6 Manhattan Hotels That Put You Where The Action Is
When visiting Manhattan, many find it imperative to stay near all the hot spots like Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Central Park. After a long day of sightseeing, it's nice to return to comfortable, luxurious lodgings without traveling far. This list, presented in no particular order, shares some top hotels centrally located in the city that never sleeps.
The #1 entry is Hotel 50 Bowery. Situated in Chinatown, it's a pet-friendly establishment that features modern furnishings, an on-site art exhibit, and panoramic views of the city from its glass-enclosed rooftop deck, The Crown. With its location on the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan, guests have easy access to explore some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, including SoHo, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, and Brooklyn.
Hotel 50 Bowery has an on-site fitness center that is open 24 hours, with Peleton bikes available. The second-floor lounge, the Living Room, offers work desks along with couches and chairs where guests can work and socialize. It also offers complimentary coffee, tea, and water throughout the day, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Coming in at #2, we have the Washington Jefferson Hotel in New York's Theater District. Located near Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and other attractions, the Hotel has a range of rooms in budget-friendly options, including petite rooms and junior suites.
The Washington Jefferson's rooms all feature Frette linens and towels, as well as C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. The Hotel offers an assortment of services suited to business travelers, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, printing, copy and fax services, a multilingual staff, and town cars available to book.
For #3, we present the InterContinental New York Barclay. Originally constructed as part of an expansion of Grand Central Terminal, this luxury Midtown East establishment was one of four notable railroad hotels built to service the well-heeled men and women traveling to the city. Today, its guestrooms are furnished with Federalist details and local artwork, and are all pet-friendly.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant, the Parlour, which features several sustainable food offerings, using organic, locally-grown produce whenever possible. The Barclay's rooftop garden grows herbs, often used in its dishes and cocktails, and boasts an apiary that produces hundreds of pounds of honey each year.
Up next, at #4, we find Lotte New York Palace, a historic landmark in Midtown. It has two dining outlets: VILLARD restaurant, which serves a la carte breakfast and weekend brunch, and Pomme Palais, a casual French market-style cafe. There are a total of four bars and lounges on the property as well. Guests will also find a luxury spa and fitness center, a full-service business center, and complimentary house car service.
Lotte New York Palace has served as a backdrop for an array of TV shows and movies, such as Gossip Girl, Will & Grace, 30 Rock, Law & Order, and 27 Dresses. Those looking to host a meeting or event at the historic building can avail themselves of event managers, concierge staff, catering services, and assistance with music, flowers, and entertainment selections.
The #5 entry is Ink 48 Hotel. This boutique inn is located in the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen. It has hundreds of loft-like rooms and suites available, with many offering views of the city or of the Hudson River. Some have spa showers and soaking tubs. Steps from The Glasshouse event space, Ink 48 is also situated near the shopping and culture mecca Hudson Yards and the Javits Center.
The establishment's in-house restaurant, PRINT, serves farm-to table fare, with a forager sourcing the ingredients. Its sister venue, The Press Lounge, offers craft cocktails and light bites from the Hotel's rooftop. A former 1930s printing press, the building is a unique setting for business meetings. Guests can choose such accommodations as the Heaven Over Hell Penthouse Suite, a 1,100-square-foot living area with a private rooftop terrace.
Rounding out our list at #6 is The Lexington Hotel in Midtown East. It offers many rooms of various sizes, including several suites that are themed after famous figures from history, such as Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Arthur Godfrey, many of whom were guests at the Hotel. The creativity and glamour of the Jazz Era is incorporated throughout the 1929 Art Deco building.
The Lexington is a pet-friendly establishment, so guests can bring their furry friends along. The Hotel has a partnership with NOMI Beauty to provide in-room hair, makeup, massages, and other services. Its fitness center is equipped with cardio machines and weights, and is open 24 hours.