New York, New York - Manhattan Spirit Is In These Downtown Hotels

It is hard to specify what exactly "downtown" New York is. What started as the area below 14th street sometimes is used to signify when one feels in the heart of it all. And New York, as we know, has a gigantic beating heart.

Hotels in the area of Lower Manhattan certainly can be luxe, outdoing themselves with opulent details. However, there are also some lower priced options for those who don't go to sleep wearing only diamonds. 

For a hotel that "doesn't feel like a hotel," boutique hotel Gild Hall is within walking distance to all the downtown attractions. It also decorates its rooms with leather headboards and plaid comforters, for a high-end take on a country house.

Just slightly less expensive is the chic Nolitan Hotel. Just as downtown, it looks more like the sleek loft of someone with impeccable taste and the ability to afford a loft in New York. Only 57 rooms and free wine and cheese happy hour makes this hotel well deserving of a spot on our list.

Frankly, they are well deserving due to their prime locations and commitment to great service. Tom Wolfe was quoted as saying, "“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” Let's start belonging.



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Probably the most modern on the list, The Nolitan Hotel's rooms are warehouse-style conversions overlooking the streets of Nolita. A boutique hotel in every sense of the word, the Nolitan's 57 rooms aren't the largest, but they're still...  Read More



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