Who can resist the call of New York City in the fall? As Manhattan cools off, the city’s energy only begins to heat up, and a slate of new hotels welcomes visitors looking to get into the action. If you have not found a reason to visit the Big Apple lately, these openings provide enough of a reason to plan your next trip.
Just like Manhattan’s population, the below six hotels are diverse in terms of location — the island’s East and West sides, uptown and downtown are all accounted for — look and feel. Rooftop bars, skyline views, incredible architecture and world-class dining await. Read for our guide to the best of the new in old New York.
The soundtrack begins upon entry into Hard Rock Hotel New York’s two-level, guitar-inspired lobby. The circular shape and mirrored panels surrounding the marble staircase create a unique visual effect of metal work that looks like guitar strings. If you want to feel like a VIP, opt for a stay in the Rock Star Suite, a sky-high, 3,300-square-foot lodging complete with an expansive patio, two levels — one designated for the bedroom — and a private elevator entrance on both floors.
For entertainment, you need not travel far: the hot spot The Venue on Music Row sits downstairs and has already hosted the likes of John Legend, Florence and the Machine and Nas in the first few months after opening.
Given the location and its history (the building housed the first New York Stock Exchange in 1792), The Wall Street Hotel might seem better suited for the suits. However, the 180-room hotel feels refreshing, warm and intimate. Interior designer Liubasha Rose gleaned inspiration from the nearby East River and the maritime roots of the owners (a family of longtime Australian pearl miners) for the breezy blues and light greens in the accommodations.
The boutique hotel spoils you with amenities. Explore the Financial District on complimentary Vélosophy bikes. Or retreat to your room, which comes equipped with Frette linens, Bang and Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, Acqua di Parma bath products and heated bathroom floors. And if you’re here on business, ask for a “mobile office” kit (it includes a printer, copier, scanner and more).
The opening of Aman New York marks the brand’s first foray into a major city. Inside the historic landmarked Crown Building — MOMA’s original home — at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, esteemed designer Jean Michel-Gathy has created an oasis of luxurious serenity.
The Midtown hotel dedicates three floors to wellness with 10 treatment rooms, two “spa houses” (which feature a double treatment room, sauna and steam rooms, a cold plunge and a terrace with a cabana, daybed and fireplace) and an indoor swimming pool. The 83 suites continue the theme of the brand’s Southeast Asian roots and sensibility with simple, elegant lines and organic materials. The fully functional fireplace in every suite — the first Manhattan hotel to offer this perk — heightens the feeling of warmth in balance with more minimalist design touches.
The NoMad skyscraper strongly appeals to every kind of hotel guest. It’s convenient enough for business travelers and lively and sufficiently luxurious for those in town for pure pleasure. José Andrés’ buzzy Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya and rooftop cocktail bar Nubeluz lure in both locals and staycationers alike. Even the most jaded New Yorkers will find themselves wowed by the panoramic view of the city from the rooftop bar. The vistas from the rooms will impress as well — accommodations point south and overlook downtown. No matter your reason for visiting, the hotel’s spa serves as a refuge from the nonstop bustle of the city.
Farther west, at the island’s edge, Pendry Manhattan West provides an equally breathtaking skyline panorama. Get a glimpse of it from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the 164 rooms and suites, spaces steeped in chic modern minimalism.
The West Side location suits the California-inspired design of the hotel well; laid-back luxury defines Pendry’s sensibility. The touch of California casual applies to the hotel’s five enticing and buzzing bars and restaurants — these spots alone make the hotel a destination — where you can sip botanical cocktails surrounded by fresh greenery while admiring the city’s view — enjoy the best of both coasts without having to declare any allegiance.
Je ne sais quoi arrives in Tribeca with the debut of this French import, a sibling of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s Paris. The 97 Martin Brudnizki-designed accommodations — the parquet floors, detailed wallpaper and chandeliers make every lavender-shaded room feel like a boudoir — tightly align with the art-deco aesthetic of the entire building.
Partake in three dining options — Brasserie Fouquet (decorated chef Pierre Gagnaire’s menu pays homage to the iconic brasserie), Par Ici Café (a plant-based, ultra-seasonable and sustainable menu infused with a French sensibility) and the roaring Titsou Bar (modeled on the speakeasy Le Marta Paris from its sister property); pamper yourself with treatments from beloved French beauty brand Biologique Recherche at the spa; or watch a film in the Cannes Cinema.