New York City has its fair share of sophisticated, luxurious and elegant hotels, but only a few have earned the title of “trendy.” These boutique hotels shun gimmicks and elaborate styling in favor of understated luxury, minimalist decor and high-end customer service, earning a loyal following that includes locals and visitors alike.
Once a haven for immigrants looking to build a new life in New York City, the Lower East Side is a magnet for Manhattan’s trendy urbanites and the second-best place in the city for nightlife and livability, according to “New York Magazine.” The Blue Moon Hotel holds court in the heart of the neighborhood, blending the area’s rich history with its modern feel. Located on Orchard Street just below Delancey, Blue Moon has preserved the original building facade, resulting in a style called “tenement chic.” Guests enjoy indoor amenities like whirlpool baths in the rooms, a basement jazz lounge and a ground-level bakery and restaurant frequented by locals as well as visitors. The hotel is within walking distance of Chinatown and enjoys a view of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Empire State Building.
A Park Near a Park
Just one block from Columbus Circle and the south entrance to Central Park, the Hudson Hotel combines natural elements with rustic minimalism to create an oasis in the middle of the city. Exposed brick, glass walls, live greenery and natural light fill the ground level, complete with comfortable furniture groupings that invite guests to linger. Although the Hudson has the requisite restaurant and gym, the private park with 45-foot trees sets the hotel apart as it recreates the feel of Central Park without all of the hustle and bustle of the city. At night, the Hudson Bar comes alive with a diverse crowd of professionals, artists, students and visitors from the nearby Fordham University campus, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic.
Where the Celebrities Go
Situated across the street from The Guggenheim Museum and within walking distance of SoHo’s collection of art galleries, Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Chinatown, The Mercer Hotel is the place to see and be seen. The minimalist interior spaces and comfortable courtyard are favored by paparazzi and celebrity spotters hoping to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous, often with success. The basement-level lounge, the SubMercer, is where Kiefer Sutherland broke his nose defending actress Brooke Shields' honor in 2009; and the hotel’s bi-level restaurant, Mercer Kitchen, frequently plays host to visiting celebrities. The hotel pampers all guests with upscale amenities like portable televisions and CD players, luxurious bed linens and service that outshines that of many other local hotels.
A favorite of New York City’s “in” crowd, the Soho Grand Hotel offers an unusual perk for its guests -- a little luxury for Fido. Pet-food giant Hartz Mountain owns the hotel and invites guests to bring their furry friends along on their stays, even offering amenities like pet beds, body pillows and food and water dishes. If you left your pet behind, hotel management will even give you with a goldfish to keep you company. Human guests enjoy all of the amenities of this industrial-chic hotel, named one of New York City’s “Top 10 Hip Hotels,” including The Gallery restaurant, the Grand Bar and retro decor.
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