The 20 best hotels in New York City

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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 to contemporary boutiques 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, 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:

  • 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.

Moxy East Village

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Marriott’s newer outpost in the East Village is a four-star boutique hotel themed after the neighborhood’s vibrant local scene. There are clear nods to rock and roll, street art, and other East Village countercultures.

As part of the Marriott Bonvoy family, Moxy East Village is great if you want to earn or redeem points during your stay. Rooms are small, and with a starting price of $185 midweek, that might feel like a lot for what you get. But, rooms are comfortable, common areas are fun, and the location is pretty great.

Pros: Marriott Bonvoy earning potential, cool Moxy brand clout, and East Village location.

Cons: Room rates can seem expensive considering many rooms are on the smaller side.

Read Insider Picks’ full review of Moxy East Village

Moxy Chelsea

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The Moxy Chelsea in Manhattan’s flower district is wedged between the popular Chelsea and NoMad neighborhoods. Part of the Marriott family, the Moxy Chelsea is a great option if you want to earn or redeem points. Some rooms can be small, but stunning views, the rooftop bar, and great location make up for it.

Pros: Views for days, Marriott Bonvoy earning potential, and the Chelsea location.

Cons: Can be expensive for what may seem like a quite standard offering.

Read Insider Picks’ full review of Moxy Chelsea

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by Emily Hochberg, Business Insider US
December 20, 2019