New York City is undoubtedly one of the top global tourist destinations in the world, known for its history, entertainment, and culinary scene. New York City expects to welcome over 63 million visitors in 2023.
The five boroughs have hotel options for even the most discerning of travelers. In search of a room with stunning views of Central Park or a suite with terrace views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge? There's a hotel out there that will deliver. But be aware that many hotels add a daily resort fee to the hotel bill to cover Wi-Fi and other amenities.
Although many of the activities in New York City can be costly, the city also has a variety of free alternatives, including incredible photo ops. Below are some of the places that you can recommend to your clients that offer the best views of the city:
1 Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn)
Across the Hudson River from Manhattan lies 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. It's an elegant property paying homage to nature and the architecture of its neighbor, the Brooklyn Bridge. Sustainability and respect for the environment inform the design, which uses reclaimed wood, stone, marble, and locally sourced glass. Just a 4-minute walk from the hotel is one of the Instagrammable sites in New York – the iconic DUMBO Manhattan Bridge View. Despite the busyness of Brooklyn, the hotel's vibe is low-key, laid-back, and serene.
Most rooms offer panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the East River, and the New York City skyline. There are 194 guest rooms to choose from, plus 29 suites with a choice of two- to six-bedroom offerings. The Presidential Suite is aptly named The Riverhouse. All rooms feature King beds dressed in organic linens atop memory foam mattresses. Standard features include Smart TVs, I-pads for service communications, and Nespresso coffee machines.
For dining, The Osprey on the ground floor is an excellent choice for those seeking quality, farm-to-table cuisine with global influences from New York's diverse neighborhoods. Harriet's Lounge on the 10th floor is an oasis with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. This classic cocktail lounge uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create elevated bites.
Harriet's Rooftop is the place to visit during the summer, set against the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge backdrop. Neighbors Café, located in the lobby, is a gathering spot for locals and hotel guests. Offering excellent coffee, fresh pressed juice, and seasonal salads. Neighbors have plenty of options for all-day snacking.
Notable amenities include a State-of-the-art gym (personal trainers available); An Audi house car for guest use; A rooftop pool was adjoining Harriet's Rooftop bar; and the holistic Bamford Wellness Spa.
The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel (Downtown Manhattan)
As you walk into the Victorian lobby, look up to see the gorgeous design of the nine-level atrium. The hotel is a 19th-century stunner frequented by the Wall Street set, locals, and tourists.
Situated in the bustling heart of Lower Manhattan, where the vibrant energy of downtown permeates the air, The Beekman Hotel is gracefully positioned between the majestic East and Hudson Rivers. Its prime location grants guests easy access to many captivating landmarks that define the allure of Manhattan, such as the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the awe-inspiring World Trade Center, and the architectural masterpiece of Santiago Calatrava's Oculus.
If you're in the mood to explore, there's plenty to see and do in Lower Manhattan, from shopping and dining to cultural experiences like Hall de Lumieres.
The Beekman has 287 rooms, including 35 suites and two signature penthouses within The Beekman's iconic turrets, each with private rooftop terraces overlooking One World Trade Center, the Woolworth Building and City Hall Park.
The Bar Room, which boasts vintage furnishings and plush lounge seating, is the perfect spot to gather, drink cocktails, and people watch. The Temple Court offers Quartet's Jazz Brunch on Saturdays and The Jazz Bazaar on Sundays for brunch bites and music. Take advantage of the fare from Le Gratin, presented by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud for a real treat.
Fitness fanatics are well served by a fully equipped gym with the latest equipment to get in that workout.
The Langham, New York (Fifth Avenue)
The Langham has some of the largest guest rooms in all of New York City, with an average size of 750 square feet. The entire south side of our building faces the iconic Empire State Building, while higher floors have a view of the One World Trade Center.
There are two Penthouses and a Presidential Suite designed by the famed French interior designer and retailer Roche Bobois. If you're craving fresh air, six guest rooms equipped with walk-out terraces are on the 5th and 11th floors. The hotel boasts 236 rooms on 27 floors, each equipped with luxury Diptyque bath amenities, and every room has its own Nespresso and electric kettle, with La Colombe coffee on hand. Families and those looking for long-term stays can book suites with full kitchens and washer and dryer units. In-hotel dining is served by award-winning restaurant and bar Ai Fiori, featuring Italian and French Cuisine and helmed by Chef Michael White.
Guests who book Club accommodations or pay a daily premium have exclusive access to The Langham Club, the private club lounge. It's available for guests all day, every day, for breakfast, light meals, and social gatherings.
Those looking to stay fit at the Langham will be happy to know that a 24-hour fitness center is available with Technogym equipment, Fitness on Demand, and two Peloton bikes.
For sensory pleasures, art lovers will be delighted by Langham's permanent art collection features ten original Alex Katz paintings and 250 reprints, many of which were created specifically for the hotel.
Staypineapple (Midtown Manhattan)
Staypineapple is a pet-friendly boutique hotel strategically located in the bustling area of midtown Manhattan, making it an ideal location to explore the city's famous attractions, such as Times Square, Hudson Yards, Hell's Kitchen, and Madison Square Garden.
The hotel boasts beautiful decor and many amenities to ensure your stay is as comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable as possible. Eighty-nine rooms are filled with all the essentials to ensure a pleasant stay.
Staypineapple is pet-friendly and family-friendly, with free cribs upon request, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, vending machines, complimentary coffee and tea in the common areas, and free bicycle rentals if guests wish to explore the surrounding area.
On-site parking is unavailable, but hotel staff are ready to assist you with transportation options.
The Whitby (Upper Midtown Manhattan)
If you love contemporary design, then you will adore The Whitby Hotel. Color bursts throughout this art-forward hotel; whether it's a mural on the wall or a unique patterned armchair, there is something to see everywhere. Kit Kemp is the genius behind the interiors of this mid-town hotel.
Kit and husband, Tim Kemp, owned the hotel privately under the Firmdale Hotels group out of the UK. The Whitby is close to Central Park and New York's leading galleries, museums, and restaurants.
The hotel offers eighty-six uniquely designed bedrooms and suites. Guests can enjoy glorious views of the Manhattan skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows; some rooms have private terraces. The rooms at the Whitby Hotel have a cozy and luxurious feel, with fabric-covered walls and beautifully embroidered headboards. Using Kit's signature elements and fabric designs perfectly complements the elegant decor. Staying at this hotel provides a sensory experience.
The Whitby Bar and Restaurant offer all-day dining with a frequently changing menu created by Head Chef Anthony Paris, revolving around seasonal ingredients. The Whitby Bar is designed with a 30-foot pewter bar and upholstered banquettes; the airy room has warehouse-style windows leading to an Orangery with vaulted ceilings and a huge skylight. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the restaurant also serves traditional Afternoon Tea. The Orangery adjacent to the Whitby Bar provides another perfect setting for meals and a cup of tea. Live jazz and Negronis are on offer every Friday with a special menu of bar snacks.
The hotel has a fully air-conditioned gym, a state-of-the-art screening room, and private dining options.