Visiting the Big Apple is always a good idea, but where do you stay? We’ve searched high and low to find you the best hotels in New York City that will still leave you with some cash to do the things you want to do (like maybe try one of the best local doughnuts, perhaps?). We looked at a few key factors that can totally make your stay: location, gorgeous interiors, and on-site amenities like a relaxing pool or cool bar for when you don’t want to venture far. (Obviously, each abode on the list doesn’t have every single amenity, but you can choose your NYC hotel based on what matters most to you.) Scroll through and see our definitive guide to the best hotels in New York City under $300 a night. Then cash in your miles and book a flight ASAP.
It's hard to not be impressed when you ascend the escalators to the Hudson Hotel in Midtown West and check in underneath a massive chandelier and ivy-covered ceiling. You'd never guess that the chic location was a YMCA that was remodeled by Ian Schrager and architect Philippe Starck. Although most of the rooms are a bit cozy, the high-quality linens and bath products more than make up for it. You'll want to head downstairs anyway to check out one of the always-busy bars—the dimly lit Library Bar with shelves of books and a romantic air, or the Hudson Bar where one can comfortably grab a drink alone among the twinkle lights. Tip: If you're hungry, grab a burger and fries with truffle mayo from the Hudson Cafeteria inside Hudson Bar. You won't be disappointed.
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Rates: From $224/night
This artistic haven first opened in 1904 as the Breslin Hotel, but now each of the guest rooms has an eclectic vibe similar to the other Ace Hotel locations. (By the way, they boast having the "best beds in the universe.") And don't worry: This top New York City hotel still retains some retro charm from its days as the Breslin. As an ode to the hotel's history, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, a gastropub run by chef April Bloomfield, was opened behind the Stumptown coffee shop in 2009. Don't forget to snap a photo in the vintage photo booth in the lobby and catch a glimpse (or 10) of the mural of 4000 graffiti stickers while you're there.
Rates: From $125/night
The Marlton Hotel
The Marlton Hotel is a hidden gem tucked away in the West Village where Jack Kerouac found some peace and quiet to pen some of his famous novels. It's certainly a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and it's not out of the ordinary to spot a celebrity sipping an old fashioned on tap in the lobby bar. A plush robe and Marlton-monogrammed slippers await your arrival if you're ready for a nap, but if you're hungry, look no further than the hotel's restaurant, Margaux, for a tasty, relaxing meal with a Parisian vibe. Here's a word to the wise: Order the country bread with whipped ricotta alongside a homemade pasta.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Rates: From $225/night
You can pretend you're at an Aspen ski chalet at this Wall Street hotel designed by the famous Jim Walrod. The lobby itself boasts a gorgeous antler chandelier, lodge-theme couch seating, and board games to keep you entertained for hours. The marble bathroom floors, rain shower, and crisp Frette terry-cloth robe will keep you comfortable while in your Gild Hall room. Leather touches and modern artwork on the walls make you feel like you're at your own private estate rather than away from home.
Neighborhood: Financial District
Rates: From $178/night
WestHouse New York
The 172 bedrooms and suites at WestHouse New York are reminiscent of the Jazz Age, yet they're nearly brand new since the hotel just opened in 2013. Tufted headboards, custom Sferra linens, marble writing desks, and complimentary drinks from an in-room minibar are just some of the things that set this hotel apart from the rest. Oh, and did we mention that the rooms at this NYC hotel are pretty large, at least by city standards? Plus, the spot is just steps away from Carnegie Hall and the shops on Fifth Avenue.
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Rates: From $161/night
1 Hotels Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotels is all about an eco-conscious state of mind, which is why it has done away with plastic room keys, instead making them from five different types of recycled wood. Its new location overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge has a design inspired by the neighborhood's shipyard past. (Moving blankets and rope are just some of the items used to decorate.) Native plants line the park leading up to the hotel and are kept in planters in the rooms to remind guests that nature is all around.
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Rates: From $249/night
The William Vale
Each guest room at The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air balcony so you can see all of New York City. Modern furnishings like graphic rugs and metal fixtures add a bit of whimsy to these luxurious spaces. But the 60-foot pool is what The William Vale is known for (it just so happens to be the longest hotel pool in both Brooklyn and greater New York City). If you stay during the summer, it's completely necessary to lounge on your pick of a daybed, pergola, or cabana while you sip on tasty cocktails crafted by chef Andrew Carmellini's team.
Rate: From $239/night
The Ludlow on the Lower East Side is the epitome of downtown chic, complete with its red-brick exterior and rustic limestone fireplace in the lobby. Every minibar is stocked with local snacks as well as gluten-free options, so there's absolutely no need to go shopping. Plus, if you're traveling with a pet, you can pay a small fee to have them stay with you; they'll even give your buddy a dog bowl. When you get hungry, throw on your hippest outfit and head down to Dirty French, a restaurant known for its Gallic specialties, flea-market décor, and for being a favorite of the ultra-cool downtown set.
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Rates: From $195/night
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