With more than 50 million visitors each year (yes, really), NYC is teeming with hotels for tourists to choose from. As one would expect, a New York City hotel can be relatively pricey if you want a clean space where other visitors don’t include mice and bedbugs. But staying in hotels is a great opportunity to check out the array of beautiful and often historic properties that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, here are six unique hotels in NYC that you’ll love.
1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 6th Ave
It may be classified as a luxury hotel, but 1 Hotel Central Park has none of the pretense that you’d expect. There’s a distinct air of comfort and hominess, as the hotel was designed with nature and serenity in mind. Rooms are decked out with reclaimed wood, Keetsa hemp-blend mattresses, and 100% organic cotton sheets – not to mention, fantastic views of Central Park. You’ll also enjoy the hotel restaurant, Jams by celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, which features seasonal fare and a “farm-to-fork” approach. You can even forage for your own fresh fruits, nuts, and granola at the hotel’s Lobby Farmstand.
Chelsea Pines Inn, 317 W 14th St
Bed and breakfast type places aren’t exclusive to sleepy New England towns. Chelsea Pines Inn is a wonderful urban version of the traditional B&B, offering a cozy hideaway with Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the trendy Meatpacking District at your fingertips. Aside from the tasty complimentary continental breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and cookies, travelers can’t help but rave about the inn’s friendly staff.
The Muse Hotel, 130 W 46th St
Kimpton is a name synonymous with unique hotels in NYC, and the Muse Hotel is no exception. Think of the Muse as the “socialite” of Manhattan hotels. This dog-friendly boutique hotel is surrounded by the action of the city but relaxing enough for you to unwind once you step through its doors. For a swanky night out without even leaving the hotel, venture downstairs to NIOS – the Muse Hotel’s in-house restaurant with posh cocktails and an American-fusion menu.
The Paper Factory Hotel, 37-06 36th St
Long Island City is a terrific option for tourists, as it’s only minutes away from Manhattan by subway, yet more affordable. If you decide to stay in Queens during your visit, book a room at the Paper Factory Hotel. As its name suggests, this unique hotels was created from an old Queens paper factory, where Isidor Goldberg founded the Pilot Radio Company in 1922. Now completely refurbished, rooms are posh and modern while keeping that cool, industrial vibe.
The Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue
If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in writing (or if you’re simply a lover of literature), then the Library Hotel is for you. The hotel’s concept is built on the Dewey Decimal system, and each of its 60 rooms contains a collection of books dedicated to a particular category. Unlike some other unique hotels in NYC, the Library Hotel includes a complimentary continental breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, access to any New York Sports Club, and a wine and cheese reception. From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., you can enjoy wine, prosecco, cheese, crackers, and other snacks in the Reading Room with other literary-minded visitors.
The Knickerbocker, 6 Times Square
While many NYC locals do everything in their power to avoid Times Square, we totally understand if tourists want to be in the middle of it all. If you’re going to stay in the area, it really doesn’t get any better than The Knickerbocker – the place where the martini is rumored to have been invented. This historic venue was once frequented by infamous politicians, oil tycoons, and Hollywood royalty, and now boasts luxury accommodations with food by Charlie Palmer. Also, if you choose to stay at the Knickerbocker, you absolutely must have a drink at the St. Cloud Rooftop Bar overlooking New York City.
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Chelsea Pines Inn photo via the hotel. Paper Factory photo via the hotel. Knickerbocker photo via Facebook.