The 20 best hotels in New York City
- There are hundreds of hotels in New York City from Manhattan to Brooklyn and other boroughs in between, ranging from sparse, budget-friendly accommodations to ultra-indulgent suites.
- To help narrow the field and highlight the best affordable, high-end hotels in New York in 2020, the Insider Picks travel team hit the New York City streets to stay at, tour, and research the city's top-rated hotels to determine which are worth your hard-earned money and time off.
- We also scoured reviews and guest feedback, to highlight what makes each place great, where some have room for improvement, and insider tips on special requests you should make to ensure the best stay possible. Pricing reflects many budgets, from micro rooms from $107 to five-star suites for $500.
- Read all Insider Picks hotel reviews here.
As a longtime New Yorker, when friends and family come to visit, I'm often asked, "where should I stay?"
It's a loaded question. The city is filled with so many great hotels throughout many neighborhoods and boroughs, from old-school luxury in Manhattan to contemporary boutiques in Brooklyn dripping in neighborhood charm. The big brand names all have flagships, and cheap (and some not-so-cheap) micro hotels are rapidly popping up in a bid to make bunk beds chic.
Much like the city itself, there's something for everyone based on what you like and how much you're willing to spend.
To help narrow the field and highlight the best New York hotels to book in 2020, the Insider Picks travel team hit the New York streets to stay at, tour, and research the city's top-rated hotels to determine which are not only worth your hard-earned money, but sacred PTO.
Every hotel was personally reviewed, vetted, and selected based on the following criteria:
- Hotels located in New York City, with a primary focus on Manhattan and Brooklyn.
- Considered a four- or five-star hotel, for an elevated experience that won't disappoint, or a three-star that's a total standout.
- Holds a Trip Advisor rating of four or above, as many tourists check and use it.
- It is typically priced between $150 to $500 per night, a common range in New York depending on the time of year and advance booking. While that higher-end might seem, well, high, it's not uncommon in New York in popular seasons, or for those seeking a luxury property. In the off-season, prices might fall as low as $100.
- Boasts amenities and features that are visually interesting with unique design, architecture, food, or other experiential elements that add value.
- Meet our high standard - we don't recommend hotels just because others have, but because we think they truly are the best. We're hard-to-impress New Yorkers, after all.
These are our top New York City hotels to book in 2020:
- Arlo SoHo
- Park South Hotel
- Sister City New York
- Ace Hotel New York
- Sixty SoHo
- Moxy East Village
- Library Hotel by Library Collection
- The Freehand New York
- MADE Hotel
- The William Vale
- The Knickerbocker
- Hotel 50 Bowery
- The Evelyn New York
- The Beekman
- 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
- Andaz 5th Avenue
- The Park Terrace Hotel
- The Conrad New York Downtown
- Moxy Chelsea
- The Chatwal
Keep reading to see why we were so impressed by these 20 New York City hotels, sorted by price from low to high.
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