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11 Amazing New York Hotels


Few cities inspire, move and ignite passion like New York City. The culture, art and people make it a must-go destination for any worldly gent. So for those gents, D’Marge has teamed up with KiwiCollection to bring you the best places to get a well-earned kip in the city that never sleeps.

NYC Hotel #1 – The Cooper Square Hotel 
The Cooper Square Hotel mixes modern luxury with downtown NYC cool.  Nestled between three of NYC’s most buzzed about neighbourhoods – SoHo, the East Village, and the Lower East Side – the Cooper Square Hotel offers easy access to the best that downtown living has to offer.  Guests are properly pampered by custom-loaded iPods, 400 thread count linens, and mini-bars stocked with Tina Thor jewellery and custom make-up kits by Loraine.  If you’re looking to be even more spoiled, spring for the 1600-squre-foot 21st floor penthouse, which has a 250-person capacity and a 360-degree view of the city. VIEW

NYC Hotel #2 – Smyth TriBeCa
There are two great mysteries surrounding the neighbourhood of TriBeCa: “What on Earth does that name mean?” and “Where should the discerning TriBeCa-destined traveller call home during a stay in NYC?”  Allow me to introduce you to the Smyth TriBeCa, a stunning boutique hotel from Thompson Hotels. The Smyth has both style and substance, in the form of walnut paneling, chrome accents, terrycloth robes by Frette, and spa products by Kiehl’s.  It’s the perfect location for business, pleasure, or pleasurable business.  Oh, and it stands for “Triangle below Canal Street.”  VIEW

NYC Hotel #3 – W New York Downtown
The W New York Downtown is an oasis of peace and beauty in the midst of hectic Wall Street life, and it offers guests a little bit of everything.  Hungry?  Check out the famous BLT Bar & Grill, which redefines pub grub for the chic set.  Thirsty?  Pay a visit to the Living Room Bar & Terrace.  Heading out for a night on the town?  Borrow the hotel’s new 300-horsepower Acura MDX.  And if staying in is more your style, you can start by admiring the Anemone Chandelier at the entrance, designed by renowned UK light sculptor Bruce Munro. VIEW

NYC Hotel #4 – Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
If the Meatpacking District is your destination look no further than the Gansevoort, one of the hippest hotspots in a city full of hip hotspots.  Take in the sunset over the Hudson River from the spectacular rooftop, or relax in the heated pool with underwater music.  For the splurge-seeking guests, the luxurious Duplex Penthouse comes complete with a Jacuzzi, fireplace, pool table and balcony with river view.  For travellers looking for a more wallet-friendly experience, many of the hotel’s 187 guestrooms and 23 suites offer seating nooks in bay windows, step out balconies, and dramatic views of the city and the Hudson. VIEW

NYC Hotel #5 – TriBeCa Grand Hotel
Located in a neighbourhood frequented by actors, models, and musicians, the TriBeCa Grand Hotel will bring out your inner A-lister.  This hotel goes above and beyond the call of indulgence duty to bring you everything you could ever want, and a few things you never thought you’d need.  Catch a flick in the private screening room, or treat your baby to a taste of the high life with a baby bathrobe.  The hotel is pet friendly, but if you don’t have one of your own you can even ask guest services for a complimentary pet goldfish to accompany you during your stay. VIEW

NYC Hotel #6 – The James New York 
The James New York brings locally-inspired, community-focused, and environmentally-thoughtful accommodations to the urban jungle of NYC.  Outdoor spaces like the Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck bring the great outdoors to the luxury hotel experience, and its modern-but-warm décor reflects its commitment to the environment.  The James also shows its dedication to the creative neighbourhood it calls home by featuring the original works of a range of local artists, both prominent and up-and-coming.  Be sure to check out the innovative toast bar in the David Burke Kitchen, where you can dine on homemade sweet and savory “pop tarts” that elevate the word “snack” to new heights. VIEW

NYC Hotel #7 – Andaz 5th Avenue
For literature lovers, it doesn’t get better than the Andaz 5th Avenue.  Located directly across the street from the famed New York Public Library and Bryant Park, this luxurious Manhattan getaway features loft-like interior spaces with striking minimalist design and a façade of floor-to-ceiling glass that echoes the aesthetic of the nearby library.  All accommodations undergo a meticulous 6-step process to reduce airborne particles, minimize the presence of potential irritants, and ensure that they are hypo-allergenic.  There’s even a free mini-bar. VIEW

NYC Hotel #8 – The Mark
The Mark has certainly left its mark.  Housed inside a beautiful 1927 landmark building, The Mark blends history with avant-garde design.  As the brainchild of legendary French designer Jacques Grange, no aspect of The Mark, no matter how small, is neglected.  A jewel-box boutique offers a range of specially commissioned goods, while the house staff wear clothing designed for the hotel by Turnbull & Asser of London.  Artworks and furnishings are commissioned by Pierre Passebon, owner of the noted Galerie du Passage in Paris, and include pieces by Paul Mathieu, Todd Eberle, and Karl Lagerfeld. VIEW

NYC Hotel #9 – Andaz Wall Street 
The Andaz Wall Street epitomizes the renaissance of Lower Manhattan.  Like all Andaz hotels, this hotel is dedicated to bringing the best of New York to its guests.  Enjoy a complimentary beverage as you check in with a handheld PC, then hit the Wall & Water, the hotel’s locally sourced farm-to-table restaurant that takes both its inspiration and its ingredients from the Hudson Valley.  The lobby is a welcoming space with a free 24-hour snack table and evening-hours wine, and must-see sights like Trinity Church, the South Street Seaport, and Ground Zero are all nearby. VIEW

NYC Hotel #10 – The Chatwal
This landmark Stanford White-designed building used to house the Lamb’s Club, the theatre club that was once home to Charlie Chaplin and W.C. Fields.  These days, the Chatwal stays true to its 1930s Deco legacy while adding touches of modern sophistication.  The walls of the club still stand, now in the form of the Lamb’s Club Bar and Restaurant, and inside the rooms you’ll find bespoke cocktail sets and menus, custom Chatwal playing cards, and backgammon sets.  The Chatwal is the perfect blend of old New York elegance and modern grandeur. VIEW

NYC Hotel #11 – The Standard
This hotel sets “the standard” for luxury accommodation in the Big Apple.  The breathtaking Empire Suite features custom white lacquered walls, black shag carpeting, a window-side deep-soaking bathtub that looks onto the Empire State Building, and unbeatable views of Midtown and Greenwich Village.  Or check into the Liberty Suite, which includes an extra large seven-foot round platform bed and a tea-cup bathtub for two.  And if you ever want to venture outside of your opulent digs, you can pay a visit to the nearby trendy Meatpacking District, the delectable Standard Grill, or the outdoor Biergarten underneath the High Line. VIEW

21 Nov, 2011

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor
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