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10 Charming Hotel Picks For All Kinds of NYC Trips

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Photo courtesy of Hotel Barrière Fouquet's New York.

A non-stop city that draws the world to its shores needs heaps of hotels where visitors can crash, stash, and recover — before going out for more. To help narrow down the sea of choices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, here are ten top selections for just about any occasion, selected by Fathom editors for Paisly by JetBlue.


Cheap & Cheerful

A buzzy Flatiron hotel drawing the creatively inclined — or at least those who like to be surrounded (and inspired!) by funky design. The affordable charmer is known for its lively rooftop bar, The Broken Shaker, and comfortable public spaces, like the plant-filled mezzanine lounge, the vibrant Latin American restaurant on the ground floor, and the spacious and art-filled bar and dining room with southwestern flair (a nod to Georgia O'Keeffe), where locals and tourists dip in to dine, drink coffee, kick back, and recharge after hitting the pavement. The rooms are more utilitarian than the common areas, and sometimes a little dorm-y: Groups looking to crash on the cheap can share rooms with bunk beds. The overall vibe is fun, fresh, and stylish.

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The High Line Hotel

Love Is in the Air

A striking1865 red brick seminary dormitory with stained-glass windows, pine floors, and private garden grounds has been converted into a unique and chic boutique hotel with cozy, guesthouse-inspired rooms filled with homey furnishings, fluffy bedding, and large windows looking over the elevated (and very special) High Line on one side and an enclosed garden oasis on the other. The lobby library doubles as a bustling coffee bar; yoga classes and events and performances are staged in the Hogwarts-like old refractory. A 1957 double-decker bus from England is parked in the walled-in cocktail garden and serves as a funky little spot to enjoy bites and a cocktail.

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Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Hotel.

The Wall Street Hotel

Here on Business

Well-heeled guests who need to be in the Financial District but are allergic to all aspects of banker bro culture will appreciate this stylish and elegant hotel that reflects both the area — most strikingly, a mural in the sumptuous lobby bar that envisions a playful NYC skyline — and the company's Australian roots — the Aboriginal art pieces commissioned for the rooms have travel themes interpreted by the artists. The lobby bar, Lounge on Pearl, is a cozy and sophisticated destination.

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Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Cozy & Cool

A Georgian revival with stained-glass accents on a tree-lined street in a neighborhood where great hotels are in very short supply. The rooms are swanky if small, furnished with custom-designed Art Deco versions of the usual hotel decor suspects: queen bed, armoire, desk, armchair. The Society Cafe is a jazzy spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the cozy library and Parlour hosts live music and serves cocktails for guests and neighborhood regulars. A hidden gem especially in winter months, when a seat and well-mixed drink by a roaring fire are in high demand.

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ModernHaus Soho


A glass stack at the edge of Soho, close to Chinatown, Tribeca, and the West Side waterfront promenade, it is the right hotel for the times, and exactly what NYC needs now: an upscale hotel with downtown vibes, an outstanding restaurant high on culinary rigor and low on chef-y pretensions, tons of outdoor, urban garden spaces, and a cool rooftop bar where you feel like this ever-changing city is yours for the taking. The art collection is impressive, as is the coffee program. A great spot for serious shoppers who want to be in close proximity to boutiques and the wild stretch of Canal Street known for hawkers selling designer knock-offs.

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Photo courtesy of Hotel Barrière Fouquet's New York.

Hôtel Barrière Fouquet's New York


Group Barrière, known primarily for chic hotels throughout France (Paris, Courcheval, Cannes), brings their very French elan to a quiet stretch of Tribeca. The 97 guest rooms and suites designed by very busy hotel designer Martin Brudnizki feature Art Deco-inspired furnishings in pastels and a fantastic custom toile de jouy wallpaper that replaced the typical frolicking French maidens with the Statue of Liberty, The Odeon, downtown tenement buildings, and subway entrances. Also on site are Brasserie Fouquet's New York, hidden Titsou Bar, Spa Diane Barrière (there’s a pool!), and Cannes Cinema screening room where the seats are plush chairs and chaise lounges.

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The Lowell

It’s a Splurge

Rising 17 stories up and overlooking the Upper East Side and beyond, the five-star stunner has all the trappings of a sophisticated life lived Uptown: sumptuous textiles and elegant fireplaces in the spacious suites, top-notch service (with a concierge ready to unlock the city for you), and over-the-top dining rooms and hideaways for enjoying meals, tea, and cocktails. The landmark building is set among beautiful townhouses on East 63rd Street between the iconic shopping avenues of Madison and Park (just around the corner from Chanel and Hermès) and a short stroll from Central Park, the Guggenheim, and The Met.

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Moxy Times Square

Party Vibes

This particular Marriott offshoot checks all the boxes for travelers who want a lively, cool, comfortable, and price-sensitive hotel in the middle of the tourist explosion that is Midtown Manhattan (i.e.: at the juncture of Macy's and Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park, and Broadway). The hotel offers immersive social spaces, including a rooftop bar with mini golf and iconic skyline views, a gym, tattoo parlor, barbershop, "dining lounge," and bakery — which more than makes up for the compact yet well-designed rooms (there are over 600 of them). Great for first-timers, big groups, and weekend warriors looking for a fun place to crash. Moxy also has other NYC great neighborhood outposts in Chelsea, the East Village, the Lower East Side, and Williamsburg.

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Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel Brooklyn.

Ace Hotel Brooklyn


Longtime hotel collaborators Roman and Williams used the artist studio as their design cue: The colors, textures, and custom furnishings throughout the hotel are industrial yet earthy and rough-hewn. The spacious and inviting lobby is filled with concrete and oak and a double-sided fireplace. The old pros really nail the details to make the new building feel like an adaptive reuse project, and the Brooklyn locale delivers on all the things you expect from your OG neighborhood boutique Ace: great art collaborations, cozy meeting areas, a strong coffee game, lots of Apple laptops, a community workspace, and a great seating-to-outlet ratio. This is a great spot for creative directors, food influencers, and new parents who want their (older) parents to visit them in Brooklyn. If you'd rather stay in Manhattan, Ace also has an outpost in NoMad.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Sustainable Stay

A sustainable beauty with jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline from across the East River. Decor is driven by modern design use of organic materials, like rough-hewn woods and lots of plant life. Modest couples should note that rooms are compact with a semi-open floor plan (hello! from the shower). The hotel opens up onto Brooklyn Bridge Park's verdant waterfront promenade, affording easy access to the ferry, Dumbo, and the Brooklyn Bridge. This is the sister property to 1 Hotel Central Park.

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