urns at the New York Public Library to Bryant Park's Gertrude Stein statue. The rooms are meant to be loft-like, and they start at 322 square feet.

13. Library Hotel

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299 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 983-4500
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The design of the Library Hotel is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system, with each floor (of 10) devoted to one Dewey category. Nor is that the limit of the book theme—each room is decorated in an on-topic way. So there's an ancient languages room on the fourth floor and a dinosaurs room on floor five, the math and science floor. The fourteenth floor's Bookmarks Lounge also, naturally, has book-themed cocktails.

14. The Bowery Hotel

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335 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-9100
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A poster child for the evolution of the Bowery, the hotel combines a few common New York City design elements like "industrial styled windows" and loft-inspired layouts with a well-known event space for up to 600. Guests might end up downstairs from a film premiere or photo shoot.

15. The Jane Hotel

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113 Jane St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-6700
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Bowery Hotel co-owner Sean MacPherson is also the hotelier behind The Jane, which has the Bowery Hotel beat when it comes to historic character. The Jane building was built by Ellis Island station architect William A. Boring in 1908, hosted Titanic survivors in 1912, and was a YMCA in 1944. Some of the rooms are "Bunk Bed Cabins," with bunk beds and shared hallway bathrooms—but at least the bunk beds have 300 thread count sheets.

16. Hôtel Plaza Athénée

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37 E 64th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 734-9100
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The Plaza Athenee, located near Central Park, offers standard short-term overnight stays and longer-term ones, and it advertises its proximity to many of the Upper East Side medical centers. The hotel is also dog-friendly (for an extra fee).

17. Wythe Hotel

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80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8000
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The Wythe, the only Brooklyn hotel on this list, opened just over a year ago and boasts design by Morris Adjmi of a converted 1901 factory. The 70 rooms include spaces specifically for bands, sleeping four to six, and standard rooms named for their sizes and views. There's no room service, but the beds are made from the building's own reclaimed ceilings. UPDATE: Hotel reps tell us that, sadly, the Wythe no longer offers band rooms.

18. Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection

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88 Madison Avenue
New York City, NY 10016
(212) 532-4100
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Architect David Rockwell was responsible for the design of the Carlton in its most recent incarnation—it first opened more than a century ago as the Harry Allen Jaocbs-designed Hotel Seville. The Carlton has made numerous TV cameos, on everything from The Good Wife to The Millionaire Matchmaker.

19. Larchmont Hotel

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27 W11th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-9333
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This Greenwich Village hotel requires one big trade-off: bathrooms are shared on each hallway. (And the rooms, with stand-alone sinks and plain furniture, are like vaguely European-flavored dorm rooms.) In exchange, guests get rates that are much lower than those at other Manhattan hotels.

20. Hotel On Rivington

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107 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-2600
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The Hotel on Rivington (THOR to its friends) is the first stop for visitors looking to experience the Lower East Side's new glassitecture for themselves. For events, parties, and general celebrity gawking we recommend the rooftop event space, which has the simple name of The Penthouse.

21. Mondrian SoHo

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9 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 686-0300
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The Mondrian Soho, from the brain of interior designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, was inspired by Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bete. The cuisine at the in-house restaurant is similar to that of the Amalfi Coast, and the building is also home to Mister H, which the hotelbabble describes as "an intimate downtown nightlife concept inspired by old New York."

22. Gramercy Park Hotel

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2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 920-3300
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An incredible roster of famous people have swept through the Gramercy Park Hotel, which opened in 1925. Humphrey Bogart got married on the rooftop terrace! The Rolling Stones and U2 are among the many musicians who've stayed there. These days, with art collector Aby Rosen at the helm, the hotel's look is artsy and includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol. Julian Schnabel redesigned the hotel (which also has Gramercy Park views, as the name suggests) seven years ago. The Danny Meyer restaurant Maialino is located in the hotel.

23. The Hudson Hotel

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356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

One Curbed commenter describes the rooms at The Hudson as "tiny but impeccable" and the lobby as a "Manhattan marvel." The entrance is designed to be eye-catching, with a 30-foot glass tunnel enclosing the elevator up to the lobby.

24. The Mark Hotel

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25 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
(212) 744-4300
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Like The Plaza, luxury Upper East Side hotel The Mark has been renovated and partially converted to condos. (The original building dates to 1927, putting it among the classic Upper East Side hotels.) The renovated rooms were designed by Jacques Grange. Nightly rates are steep, but there are usually suite and family packages available.

25. The Carlyle

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35 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021

Another Upper East Side classic, the Carlyle hotel regularly appears on best hotel lists. Rooms range from the standard 350-square-foot king bed option to the deluxe tower rooms designed by Alexandra Champalimaud. (The deluxe tower rooms are the way to go for skyline views.) There are also art, antiques and fashion boutiques within the hotel, including a Vera Wang boutique and H.M. Luther antiques.

26. Sherry-Netherland Hotel

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781 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

Like the Mark and The Plaza, the Sherry-Netherland has both hotel rooms for overnight stays and apartments for purchase. (Until recently, Judge Judy lived in one.) For travelers looking for a dose of opulence, the chandeliers are custom crystal, the floors are marble mosaic, and the lobby is modeled after the library of the Vatican. Noted NYC restaurant Harry Cipriani is also located within the hotel.

27. The Greenwich Hotel

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377 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013

Robert De Niro is an owner of this hotel, and he's occasionally clashed with the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission over the penthouse he added without LPC approval. Whatever questions the LPC might have had about how that penthouse fit into the neighborhood, De Niro and his hotel helped put Tribeca on the map. The hotel itself is worth a stay, too. Each of the 88 rooms has different rugs and furnishings, and the hotel's restaurant is the celebrated Locanda Verde.

28. Le Parker Méridien New York

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119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-5000
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Park views are one reason to stay at Le Parker Meridien, and a more unique reason is the hotel's holiday season lobby decor, which consists of detailed gingerbread sculptures. Past years' highlights include the Lincoln Memorial, Chichen Itza, and the dangling construction crane that collapsed at Midtown behemoth One57.

29. The Thompson LES

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190 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
(877)-460-8888
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The Thompson LES (one of the Thompson brand's six properties around Manhattan) has been a major player in the changing character of the Lower East Side. It still nods to what NYC used to be: the bottom of the rooftop pool, for example, is lined with a mural of Andy Warhol.

30. The Mansfield Hotel

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12 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

The Mansfield is convenient to Broadway and shares an architect—James Renwick—with such NYC buildings as the New York Public Library and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. The first guests were bachelors and socialites; one of them, in the 1950s, was alleged Jay Gatsby inspiration Maz von Gurach.

31. The Benjamin Hotel

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125 E 50th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 715-2500
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The Benjamin is located in an Emery Roth-designed building in Midtown and is one of several NYC hotels to include a pillow menu (options include water-filled, buckwheat, snore-no-more, and a pillow that plugs into the user's MP3 player). The hotel is also pet friendly, and there's a menu of dog beds, too.

32. The Salisbury Hotel

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123 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-1300
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Deep in Midtown, the Salisbury is geared toward business travelers. The amenities aren't as extravagant as those at some other Manhattan hotels, but the nightly rates are also comparatively lower.

33. Tribeca Grand Hotel

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2 Avenue of the Americas
Manhattan, NY 10013

Tribeca Grand is Soho's Grand sibling to the (slight) south. The building contains a screening room and runs a film series. Rooms start at 245 square feet and range all the way up to a 900-square-foot penthouse with private rooftop terrace access, for hotel guests hoping to ape the lifestyle of Tribeca's resident rich folk. Pet goldfish available upon request.

34. The Empire Hotel

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44 W 63rd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 265-7400
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The Empire Hotel is near Lincoln Center, and the cultural institution inspired what the hotel describes as its "stately modernism." The neon Empire sign makes it easy to find one's way home at night, and the rooftop on which that sign sits is a popular evening spot.

35. Mandarin Oriental New York

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80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023
(212) 805-8800
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Situated on top of the Time Warner Center, the Mandarin Oriental has incredible Central Park and city views. The 46 suites (there are also 198 guestrooms) are a step up from other NYC hotels when it comes to size, beginning at 800 square feet and topping out at 2,640 square feet.

36. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

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2 West St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 344-0800
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For a change from views of Midtown and Central Park, there's the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, with views of Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. (Rooms with Statue of Liberty views, in fact, come with telescopes.)

37. Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

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36 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
(212) 521-6200
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This hotel will soon be auctioned off, with the top floors potentially going condo. But for now, rooms are still available, and the Central Park location is a benefit here. The prices, too, are lower than some of the other park-adjacent hotel options.

38. The Surrey

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20 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-3700
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The original Surrey was a celebrity haven for the likes of Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert. In more recent years, interior designer Lauren Rottet worked with the hotel on a look inspired by a New York City townhouse, so The Surrey certainly captures the flavor of the neighborhood. Amenities include Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud, which is also the source of the hotel's room service.

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1. Mercer Hotel

147 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

The Mercer is the sister hotel to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, so, naturally, it's pricey and popular with celebrities. (The lobby is always a place to spot power players.) William Schickel designed the 1890 building—a Romanesque Revival landmark—as offices for the Astor family; before it became a hotel, it housed artists' lofts. The 75 hotel rooms and suites were designed by Christian Liaigre, and the hotel is part of the Andre Balazs empire.

147 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

2. Waldorf Astoria New York

301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

The hotel, an Art Deco landmark, was designed by Schultze and Weaver and takes up the full block between 49th and 50th streets and Park and Lexington avenues. Fun fact: the hotel was the first to ever offer room service. It also contains some of the city's most expensive rentals within Waldorf Towers, a separate division of the hotel located on its upper floors, and a secret subway platform underneath the hotel where dignitaries could access the building without being seen.

301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

3. The Pierre – A Taj Hotel

2 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065

The Pierre is Taj Hotels' flagship and received some upgrades to the rooms and bathrooms in a recent $100 million renovation—the building, which opened in 1930, is located within the Upper East Side Historic District. The penthouse contains the hotel's former ballroom and is on the market for $125 million following the death of former owner Martin Zweig. That price almost makes the hotel's room rate seem like a bargain.

2 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065

4. Crosby Street Hotel

79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

The Crosby Street Hotel, the first U.S. outpost from UK-based Firmdale Hotels, is priced at a level that befits its frequent famous guests. (The nightly rate for a date next week is about four times the rate at The Mercer Hotel, as an example.) One reason those guests come to the Crosby: the 99-seat movie theater downstairs, which often hosts screenings.

79 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

5. Ace Hotel New York

20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

The Ace Hotel is one of the newish crop of hotels that sprang up in its neighborhood, whether that neighborhood is WhoDi, NoMad, or the Canal Street of Midtown. It's also one of the more affordable hotels on this list, with a lobby beloved by the city's startup kids.

20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

6. The Standard, High Line

848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Hotel guests' peep shows have generated some headlines, but The Standard also has things to offer to the non-nudity-inclined. The building straddles the High Line, for one thing, and contains an ice rink and rooftop bar. There's always fun public art.

848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

7. The New York Palace Hotel

455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

The Palace Hotel—yes, the one from Gossip Girl, and it's had cameos on 30 Rock and Law & Order, too—has been undergoing a renovation of all 900 of its rooms. The hotel actually began as a private residence, designed by McKim, Mead & White for Henry Villard and built in 1882. That original residence now contains the hotel's Villard Ballroom.

455 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

8. Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection

59 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

The Algonquin Hotel has always been closely connected to the city's literary and intellectual life, most notably through the Round Table, the group of writers who gathered at the Algonquin for lunch every day beginning in 1919. Out of the Round Table came The New Yorker, which (bonus!) remains free to hotel guests.

59 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

9. The NoMad Hotel

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

The NoMad has a completely different feel from the nearby Ace—the NoMad's aesthetic leans more toward the European, with Paris-inspired interiors by Jacques Garcia featuring clawfoot bathtubs and reclaimed maple floors. The individual rooms range from standard to apartment-esque—the Suite Royale is an 1,800-square-foot space with a private terrace.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

10. Bryant Park Hotel

40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

The Bryant Park Hotel's headliner amenity is, of course, Bryant Park. The design is sleeker and more modern than the other entries on this list. Celeb-friendly Japanese-inspired eatery Koi occupies the hotel's restaurant space.

40 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018

11. The Plaza

768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Condo troubles aside, the landmarked Plaza remains iconic in the NYC hotel world. The hotel, designed by the Dakota's Henry Janeway Hardenbegh, opened in October 1907 after a $12 million, two-year construction process. At the time, rooms cost $2.50/night. (Today, they cost just a bit more.) Movie appearances include North by Northwest, The Great Gatsby, and Home Alone II—and, of course, the hotel has a long-standing association with Eloise.

768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

12. Andaz Fifth Avenue

485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

The Andaz is part of the Hyatt empire, but the decor emphasizes New York art. There's a white marble and resin Nick Hornby sculpture, for example, inspired by everything from the urns at the New York Public Library to Bryant Park's Gertrude Stein statue. The rooms are meant to be loft-like, and they start at 322 square feet.

485 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018

13. Library Hotel

299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

The design of the Library Hotel is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system, with each floor (of 10) devoted to one Dewey category. Nor is that the limit of the book theme—each room is decorated in an on-topic way. So there's an ancient languages room on the fourth floor and a dinosaurs room on floor five, the math and science floor. The fourteenth floor's Bookmarks Lounge also, naturally, has book-themed cocktails.

299 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017

14. The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

A poster child for the evolution of the Bowery, the hotel combines a few common New York City design elements like "industrial styled windows" and loft-inspired layouts with a well-known event space for up to 600. Guests might end up downstairs from a film premiere or photo shoot.

335 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

15. The Jane Hotel

113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

Bowery Hotel co-owner Sean MacPherson is also the hotelier behind The Jane, which has the Bowery Hotel beat when it comes to historic character. The Jane building was built by Ellis Island station architect William A. Boring in 1908, hosted Titanic survivors in 1912, and was a YMCA in 1944. Some of the rooms are "Bunk Bed Cabins," with bunk beds and shared hallway bathrooms—but at least the bunk beds have 300 thread count sheets.

113 Jane St
New York, NY 10014

16. Hôtel Plaza Athénée

37 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065

The Plaza Athenee, located near Central Park, offers standard short-term overnight stays and longer-term ones, and it advertises its proximity to many of the Upper East Side medical centers. The hotel is also dog-friendly (for an extra fee).

37 E 64th St
New York, NY 10065

17. Wythe Hotel

80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Wythe, the only Brooklyn hotel on this list, opened just over a year ago and boasts design by Morris Adjmi of a converted 1901 factory. The 70 rooms include spaces specifically for bands, sleeping four to six, and standard rooms named for their sizes and views. There's no room service, but the beds are made from the building's own reclaimed ceilings. UPDATE: Hotel reps tell us that, sadly, the Wythe no longer offers band rooms.

80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

18. Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection

88 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10016

Architect David Rockwell was responsible for the design of the Carlton in its most recent incarnation—it first opened more than a century ago as the Harry Allen Jaocbs-designed Hotel Seville. The Carlton has made numerous TV cameos, on everything from The Good Wife to The Millionaire Matchmaker.

88 Madison Avenue
New York City, NY 10016

19. Larchmont Hotel

27 W11th Street, New York, NY 10011

This Greenwich Village hotel requires one big trade-off: bathrooms are shared on each hallway. (And the rooms, with stand-alone sinks and plain furniture, are like vaguely European-flavored dorm rooms.) In exchange, guests get rates that are much lower than those at other Manhattan hotels.

27 W11th Street
New York, NY 10011

20. Hotel On Rivington

107 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

The Hotel on Rivington (THOR to its friends) is the first stop for visitors looking to experience the Lower East Side's new glassitecture for themselves. For events, parties, and general celebrity gawking we recommend the rooftop event space, which has the simple name of The Penthouse.

107 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

21. Mondrian SoHo

9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

The Mondrian Soho, from the brain of interior designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, was inspired by Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bete. The cuisine at the in-house restaurant is similar to that of the Amalfi Coast, and the building is also home to Mister H, which the hotelbabble describes as "an intimate downtown nightlife concept inspired by old New York."

9 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013

22. Gramercy Park Hotel

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

An incredible roster of famous people have swept through the Gramercy Park Hotel, which opened in 1925. Humphrey Bogart got married on the rooftop terrace! The Rolling Stones and U2 are among the many musicians who've stayed there. These days, with art collector Aby Rosen at the helm, the hotel's look is artsy and includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol. Julian Schnabel redesigned the hotel (which also has Gramercy Park views, as the name suggests) seven years ago. The Danny Meyer restaurant Maialino is located in the hotel.

2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

23. The Hudson Hotel

356 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

One Curbed commenter describes the rooms at The Hudson as "tiny but impeccable" and the lobby as a "Manhattan marvel." The entrance is designed to be eye-catching, with a 30-foot glass tunnel enclosing the elevator up to the lobby.

356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

24. The Mark Hotel

25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075

Like The Plaza, luxury Upper East Side hotel The Mark has been renovated and partially converted to condos. (The original building dates to 1927, putting it among the classic Upper East Side hotels.) The renovated rooms were designed by Jacques Grange. Nightly rates are steep, but there are usually suite and family packages available.

25 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075

25. The Carlyle

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

Another Upper East Side classic, the Carlyle hotel regularly appears on best hotel lists. Rooms range from the standard 350-square-foot king bed option to the deluxe tower rooms designed by Alexandra Champalimaud. (The deluxe tower rooms are the way to go for skyline views.) There are also art, antiques and fashion boutiques within the hotel, including a Vera Wang boutique and H.M. Luther antiques.

35 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021

26. Sherry-Netherland Hotel

781 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Like the Mark and The Plaza, the Sherry-Netherland has both hotel rooms for overnight stays and apartments for purchase. (Until recently, Judge Judy lived in one.) For travelers looking for a dose of opulence, the chandeliers are custom crystal, the floors are marble mosaic, and the lobby is modeled after the library of the Vatican. Noted NYC restaurant Harry Cipriani is also located within the hotel.

781 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

27. The Greenwich Hotel

377 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

Robert De Niro is an owner of this hotel, and he's occasionally clashed with the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission over the penthouse he added without LPC approval. Whatever questions the LPC might have had about how that penthouse fit into the neighborhood, De Niro and his hotel helped put Tribeca on the map. The hotel itself is worth a stay, too. Each of the 88 rooms has different rugs and furnishings, and the hotel's restaurant is the celebrated Locanda Verde.

377 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013

28. Le Parker Méridien New York

119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Park views are one reason to stay at Le Parker Meridien, and a more unique reason is the hotel's holiday season lobby decor, which consists of detailed gingerbread sculptures. Past years' highlights include the Lincoln Memorial, Chichen Itza, and the dangling construction crane that collapsed at Midtown behemoth One57.

119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

29. The Thompson LES

190 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

The Thompson LES (one of the Thompson brand's six properties around Manhattan) has been a major player in the changing character of the Lower East Side. It still nods to what NYC used to be: the bottom of the rooftop pool, for example, is lined with a mural of Andy Warhol.

190 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002

30. The Mansfield Hotel

12 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Mansfield is convenient to Broadway and shares an architect—James Renwick—with such NYC buildings as the New York Public Library and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. The first guests were bachelors and socialites; one of them, in the 1950s, was alleged Jay Gatsby inspiration Maz von Gurach.

12 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

31. The Benjamin Hotel

125 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022

The Benjamin is located in an Emery Roth-designed building in Midtown and is one of several NYC hotels to include a pillow menu (options include water-filled, buckwheat, snore-no-more, and a pillow that plugs into the user's MP3 player). The hotel is also pet friendly, and there's a menu of dog beds, too.

125 E 50th St
New York, NY 10022

32. The Salisbury Hotel

123 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Deep in Midtown, the Salisbury is geared toward business travelers. The amenities aren't as extravagant as those at some other Manhattan hotels, but the nightly rates are also comparatively lower.

123 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

33. Tribeca Grand Hotel

2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan, NY 10013

Tribeca Grand is Soho's Grand sibling to the (slight) south. The building contains a screening room and runs a film series. Rooms start at 245 square feet and range all the way up to a 900-square-foot penthouse with private rooftop terrace access, for hotel guests hoping to ape the lifestyle of Tribeca's resident rich folk. Pet goldfish available upon request.

2 Avenue of the Americas
Manhattan, NY 10013

34. The Empire Hotel

44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

The Empire Hotel is near Lincoln Center, and the cultural institution inspired what the hotel describes as its "stately modernism." The neon Empire sign makes it easy to find one's way home at night, and the rooftop on which that sign sits is a popular evening spot.

44 W 63rd St
New York, NY 10023

35. Mandarin Oriental New York

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

Situated on top of the Time Warner Center, the Mandarin Oriental has incredible Central Park and city views. The 46 suites (there are also 198 guestrooms) are a step up from other NYC hotels when it comes to size, beginning at 800 square feet and topping out at 2,640 square feet.

80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

36. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

2 West St, New York, NY 10004

For a change from views of Midtown and Central Park, there's the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, with views of Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. (Rooms with Statue of Liberty views, in fact, come with telescopes.)

2 West St
New York, NY 10004

37. Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

36 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

This hotel will soon be auctioned off, with the top floors potentially going condo. But for now, rooms are still available, and the Central Park location is a benefit here. The prices, too, are lower than some of the other park-adjacent hotel options.

36 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

38. The Surrey

20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

The original Surrey was a celebrity haven for the likes of Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert. In more recent years, interior designer Lauren Rottet worked with the hotel on a look inspired by a New York City townhouse, so The Surrey certainly captures the flavor of the neighborhood. Amenities include Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud, which is also the source of the hotel's room service.

20 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021