New York City
Timeless, $$ (From $250)
Wave hello to Miss Lady Liberty herself at The Wagner, the five-star property steps from downtown's Financial District, World Trade Center, and waterfront Battery Park neighborhood. Catering to the frequent flyer cohort, the hotel offers spacious suites with sprawling views of the New York Harbor, private dining areas, and luxury accommodations that somehow feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the corporate commuters mere blocks away. The well-appointed lobby bar and its honey-wood banquettes serves cocktails from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekdays, making it an ideal location for discrete deal making — and busted deal consolation.
And as Lower Manhattan continues to develop, a downtown stay no longer hinders your appetite for NYC's best shopping, dining, and culture, which all await at nearby. Within a few minutes on foot are Brookfield Place and the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus (for high-end shops, trendy restaurants like Eataly and Seamore's, and attractions like a skating rink and sailing school), the 9/11 Memorial Museum, One World Trade Center, and Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Corporate with a sea breeze.
Standout Detail: Mere steps from the very tip of Lower Manhattan, the hotel boasts unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor action. In-room telescopes come in handy for seeing it all up close.
This Place Is Perfect For: Business professionals traveling to NYC who need early-morning access to Wall Street, want to unwind — discreetly — with luxury amenities, access to the nearby running path and waterfront, and entertain in high-end spaces for cocktails and power lunches.
Rooms: Even the smallest of the 298 rooms at The Wagner are massive by New York standards, with plenty of natural light and many with sprawling views of the Lady Liberty and the downtown waterfront. Seven styles of spacious suites (39 in all) offer convertible living spaces with French doors that seal the bedroom for privacy, dining areas with wet bar stations, large marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, and a separate guest powder room. For luxury ammenities, guests can expect 400-thread count Frette bed linens, Malin+Goetz bath products, plush bathrobes, and laptop safes.
On Site: The hotel's calm and expansive lobby, with large windows and old-school stately concierge desks, are a welcome cue that you won't feel cramped in any space here. While the interiors won't win any design awards, the accommodations are polished and inviting, with plush sofas in varying shades of beige, gold, and brown, limestone floors, and plenty of seating for informal business meet-ups. Corporate occasions can be accommodated by more than 18,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, all with wraparound views of the harbor and seasonal outdoor decks. The top floor workout facilities offer plenty of light and a large selection of machines and free weights. In the summertime, guests can take advantage of the grassy outdoor space or explore the nearby bike path on the hotel's complimentary cruisers. The concierge can also arrange tours of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Statue of Liberty, sailboat excursions, child care, and in-room spa treatments.
Food + Drink: Lobby restaurant and bar 2West is ideal for business travelers who prefer power lunches over board meetings. The sophisticated American bistro serves breakfast from 6:30 a.m., lunch, and dinner and has a separate bar area for cocktails and happy hour.
What to Do Nearby
Bustling by day, this prime downtown locale puts you within a hop, skip, and a jump of the Statue of Liberty or Staten Island Ferry, which is always good for a cruise, as well as the aforementioned Brookfield Place, The Oculus, 9/11 Memorial Museum, One World Trade Center, and Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. A touristy but worth it attraction is to ride the 100 floors of the Freedom Tower to One World Observatory, where lunch and drinks are served with the best view in NYC. In the summertime, spend time strolling the picturesque Battery Park promenade, ending back up at Pier A Harbor House for a pint and fish 'n' chips to watch the sunset on the outdoor picnic benches. Subway access is superb in this area: Six trains — many of them express — can zip you up, down, and around to all points in the five boroughs.