7 Cool Hotels in The Big Apple: Where to Stay in New York

7 Cool Hotels in The Big Apple: Where to Stay in New York

In the "City That Never Sleeps" where can you get some shut-eye? Find out in this article!

New York, New York! This hustling and bustling city is one of the most famous ones in the entire world, and for good reason. As a center of culture, entertainment, arts, business, fashion and education, New York City is known all around the world for as a melting pot of people and experiences, and because of this, it receives millions of visitors every year who want to experience a little bit of life in “The Big Apple”. Traveling to New York can take a bit of planning, and to help you start, we recommend taking a look at these cool hotels to see which one is best for your trip:

Lotte New York Palace

If you’re dreaming of the ultimate luxurious vacation in New York, then Lotte New York Palace is the first place to look at. Its upscale services and amenities will ensure you have a memorable stay. It has a number of dining and drinking options on-site as well as a business center and luxury spa and fitness center. It’s quite a big hotel with over 900 rooms and suites, which are decorated with modern décor.

Elegance is seen in every corner, from the lobby to the hallways and the rooms and suites. Its most basic rooms are equipped with a marble bathroom, sitting area, internet access, a TV and an alarm-clock-slash-radio. Visitors can choose from views of the cathedral or the skyline.

As should be expected from a top hotel, its staff members will go out of their way to make your stay the best it could be, whether it means making your dream date happen by booking your reservations at a popular restaurant or calling on the hotel’s complimentary house car service for you. If you want something done, just call up the concierge, and they’ll try their best to make it happen.

455 Madison Ave at 50th St
New York, NY
(212) 888-7000

Casablanca Hotel Times Square

If big hotels aren’t your thing, then you can check out the Casablanca Hotel Times Square, a six story townhouse-turned-boutique-hotel. As a family-owned establishment, Casablanca Hotel is for visitors of the city who want a more private and personal treatment when it comes to their accommodation. Despite being a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the hotel is located in the heart of it, right by Times Square.

After a day of excitement, guests can retreat to their rooms, which are equipped with complimentary wireless internet access, custom furnishings, a TV, a DVD player and a CD player with FM radio. Guests can also request some items like a space heater, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker or a crib at no additional charge but depending on availability. Each room is homey and inviting, serving as the perfect place to get rest.

Aside from its room amenities, the hotel also has a 24-hour café that serves complimentary refreshments all day, such as tea, fruits, cookies and coffee, as well as complimentary breakfast and nightly wine and cheese reception. Additionally, they provide guests with complimentary passes to the New York Sports Club, which has a pool, sauna and exercise machines. With these services and its prime location, Casablanca Hotel definitely deserves its spot on our list.

147 West 43rd St
New York, NY
(212) 869-1212

YOTEL New York

Few other hotels fit the city life quite like the ultra modern YOTEL does. The futuristic hotel has automated check-in and check-out, a luggage-storing robot, a gym, complimentary wireless internet access, a variety of dining and drinking options and the largest hotel terrace in the city.

Their rooms (or “cabins” as they call them) are modern and simplistic, mimicking the hotel’s futuristic theme with a techno wall, flat screen TV, audio streaming, Monsoon shower, heated towel rack and spectacular views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of their cabins also have access to an outdoor area or terrace featuring a hot tub. Cool, right?

If you need more reasons to stay in YOTEL, then you should know that they also serve complimentary tea, coffee and muffins for breakfast. Guests also have all-day access to hot drinks, purified water and ice. Another plus is the hotel’s location, which is minutes away from attractions like Bryant Park and Times Square.

570 10th Ave
New York, NY
(646) 846-7340

Pod 51 Hotel

Geared towards the hip crowd looking for affordable accommodation is Pod 51. It has basic amenities like complimentary WiFi, dining options and a rooftop garden, which have all been designed to reflect the hotel’s trendy yet laid back image.

That ambiance is also reflected in the different rooms or “pods”. The pods are small but very clean and carefully designed. Each one has an iPod dock and LCD flat screen TV. Bathroom options depend on the type of room. The most basic rooms have access to shared bathrooms while other types have a private one within the room.

Overall, Pod 51 is a great choice for travelers who don’t mind having a tight space for a hotel room or sharing a bathroom with the rest of the guests on the floor. The highlights of the hotel would probably have to be how it’s designed as well as the view and vibe at its rooftop garden.

230 East 51st St
New York, NY
(212) 355-0300

The Empire Hotel

If budget isn’t an issue and luxury is at the top of your list, then one fantastic option is The Empire Hotel. Sitting at the Upper West Side, this sophisticated hotel offers superb amenities and services that are guaranteed to make their guests feel like royalty. In fact, the hotel was one of the locations on a hit TV series about New York’s young elites.

Lavish is the word for the hotel’s guestrooms, which all have a flat screen TV, an iPod docking station, a mini bar and the most sophisticated linens, bathroom amenities and furnishings. Each room, and the rest of the hotel for that matter, is decorated to reflect the earthy Central Park as well as the Lincoln Center’s modern design.

Guests also have access to on-site dining options as well as a fitness center. The best part about staying at The Empire Hotel? They have a pool deck with private cabanas and poolside food and drink service. An outdoor pool is not that common among New York hotels, so this one is definitely the top option for fans of taking a dip before or after a long day of exploring the city.

44 West 63rd St
New York, NY
(212) 265-7400


Looking for something new out of your New York hotel experience? citizenM will give you what you’re looking for. Walk into their lobby and feel right at home as if you’re in your living. That is, if your living room were as cool as citizenM’s. And if it were smack in the middle of The Big Apple.

Their rooms may be small, but you’ll have everything you need: a king-sized bed, a wall-to-wall window, a tablet MoodPad, free Wi-Fi and an LED TV with free premium channels.

The hotel has features like self check-in/check-out that takes way less time than it would at a normal hotel. It also has a casual canteen, which is open 24/7, so whether you’re in the mood for a croissant at 7AM or draught beer at 11PM, the canteenM has got your back. The hotel also has a rooftop bar with a 360-degree view as well as a gym. Need more convincing? I doubt it, but if you really are, just check out their website and see photos and reviews of this epic hotel.

218 West 50th St
New York, NY
(646) 846-7318

Room Mate Grace

One option that is both cool and charming is Room Mate Grace. With its proximity to the Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Times Square, this chic designer hotel is one of the top choices for accommodation in New York. Add to that an indoor pool, a steam room and gym and business centers, and you just might never leave.

The hotel has nine different types of rooms, and there’s one for you whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or in a big group. Each of their 139 rooms is uniquely decorated and features free WiFi, a flat screen TV, a full-length mirror, tea and coffee facilities and a mini bar. Space can be tight as they aren’t very big, but if you don’t mind that, then you’re in for a great stay.

Aside from amazing rooms and amenities, the hotel also has superior customer service. The staff members you will encounter throughout your stay are friendly and are always willing to help you with your questions and concerns. Combine all of these together, and that’s what makes Room Mate Grace one of the coolest places to stay in when in New York.

125 West 45th St
New York, NY
(212) 354-2323

New York City has got to be one of the most exciting destinations in the world, and it’s just about everyone’s dream to visit it. Before you get too excited about your trip, keep in mind what to look for when you’re looking for accommodation at any destination: locations, hotel amenities, room features and customer service. Make sure they fit your wants, needs and vision for the perfect trip.

Need more help planning your trip to New York? Check out the rest of our articles on Daring Penguin. Find out where to go, what to eat, which shows to watch and where to stay in New York.

(Photo of YOTEL cabin by Frank Tasche on Flickr.com)

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