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Big Apple Sleeps: The Best New Hotels in New York City

Next time you’re in New York, experience the city in a new way by checking into one of these urbane new hotels.

By Gayatri Bhaumik
October 14, 2022

New York City is often called the city that never sleeps. Still, the millions of visitors that stop in every year need somewhere to bed down, if only for a few hours each night. As the Big Apple sees a post-pandemic resurgence in tourism, a plethora of new hotels are offering stylish, personality-filled stays, shaking up a hospitality scene that runs the gamut from big-name luxury properties to staid, no-frills boltholes. Here are five to check into next time you visit.  

 

AMAN NEW YORK

Photo: Aman New York

Set in the historic, Beaux Art-style Crown Building on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, steps from Billionaire’s Row, Aman New York opened in August 2022 as the most expensive hotel in the Big Apple (room rates start at USD3,200). Privacy, tranquillity, and luxury are the watchwords here and infuse every element of this sophisticated property. There are 83 suites, all rendered in Aman’s signature Asian-inspired minimalist luxury aesthetic—each comes with a glass-enclosed fireplace—along with 22 private residences and an exclusive members-only club. Slip into Arva for Italian dishes presented with simple elegance, book ahead to enjoy perfectly executed traditional Japanese fare at super-chic Nama, enjoy a nightcap on the all-season Garden Terrace, and while away an evening at the jazz club. Don’t miss the 25,000sqft spa and its integrated wellness programme or the stylish indoor pool.  

 

MODERNHAUS SOHO

Gallery Penthouse Dining and Living Room | Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Tucked into the Southwest corner of New York’s artistic hub, this spritely new property, inspired by the Bauhaus movement, is rendered with minimalist aesthetics, clean lines, and geometric harmony. All this creates the perfect backdrop for SoHo’s lively energy and a contemporary art collection that includes pieces by Kaws, Hans Hartung, and George Condo. Rooms here are stylishly simple and come with sweeping city views. Grab a meal at the conservatory-like Veranda, where Michelin-starred chef George Mendes melds American and Iberian culinary influences, stop by Jumpin Jacks for high-quality coffee, then grab an aperitif at Jimmy, the year-round rooftop bar that slings craft cocktails alongside an alfresco pool terrace.  

 

PENDRY MANHATTAN WEST

Photo: Pendry Manhattan West

This chic new hotel counts Hudson Yards, Madison Square Garden, and the new Amazon headquarters and neighbours. But it’s the smart blend of contemporary sensibilities and timeless aesthetics by Gachot Studios that’s the real appeal. Check into one of the 164 guestrooms—or 30 suites—that are calm oases of neutral colours, wood panels, floor-to-ceiling windows, and marble bathrooms, then treat yourself to Eastern Mediterranean cuisine at Zou Zou’s, decadent breakfasts at Vista Lounge, or bold signature cocktails at Chez Zou or Bar Pendry. Need to work off the indulgence? Head for the 1,700sqft gym stocked with Technogym equipment, Peloton bikes, and a Movement Studio. 

 

CIVILIAN 

Blue Room | Photo: Civilian Hotel

Perched between the theatre district and Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood, this cosy, Broadway-themed hotel bursts with visual drama. Rooms are small but comfortable, with costume trunk-inspired wardrobes, plush drapery, and punchy bathrooms stocked with Grown Alchemist products and Dry Bar hairdryers. Breakfast and cocktails are served at the second-floor lounge and terrace which features a wall of miniature sets from blockbuster shows like “Moulin Rouge” and “Hamilton”, and starting in autumn, visitors will enjoy classic upscale American dining at Rosevale Kitchen & cocktail Room and sharing cocktails, seasonal bites, and unfettered city views at the Starchild rooftop lounge. 

 

THE NED NOMAD

Rooftop Bar | Photo: The Ned NoMad

A nod to 1920s glamour set in the Beaux Art Johnston Building, this is the second full-scale hotel by Soho House (the original is in London). Nestled into the historic NoMad district, this scene-stealing new hotel boasts quintessentially Soho House aesthetics with marble, jewel-toned textiles, and Murano glass. Everyone can stay in the 167 Gilded Age-inspired guestrooms featuring rug-covered wood floors and plush furnishings, the signature Cecconi’s Italian restaurant, and the socially-conscious art collection bolstered by artists like Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, and Christopher Myers. But join the members-only Ned’s Club to gain entrée to the library, wood-panelled Dining Room, and Ned’s club rooftop.  

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