With new digs constantly opening and a revolving door of hotel refurbs, it seems there are no limits to New York’s accommodation market. And in their efforts to be key players in the hospitality game, each of the city’s top sleeps comes with a distinct point of view, offering different types of travelers a unique palette of amenities and design details. With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve put the following stays on our wish list.
Despite all the exciting things to see and do around New York City, you’ll have to practically drag yourself out the door after checking into the chic, apartment-style rooms at The Lowell. The annual holiday package doubles down on the hotel’s coziness with milk and cookies for the kids (and Pommery champagne for adults), custom décor, including stockings and in-room trees, and VIP tix to Wollman Rink for ice-skating in Central Park—should you want to venture outside.
Built from the ground up in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the 194-key property adeptly blends the soothing elements of a walk in the countryside with urban living in the heart of the city. A meditation specialist and coterie of yogis are available on demand, and the vertical garden in the lobby hints at the hotel’s commitment to all things clean, green, and LEED-certified. In the rooms upstairs, you’ll find hemp-based mattresses, rain showers, and healthy, locally sourced snacks.
This London import has finally arrived to the shores of New York. It’s located where worn-down warehouses meet a bevy of new condominiums in Williamsburg — just a couple of blocks from McCarren Park. Every room sports floor-to-ceiling windows (some perfectly framing the Manhattan skyline), but most guests head up to the rooftop lounge or out into the neighborhood, following the hotel’s proprietary guide to the area.
These sister properties — Arlo NoMad near the Empire State Building and Arlo SoHo in the eponymous retail hub — are being dubbed “Arlo Arctica” until March, thanks to a partnership with Shackleton Whisky and Symmetry Labs. The collab has led to the transformation of social spaces in both hotels into wintry scenes inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica in the early 1900s. Expect LED lighting installations, ice sculptures, and, of course, some brand new mixology and top-shelf tipples.
The Freehand is a reimagined concept in the former George Washington Hotel, which was a haven for writers as far back as 1928. Today, the hotel boasts a partnership with Bard College, hosting four resident creatives a year, who live on-site and produce artwork across a variety of media. Both students and alumni contributed to the murals and photography found throughout the property.