New York is a layered city to visit. The first time you arrive in Manhattan, it's a blur of neon lights and deafening sirens, the second or third time, it's a chance to look beyond tourist attractions, and beyond that, it's about exploring—there's a never-ending list of boutiques, speakeasies, and restaurants to discover. Whether you're visiting New York City for the first time or 50th time, finding a hotel that will act as your home base is crucial. It should be centrally located (but not next to a crowded landmark), carefully designed (but still comfortable), and have a killer view of the city (because you're in Manhattan!).
To cut your search time in half, we tapped our team of New York editors to share the hotels they recommend to friends and family, as well as anonymous reviews from people who have recently stayed at each spot.
We're calling it: These are the best hotels in Manhattan, period.
The Hotel: Public Hotel. Everyone's talking about Ian Schrager's latest hotel, an undeniably cool establishment with minimalistic details, exposed cords, and wood paneling.
The Guest: This is a place to see and be seen. Make the most of the stellar rooftop, which attracts a long line on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Location: A newcomer to the Lower East Side, Public is a great jumping-off point to explore New Museum, grab a bagel at Russ & Daughters, or wander over to shop in SoHo.
The Review: "Public is my new favorite spot to stay in New York. The building is gorgeous, the beds are comfortable, and the vibe is fantastic. The staff could not have been better, the restaurant downstairs was great, and the rooftop bar is incredible. All in all, an amazing spot!"
The Hotel: HGU New York. A relative newcomer to the Manhattan hotel scene, this sleekly styled spot is one of NoMad's best-kept secrets. Expect surprisingly large rooms by New York standards, a newly renovated white marble tile bathroom, and in some suites, a separate living and office area.
The Guest: The perfect spot for people traveling to the city for business. The size of the rooms makes it suitable for a long stay and the desk/living room setup makes it feel like home.
The Location: Sandwiched between Herald Square and Madison Square Park, HGU is another hotel putting NoMad on the map.
The Review: "People often complain that Manhattan hotel rooms are tiny, but this suite completely blew my mind. We stayed in the King Suite, which has a large king-size bed, a separate spacious living room, a sizable brand-new bathroom, a walk-in closet, and an entryway with a desk. It's bigger than most apartments! Oh, and don't leave without dining at Restaurant at Rose Hill—the food is five-star."
The Hotel: Ludlow Hotel. Expect a plush, refined interior and one of the most Instagrammable bathrooms in New York City.
The Guest: Planning to make the most of New York's pulsing nightlife? Ludlow Hotel's location makes it ideal for those who love exploring the city all day and staying out all night.
The Location: Situated in the heart of the thriving yet gritty Lower East Side, it's moments away from iconic Katz's Delicatessen and a smattering of stellar rooftop bars.
The Review: "This is the best hotel we have stayed in in New York. It features great beds and bathrooms, and the staff members are fantastic. I would return in a heartbeat."
The Hotel: 11 Howard. Described as "Danish minimalism meets New York realism," this hot spot nails relaxed, cool design.
The Guest: Interior design aficionados will love the rooms, which feature a mixture of gray, brass, and dusty blush accents.
The Location: Planning to fill half your suitcase with new purchases? 11 Howard is steps from Broadway, the main shopping street in SoHo. It's also minutes from Reformation and Glossier, too. Just saying.
The Review: "My husband and I were lucky enough to spend eight nights at 11 Howard in June on our honeymoon. Don't be put off that there is no 'front desk'—this doesn't take away from the experience at all. It actually makes it feel quieter and more modern. We stayed on the top floor after reading reviews about the lower floors being a bit noisy. I highly recommend this."
The Hotel: The Marlton Hotel. A luxe hotel in a historic 1900s building, located on the quiet, tree-lined street in Greenwich Village.
The Guest: If you've visited New York a few times and are looking to stay somewhere quiet but centrally located, this is the place.
The Location: Greenwich Village is moments from some of the best spots in Lower Manhattan. Walk a few minutes to the jazz bars of West Village, spend the morning in Washington Square Park, or pop into a speakeasy in East Village. You won't tally a big Uber bill staying here.
The Review: "The room was a bit smaller than I'd like, but the décor was spot-on. We loved the huge, modern black pendant light in the bedroom and the roaring fireplace in the lobby/bar area. It's a great cozy place to retreat to in winter."
The Hotel: Viceroy Central Park New York. A boutique hotel that lives up to your Carrie Bradshaw dreams with stellar park views and ultra-luxe decor.
The Guest: It's ideal for a business traveler or an out-of-town couple who wants the classic luxury New York experience.
The Location: Central Park South is close to Fifth Avenue boutiques, Rockefeller Center, and, of course, Central Park.
The Review: "The Viceroy is a high-class, chic boutique hotel. It's a lovely hotel without the stuffiness that some five-star hotels like to exude. Location is one of the main reasons we chose this hotel, and we were not disappointed."
The Hotel: 1 Hotel Central Park. The sister property of 1 Hotel Brooklyn is centrally located for those who want to explore the major attractions and have park views.
The Guest: Not a fan of typical inner-city hotels? There's nothing sterile about this one, as it puts sustainability first with green walls, reclaimed wood furniture, and plants aplenty.
The Location: Another Central Park gem, this is an ideal spot to explore Midtown and Upper Manhattan.
The Review: "This is the coolest hotel: Excellent location, and you can't miss the hotel in NYC, as it's the only building with plants all over it. Eco-friendly all the way!"