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 sufficiently posh. Make no mistake - part of the luxury of the Nolitan is in its location. With the gritty culture of Chinatown on one side, the galleries and shops of Nolita on the other and SoHo just a few blocks away, this is the hotel to stay in if you want the true local experience. While you may not experience white gloved butlers here, the characteristically contagious downtown energy more than makes up for it.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's in a fantastic location for feeling like you're a true New Yorker.
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 an attention-to-detail that's unparalleled in the area. Decor in the 86 rooms is quirky, but elegant – a nod to the clientele that choose the Crosby as their home away from home. Outside, a leafy terrace and sculpture garden offer reprieve from the city's crazy streets, while inside, a 99-seat screening room shows classic and new movies for hotel guests.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's where the cool kids stay when they don't want to skimp on style.
Located across from Carnegie Hall, the Park Hyatt is a modern upgrade on the luxurious hotels that dot NYC's streets. With 118 guest rooms and 92 suites, no detail was spared in making this hotel one of the greats. The Presidential Suites are 2,239-square-feet of grandiosity, featuring panoramic views of 58th Street, Le Labo products and museum-quality artwork. It's only fitting that the room itself is a masterpiece, as it's surrounded on all sides by famed sites, including Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and Columbus Circle. For guests who prefer to stay in, the 25th floor spa is the perfect place to soak away a long day of exploring.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's perfectly situated to many of Manhattan's prime cultural sites and museums.
Another corner of Central Park, another luxury hotel. This time, it's the famed Plaza Hotel. The star of countless films and an unprecedented number of love stories, this hotel is perhaps New York's most loved, and for good reason. It's a romantically timeless beauty that's done a fantastic job of keeping up with the swiftly changing times. Of the 282 guest rooms, 102 are suites with the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City. The rooms are inspired by the Louis XV style of French décor, evident in the impressive bed frames, stunning chandeliers and opulent fabrics.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Plaza Hotel is a timeless classic and one of the most famed hotels in the city.
On the smaller side, the Lowell Hotel is only 74 rooms on a quiet, tree-lined street on Manhattan's 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. As the hotel is made to feel like a townhouse rather than a temporary place to lay your head, the Lowell's staff prides themselves on their dedication to customer service and personal touches. Booking the private suite means you'll have access to four terraces, three bedrooms, three bedrooms, a top-of-the-line kitchen and a dining conservatory to host a few friends, if the occasion calls for it.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's understated and secluded, but still features top amenities that would make anyone swoon.
Designed as a modern take on a Parisian flat, The NoMad Hotel calls a fully restored Beaux-Arts building home. Though New Yorkers and visitors flock to the restaurant and the hotel's library bar, the rooms are masterpieces in their own rights. Decked out with original artwork, clawfoot bathtubs and Mahogany French writing desks, the 168 guest rooms feel less like a hotel and more like a home. For the ultimate in luxury, book the Suite Royale, 1800-square-feet of indoor/outdoor space with a separate entrance and a private terrace. Downstairs, Chef Daniel Humm keeps guests fed with signature dishes like the roast chicken stuffed with foie gras.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's more modern than the other luxury hotels in the city, but every bit as glamorous.
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 renovated and redesigned, the 171 guest rooms and 67 suites are outfitted with textured fabric walls and marble entryways. The walls are hung with art and photography inspired by New York, and even the butlers have traded in their silver trays for smartphones capable of commanding your every need. John Jacob Astor IV, who first conceived The St. Regis, had the vision to create "the finest hotel in the world." Well done, sir.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The St. Regis is a timeless and magnificent masterpiece that rivals all other hotels in the city.
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 luxury? With one of the best views of the city, you can fall asleep on 400-thread-count French sateen linens or 800-thread-count satin bed linens in the suites. Nature lovers will appreciate the park view rooms with telescopes and books on bird watching. For a nightcap with a view, visit the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge on the second floor.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's a taste of classic luxury, done well for decades.
Located in Columbus Circle, Mandarin Oriental is the place to stay if you're looking to be primped and pampered. As the only Forbes Five-Star spa in the city, the hotel offers guests the chance to relax with one of their signature massages or facials in one of six treatment rooms, or the 650-square-foot, Oriental-style VIP Spa Suite with fireplace, private steam and shower. Aesthetically, the rest of the hotel is swathed in tastefully luxurious gold accents and the 244 rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city or Central Park. Guests also have good things to say about the hotel's 35th floor bar and the lobby's impressive fan a piece commissioned for the hotel by the famous New York designer, Vivienne Tam.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It's the luxury hotel to visit when you want the full spa experience.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Four Seasons offers travelers sweeping views of the city and Central Park. Rooms and suites are limited to 16 per floor and guests have their pick of baller amenities, including access to a private Rolls-Royce for sight-seeing. In 2014, the Ty Warner Penthouse, decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows offering 360-degree views, was named by The Street as the second most expensive suite in the world. At $45,000 a night, this mini-mansion took seven years to complete and cost the hotel $50 million. For guests who want their dinner to be on par with their drapes, the hotel's restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is a Michelin-starred gem.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Four Seasons is a brand synonymous with luxury and the NYC location is no exception.