The pandemic may have caused an international hiatus of hotel openings, but you’d never know that if you walked around NYC right now. From brand new names to old favorites and reopenings, some of the biggest names in hospitality have made their mark in the city of late. Read on for our roundup of hotels to know.
Aman New York Garden Terrace, Robert Rieger
The Aman name needs little introduction, and the luxury brand’s latest outpost within NYC’s historic Crown Building stays true to its high hospitality standards. The newly opened Aman New York delivers on the guest experience its reputation is built on: generous amenities, unparalleled service and modern aesthetics that stay true to its Asian roots. Aman brings its signature sense of peace and tranquility to the bustling city through a vast three-floor spa, plus two unique spa houses, as well as the exclusive Aman Club (with dedicated facilities including private lounges, garden terrace, cigar lounge and wine room). Aman does embrace the city’s energy, though, with three exciting dining concepts and a jazz club with live performances.
Design dreams come true at RH Guesthouse, a new hospitality experience from the revered home brand. Steps away from the RH New York gallery in the Meatpacking District, RH Guesthouse occupies an 1887 loft building and offers the utmost privacy, starting with a private entrance. It’s as exclusive as it is chic: there are six rooms and three suites, each with two full bathrooms, a stocked gourmet pantry and personal gym equipment. Guests can take in sweeping views of the city and unwind on the rooftop pool and garden. Through the public entrance, visitors can indulge at The Dining Room restaurant or The Champagne & Caviar Bar.
Transport from Tribeca to Paris at Barrière Fouquet's New York. The French hotel brand’s first establishment in the US, the just-opened property was designed to evoke a cozy environment through Art Deco-inspired design, charming pastel hues and, of course, Parisian accents. Guests and visitors alike can get a taste of French favorite Fouquet’s Brasserie – the storied restaurant that originally opened in 1899.
Occupying one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood, Ritz-Carlton recently opened the doors to its NoMad hotel and residences. On par with the storied brand’s style, the property enlisted globally-recognized teams to create a contemporary design with nods to the surrounding Flower District, complete with seasonal floral installations as well as a notable art collection featuring local artists. From chef José Andrés’ Zaytinya to rooftop nightlife spot Nubeluz and a range of luxurious amenities, The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad offers the exquisite (and very on-brand) experience one would expect.
Hotel Chelsea Lobby Bar, Annie Schlechter
Newly reopened Hotel Chelsea invites guests to revel in its rich history juxtaposed against modern dining concepts and cocktail bars. The original architecture of the 1884 structure remains intact, and now features 155 restored guest rooms, The Lobby Bar lounge, event spaces including The Bard Room, El Quijote Spanish-inspired restaurant and myriad amenities.
Speaking of storied spaces: a Soho icon, you can never go wrong with a stay at The Mercer. Find respite from busy downtown days and nights with the best of boutique luxury, situated across six floors of a landmark Romanesque revival building. Regroup on the luxe couches in the lobby, check into a well-appointed loft or suite room and grab a bite at the stylish Mercer Kitchen.
The Wall Street Hotel has brought up the Financial District’s cool cred, with its striking design, luxurious rooms, versatile event spaces and upscale dining options. Guests of the 180-room property are surrounded by nods to classic New York residences, with worldly details like original artworks and curated libraries. The Wall Street Hotel is also home to chef John Fraser’s latest restaurant, the French brasserie-inspired La Marchande, as well as an all-day lobby bar. The high point of the hotel, though, is the private rooftop terrace, offering dazzling views of the New York Harbor and downtown’s busy streets.
The latest from Sydell Group, Penny is the first of its kind in NYC. Part hotel and part housing for Bard College graduate students, the Williamsburg property is entrenched in art. Beyond bringing the aforementioned art student community together, the team works with local non-profits LAND Gallery and Pure Vision Arts to showcase the works of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Cute and colorful, Penny features apartment-style accommodations suitable for short and long-term stays alike. While the hotel recently had its soft opening, keep an eye out for its F&B concepts coming early next year.
The first full-service boutique hotel in Washington Heights, Radio Hotel is a vibrant addition to the neighborhood – and the community. Inspired by the Dominican Republic, the colorful property pays homage to the country through details like chandeliers adorned with hair rollers to traditional carnival masks. Expect an equally authentic dining experience at Jalao NYC, the elevated Dominican restaurant that’s something of a cultural destination in its own right.
Japanese hotel brand Henn na opened its first international property in New York’s Midtown neighborhood, setting itself apart with tech-forward amenities and can’t-miss cuisine at Gosuke Akimitsu. Think: guests are welcomed in by an animatronic T-Rex in the lobby (a signature for the brand known for pioneering “robot hotels” in Japan). Plus, some rooms are outfitted with the LG Styler Closet, which steams and refreshes clothes with the push of a button – perfect for business travelers on the move.
Brazilian favorite Fasano made its fashionable debut in the US via New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The ideal locale for this private members’ club hotel, the intimate property is outfitted in bespoke, custom-designed furnishings. Members and partners reap the benefits of full-service lifestyle amenities, from private dining and a dedicated wine and spirits program to shopping appointments with partner brands.