Welcome to the second part of our hottest new hotels list. Without further ado, here are our last 10 choices.
In May, urban adventurers gained a new reason to check out Queens, when Long Island City’s Boro Hotel debuted, offering sweeping views back to Manhattan from its rooftop as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows of its 108 industrial-chic loft-like rooms, many with balconies.
Back in Brooklyn, the same folks behind the Boro will launch the BKLYN House Hotel in July, taking cues from its arty, rough-around-the-edges Bushwick location for the design of its 116 rooms and the atmosphere of its street-side patio and roof deck.
At Thompson’s newly redone Smyth, in TriBeCa, top chef Andrew Carmellini has opened Little Park. There, the low-key style and simple local dishes emphasizing the fresh and seasonal belie the restaurant’s potential as a de facto Conde Nast Café for high-profile editors and publishing-side types who can’t stand the offerings of their new cafeteria at the nearby One World Trade Center.
Further uptown, the Gerber Group — beloved for buzzed-about Stone Rose Lounge at the Time Warner Center and more recent rooftop at the Viceroy on 57th Street — has just debuted Irvington, replacing Todd English’s Olives at the W Union Square. The open-kitchen spot, designed by rising Brooklyn-based hospitality wunderkinds Crème and featuring a brick oven and rotisserie, celebrates its proximity to the city’s largest Greenmarket, with hearty yet refined, seasonally driven Mediterranean-accented New American dishes plus bottled cocktails and juices from Liqueteria.
And in Midtown, at The Quin, which just welcomed new 17th-floor terrace suites, the year-old Wayfarer brings a bit of the beach to its otherwise well-tailored lounge-like vibe — don’t miss live jazz upstairs on Mondays — with a spring menu heavy on raw bar offerings, seafood platters, Maine sea scallops and lobster, in both bisque and roll form.
If you’re after a personal cleanse: The Trump International Hotel & Tower New York’s “New York, New York” puts together a personal training session and $100 spa credit with bottles from Heartbeet Juicery and on-demand fitness apparel from Under Armor. The Peninsula, meanwhile, makes staycations with the kids easy — or at least slightly less of a money-suck — with a “Family Suite Package” offering 50 percent off a connecting room when you book a one-bedroom suite; especially of note here is the May 1 reopening of the hotel’s chaise lounge-lined sun terrace.
The pool’s the thing at Chelsea’s Dream Downtown, too, where the Friday-night “Hair of the Dog” reserves you a pair of shaded lounge chairs at The Beach — the hotel’s sand-covered patio and glass-bottomed outdoor pool — plus a so-called hangover burger and fries from the bar and grill, followed by a blow out in the hotel’s new celebrity-stylist IGK Salon and priority access to the hotel’s Sunset Saturday rooftop party.
The Plaza’s New Yorker keeps staycating simple, offering a 10 percent room-rate discount to any and all locals, with a New York State driver’s license, looking to get away from it all without getting out of town.
All 88 rooms at the Greenwich Hotel are individually decorated with luxurious design goods from around the world. The rooms include free Wi-Fi access and a minibar stocked with free snacks. The Greenwich Hotel has a knowledgeable concierge staff to help guests plan their stay in New York. Other features include the on-site Shibui Spa, offering a variety of massages and treatments. Locanda Verde is the hotel’s on-site restaurant. It serves drinks and Italian cuisine in a relaxing and casual setting.
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Finally, Midtown’s recently renovated Warwick has just launched “Party Packages” in its five new Signature Suites, encouraging small-group revelry along each space’s theme — a “Musical Feast” in the Follies Suite, say, complete with tunes, hors d’oeuvres, Champagne and dinner.
So, having read this list of 20 new hotels, do you have a favorite? If you could, which one you’d like to visit when in new York?