Luxury in New York – Where to stay in the Big City

Written by Mary Bradley Cassada, Sr. Travel Coordinator at Katherine Gould Travel

One of the most iconic cities of all time, a stay in the “City that that never Sleeps” is an experience that everyone should check off their bucket list. The good news is, no matter your age or how long you choose to stay, there will always be ample things to do, whether you’re an art, history, culinary, or culture aficionado. Every time I visit, there is always more to explore (and I am close to my tenth visit!).

My visit to Governor’s Island this summer – a new favorite spot!

Now the big question: where to stay? New York City boasts more than 700 hotels, so the decision can be overwhelming. Thankfully, we have some favorite preferred hotels already picked out. As an added bonus, the following amenities will be added to your stay when booking through Katherine Gould Travel:

  • Breakfast for two
  • $100.00 hotel credit
  • Upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
  • Welcome amenity

For the sophisticated traveler:

The Greenwich Hotel, TriBeCa

Inspired by the experience of staying in your friend’s lived-in apartment, The Greenwich Hotel is owned by Robert de Niro and opened in 2008 to bring life back to the City after 2001. The Hotel sits just a block away from the Hudson Riverin the quiet, low-key neighborhood of TriBeCa. The walls of the property feature paintings by de Niro’s father and there are historical artifacts placed throughout the hallways and guest rooms that were collected over a decade by the hotel’s board. There is a Shibui spa located at the base of the hotel that truly will whisk you away from the city while lounging by the pool. The Greenwich offers a variety of accommodations, from the beautiful corner suite with a view to the Denmark Suite, sure to make both couples and families comfortable!

The Denmark Suite
Underground Shibui Spa

The Ritz Carlton, Midtown

Luxurious, elegant, stately – this Ritz upholds the same standards that are set across the board for all Ritz hotels. What sets it apart in NYC is the central location with an unparalleled view of Central Park. I truly felt away from the hustle of Midtown even though I was just around the corner from it! The property recently completed a major renovation during which they upgraded all of the rooms and common areas, and also added a beautiful, everything-you-could-ask-for fitness center (you won’t even miss your Peloton – you can borrow theirs). Additionally, there’s a new Club lounge area offering some more privacy for your WFH needs.

One-of-a-kind views
Grand Park View Suite

The Lowell, Upper East Side

The oldest family-owned hotel in New York City, the Lowell was built in 1928 and has welcomed guests back to the hotel years and generations later (with a renovation or two in between, most recent one in 2017). There is a warm, residential vibe to the interior which was designed by the owners to make their guests feel right at home. European touches are scattered through the hallways and guest rooms, including fleur-de-lis carpets and Dorian columns. I am especially a fan of the beautiful terraces that overlook 63rd Street. The Lowell also has a special partnership with the Empire State Building and can offer a sunrise view experience from the top, with brunch included back at the hotel. The One Bedroom Suite is well-suited for a family with double beds and plenty of space, as well as double sinks and a tub. Best of all, there is a wood fireplace to be lit for chilly city nights.

What a breakfast view!
I do love a good bathroom selfie

For the looking-for-something-different traveler:

The Crosby Hotel, SoHo

Located in the heart of SoHo, the Crosby Hotel is quirky and colorfully designed, with each piece and painting sure to turn your head. The hotel is apart of a collection including eight London properties and one other NYC property (see later) and another one on the way (stay tuned!). You’ll notice British themes throughout your stay, including afternoon tea and a drawing room, offering a quaint respite from the hurried nature of the City. Though each room is unique in design with a large headboard and matching mannequin, as well as a full floor-to-ceiling window, the one and only Meadow Suite is the only room to offer its own private terrace and picnic to go with it. Another perk: the Crosby is pet-friendly!

The beautiful Meadow Suite
The Sculpture Garden – enjoy your breakfast and tea here!
These bathrooms are too nice to not take a selfie

The Whitby, Midtown

Built by the same hotel collection as the Crosby Hotel, the Whitby also features beautiful, hand-knit headboards as well as unique and colorful statement pieces. To differentiate it a bit from its New York sister, the Whitby is set just a couple blocks from Central Park and can offer a view of the Macy’s Day Parade from its Terrace Suites. There are more connecting room options (Deluxe, Luxury, Junior Suite, and more) options to make your family’s stay more comfortable. The Whitby offers the Terrace Suite with a beautiful walk out patio, perfect for coffee mornings and warm evenings. The Penthouse is a four bedroom option with several outdoor patios, clawfoot tubs, and even cedar closets. Don’t forget the movie theatre located at the base of the hotel featuring custom Ferrari-made seats (also offered at the Crosby Street).

More beautiful headboards
Featuring the double sinks!
Ferrari seats to enjoy Sunday movie nights!

Other Katherine Gould Travel favorites (also offering complimentary amenities):

The Langham, Fifth Avenue, Midtown

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, Midtown

We are looking forward to making your bucket-list trip to New York City a reality!

Loving the Manhattan views

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