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12 Boutique Hotels in New York City We Love

March 25, 2024

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Our definition of a boutique hotel is one that’s intimate, charming and idiosyncratic. It doesn’t have to be small, per se, but it should feel that way: more personable, more special, more character-driven. 

The best boutique hotels in New York City check all of those boxes. Below, we highlight a few of our favourite boutique hotels in NYC, from a tiny West Village gem to a luxe TriBeCa classic.

NYC boutique hotels with lots of character: the Whitby Hotel, Crosby Street Hotel, Hotel Chelsea & the Roxy Hotel New York

The Whitby & Crosby Street Hotel

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Both of these playful, vibrant properties belong to Firmdale Hotels, an ultra-chic, meticulously designed collection of luxury hotels across New York and London. Like all Firmdale properties, the Whitby and the Crosby are filled with art — pieces by famed contemporary artists, antiques, global finds — bold patterns and lots of colour. Head to the Whitby, in Midtown Manhattan, for proximity to the city’s top museums (hello, MoMA), Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Times Square, and to the Crosby for a glamorous Downtown moment.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • Welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Roxy Hotel New York

a chic living room with a caramel-colored leather couch

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Don’t be surprised if you catch many NYC locals working in the Roxy’s airy lobby. Guest rooms line the perimeter of the hotel, so the lobby feels far more communal and open, with an exceptionally high ceiling. (Think of the Roxy as a hollow, Art-Deco cylinder.) Django, the underground jazz club, is not to be missed, nor is a night in their cinema, where you can enjoy a classic movie and a cocktail.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £35 food / beverage credit, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Hotel Chelsea

a fancy living room with a purple couch and tiger-printed chairs

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Few hotels are as steeped in New York City’s history as Hotel Chelsea, a sister property to the Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa. Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin and countless other notables frequented this colourful, eclectic West Side gem. El Quijote, its famed Spanish restaurant, recently reopened. The restaurant is yet again a magnetic spot for savvy locals and travelers alike.

The best hotels for a moment of Downtown luxury: the Greenwich Hotel, the Mercer, Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York & 11 Howard

The Greenwich Hotel

an indoor pool beneath a ceiling covered with wooden beams

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Robert de Niro’s fashionable TriBeCa hotspot never gets old. Wooden floors, old books and bespoke objects decorate the spacious rooms. The hotel’s Shibui Spa is arguably the best in the city, complete with a serene pool area, steam showers, the softest Japanese robes and all-natural treatment products. After a day of exploring — or relaxing — make a beeline for Locanda Verde, the hotel’s sexy Italian restaurant helmed by an NYC favourite, chef Andrew Carmellini.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £75 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Mercer

a chicly minimalist living room with orange chairs, a green couch, and a bouquet of flowers on a coffee table

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The Mercer is where locals go when they need a break — a stylish, tasteful, beautifully appointed break. With six floors and just over 70 rooms, this SoHo hideaway feels especially intimate. We also love how the Mercer’s fitness centre is available by appointment only, so if training is your thing, you can do so in peace. End your day at Sartiano’s, the hotel’s dimly lit Italian restaurant.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • Hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, £20 daily breakfast credit, complimentary minibar snacks & soft drinks, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York

stylish living room with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf

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This luxury TriBeCa gem combines Parisian sophistication with a New York spirit. We love the feminine design (pastel hues, plush furniture, marble, fresh flowers), as well as the French-inflected dining options. There’s Titsou Bar, a tastefully opulent speakeasy, Par Ici Café, a vegetarian staple and Brasserie Fouquet’s New York, a bistro-inspired restaurant serving elevated French fare.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £75 food / beverage or spa credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

11 Howard

a minimalist hotel room with a white bed with a pink blanket

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This sleek, minimalist SoHo hotel is effortlessly cool. It’s Scandinavian-chic-meets-Downtown hip. Dine at Le Coucou, the hotel’s Michelin-Starred destination restaurant, which is consistently lauded for housing one of the city’s most beautiful dining rooms. And the wellness here is top-notch. 11 Howard has collaborated with HigherDOSE, the at-home light-therapy company, to create an onsite “infrared wellness spa.” Treatments include lymphatic drainage massages, red-light facials and (of course) infrared sauna sessions.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £15 daily food / beverage credit, welcome amenity, upgrade & late check-out whenever possible.

Boutique hotels with a beautifully approachable price: Freehand New York, Hotel 50 Bowery & the Marlton Hotel

Hotel 50 Bowery

an artsy hotel room with a white bed and modern art work

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The location of this NYC boutique hotel is prime: it’s in the heart of Chinatown, within walking distance of SoHo, Little Italy and the Lower East Side. In other words, you have easy access to Lower Manhattan’s best neighborhoods. Rooms are comfy, modern and colourful, and come with some pretty spectacular views.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £50 hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & early check-in whenever possible.

The Marlton Hotel

a white bed in a sun-lit hotel room with an abstract black light fixture

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No trip to New York City would be complete without a visit to the charming West Village, the idyllic setting of many a movie. The Marlton, just off of Fifth Avenue, embodies the neighbourhood’s chic vibe, but with a hipster edge. You’ll encounter many local New Yorkers working remotely in the handsome lobby, fueled by coffees served from the onsite espresso bar.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • £15 daily minibar credit, complimentary bottle of wine, breakfast daily, upgrade & late check-out whenever possible.

Freehand New York

a secret terrace garden with turquoise chairs

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This lively boutique hotel in New York’s Flatiron District has a young, buzzy and artistic vibe. Custom artwork from Bard students and alumni lines the walls, and the food-and-beverage outlets carry with them a fun, youthful energy. Don’t miss Broken Shaker, the hotel’s rooftop bar — and a past James Beard Award finalist, no less.

A boutique hotel in New York City that makes an excellent hipster hangout: the William Vale

The William Vale

a stylish rooftop restaurant overlooking a city skyline

IMAGE COURTESY OF THE WILLIAM VALE

The William Vale is so Brooklyn — in the best way. It’s hip, modern and vibey, with a great rooftop bar overlooking the East River and the Manhattan skyline. It’s also hyperlocal, near Williamsburg’s coolest boutiques, restaurants, bars and markets.

WeGalavant Perks:

  • Exclusive rates, breakfast daily.

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