Whether you’re enjoying ice cream cones from Mister Softee in the summer or snagging selfies in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in the winter, the streets are always bustling with excitement in the city that never sleeps. Looming high above it all, though, the best hotels in New York City are a welcome respite. Once you’ve visited, eaten, and shopped your way around town, returning to any of these guest rooms is a great way to recharge for another day in the Big Apple.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.
New York City is full of eye-catching modern buildings, among them the 22-floor stunner that houses the No. 3 William Vale. Located in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood, it has earned a loyal following of locals as well thanks to its rooftop bar and outdoor pool, which both have views of the Manhattan skyline.
Many of T+L readers’ favorite hotels represent a classic era with ornate, detailed facades. Hotels like the St. Regis (No. 8), the Plaza (No. 10), and the Pierre (No. 15) all stand out with gilded, glamorous looks that continue to catch travelers’ eyes. Modern renovations have been carefully adapted to the original designer’s intent at the Carlyle (No. 2). “It lives up to its ‘Old New York’ reputation,” wrote one reader. “It’s elegant, with one of the best bars in town, Bemelmans.”
And while these kinds of over-the-top properties have certainly earned their places among the best hotels in New York City, the No. 1 spot went to the Lowell—a bastion of understated elegance in one of NYC’s most coveted neighborhoods. Find out what readers had to say below.
1. The Lowell
Tucked in among the sleepy side streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Lowell Hotel is a perfect balance of subtlety and luxury. From the brick facade that blends into the neighborhood to the intimate lobby and bar, everything about this space feels special. “There may not be bargains at this hotel, but it’s worth every penny,” said one reader. The interiors also feel carefully curated, courtesy of designer Michael S. Smith, who was also tapped to design the Obama White House.
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2. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
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3. The William Vale
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4. The Mark
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5. The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
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7. Baccarat Hotel New York
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8. The St. Regis New York
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9. The Kimberly Hotel
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10. The Plaza
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11. The Standard, East Village
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12. Park Hyatt New York
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13. Sofitel New York
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14. Lotte New York Palace
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15. The Pierre, New York, a Taj Hotel
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