When it comes to New York accommodation there’s something to satisfy every travel whim – from budget boltholes to international icons – but it’s the new breed of boutique beauties that most excite savvy travellers.

Escape the Big Apple tourist trail and book a hotel in one of the city’s five lively boroughs, where you’ll get to live the NY lifestyle for a few days.

There are hundreds of New York hotels to choose from, but here’s our guide to the big city’s best boutique bases.

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The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel in Chelsea’s dynamic Gallery District is a dapper estate occupying a former church seminary built back in 1895.

Guests now sleep in stylish rooms that were once dormitories crowded with budding Episcopalian priests, a new outdoor restaurant is ready to open in the front garden, and the Intelligentsia coffee corner morphs into a full-service bar every evening.

Rooms inside this theatrical gothic façade celebrate “vintage eclectic Americana” style and each chamber features vintage wallpaper, a historic rotary-dial telephone, heirloom rugs, assorted antiques, and books from Ingo Swann’s private collection.


Row NYC is plum in the middle of Midtown with the savvy hotel’s name inspired by the Eighth Avenue address which guarantees “front-row views” across Manhattan’s beating heart. The building is home to Time Square’s only food market, City Kitchen, where guests can sample signature dishes gathered from around the metropolis.

The homage to New York continues through guest floor colour schemes with the red, yellow, green, orange and blue rooms linked to the colours of the city’s subway lines and nearby neighbourhoods like Soho and The Village are honoured in the hallways.

1 Hotel Central Park

Occupying a room at 1 Hotel Central Park is as close travellers can get to glamping in New York’s green heart. This luxe eco-friendly address – just one block from The Pond on East 58th Street – boasts everything from a living green wall on the façade to intelligent motion sensors activating guest-room lights.

Bed headboards made from reclaimed barn wood, complimentary organic and seasonal fruit served to guests, and 24,000 plants hanging from the lobby ceiling are just a few other planet-friendly touches.