Boutique hotels in New York

The crowds that descend upon New York City never want for anything—delectable food, incredible (and occasionally over-romanticized) sights or mesmerizing experiences.

Not even cosseting hotel rooms with cozy beds to rest their heads in. Much like its abundance of restaurants, tourist sights, modern cafes and pulsating nighttime happenings, the Big Apple’s hotels are almost innumerable. They range from homogeneous big name brands to boutique stays, from cheap to pricey.

Choosing the right hotel in New York City to match your style, budget and preferences is almost as tricky as planning the whole trip itself. But those who prefer unique stays and have a mid-range budget can tap into this short list of boutiques.

The Ludlow

It’s hard to find that sweet spot between stylishly ornate and classically dressed down. It also takes talent to mix rustic, ranch-style elements with that young, urban professional vibe. Yet, The Ludlow has perfected both art forms, and does it all effortlessly.

What’s not to love about this upscale, Lower East Side dig? Wide casement windows that afford dreamy panoramas of the city? Check! Marble tubs with antique brass faucets and a view? Check! A plush bed that could melt your cares away? Yes, please. Even the delicious-smelling bathroom amenities and mini bar extras are worth a mention.

A Studio Mini has certainly enough space, but a Studio Queen with a Terrace is also worth a splurge. Do yourself a favor and feast on the fries at the Lobby Lounge & Garden.

The Jane

Housed in a historic West Village red brick, The Jane has always been something of a sanctuary—a refuge for Titanic survivors in 1912 and a haven for sailors during the ’20s.

Restored by hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode in 2008, it is now a micro hotel for hostel lovers who yearn for their own space. This charming, luxury ship and train cabin inspired property expertly blends old-fashioned décor with services that meet the demands of every modern traveler.

There are Captain’s Cabins with en suite private bathrooms for the typical hotel guests, Standard Cabins for those who love their privacy but don’t mind shared spaces, and Bunk Bed Cabins for backpackers. Special amenities include complimentary bicycles, in-room fans and iPod docks.

Gild Hall

Everything Thompson Hotels does is nothing short of amazing, and their Financial District venture in NYC is no exception. Gild Hall’s design is Aspen-cum-Wall Street inspired—its look and furnishings woodsy yet luxuriously modern. The property is newly renovated, so everything is spick and span.

Its appeal, however, goes beyond the new.

A stay here is meant to indulge and be spoiled. State-of-the-art rain showers, oversized Frette terrycloth robes, D.S. & Durga-curated bathroom amenities, 400 thread count linens, bath salts and complimentary cruiser bikes are among the many delightful amenities. As a cherry on top, the staff is warm, friendly, and accommodating.

Sip on cocktails at the Library Lounge and stop by for lunch or dinner at Felice (their cookies are to die for!).

citizenM 

New Yorkers may not be fond of it, but tourists live for Times Square, its bright neon lights and never-ending bustle. Fun, quirky and animated citizenM is a stone’s throw away from all of it.

Much like Times Square, the boutique property’s décor is busy and bursting with lines, colors and artwork, all marching to the beat of its own drums. Expect XL beds—a rarity in a city that germinates up instead of out—a MoodPad to control mood lighting and alarm sounds; a grab-and-go spot that’s open 24 hours; and a rooftop bar for cocktails on warm summer nights.

Feel like an “influencer” and take Instagram-worthy photos from the bed next to your wall-to-wall window.

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is a household name, at least to GenY yuppies and gypsetters. It’s a match made in millennial heaven, (although Baby Boomers are still scratching their heads on how those kids can actually afford to stay in $300 hotel rooms).

The hip hotel, which has properties in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Chicago, has all the makings of a hipster wonderland—mid-century modern furniture, acoustic guitars and/or turntables in some rooms, vintage SMEG refrigerators and original artwork. They also have an Artist in Residence collaborative program and welcome in-room photoshoots.

Traveling friends can opt for a Bunk Bed room, which comes with bunks and a private bathroom. For more space, a Medium or a Large room is ideal.