Choice Hotels in New York

by Steven Blum
Spacious rooms in New York are pricier but usually worth it.

Spacious rooms in New York are pricier but usually worth it.

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With hundreds of hotel options offering dozens of different amenities, it can be hard to separate jewels from duds in the world of New York hotels. Choice New York City hotels offer competitive prices, relatively spacious rooms and locations that are close to all of the action. From a posh, recently opened luxury hotel to an urban B&B filled with eclectic art, some of the city's offerings are particularly noteworthy.

The Mandarin

The view and luxurious accommodations are the main draws at this five-star hotel, which looms over Central Park in the heart of Columbus Circle. A lobby with a massive Dale Chihuly chandelier greets guests, who might be inclined to stay around awhile even though Fifth Avenue, Broadway and Times Square are just steps away. All rooms feature (at minimum) floor-to-ceiling windows, surround sound and marble bathrooms with televisions. For relaxation, check out the attached spa for Thai yoga, massages and a naturally lit 75-foot-long indoor lap pool.

The Inn on 23rd

The standard B&B gets a makeover at this urban retreat in the Chelsea neighborhood. Former art gallery owners have filled the hotel with an eclectic collection of modern art, photographs, antiques and art books. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with pillowtop mattresses, high-quality linens and a white noise machine for help falling asleep. Complimentary breakfast is served in the library and Friday and Saturday are wine and cheese nights.

Stay Hotel

High-tech rooms, sophisticated decor and a prime location are the main selling points of this hotel, which opened in 2009. Rooms feature 300-count cotton linens, 37-inch flat-screen televisions, and Bluetooth- and Skype-enabled phones. In lieu of a gym, the hotel gives guests free passes to nearby Equinox. Other amenities include L'Occitane bath products and Godiva chocolates at turndown. Close to Times Square, the hotel offers easy access to most of the city's subway lines.

The Lucerne

Close to Zabar's on leafy Amsterdam Avenue, the Lucerne is the kind of hotel that, according to Frommer's, "best captures the feel of the Upper West Side." It's reasonably priced, too, with queen beds starting under $200 as of November, 2010. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, large wooden desks and leather managerial chairs, and some have views of the Hudson River. The hotel also contains a spa and business center.

About the Author

Based in Seattle, Steven Blum has been writing about arts and culture since 2002. His articles have appeared in "The Stranger" and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer" newspapers. For two years, he served as Seattle city guide editor for New York's "Blackbook Magazine." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Washington.

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