Get Quaint and Cuddly at One of New York's Boutique Hotels

There are plenty of frou-frou, hoity toity, or otherwise average places in New York City to lay your pretty, little head. But the truth of the matter is that not all of them are worthy of you opening your wallet. On the flip side, boutique hotels generally offer the best of both worlds: they're fancy enough to make you feel pampered but quaint enough to make you feel at home. 

Some, like the Lowell Hotel in Midtown or The Crosby Street Hotel in Soho strike the balance of luxury and boutique in a way that will make you envious you can't move in. 

Others, like The Jane provide an affordable, quirky option that will give you a taste of what it was like to close your eyes in the Big Apple way back when. 

And still, newcomers like the Wythe Hotel, aptly located in the most boutique place in the world at the moment (ahem, that'd be Brooklyn), have taken the renovation trend to the extreme to create boutique gems that even Manhattanites visit on the regular. 

If you're looking for a boutique hotel for your next stay – or staycation – in New York City, we've pulled together ten of our favorites for you to peruse and ponder. 


The Ace Hotel is a hipster's paradise. With Polaroid cameras in every room, street art splashed on the walls and flannel duvets, The Ace has nailed the balance between Portland hostel and chic NYC digs. If you can afford it, The Loft Suite is...  Read More

On the smaller side, the Lowell Hotel is only 74 rooms on a quiet, tree-lined street in Midtown East. The Lowell is also one of the only hotels in the city with fully functional, wood-burning fireplaces, terraces and kitchens in each room. As...  Read More

Crosby Street Hotel
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A hip, downtown take on a luxury hotel, Crosby Street Hotel has been attracting the cool kids since it opened in SoHo in 2009. Since then, the neighborhood has exploded, but the hotel has retained its cool factor while still managing to provide...  Read More

Looking for an artsy-chic crowd? You'll find it at Hotel Americano, a boutique spot overlooking the High Line on Manhattan's West Side. Wooden platform beds give the rooms a Japanese-inspired aesthetic edge, while marble sinks balance out the...  Read More

West Village
The Marlton Hotel
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The Marlton Hotel is beautiful. Yes, the rooms are teeny tiny, but what they lack in size, they make up for in funky freshness, crisp, white linens and a slight Art Deco lean. Housed in a historic building, the courtyard restaurant is an...  Read More

There are few things more boutique than Brooklyn at the moment, so it makes sense that the Wythe Hotel is sitting pretty on our list. That said, it's not just the location that will make your heart go pitter-patter. Originally constructed in...  Read More

Lower East Side
SIXTY Lower East Side
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If there's one word to describe the Sixty Lower East Side, it's trendy. The rooftop pool has Andy Warhol's face plastered to the bottom, and glowing headboards from designer Lee Friedlander adorn each room. Speaking of the rooms, they're small,...  Read More

Let's be clear: you're not going to stay at the Hotel Chelsea for the best service or the best rooms. You're going to stay here because it's so deeply ingrained in the fabric of New York that you can't help but be part of the story. What didn't...  Read More

Another Instagram-worthy spot, The Bowery Hotel oozes charm a la the Olsen twins at fashion week. In fact, if you stick around long enough, you may even rub shoulders with the formidable duo in the lobby of this beautiful hotel. Floor-to-ceiling...  Read More

Host to an epic Sunday night dance party, The Jane used to be home base for weary sailors returning from sea. These days, it's one of the most affordable places to rest your weary bones after a packed day shopping, sipping and slurping. The cozy...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

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