The Fanciest Hotels in NYC

Traveling to New York City? Here are 5 of the city’s fanciest, most luxurious boutique hotels.

Lotte New York Palace


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Modern meets classic at the Lotte New York Palace, a luxurious Koren hotel group with a New York hotel on Madison Avenue. Relaxation is the name of the game in every room, each of which is equipped with a marble bathroom, plush robes, and 24-hour room service. Between the fanciest of hotel lobbies and a gym with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, you won’t go a minute without beautiful sights. A plethora of dining options are available on-site, including the Pomme Palais French bakery and the Trouble’s Trust cocktail bar under the Lobby Grand Staircase.

Hotel Elysee

The elegant Hotel Elysee is a touch of French influence in the Big Apple. Equal parts intimate and luxurious, Hotel Elysee holds a nightly wine and cheese gathering, a generous Continental breakfast, and a complimentary library full of books and DVDs for guests to peruse. Whether you splash out on a deluxe room or presidential suite, you’ll be enjoying an extremely spacious room complete with a mini bar, marble bathrooms, and – if you go presidential – a baby grand piano, fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen. For an extra-romantic getaway, you can book the Picnic in the Park package to enjoy in nearby Central Park, or the Romance Package for a little champagne and strawberries to enjoy in your suite upon arrival.

Sanctuary Hotel New York


Photo via Sanctuary Hotel NYC

Sanctuary Hotel New York is a boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan offering modern luxury. All rooms are equipped with high-end amenities, European linens, a rainfall shower, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The fancier Sanctuary Sweet provides a bit more comfort with its heated toilet, separate living area with an entertainment center, and city view. Sanctuary is home to the exclusive Haven rooftop cocktail lounge which boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding Times Square.

The Kitano New York

The Kitano New York claims to have perfected the art of outstanding service. As the sole Asian-owned hotel in NYC, it blends Asian hospitality with the modern conveniences of living in Manhattan. Modern rooms are appointed with custom-made mahogany and cherry furnishings, beds with pillow-top mattresses, and authentic Japanese artwork. Guests can also enjoy award-winning Japanese cuisine at the in-house Hakubai restaurant and world-class jazz at JAZZ at KITANO, performed daily including during Sunday brunch.

The London NYC


Photo via The London NYC

The London NYC brings contemporary urban luxury to New York City travelers. All of their rooms are suites, ranging from the $249/night spacious London Suite with French doors separating the bedroom from the living room, to the $1999/night London Penthouse occupying the top two floors of the building. This penthouse has two bedrooms equipped with their own bathrooms, each with heated floors and towel racks, dual shower heads, and large soaking tubs. Should you be able to pry yourself away from such luxurious digs, French cuisine and cocktails beckon at the London Bar

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