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The New York Hotels Heatmap: Where To Stay Right Now

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In honor of our first-ever Hotels Week, we've rounded up the newest hotels to open up in our tourist-trafficked metropolis over the last year. From two 1920s-themed options to ginormous Westin recently converted out of an 80s-rific NYC hotel to a 12-room motel in the Rockaways, here are the best of the latest accommodations our city has to offer. Did we miss a great spot that has opened since last June? Let us know, either by email or in the comments section below. Happy hotel-ing!

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Jade Hotel

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Even though it's only been open for a few months, this hotel is entirely old-school, with everything from interiors to staff attire designed to evoke a sense of 1920s Greenwich Village. Trendy Prohibition-era theme, anyone? Each of the guest rooms is equipped with a rotary phone. Want to bet half the guests don't know how to use them? [previously]

Refinery Hotel

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Yet another hotel based around 1920s New York City, Refinery Hotel has a specific focus on honoring the area's millinery history, with elements of sewing tables and other industrial-chic touches. An area called the Hatbox (appropriately enough) serves as a gallery space that will mount exhibitions in fields from art to fashion. [previously]

High Line Hotel

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Once quarters for the General Theological Seminary, this conversion has resulted in 60 guest rooms, and the general aim is "blend eclectic Americana with antiques and unexpected artwork sourced from around the world." Luckily some old-world Gothic charm will remain, as designers are preserving stained glass windows, moldings, pine floors, fireplace mantles, and staircases. Fun fact! Before it was used as dormitories for Episcopal ministers-in-training, the land on which the hotel will sit was an apple orchard. And then it was owned by Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on that very spot. [previously]

Pod 39

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Pod 39 is trying its best to be trendy, what with its lobby lounge area with a ping pong table, rooftop bar, and accommodation options that range from bunk beds to traditional guestrooms. It also houses an outpost of hip taqueria Salvation Taco, and has all the high-tech bells and whistles that young travelers crave, like an extensive media center and wireless audio streaming. [previously]

The Westin New York Grand Central

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A $75 million renovation turned the historic New York Helmsley Hotel into a up-to-the-minute Westin (the brand's second in Manhattan), which opened in October. Befitting its Midtown location near Grand Central, it's gargantuan, with 774 guest rooms, a 3,000-square-foot gym, and an enormous event space called the Madison Ballroom that's just crying out for a bar mitzvah or two. [previously]

Hyatt Union Square

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It's finally here, hurray! But this one's been a long time coming. It even earned Hotel Chatter's Worst Hotel Hype of 2012, what with all the years of construction, DOB violations, lost views, pushed-back opening dates and its promised hydroponic bamboo garden and whatnot. But let's forget not-so-ancient history and focus on the 178 guest rooms and suites, some of which are "loft-style" (so urban!) and some of which have terraces. The design is notable, with industrial elements meeting green ones, meant to symbolize its proximity to Union Square Park. [previously]

Hotel BPM Brooklyn

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First things first: BPM means Beats Per Minutes. Its location a bit out of the way, in Sunset Park, makes it all edgy and fringe. Okay, not really, but in keeping with the whole music theme—because the whole thing was launched by DJ BIJAL—music by him (naturally) is streamed into some of the common areas. Seventy-six guest rooms have standard amenities and are outfitted with a healthy dose of neon green. Of course, there's an iHome in every room if you want to drop some of your own tunes. [previously]

Hotel Indigo Brooklyn

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The whole Indigo brand is an attempt by hospitality giant InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) to make some of their hotels more boutique. It's sorta boutique-y, with 128 rooms in Downtown Brooklyn that boast a subtle, slightly more contemporary design touches like leather headboards and creatively framed mirrors. Rooms are apparently kind of small, but hey, there's a roofdeck and free Wi-Fi! [more photos]

Playland Motel

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Soft opening this very night, with the official launch sometime around July 4th, Playland Motel has already earned accolades (and some critical pans) for making the Rockaways more upscale and positioning itself as a retro-chic retreat for hipster types. Located partially on the site of an old clam bar and named for the old amusement park that used to be across the street, there will be 12 rooms, each designed by different artists, from fashion designers to interiors experts, according to the motel's Jamie Wiseman. As one would expect from a boardinghouse, bathroom facilities are communal. Add to the mix two restaurants and a big deck with bossa nova and reggae music coming from the speakers, and you've got the makings of a summertime hit.

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Jade Hotel

Even though it's only been open for a few months, this hotel is entirely old-school, with everything from interiors to staff attire designed to evoke a sense of 1920s Greenwich Village. Trendy Prohibition-era theme, anyone? Each of the guest rooms is equipped with a rotary phone. Want to bet half the guests don't know how to use them? [previously]

Refinery Hotel

Yet another hotel based around 1920s New York City, Refinery Hotel has a specific focus on honoring the area's millinery history, with elements of sewing tables and other industrial-chic touches. An area called the Hatbox (appropriately enough) serves as a gallery space that will mount exhibitions in fields from art to fashion. [previously]

High Line Hotel

Once quarters for the General Theological Seminary, this conversion has resulted in 60 guest rooms, and the general aim is "blend eclectic Americana with antiques and unexpected artwork sourced from around the world." Luckily some old-world Gothic charm will remain, as designers are preserving stained glass windows, moldings, pine floors, fireplace mantles, and staircases. Fun fact! Before it was used as dormitories for Episcopal ministers-in-training, the land on which the hotel will sit was an apple orchard. And then it was owned by Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on that very spot. [previously]

Pod 39

Pod 39 is trying its best to be trendy, what with its lobby lounge area with a ping pong table, rooftop bar, and accommodation options that range from bunk beds to traditional guestrooms. It also houses an outpost of hip taqueria Salvation Taco, and has all the high-tech bells and whistles that young travelers crave, like an extensive media center and wireless audio streaming. [previously]

The Westin New York Grand Central

A $75 million renovation turned the historic New York Helmsley Hotel into a up-to-the-minute Westin (the brand's second in Manhattan), which opened in October. Befitting its Midtown location near Grand Central, it's gargantuan, with 774 guest rooms, a 3,000-square-foot gym, and an enormous event space called the Madison Ballroom that's just crying out for a bar mitzvah or two. [previously]

Hyatt Union Square

It's finally here, hurray! But this one's been a long time coming. It even earned Hotel Chatter's Worst Hotel Hype of 2012, what with all the years of construction, DOB violations, lost views, pushed-back opening dates and its promised hydroponic bamboo garden and whatnot. But let's forget not-so-ancient history and focus on the 178 guest rooms and suites, some of which are "loft-style" (so urban!) and some of which have terraces. The design is notable, with industrial elements meeting green ones, meant to symbolize its proximity to Union Square Park. [previously]

Hotel BPM Brooklyn

First things first: BPM means Beats Per Minutes. Its location a bit out of the way, in Sunset Park, makes it all edgy and fringe. Okay, not really, but in keeping with the whole music theme—because the whole thing was launched by DJ BIJAL—music by him (naturally) is streamed into some of the common areas. Seventy-six guest rooms have standard amenities and are outfitted with a healthy dose of neon green. Of course, there's an iHome in every room if you want to drop some of your own tunes. [previously]

Hotel Indigo Brooklyn

The whole Indigo brand is an attempt by hospitality giant InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) to make some of their hotels more boutique. It's sorta boutique-y, with 128 rooms in Downtown Brooklyn that boast a subtle, slightly more contemporary design touches like leather headboards and creatively framed mirrors. Rooms are apparently kind of small, but hey, there's a roofdeck and free Wi-Fi! [more photos]

Playland Motel

Soft opening this very night, with the official launch sometime around July 4th, Playland Motel has already earned accolades (and some critical pans) for making the Rockaways more upscale and positioning itself as a retro-chic retreat for hipster types. Located partially on the site of an old clam bar and named for the old amusement park that used to be across the street, there will be 12 rooms, each designed by different artists, from fashion designers to interiors experts, according to the motel's Jamie Wiseman. As one would expect from a boardinghouse, bathroom facilities are communal. Add to the mix two restaurants and a big deck with bossa nova and reggae music coming from the speakers, and you've got the makings of a summertime hit.