A Guide to NYC’s Coziest Hotels
While we’re not looking forward to the next four months of ice puddles and bone-chilling winds, we will take any excuse to curl up in a plush armchair and sip a hot toddy. (Really, is there anything a hot toddy can’t fix?) If you’re not lucky enough to have your own fireplace waiting at home, make like a tourist and hole up in one of these hotels. You’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy in no time.
THE BOWERY HOTEL
Whether you decide to check in for a night or just camp out for an afternoon, this warm East Village landmark will instantly thaw out your soul. The lobby is known for its antique furniture, dark wood paneling, leather club chairs and wrought-iron chandeliers—all contrasted by colorful tapestry rugs and Moroccan tiles. It’s easily one of our favorite spots in the city for curling up with a good book and, more important, one of the signature Ginger Noggin cocktails.
335 Bowery; theboweryhotel.com
This is the one for those who like to people-watch…in the most comforting of settings, of course. The Beekman’s lobby is all understated, sophisticated charm with its large, romantic chandelier, yellow camelback couch and a variety of carefully placed art. Upstairs, you can stay in one of the two coziest suites in town, built directly inside the turrets of the historic 19th-century building. Downstairs, there’s the Temple Court restaurant, outfitted with velvet banquettes, a multicolor stained-glass window and antiqued mirrors. And beneath that is the Beekman’s pièce de résistance, the dimly lit and seductive subterranean bar Alley Cat Amateur Theatre, where guests will find marble pedestal tables and green velvet seating you can’t help but sink into as you sip your cocktail.
123 Nassau St.; thebeekman.com
The Greenwich Hotel
Tucked away far west in Tribeca, this heavenly hideaway is a celeb favorite—and it’s easy to see why. Each of the rooms here features one-of-a-kind decor and varying comforts so you can zero in on the vacay or staycation that feels just right for you. (That said, we’ll take this two-bedroom corner suite with its own fireplace any day of the week.) When you check in, you’ll have access to the Greenwich’s Drawing Room, a posh yet cushy environment to take a breather. The green fireplace flanked by floral arrangements and round-the-clock burning candles, arrangements of large chairs and couches in a variety of styles, perfectly styled built-in bookcases, and bright pink curtain and lampshade accents make this space all the more interesting when you find out the hotel staff is happy to serve you a cocktail in it.
377 Greenwich St.; thegreenwichhotel.com
The Marlton Hotel
Rich wood-paneled wainscoting, a marble fireplace, herringbone floors and tray ceilings filled with crown moldings and ornate medallions make this an intimate spot to kick up your feet. This Greenwich Village hotel, which was modeled after Paris as seen through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, calls its lobby a “living room for the community,” so you can enjoy its fruits and not have to worry about getting side-eye from the hotel staff. Just off the lobby, the cocktail bar—where red leather booths and bar stools accent an ornate bar surrounded by even more wood paneling—is another snug spot to hang out or meet a friend if you’re looking to be social.
5 W. Eighth St.; marltonhotel.com
The Dream Midtown
We’d normally classify this spot as more ritzy than cozy, but this season the hotel has transformed its indoor-outdoor bar, PHD Terrace, into the seasonal pop-up Midwinter Night’s Dream. The space channels a European garden, with hundreds of twinkling lights, walls covered with greenery and floral installations, and even a cozy swing for two. Oh, and don’t forget the seasonally appropriate offerings, including a s’mores-tini and a jumbo 14-inch gingerbread cookie skillet.
210 W. 55th St.; dreamhotels.com
Despite a recent reno that cloaked the downtown BK hotel in a contemporary new look, the Marriott has figured out how to keep things cozy in its open-concept restaurant and lounge, the Great Room Bar. The long, linear fireplace is the sexy centerpiece of this gathering place, surrounded by cushioned conversation booths, stools, oversized pillowy club chairs and sectional seating—perfect for meeting up with your crew and enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine from nearby Brooklyn Winery.
333 Adams St., Brooklyn; marriott.com
This downtown staple welcomes its guests with vintage furniture, giant chandeliers, white exposed brick, cowhide chairs and a limestone hearth-style fireplace that really gets roaring—it’s basically the romantic snuggle-up-with-your-bug space of our dreams. Our favorite part, though: The lobby menu is provided by Dirty French, meaning you don’t even need to remove yourself from one of the huge leather couches to enjoy a Chai Matsuda cocktail, a croque monsieur or the absurdly good lamb burger.
180 Ludlow St.; ludlowhotel.com