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8 Unique Boutique Hotel Experiences in the Big Apple

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|by Mark Robinson |


Book your next New York stay at one of these stylish hotels

A boutique hotel is a small, stylish place to stay, typically found in posh neighborhoods of urban locales. Manhattan is just brimming with unique boutique hotel experiences where visitors will find a more personal touch to their overnight experience. What are some of these great places to lay your head down after a day or night exploring the city? We are glad you asked. Here are eight boutique hotels in NYC that you might want to consider for your next visit to the Big Apple.  

These Manhattan hotels offer more than just stunning views (Photo: iStock)

These Manhattan hotels offer more than just stunning views (Photo: iStock)

Arlo SoHo
The Arlo SoHo at 231 Hudson Street is a boutique hotel guaranteed to delight. It boasts signature King rooms with wrap-around rich, wooden alcoves, show-stopping Queen Terrace rooms which feature that Manhattan rarity: outdoor showers. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow a luxurious amount of light to keep everything feeling open and airy (have no fear, there are blackout shades). The Arlo SoHo also features a rooftop bar for unwinding with a glass of vino or a cocktail.

The Whitby Hotel
Take a visit to upper midtown Manhattan and spend a night or two amidst the contemporary art design of The Whitby Hotel. Each room is imagined by Kit Kemp, known for her colorful and whimsical approach to arranging spaces. The hotel features 86 rooms and suites, each individually designed with their own unique charm. Many of the rooms have terraces, affording guests breathtaking vistas of the NYC skyline. Also on the premises: The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, private event rooms, and a 130-seat state-of-the-art cinema. The Whitby Hotel at 18 West 56th Street is just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park.

The Roger
Boasting spacious guest rooms designed by Annette Jaffe, The Roger at 131 Madison Avenue promises a night of rest in, as their website states, “a stunning boutique beauty where uptown elegance meets downtown cool.” The hotel also is the home to the gourmet “Taste of New York” Breakfast Pantry, as well as The Parlour Bistro and Lounge, offering a delectable seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another highlight of a stay at The Roger is their wine reception, hosted daily. The Roger is the perfect place for that weary advertising executive or tourist to retire to a restful evening in style and sophistication.

The Sherry Netherland
Looking for a high-end hotel experience for your visit to NYC? Then the Sherry Netherland at 781 5th Avenue might just be what you are looking for. The establishment opened in 1927, and has since made it their mission to provide five-star service and accommodations. A startling grandeur awaits you, from the Sherry’s ornamental lobby to its tastefully designed rooms. Among the extras The Sherry Netherland offers are Louis Sherry chocolates, Molton Brown products and fresh flowers daily. You’ll find their little touches both thoughtful and distinctive of their effort to go above and beyond.

The Casablanca Hotel
Seeing a Broadway show and don’t want to make the return trip home immediately after? Consider having a stay the Casablanca Hotel, a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of the Theater District. What makes this hotel a particular standout is the amenities and extras guests can request upon booking such as coffee/tea makers, lighted makeup mirrors, baby cribs, sleep phones, mini refrigerators, etc. You can really cater your experience to your needs. Among the other special extras offered at The Casablanca: all-day refreshments served in their guests-only Club Room, a library with books and newspapers, and a three-hour wine and cheese reception each evening. The Casablanca Hotel resides at 147 West 43rd Street

The Beekman
For a stunning immersion into stately architecture of exquisite beauty, The Beekman at 123 Nassau Street will have your jaw dropping the minute you step over its mosaic marble threshold. Persian rugs, antique glass and rich wood finishes all come together in this lovingly restored building that was first erected in 1761. The Beekman plays host to several dining experiences, including The Temple Court, featuring menu classics reinvented by chef Tom Colicchio, and Augustine, a brasserie that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner under chef Keith McNally. If you are visiting downtown, The Beekman should be on your list of must-stay boutique hotel experiences. 

The Broome NYC
Bestowing itself the title “SoHo’s Most Peaceful Hidden Gem,” The Broome NYC is exactly that. The Broome almost feels as though it is sequestered away, an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Adding to its secretive atmosphere is the hotel’s stylish, exclusive access Moroccan-tiled courtyard, offering an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a quiet way. The Broome NYC, at 431 Broome Street, features guest rooms that are designed to give visitors the feeling of a Parisian guesthouse rather than the typical humdrum hotel room experience. The Café at the Broome offers a delicious farm-to-table breakfast as part of your stay.

Aloft Harlem
Harlem has always been a neighborhood rich with culture and first-class dining experiences, and we have a boutique hotel that will put you right in the middle of it all. Aloft Harlem at 2296 Frederick Douglas Boulevard is artfully decorated, with wonderful splashes of color bursting amidst the sleek contemporary design. Each room has a vibrant warmth underscored by the light wood highlights and big windows. Among the amenities found at Aloft Harlem are a business center, the Re:mix lounge, and a recreation and fitness center. For an experience near Central Park and the Apollo Theatre, in the heart of Harlem’s trendy restaurants, Aloft Harlem will be a perfect home away from home.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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