Relax, Refresh, Renew at New York's 10Best 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. 

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. 



On the smaller side, the 74-room Lowell Hotel is set on a quiet, tree-lined street on the Upper East Side. The Lowell is also one of the only hotels in the city with fully functional, wood-burning fireplaces, terraces and kitchens in each room....  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 a stone's throw from the High Line in the Chelsea gallery district on Manhattan's West Side. Wooden platform beds give the rooms a Japanese-inspired aesthetic...  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 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 are two words to describe the SIXTY Lower East Side, it's haute minimalism with an artful spirit to boot. The rooftop pool has Andy Warhol's face plastered to the bottom, and glowing headboards from designer Lee Friedlander adorn each...  Read More

Flatiron District


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



Newly renovated to reflect its cosmopolitan location in the heart of town, this hideaway in plain site takes in the skyline from private balconies and is known as one of the pet-friendliest hotels in the city. If you can spring for one of the 19...  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



Some say if you go home with someone and they don't have a bookshelf, you should leave immediately. If we're going off that rule, The Library Hotel is the most romantic spot in the whole city. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honors one of the 10...  Read More


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