For a unique New York City hotel experience, consider staying at an affordable, charming boutique hotel before settling on a well-known brand of chain hotels. New York City boutique hotels often offer more personalized touch when it comes to services and accommodations. These New York City hotels seek to differentiate themselves from other boutique hotels by often outfitting guestrooms with the best state-of-the-art technology and wireless Internet access, offering movie and book libraries, or having uniquely decorated or themed restaurants onsite, for example. Boutique hotels can either be independent entities much like a bed and breakfast, or there can be several boutique hotels within a collection, such as Stay Hotel and its simply named sister hotels, The Time, Kimberly, Dream, and Night, all of which are Epoque Hotels. Boutique hotels can sometimes have concepts, theme-decorated guestrooms, or lobbies decorated in a stylish manner by big name designers; anything to create an interesting experience to set them apart and as an incentive for visitors to stay. A boutique hotel is also generally smaller than other hotels. However, they do come with the same amenities as mainstream hotels, like 24-hour hotel staff, concierge services, cable TV, Internet access, dining options, and bars and lounges. We have selected a variety of five boutique hotels in different New York City neighborhoods, including the Financial District, Midtown, Central Park, Times Square, and Midtown East.
Top Boutique Hotels:
Night Hotel – Times Square
157 West 47th Street, New York, NY
$149 AND UPWARDS
The former location of a Quality Inn, this funky new boutique hotel, simply named Night Hotel, is located in Times Square in New York City on 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The 210 guestrooms feature terrycloth bathrobes, in-room LCD displays, and Bose Wave audio systems with iPod decks. There is a hotel business center, nearby parking, Internet access, and complimentary access to a nearby New York Sports Club. Onsite restaurant and lounge Aspen Social Club serves comfort food and cocktails, decorated in rustic Colorado flair with wood floors and walls, and antler decor galore.
51 Nassau Street, New York, NY
$159 AND UPWARDS
Hotel Reserve is located in the Financial District in New York City’s lower Manhattan, near the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Wall Street, and Ground Zero. This boutique hotel has 20 stories and 113 guestrooms, with rooms that have one king sized bed, two double beds, one double bed, are wheelchair accessible, and there are two rooms with a king sized bed and connecting terrace. Guestrooms have 32-inch flat screen TVs and granite countertops in the bathrooms. The hotel also features fitness and business centers, a fine dining cafe, laundry and dry cleaning services, and wireless Internet access.
On The Ave Hotel
2178 Broadway, New York, NY
$161 AND UPWARDS
On The Ave Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located about two blocks from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side at 77th Street and Broadway. The hotel features meeting rooms, a business center, a fitness center, dry cleaning and concierge services, and Internet access. Onsite restaurants include Fatty Crab Restaurant and Bar serving Malaysian cuisine, and the West Branch Restaurant and Bar serves New American cuisine. A 16th floor balcony and landscaped patio is accessible to guests. Guestrooms include LCD flat screen TVs and Italian black marbles bathrooms.
120 West 44th Street, New York, NY
$249 AND UPWARDS
The Hotel Mela is a boutique hotel one block from Times Square and several blocks from Bryant Park at 44th and Broadway in New York City. Onsite restaurant Saju offers a French/Asian fusion menu. Available function spaces are a boardroom seating 12 and two penthouse suites that each accommodate as many as 25 for private events and meetings. The 230 guestrooms have earth-tone decor and artwork of New York City, as well as LCD flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet, Egyptian cotton linens and 330 thread count duvets. An added in-room treat is candy from Dylan’s Candy Bar.
Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
$138 AND UPWARDS
The Roger Smith Hotel is an affordable boutique hotel at 47th and Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, and the Chrysler Building in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City. The 130 guestrooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, kitchenettes in suites, cable TVs, and book collections. Hotel features include a movie library, a multi-lingual staff, rooftop garden, penthouse meeting space, screening room, Lab Gallery exhibition space, and The Winthrop Room, a 600-square-foot corporate meeting space. Lily’s Restaurant offers New American cuisine in an art-filled space.