The Dummies’ Guide to Hotels in Manhattan

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“I’ll go back to Manhattan…,” crooned Norah Jones not without a reason because there is no place like Manhattan in the entire world – a city that never seems to sleep. Anyone who travels to the US will not miss a chance to visit Manhattan.

It is the cultural and financial capital of the entire world; home to several conglomerates and media moguls. The real estate here is one of the most expensive in the world. It is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park are attractions that draw millions of people each year. If you are one of them then you need to know about the top hotels in Manhattan. While in the city where Carrie Bradshaw lived and loved, live like her for a few days – indulgently and with no compromise for the finer things!

1. Four Seasons Hotel New York

This is a sleek, ultra chic five star hotel that offers spectacular views of the Hudson River especially from the top floors. Built in 1993 this 52 storied 208 meters building is nestled between the shopping and business district of Park and Madison Avenue; staying at Four Seasons is an experience by itself.

Towering ceilings, pristine marble flooring and mammoth pillars do not take away the warmth and intimate feeling of the place.

It feels good when the doorman seems to know your name. The hotel offers excellent service and amenities to match, a double room costs around $ 600 sans the taxes and breakfast. There is a complimentary Wi-Fi for two devices which can be topped for additional cost. It is family friendly and has access for disabled guests.

The in-house restaurants offer Asian as well as American cuisine in Ty Lounge and The Garden Restaurant respectively.

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2. Crosby Street Hotel

Located in Soho this hotel with its brick and glass facade belies the elegant interiors in grey and mauve and wooden floors that gleam. Each of the 86 rooms are one-of-a-kind; the upper floor suites are luxurious and offer spectacular views of the New York Skyline – a sight to remember for eternity.

In addition to the decor, friendly and attentive staff make your stay comfortable; it makes you feel special when the staff greet you by name (is it a New York thing? I don’t know; but loved the feel). When not outdoors you can hot the well equipped gym or snatch a quick movie in the impressive 99 seat cinema.

Be it the perfect English breakfast in the morning, tea in the evening it’s all available here; The Crosby bar in fact serves some of the best cocktails and burgers to quench any hunger pangs that might surface.

Standard double room costs a little over $600; it is pricey but well worth the service and the location. Breakfast is not included.

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3. The Refinery

To experience the gothic charm, one must check out the Refinery which has retained its high ceilings and wooden floors. Vintage furniture and interesting artwork is on display. If you can afford it do not miss staying in a room with a view of the Empire state building.

Located conveniently close to the Grand Station, Times Square and Empire State Building you are well connected with the rest of the city. Museum of Modern art, Rockefeller Center and Observation Deck are also easily accessible.

This 197 room twelve storied hotel exudes charm quite unique to itself; dark hardwood floors, 12 feet ceiling, mosaic tile bathrooms all tell a story of yester years. Though the look is retro all rooms are well equipped with a mini bar, flat screen TVs and iPod docks. 24/7 room service is available too.

The staff is friendly and efficient; the bartenders polite and the front desk has multilingual staff. There is valet parking too though at a fee.
The hotel is disable friendly but might not be too suitable for families with young kids because each evening the lobby quite literally transforms into a party scene.

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4. The Greenwich Hotel

Now this is one of my favorites because it has a mix of the Orient, Morocco and Europe; reminds me that I will always remain a citizen of the world. Owned by the Famed Robert De Niro there is a seamless blending of culture; the carpeted drawing room with a hidden garden, a reminder of Marrakech.

I love the location of this wonderfully welcoming hotel set on Greenwich Street just a walk away from the Hudson River; you can also walk to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum – a stark reality of what our world has come too.

This boutique hotel has bedrooms that are different from each other and unique in their own way. Tibetan silk rugs, morocco tiles, English settees have all been used stylishly to add to the charm of the place. Some rooms come with a private sauna even; high floored rooms have a view of the Hudson River.

The rooms are fitted with WiFi mini bars, flat screen TV and IPhone stations. Some even have a cozy fireplace, reminiscent of good old days.

The highlight of the hotel is the Japanese Spa where you can relax and let all your worries melt away.

Finally, taste Chef Andrew Carmellini’s special Italian dishes like ink linguini with Clams, Pomegranate glazed duck and fire roasted garlic chicken. Their kid friendly brunches are quite popular with the local crowd.

This is an upscale Manhattan hotel and the price reflects it. A double bed costs around $550. For more details click here

5. Andaz Wall Street

This Chic and modern hotel is for those who want some quiet at night and if a pinch of history is added to their stay then it is welcome. Ideally located, the Andaz is close ti all the major attractions in NY – Brooklyn Bridge, ferries to Staten Island and Ellis Island, Central Park, SoHo are all walking distance.

The rooms are spacious and well ventilated with great views. Complementary free local calls, Wi Fi, snacks and non alcoholic beverages are all tiny extras which makes you feel at home. This Lower Manhattan hotel is fashionable with staff wearing designer uniforms and checking you in with an iPad in the lobby itself; truly ultra chic.

The actual show stopper here is the Andaz Spa where guest can get massages, facials and aromatherapy; you can either go the spa or schedule a therapy in your room itself. There is a well equipped fitness centre too where you can work off all your indulgences at the Dina Rata restaurant cum bar. Local craft beer, German brews, mushroom burgers and cocktails galore make this place a local favorite.

For the service, the extra perks and location a double which costs $ 375 is definitely worth; check it out.

6. The NoMad Hotel

Situated in the middle of Broadway in the Flatiron District, this retro style hotel boasts of a 200 year old fireplace, mahogany desks of by gone days and faded Persian rugs that add character to the place. You are close to subways and Madison Square Park is walking distance.

The top floors of this 168 room hotel have great views of the city’s skyline. The tapestry, tiled floors and white walls bring alive European Elegance in this very American hotel.

The staff is friendly and attentive. As regards the food, you can try their knick knacks in the library and the Nomad Bar characterized by a 24 ft long mahogany counter. And when there do not miss the suckling pig apricots arugula and bacon marmalade; absolutely lip-smacking.

Like all hotels in this region a double is price a little over $300. Find out more.

7. The Conrad New York

Finally the best of all, the Conrad with a view of nature amidst this concrete jungle, and that is not the sole reason for its popularity. The art fiend will admire the painting called Loopy Doopy of Sol LeWitt adorning the lobby atrium; the young geek will be glad to use the hotel app and be done with the formality of check in without having to interact with the front desk( why are the present gen so socio-shy?); in fact the app can be used even for room service and wakeup call – I love technology that makes life so simple!

The hotel gets full marks for its location. Planked on one side by the Central Park and the Hudson River it also overlooks the true strength and charm of Manhattan – the skyscrapers that define the New York Skyline. The subway is five minute walk from the Conrad; the 9/11 just is also close by; further down are the ferries to the Staten Island where you can go for a picture with the iconic lady – The Statue of Liberty.

On the style quotient the lobby can be a little cold and lonely especially during day time; though by evening it comes alive. The staff is friendly and quick to respond.

The rooms are spacious but have a business look with the beige carpets, work desk and separate seating area.

The restaurant Atrio is where all the action is; right from 6.30 in the morning to well past midnight you can enjoy the warm ambience and dishes that appeal to your sense of taste and smell. Though the restaurant is Mediterranean, you can enjoy your pizza and steak too.

The price is reasonable for the view and the location at $239. The hotel and all its services are disable-friendly; in fact the hotel also provides assistive listen devices to needy guests. A family friendly hotel which in fact has a package for two adults and two kids which includes breakfast and tickets to the water taxi tour and the Children’s museum for arts; check out all the latest deals here.

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