New York City’s Newest Hotels
Make the most of your New York City visit by checking into one of the city’s newest properties during your next visit. From the luxurious Baccarat that opened this past spring to The Renwick NYC, which used to be a long-stay hotel sheltering artists, intellectuals and noted authors, these are the new hotels that’ll enhance your visit to the city this fall and winter:
As originally written for AskMen.com
The Renwick NYC (pictured above)
Rich in creative history, The Renwick is New York’s newest hotel. The 173-room luxury hotel, located steps from Grand Central at 118 E. 40th Street, is named after James Renwick, Jr., the architect best known for his design of the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The former artist housing was also once the literary space for the likes of John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann. Quirky décor that reference items found in an artist’s studio fill the loft-style guest rooms and 33 suites.
The Gregory Hotel New York
The sister property to The Renwick, The Gregory opened earlier this year and is steps from Herald Square, the Empire State Building and Bryant Park. Housed in a former hotel that opened in 1903, the boutique hotel used its turn-of-the-century history as an influence during the renovation of the building. High ceilings and mosaic tile detailing make up the lobby and bar area, while the guestrooms mix modern amenities with decor and art that reflect the hotel’s neighborhood of the Garment District; for example, instead of a “do not disturb” card to stick outside your door, The Gregory provides a “do no disturb” tie for use.
Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York
More than 15,000 crystals from the centuries-old French brand make up the Baccarat in Midtown Manhattan. Near Central Park, the Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim, dazzle your significant other in this luxurious property with rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a classic king bed with custom jacquard linens, white marble bathrooms and more. Keeping it modern, there’s a tablet equipped with state-of-the-art technology that controls all aspects of the room, including temperature, lighting, and room service, and on the telephone handset there’s a button marked “Champagne” and allows guests to order a bottle of their favorite vintage to their rooms. Other hotel features include a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, a spa, a modern French restaurant, and a 60-foot bar in an epic space.
Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District
For the hyper-connected traveler, you’ve probably already been staying at fresher hotel brands such as Aloft. Just opened last week, the Aloft Manhattan Downtown — Financial District features 125 loft-like rooms, and is set to feature tech-forward experiences and a full lineup of innovative, music-driven programming. This is the third Aloft in New York — the other two are in Harlem and Brooklyn — and the new property is perfect for both the tourist and the finance business traveler as it is located near the New York Stock Exchange and One World Trade Center.
The New York Edition
If your travel plans bring you over to the Flatiron District, a new EDITION property opened this spring in the landmark Clocktower building looking over Madison Square Park. The hotel features 273 residential-like rooms and suites with 180-degree views of New York City with aesthetics that’ll make you feel as if you are home. A dark oak wood paneled foyer welcomes you into your room, and each room has a classic, long and deep floating white oak desk and a bed with a dark walnut headboard and a custom-built platform with bespoke nightstands.
The Marmara Park Avenue
Also near Madison Park and over on Park Avenue is the new Marmara property that just opened this month. Hand-blown glass in the lobby gets you prepared for your experience from the Turkish-flair hotel brand founded in Istanbul. There are 128 different kinds of accommodations ranging from suites, guestrooms and penthouse suites — the latter boast soaring ceilings with natural light. Forty of the rooms also offer private terraces, with luxuries like hardwood floors and classic New York views. Also, there’s an iPad Air in every room that allows for connection to a 24/7 virtual concierge. An on-site wellness center included with a stay features a lap pool, a fitness center, and a cleansing steam bath designed to help guests unwind, relax, and recharge.
The Knickerbocker Hotel
For both a historical and luxurious touristy way to the see New York, The Knickerbocker Hotel is one to consider. A registered New York City Landmark, the original Knickerbocker Hotel opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV. The building is once again a hotel as of this winter. Located in Times Square on 42nd Street, the hotel channels the glam and glitter of the city’s Gilded Age to create a memorable New York experience. Along with features such as a signature restaurant and bar, there’s a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace that makes for perfect Instagram city captures.