Big Apple Alternatives: 5 Off-Beat Hotels to Check Into in New York City

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* These hotels are five of the city’s best-kept secrets
* Each boasts unique accommodations and amenities
* A break from the noise and crowds of the big chain hotels

While a vacation in New York may be predictable when it comes to what you have to see, the same isn’t true when it comes to hotels. Numerous untapped gems are hidden within Manhattan’s crossed streets, and each one offers its very own unique story and experience. Here are our picks for the top 5 off-beat hotels to check out in the Big Apple.

1. Ace Hotel New York

The Ace Hotel in New York is a 4-star hotel with 280 rooms. Part of a growing number of famously “hip” premises worldwide, Ace has other properties in London, Los Angeles and New Orleans among others. Inside this conveniently located Manhattan hotel, you’ll find two popular restaurants (tip: ask the front desk to book you a reservation and skip the lineups) and a variety of room size options (including rooms with bunk beds) to suit your accommodation needs. Many of the guests rooms are furnished with vintage pieces and decorated with original artwork, and larger sized rooms and suites have in-room record players and curated mini bars with local, artisinal treats.  

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Ace Hotel New York

From $139/night


2. The Refinery Hotel

Sporting an amazing rooftop bar for Al fresco dining and cocktails, the Refinery Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan. Each of the 197 loft-style rooms draw inspiration from the building’s industrial past, with 12-foot ceilings, large windows, and distressed hardwood floors. Once a New York hat factory, the combination of its antique background updated with modern details, is sure to catch your eye.    

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The Refinery Hotel

From $299/night


3. Pod 39

While small rooms aren’t usually a good thing when booking a hotel, Pod 39’s impressive utilization of space make it quite appealing. With affordable prices, the rooms start at 55 square feet and work their way up to 140 square feet. While many rooms only fit one person, they all have all the amenities you’d normally expect in a hotel room, such as flat-screen TVs, private bathroom and bedside outlets. And small rooms mean you’re more apt to enjoy the hotel’s facilities, which include a rooftop bar, a Mexican restaurant and a lounge area.

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Pod 39

From $105/night


4. Chelsea Pines Inn

With an excellent location at the intersection of Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and the Greenwich Village, Chelsea Pines Inn is famous for its welcoming staff and commitment to hospitality. The 23-room inn oozes with old Hollywood decadence. Vintage posters litter the hallway, and each room is dedicated to a “Celluloid Hero” from Hollywood’s golden age. Even if you’re tempted to sleep in after a late night out, breakfast complete with homemade bread is worth waking up for.

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Chelsea Pines Inn

From $165/night


5. The Inn at Irving Place

Literally hidden in New York City, this unmarked hotel is located in two classic brownstone townhouses. But despite its anonymity, you’ll feel quite at home at Irving Place. The residential style buildings blended with old-world charm makes this boutique hotel stand apart from others in the city. Each of the 8 guestrooms feature luxe period decor and furnishings. One expert tip – be sure to take some time to enjoy their tea salon.

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The Inn at Irving Place

From $275/night

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