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The Best Boutique Hotels in New York


The choice of accommodation in a city so vast is endless, so how exactly do you find the best boutique hotels in New York? Why would you choose a boutique hotel rather than a well-known brand? Well, New York is an enigma, and when you visit a city which is full of surprises at every turn you want to stay in a hotel which offers the same anticipation. With chain brand hotels this is hard to find, each format is the same, every room is identical and they are all in highly populated tourist areas. While this may appeal to some, for many traveler’s it’s just not exciting enough. The experience you get from staying in a smaller, independent hotel far outweighs the standard chains.

What is a Boutique Hotel?

A boutique hotel can be defined in the UK and North America as a small, stylish and aspirational hotel with between 10 and 100 guest rooms, although occasionally there are more. These hotels are usually located in unique settings and accommodations are either no frills chic or upmarket. The term “boutique hotel” was devised in the 1980’s when smaller hotels in cities such as London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York began to offer something different from the usual branded chain accommodations. Many of the hotels these days are furnished and designed to a high standard with themes or a specific style in mind. They became more affordable than luxury hotels, yet still offered the same gravitas as staying in one. What’s more, the boutique independent hotels began to add exclusive amenities such as spa’s, yoga, gyms and rooftop bars which only rendered them even more appealing to the traveler.


Unique and stylish boutique hotels are dotted all over New York, each time you stay in one you can find yourself in an alternative, eclectic and intriguing part of the city. During one visit you may be staying in vibrant and bohemian Greenwich village with its music stores, picture perfect cupcake shops and perfumeries, and the next time you could be on the lower east side surrounded by authentic artisan bakeries and smoky jazz clubs. That is what’s so exciting about New York, you never know where the city is going to lead you next, so choosing a boutique hotel which suits your personality and needs is really important.


Choosing your accommodation

If your stay is short and you have a strict itinerary of where you wish to visit, choose your boutique accommodation close to the area in which you want to immerse yourself. If your stay entails visiting South Street Seaport, choose a boutique hotel close to the area, perhaps in TriBeCa or near Wall Street. If you are planning on visiting the MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, then you would be better suited to accommodation in Midtown. If you research the areas, you wish to visit prior to your stay you are sure to find the best boutique hotel in New York to suit your needs.


Whether you are looking for a small and friendly hotel or a luxury, designer room with spa facilities and a lively bar there is a place in New York to suit your requirements, here are a few of the best.

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Crosby Street Hotel

rating 5 stars
(641 reviews)


The Crosby Street Hotel is fun, eclectic and adventurous. Located in vibrant downtown Manhattan it’s in the heart of creative SoHo. All of the 86 rooms are individually designed and many of the upper floor suites offer a 360-degree panorama of the city. Expect to find elegant bold décor in the guest rooms with a plethora of artistic pieces, contrasting colors and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows – be prepared for charming attention to detail throughout.

Instead of being frequented by Wall Street professionals and fashion models, the Crosby Street Hotel stays typical of its SoHo location, it’s fun, quirky and full of creative types. The Sunday night cinema in the hotel’s screening room attracts New York’s film connoisseurs, afterwards a beverage in the organic rooftop garden is often undertaken. It’s a hotel where every guest feels welcome.

Hotel Giraffe

Hotel Giraffe

rating 4.5 stars
(2,915 reviews)

Luxury Boutique Hotel Giraffe finds itself on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 26th Street. The hotel is just two blocks from 5th Avenue and a short walk from Madison Square Park, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Set in a red brick building close to the famous Flatiron structure, this boutique hotel is sophisticated and welcoming. Guest rooms have work desks, 40-inch flat screen TV’s with cable channels, an iHome MP3 docking station and a DVD player.

There are aromatherapy bath products, robes and slippers for guests to use so that you can feel right at home. In room dining is available, courtesy of Bread & Tulips at Hotel Giraffe, look out from the balcony as you eat breakfast, sip your early morning coffee and just soak up the city atmosphere as it springs to life.

The Refinery Hotel

The Refinery Hotel

rating 4.5 stars
(2,719 reviews)

The Refinery Hotel in Manhattan is tucked away in the Fashion District and its easy to see why. The décor is tasteful and elegant with exquisite touches which are missed by other boutique hotels. Its situation close to Bryant Park makes it the perfect accommodation for New York Fashion Week, if you adore Haute Couture and you book early enough, this is the place to be.

At other times of the year it’s the ideal area to base yourself if you wish to visit Broadway, Times Square and the Empire State Building, all of which are a short walk. The 197 guest rooms are all custom furnished with luxurious touches but also raw elements which have an industrial design twist. The communal areas include a “prohibition style” tea lounge, a rooftop bar which has exceptional views of the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan, and it also has a signature restaurant.

The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel

rating 4.5 stars
(2,008 reviews)

The Pearl is perfectly placed for visiting Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Central Park, Times Square, Broadway and more. Nestled in the upmarket Midtown area of Manhattan, this stylish accommodation ticks all the boxes. With 94 luxurious accommodations you will be spoiled for choice, there are custom designed workspaces and unique design touches to ensure guests feel right at home.

Amenities in this fabulous boutique hotel range from concierge services, fitness centres, wine tasting, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Although there are many fine dining establishments in Midtown, Pearl Hotel has its own offering. Guests can choose to dine onsite in the E&E Grill House and Bar which is open for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.


Andaz Wall Street Hotel

rating 4.5 stars
(2,494 reviews)

Sleek and chic in the heart of the financial district lies the Andaz Wall Street, located close to many of New York’s main attractions including South Street Seaport and with easy ferry access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, it’s a popular area in which to stay.
The hotel has 253 comfortable, contemporary loft style bedrooms furnished with crisp white linens and all with Wi-Fi and a minibar. The gym is open in the hotel 24 hours a day and there is also a spa retreat should you wish to relax following a busy day of sightseeing. Dine in the hotel restaurant Dina Rata and enjoy locally sourced American cuisine or take a drink outside in the pretty beer garden. For animal lovers, the Andaz is also pet friendly by request.


The Library Hotel

rating 5 stars
( ‎3,428 reviews)

The Library hotel is a unique concept, it was inspired by the Dewey Decimal System, which means there are 10 floors which represent the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System. Secondly there are 60 rooms which are filled with book collections concerning topics which the category belongs to.

There are floors dedicated to social sciences, general knowledge, philosophy, technology and the arts, it’s a fascinating concept and one which won’t be lost on any mathematician. Guests have access to a sumptuous continental breakfast buffet and an evening reception of Prosecco, fine wines and cheeses. Guest rooms are contemporary and stylish with wood accents and lots of natural light. The hotel has Wi-Fi throughout and a selection of DVDs and over 6,000 books for guests use.

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