The Best Hotels in NYC for All Your Out-of-Town Guests

It’s a classic New York story: Girl follows her dreams and moves to the city. Girl is immediately inundated with requests from relatives, friends, acquaintances and near-strangers to stay with her. Next time you’re faced with a lodging inquiry, send ’em to one of these hotels instead (and both parties will be much happier).

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1. Twa Hotel

Good for: Your friend who has a long layover on her way to Europe; your Mad Men–obsessed brother

Probably the most anticipated opening of the year is the resurrection of the 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK. Aside from the convenience of being right off the AirTrain, it boasts tons of retro touches (like a “Twister room” and mid-century museum exhibits curated by the New-York Historical Society), a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a rooftop pool and a cocktail bar housed inside an old airplane. (Pro tip: You can also access the pool and fitness center with a day pass, should you find yourself with some time to kill before a flight.)

1 Idlewild Dr., JFK Airport;

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2. Times Square Edition

ICYMI, Times Square is cool now—and if you need further evidence, look to this five-star hotel, which opened in March. It features plush accommodations, four different dining concepts (developed by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser) and, yes, proximity to the M&M’s store—though we’d prefer to stick around for dinner theater at Paradise Club instead.

701 Seventh Ave.;

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3. The Hoxton Williamsburg

There are a lot of excellent hotels to choose from in the ’Burg, and the latest to join the fray is this U.K. brand’s first stateside outpost (it has since expanded to Chicago, L.A., and Portland, Oregon). The decor is the stuff of Pinterest-board dreams (velvet and brass accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, bespoke printed linens) and, if the weather cooperates, there’s a gorgeous rooftop bar to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset.

97 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;

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4. The Arlo Soho

Good for: Your multitasking college roommate; your childhood friend who gets overwhelmed by the city

This downtown oasis offers cozy rooms and common spaces that will make even the most nervous non–city dwellers feel at home. There’s also a stacked calendar of events like storytelling nights and candle-making workshops, a seasonally decked-out courtyard and a rooftop bar, a daily wine hour, a 24-hour café and an on-site location of celeb favorite Cutler Salon.

231 Hudson St.;

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5. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

This Dumbo hot spot not only takes design cues from nature (think reclaimed wood and living green walls) but employs sustainable practices across the board. Oh, it also has in-room hammocks, complimentary Tesla rides and a swanky rooftop pool.

60 Furman St., Brooklyn;

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6. Moxy East Village

The Moxy chain knows a thing or two about creating a #mood, so it’s no surprise that its brand-new outpost follows suit. For starters, the all-day lobby bar boasts movable seating, swinging chairs, Skee-Ball, a book cart by the Strand and LPs from Academy Records (which you can play on a vintage turntable). There’s also a breathtaking on-site restaurant, Cathédrale, along with an underground lounge and a forthcoming rooftop bar.

112 E. 11th St.;


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7. The Whitby

This property, two blocks from Central Park, is from the folks behind the popular Crosby Hotel. Colorful patterned textiles are everywhere (headboards, curtains, dining chairs), along with eclectic artwork and antiques, and each room features floor-to-ceiling windows (with actual light, a rarity in midtown). Be sure to stop by for afternoon tea, served in the elegant orangery.

18 W. 56th St.;

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8. Public Hotel

“Luxury for all” is the motto at this downtown hot spot. You won’t find bellhops, room service or a traditional reception desk here, but you will find chic, minimalist rooms; a quick-service “dining shelf” on each floor; two restaurants (helmed by wonder chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten); and a performance space that hosts everything from film screenings to concerts.

215 Chrystie St.;

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.