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.
Take the Ace Hotel that opened in 1904 as the Breslin Hotel, now houses one of the most buzzed about hotels in the Flatiron district, that some say set the tone for what a boutique property should be.
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 Wythe Hotel, aptly located in one of the hippest places in the world at the moment (ahem, that'd be Williamsburg, 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.