7 Great Places to Stay in Manhattan

by Sherri Eisenberg

7 Great Places to Stay in Manhattan

by Sherri Eisenberg

Cruising out of Manhattan isn’t just great for the iconic skyline views — it also means you can easily add some time to your trip to check out the city's world-class museums, Broadway shows, and amazing restaurants. There's just the matter of choosing a hotel. It all comes down to what you're looking for: Do you want to be near the cruise ship terminal in west midtown, right in the middle of the nightlife action in the Meatpacking District, or in a quieter more residential spot where you can explore the city like a local? Luckily, this is New York, and there are hotel choices that fit those requirements. Here are seven great places to stay if you want to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

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Pool at Dream Downtown / Dream Hotel
Ink48's The Press Lounge
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1. Kimpton Ink48 Hotel

You can’t get much closer to Manhattan's cruise ship terminal than this contemporary boutique hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, where you can literally see the ships pulling in on the Hudson River, just a block away. There’s no better place to catch the view than from the buzzy rooftop bar, The Press Lounge, which draws its fair share of locals for views of Midtown Manhattan on one side and the river on the other. The spacious rooms — which average around 275 square feet — were renovated in 2016. They're bright and airy, with contemporary décor, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that make them feel like quintessential New York lofts. The terminal-adjacent location is ideal for embarkation day, but keep in mind you will be west of all of the city's attractions — even Times Square is about a 15-minute walk away.

The Details: 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street; doubles from $299; ink48.com

You can’t get much closer to Manhattan's cruise ship terminal than this contemporary boutique hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, where you can literally see the ships pulling in on the Hudson River, just a block away. There’s no better place to catch the view than from the buzzy rooftop bar, The Press Lounge, which draws its fair share of locals for views of Midtown Manhattan on one side and the river on the other. The spacious rooms — which average around 275 square feet — were renovated in 2016. They're bright and airy, with contemporary décor, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that make them feel like quintessential New York lofts. The terminal-adjacent location is ideal for embarkation day, but keep in mind you will be west of all of the city's attractions — even Times Square is about a 15-minute walk away.

The Details: 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street; doubles from $299; ink48.com

Silver King Pool Room at Dream Downtown
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2. Dream Downtown

This Meatpacking District hotel feels like it's right in the middle of the action — the nightlife action, that is. And that's because its location couldn't be better for those who want to join the throngs at bars and clubs. The hotel even has its own rooftop hot spot, the PH-D Rooftop Lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the glittering Manhattan skyline. Best of all, the rooftop pool has a DJ, cocktails, and its own bikini-filled, sand-lined "beach." As a result, this may just be the best place in the city from which to kick-start your summer cruise to the Caribbean.

The Details: 355 W. 16th Street at 9th Avenue; doubles from $265; dreamhotels.com

This Meatpacking District hotel feels like it's right in the middle of the action — the nightlife action, that is. And that's because its location couldn't be better for those who want to join the throngs at bars and clubs. The hotel even has its own rooftop hot spot, the PH-D Rooftop Lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the glittering Manhattan skyline. Best of all, the rooftop pool has a DJ, cocktails, and its own bikini-filled, sand-lined "beach." As a result, this may just be the best place in the city from which to kick-start your summer cruise to the Caribbean.

The Details: 355 W. 16th Street at 9th Avenue; doubles from $265; dreamhotels.com

Jimmy lounge at The James
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3. The James

Located on the southeastern edge of Soho, The James is another cool Manhattan hotel with a rooftop pool. Here, the pool opens to the public on summer afternoons for the popular Jimmy pool party, an alcohol-fueled evening that tends to be packed wall to wall with locals. Still, during the day, guests have the then-quiet space to themselves to lay out in one of a dozen deck chairs, dip in the cool little pool, and admire the city skyline. Inside, the guest rooms are equally chill, with a modern take on classic Manhattan apartments that includes subway tiles, dark wood floors, and built-in cabinets, plus complimentary Wi-Fi and filtered water. After all, at the end of a long day in the sun, you'll want to rehydrate before heading out for a night on the town. 

The Details: 27 Grand Street at 6th Avenue; doubles from $259; jameshotels.com

Located on the southeastern edge of Soho, The James is another cool Manhattan hotel with a rooftop pool. Here, the pool opens to the public on summer afternoons for the popular Jimmy pool party, an alcohol-fueled evening that tends to be packed wall to wall with locals. Still, during the day, guests have the then-quiet space to themselves to lay out in one of a dozen deck chairs, dip in the cool little pool, and admire the city skyline. Inside, the guest rooms are equally chill, with a modern take on classic Manhattan apartments that includes subway tiles, dark wood floors, and built-in cabinets, plus complimentary Wi-Fi and filtered water. After all, at the end of a long day in the sun, you'll want to rehydrate before heading out for a night on the town. 

The Details: 27 Grand Street at 6th Avenue; doubles from $259; jameshotels.com

Hotel Shocard
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4. Hotel Shocard

This hotel, which opened in June 2016, is an easy choice for Broadway lovers since it’s right in the center of Times Square and mere steps away from the theaters. If you’re really into showbiz, you’ll also get a kick out of the old-school radios in the rooms and a dramatic neon sign that fits right in with the flash of the Theater District. Despite the vintage touches, you won't want to do more than sleep in your guest room, which will redefine the term “tight” for those used to suburban spaciousness. Instead, spend your time on the scenic rooftop, in the cool lobby bar, and exploring the city.

The Details: 206 West 41st Street at Seventh Avenue; doubles from $299; hotelshocard.com

This hotel, which opened in June 2016, is an easy choice for Broadway lovers since it’s right in the center of Times Square and mere steps away from the theaters. If you’re really into showbiz, you’ll also get a kick out of the old-school radios in the rooms and a dramatic neon sign that fits right in with the flash of the Theater District. Despite the vintage touches, you won't want to do more than sleep in your guest room, which will redefine the term “tight” for those used to suburban spaciousness. Instead, spend your time on the scenic rooftop, in the cool lobby bar, and exploring the city.

The Details: 206 West 41st Street at Seventh Avenue; doubles from $299; hotelshocard.com

Lobby of CitizenM
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5. CitizenM

Located just north of Times Square, this contemporary hotel puts less emphasis on traditional features (like bellboys and room service) and more on do-it-yourself gadgets, like the all-digital check-in system and iPad-controlled rooms. There's a very communal vibe in the open, bookshelf-filled lobby, which feels like a large living room. Though the rooms are compact, everything has a place and there's even storage under the bed. Rooms also have wall-to-wall windows and bathrooms with rain showers, but our favorite feature is the CloudM rooftop bar, which serves up  inventive cocktails along with great city views.

The Details: 218 West 50th Street at Broadway; doubles from $159; citizenm.com

 

Located just north of Times Square, this contemporary hotel puts less emphasis on traditional features (like bellboys and room service) and more on do-it-yourself gadgets, like the all-digital check-in system and iPad-controlled rooms. There's a very communal vibe in the open, bookshelf-filled lobby, which feels like a large living room. Though the rooms are compact, everything has a place and there's even storage under the bed. Rooms also have wall-to-wall windows and bathrooms with rain showers, but our favorite feature is the CloudM rooftop bar, which serves up  inventive cocktails along with great city views.

The Details: 218 West 50th Street at Broadway; doubles from $159; citizenm.com

 

The Marlton Hotel's lobby
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6. The Marlton Hotel

Opened in 2013 in a building that dates back to the turn of the last century, this upscale Greenwich Village hotel exudes traditional Old New York with dark wood paneling, low lighting, and crown molding. Sure, the rooms here are small (standard queen rooms range from 125 to 150 square feet), but you’ll probably be hanging out on the first floor anyway, a social hub where guests and locals alike gather around the fireplace on velvety couches. The artsy neighborhood is mostly residential, making it a great jumping off point for strolls on brownstone-lined streets and visits to chic designer boutiques.

The Details: 5 West 8th Street at Fifth Avenue; doubles from $295; marltonhotel.com

 

Opened in 2013 in a building that dates back to the turn of the last century, this upscale Greenwich Village hotel exudes traditional Old New York with dark wood paneling, low lighting, and crown molding. Sure, the rooms here are small (standard queen rooms range from 125 to 150 square feet), but you’ll probably be hanging out on the first floor anyway, a social hub where guests and locals alike gather around the fireplace on velvety couches. The artsy neighborhood is mostly residential, making it a great jumping off point for strolls on brownstone-lined streets and visits to chic designer boutiques.

The Details: 5 West 8th Street at Fifth Avenue; doubles from $295; marltonhotel.com

 

Yotel's YOBOT
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7. Yotel

Yotel is a British chain known for its reasonably priced rooms, and though rates are tempting here, the rooms are small even by New York standards — they start at 170 square feet. That said, there is a surprising amount of storage space and an open, airy feeling to the creatively designed rooms. The beds retract to give you more floor space, and the bathrooms are separated by sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling white curtains. Best of all, Yotel has lots of funky and futuristic touches: There are digital check-in kiosks in the lobby as well as a wall of cubbies where a robot — that's right, a robot — will store your luggage for you.

The Details: 570 10th Avenue; doubles from $149; yotel.com

Yotel is a British chain known for its reasonably priced rooms, and though rates are tempting here, the rooms are small even by New York standards — they start at 170 square feet. That said, there is a surprising amount of storage space and an open, airy feeling to the creatively designed rooms. The beds retract to give you more floor space, and the bathrooms are separated by sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling white curtains. Best of all, Yotel has lots of funky and futuristic touches: There are digital check-in kiosks in the lobby as well as a wall of cubbies where a robot — that's right, a robot — will store your luggage for you.

The Details: 570 10th Avenue; doubles from $149; yotel.com

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