NYC Hotels: For a Classic Experience, Opt for a Grand Dame

With more than 350 years of wisdom, New York City has perfected the tourist experience. From the out-of-this-world bagel to the ideal soundtrack, walking the streets of the city is always unforgettable, no matter how many times you visit. Finding a place to sleep is one detail that can ease your way around town. “Location, location, location…” will color your journey with fondness rather than a cookie-cutter experience that will have you bemoaning that all the hotels in New York City are "just too small." Elegance and not a touch of snobbery at these very confident grand dame properties will color your memories forever.

These prime New York City hotels are certainly not small, nor will they be disappointing. They are, as Tina Turner would say, "Simply the best." Choose a hotel built in 1906 in the heart of Times Square or one that dates back to 1927 that overlooks Madison Avenue and is less than a block from Central Park. The Mark certainly hits all the right marks. Or splash out at one of the city's most iconic hotels, The Carlyle, The St. Regis New York, The Pierre with brass detailing and marble staircases that will transport you to a time of lavish elegance. At one property you even get your own butler, dressed in black tails, to take all your worries away (and your laundry, too). Langham Place is home to its own Michelin-starred restaurant, while the Library Hotel and the Knickerbocker are promise intimacy and tranquility right in the heart of the action.

Some of these hotels are splurges, while others can be found for lower rates if you plan well in advance. And with so many top-notch hotels from which to choose, you will just want to come back for more. Besides, you’re worth the best of the best.



Robert De Niro. The man doesn't only do movies, he also does real estate: hotels and restaurants. He does this hotel in particular, which seems to bridge the gap between casual and rustic. The Greenwich Hotel is an eight-story property with 88...  Read More



If you fancy yourself a bibliophile, The Library Hotel is likely your idea of paradise. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honors one of the 10 categories of the Dewy Decimal System. The 60 rooms are not only filled with the traditional hotel...  Read More



It will be difficult to find a New York hotel with a more desirable address than the Knickerbocker. It was the first luxury hotel in Times Square. Opened in 1906, it certainly has had its renovations and today it is sleekly appealing and...  Read More



Just a block east of Central Park on Madison Avenue, the residential-style Carlyle happens to be the very best small East Side hotel. Two of the very best reasons to stay at the Carlyle are its outstanding restaurant and the entertainment.....  Read More



The St. Regis in New York is luxuriously appointed and ideally located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. From enormous floral arrangements in the lobby to your own private butler, there is no detail too small for the staff at the St. Regis. Recently...  Read More



If you're planning an early morning or evening visit to the Empire State Building when you are in New York, consider staying at Langham Place. They are neighbors. In fact, Langham Place has found itself the unwitting backdrop to many tourist...  Read More

Upper East Side


Its Triple AAA five diamond status is testimony to not only a fabulous retreat decked out in lavish murals, chandeliers, and gold leaf, it also means its guests love the place. A truly intimate respite from bustling New York City, the elegant...  Read More



From the minute the doorman greets you at The Ritz Carlton in New York, you know that you are in very good hands. Central Park is kind of a big deal in New York, so if it is possible for your pocketbook, why not stay steps away in the heart of...  Read More



The Sherry-Netherland not only has a dramatic name, but also a signature sidewalk clock that beckons you inside. It defines itself as an "expression of privilege since 1927." The mural on the hotel lobby ceiling was inspired by Raphael's...  Read More

The Mark
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This 5-star luxury hotel is located on Madison Avenue just near Central Park. We have two words for you: ka ching. If you have the dollars to spend, The Mark will give you a hotel experience unlike any other. Designer Jacques Grange applied his...  Read More


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