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The 5 Best Hotels in New York City

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When you visit New York, you don’t eat at chain restaurants. So why stay at a chain hotel? We dug deep to uncover the most original hotels in the Big Apple and narrowed it down to a few favorites. Whether you prefer beautiful views from Brooklyn or downtown vibes on the Lower East Side, we’ve uncovered the five best hotels in New York City.

1. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
We all know that when a hotel tells you they conserve towels to save water, what they’re really saving is the utility budget. Well here’s a hotel that actually cares about the environment. Designed by local artists and built using reclaimed materials and native greenery, the eco-friendly 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Amenities include a private screening room, rooftop pool (and two rooftop cocktail bars), the ultra-luxurious Bamford Spa and a cafe that serves food from local artisans. They’re so pet friendly that they offer all-natural, homemade dog treats to canine travelers– it doesn’t get more Brooklyn hipster than that.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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2. The Roxy Hotel
If old fashioned jazz brings you joy, then The Roxy is where you belong. Located on the SoHo side of Tribeca, it houses the “Django,” a subterranean jazz club. There’s a theater that screens retro films, and you can mingle with the NYC creative set at the Paul Sevigny-owned nightclub. An added bonus: The Roxy is so pet friendly that even if you don’t bring a pet with you, they’ll lend a goldfish for the duration of your stay. Just make sure to ask in advance.

the roxy hotel nyc

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3. The Arlo NoMad
Located in Midtown, near Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, the Arlo Nomad is modern boutique hotel that features spacious communal areas and a library cum lounge. Modernist touches include the curated wall art, perfectly designed yet compact rooms, and glass-walled showers. The Arlo NoMad hosts two eateries: the Bodega is open 24 hours, and Massoni offers Italian-Asian-inspired cuisine. Borrow a bike to explore Manhattan by day, then relax at your choice of a 60s-style cocktail lounge or rooftop bar with an unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline.

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4. The Ludlow
If you like the way glam meets grit on the Lower East Side, then you’ll love The Ludlow. Developed by famed hotelier Sean MacPherson, factory-style casement windows and a red-brick façade set the tone. A distressed-limestone fireplace in the lounge and custom turned-wood bedframes in the guest rooms seal the deal. It’s pet friendly in the sense that they’ll give you a dog bowl, but you still have to bring your own bed and food. They also have a 1,500 sq ft penthouse on the 17th floor. It boasts a 1,000 sq ft terrace, floor to ceiling windows, wrap-around views of the city and a king size bed.

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5. 11 Howard
Build in a former post-office building, a blue Groundswell mural covers the south facing wall of 11 Howard. The interior is done in a Scandinavian motif. The hotel houses a French eatery and a beer pub called “The Blond.” They accommodate families quite well, with a babysitting service on request — but they do note that the hotel is best suited for teens rather than small children.

11 howard nyc

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