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Best Of: NYC Hotels

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If you follow me on Instagram (@DamselinDior) or pay attention to where a lot of my blog posts are photographed, then it will come as no secret to you that I am in New York about once a month. Thankfully, my blog has taken me to the city more times than I can count. With projects, meetings and other fun opportunities that take me to the Big Apple on a regular basis, I also get to test out some of the greatest and latest when it comes to hotels. A friend recently quizzed me on giving out Oscars, or “Damsels,”  for the best of the best so I thought I would share my round-up with you.

Best Service

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The Mercer Hotel // Sometimes I jokingly ask myself if the rooms have hidden cameras because it’s as if this stylish hotel located in Soho can read my mind. I will call down for toothpaste and within a minute it is at my door.

Best Bar

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St. Regis Hotel // Look, there’s a lot to love about the St. Regis. Their rooms are lavish and when you order popcorn as room service it comes with melted butter. I could go on and on about the butler service and wonderful location of this hotel but what I really love is its bar. It’s not super scenic, nor is it even really hip, but I can always find a seat with a beautifully crafted martini. Plus this hotel is right across from one of my favorite restaurants in town, “Polo Bar.”

Best View

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Viceroy New York // First of all, this hotel smells incredible. The minute you walk through the door – wow. Secondly, be sure to try the burger in the downstairs eatery called “Kingside.” And last but not least, there’s the view. You don’t have to be staying at the Viceroy to take in the picture perfect view of Central Park. Just head up to the roof during happy hour and thank me later.

Sexiest Lounge

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Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel // It’s dark, it’s cozy, it’s serving up speakeasy style cocktails with live jazz. What more do you want in a sexy lounge? Be careful, the cozy corners can find you getting lost in your drink for hours.

Best Bed

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Peninsula Hotel // Again, there’s a lot to love about the Peninsula Hotel including its gorgeous rooftop bar and pool. But, there’s one part of this uptown beauty that always keeps me coming back for more, and that is what happens in the bed {hey, get your head out of the gutter!}. I’ve had some of the best nights sleep crawling into the cozy beds at Peninsula. I can feel the cool sheets now.

Best Instagram-Worthy

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Ludlow Hotel // Fact: I do not love this hotel. There’s something about the bed in this hotel that I just am not comfortable sleeping on and it’s Lower East Side location doesn’t rub me entirely the right way. Oh, and I don’t love the food either. BUT, I’ll be damned if you can’t get an epic Instagram photo from this hotel. I’m sure you have seen it pop up on nearly every blogger’s feed {including mine} and the price tag on this adorable hotel is very friendly too. Just be sure to tag me if you stay here! I do love a good bathtub shot of Ludlow.

Best Bathtub/Closet

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Four Seasons New York // The only, and I mean only, reason why Four Seasons New York did not win “Best Overall” is because I have yet to stay there since the recent remodel. This hotel has everything on my list. The bathroom/closet set up isn’t even much to write home about outside of its ample space. The tub doesn’t really have a view {or at least the rooms I stayed in didn’t}, but I just love love love taking baths everywhere I go and this tub is my absolute favorite. There’s a television in the bathroom, speakers, plenty of wine and bubble bath. I simply couldn’t love it more.

Best Coffee

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Hotel Americano // The perfect point for a quick coffee and/or lunch meeting. During the warmer months be sure to visit the back yard patio and rooftop bar. Read more about this hotel in my post here.

 

Best Location

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The New York EDITION // I’ve been lucky to stay at the EDITION multiple times and I always find my most productive trips are when I’m at this comfortable hotel. The beds are perfect, the service is excellent, but what strikes a chord with me the most is its neutral location. It’s located smack dab on the same park as the Flat Iron building and if your room overlooks the park you can keep an eye on the Shake Shack line. It also has the perfect desk and chair set up for getting lots of work done. Only downfall? Not all the rooms, hardly any, have bathtubs. But it’s still a favorite!

Best Overall

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Baccarat Hotel // This is hands down the best overall hotel that has it all. I was lucky enough to stay at this luxe hotel several months ago and you can read about the full experience by clicking here.

On Damsel’s Radar

There are a few places in New York City that are on my lust list that I have yet to try which include the following:

The Marlton Hotel

The newly renovated Four Seasons NY {ahem, hint hint}

Hotel Chelsea {opening in 2017}

The Quin Hotel 

Crosby Hotel

11 Howard

For more NYC inspiration, check our my Pinterest board dedicated to the big apple

Anything I am missing? Have a fabulous hotel you stayed at in New York that you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below!

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  • Living Paula Blog

    These are some great tips!

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

  • All these hotels are gorgeous! Love the categories you have come up with – “Instagram-worthy” !

    Avanti
    xxx
    avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • dreamy places!

    xo
    http://www.cherry-mag.com

  • Awesome:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Bookmarking this! I’m dying to get to NYC in the next few weeks – would love to try one of these.

    Annie Reeves

  • Book marking this more my next trip there! I haven’t stayed at any of these hotel yet 🙁 Xx

    Nikki | http://www.nikkibstyles.com

  • Thanks for these tips! They look amazing!

    Love,

    http://www.thestyleventure.com

  • Beautiful places … Merci for the wonderful tips! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • The sickest hotel guide in NYC I’ve ever read. I like the honesty about Ludlow. And you really covered all the categories! Saved to my Travel collection on Bloglovin’.

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

  • I love that you include a tip about watching the line at Shake Shack!

  • PAAR

    The Gramercy Park Hotel has the best smell ever by Diptique.http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Stephanie Liu

    This is an amazing roundup. Totally have to check out your recommendations <3 http://www.honeynsilk.com

  • so many gorgeous photos
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  • Taylor

    Would love to stay at any of these places if I ever get the chance to go to New York!
    XO.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

  • Love NYC and can’t wait to try out one of your recs next time I’m there!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • Sara N.

    Can you do a blog post on what’s on my iPhone?! I’m interested in the apps that you use and what you use to edit your Instagram photos!

  • So good! I love the Thompson because it’s so quiet and low key, but you’re steps away from SoHo. It’s also my go-to spot for cocktails 😉

    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

  • Gry Sinding

    love love love this guide. Thank you. Now I can send this to my guests 🙂
    I couldn’t find Nomo on your list ? is it because its not “good enough” or because you haven’t stayed there? Its my favorite before I moved here

  • The Marlton is one of my favorite spots to take meetings and do work! The fireplace lounge situation is the winter is all the proper emojis related to excitement.

  • Laura Anne Gardner

    Love this post! So many great spots! If you need hotel recommendations for Tulum I have some in my travel guide!

    Xo
    Laura
    my-life-travels.com

  • Oh my all these hotels are pretty! Love this!
    http://theavantguardian.com

  • Jenny Callentine

    The Greenwich, Thonpson, and Surrey Hotels are three of our faves! Can’t wait to check out all of the ones you’ve listed above.

  • Vicki Hall

    Thanks for the amazing suggestions.

    http://www.glimmerlife.ca

  • Natalie Zimmerman

    What about The NoMad Hotel? I think you you like that one too.

    http://www.natalienotions.com

  • amy stone

    wythe hotel in williamsburg….absolutely one of my favorite hotels in new york and beyond! your list is fantastic should i need a staycation (always)!

  • I’m currently working on a “quick weekend inNYC” post. Would LOVE to team up with you or get your advice/input. I’m fairly new to the blog World (a little over a month in) and it’s opening my eyes to just how hard it is & how amazing it is.

  • Living Paula Blog

    These are some great tips!

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

  • All these hotels are gorgeous! Love the categories you have come up with – “Instagram-worthy” !

    Avanti
    xxx
    avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • dreamy places!

    xo
    http://www.cherry-mag.com

  • Awesome:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Bookmarking this! I’m dying to get to NYC in the next few weeks – would love to try one of these.

    Annie Reeves

  • Book marking this more my next trip there! I haven’t stayed at any of these hotel yet 🙁 Xx

    Nikki | http://www.nikkibstyles.com

  • Thanks for these tips! They look amazing!

    Love,

    http://www.thestyleventure.com

  • Beautiful places … Merci for the wonderful tips! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • The sickest hotel guide in NYC I’ve ever read. I like the honesty about Ludlow. And you really covered all the categories! Saved to my Travel collection on Bloglovin’.

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

  • I love that you include a tip about watching the line at Shake Shack!

  • PAAR

    The Gramercy Park Hotel has the best smell ever by Diptique.http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Stephanie Liu

    This is an amazing roundup. Totally have to check out your recommendations <3 http://www.honeynsilk.com

  • so many gorgeous photos
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  • Taylor

    Would love to stay at any of these places if I ever get the chance to go to New York!
    XO.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

  • Love NYC and can’t wait to try out one of your recs next time I’m there!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • Sara N.

    Can you do a blog post on what’s on my iPhone?! I’m interested in the apps that you use and what you use to edit your Instagram photos!

  • So good! I love the Thompson because it’s so quiet and low key, but you’re steps away from SoHo. It’s also my go-to spot for cocktails 😉

    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

  • Gry Sinding

    love love love this guide. Thank you. Now I can send this to my guests 🙂
    I couldn’t find Nomo on your list ? is it because its not “good enough” or because you haven’t stayed there? Its my favorite before I moved here

  • The Marlton is one of my favorite spots to take meetings and do work! The fireplace lounge situation is the winter is all the proper emojis related to excitement.

  • Laura Anne Gardner

    Love this post! So many great spots! If you need hotel recommendations for Tulum I have some in my travel guide!

    Xo
    Laura
    my-life-travels.com

  • Oh my all these hotels are pretty! Love this!
    http://theavantguardian.com

  • Jenny Callentine

    The Greenwich, Thonpson, and Surrey Hotels are three of our faves! Can’t wait to check out all of the ones you’ve listed above.

  • Vicki Hall

    Thanks for the amazing suggestions.

    http://www.glimmerlife.ca

  • Natalie Zimmerman

    What about The NoMad Hotel? I think you you like that one too.

    http://www.natalienotions.com

  • amy stone

    wythe hotel in williamsburg….absolutely one of my favorite hotels in new york and beyond! your list is fantastic should i need a staycation (always)!

  • I’m currently working on a “quick weekend inNYC” post. Would LOVE to team up with you or get your advice/input. I’m fairly new to the blog World (a little over a month in) and it’s opening my eyes to just how hard it is & how amazing it is.