5 Best New Hotels In New York City For 2016

January 14, 2016 6:00 AM

When it comes to hotels, there are plenty to choose from in the city that never sleeps. Here are five new properties in New York City that are definitely worth the splurge. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: Hotel Indigo)

(credit: Hotel Indigo)

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Live like a lower east sider at the newly opened Hotel Indigo. This posh yet inviting space opened up its doors in December, offering sweeping views of the city, a rooftop pool, and a marketplace filled with goodies from nearby shops like Russ & Daughters, Liquiteria, Pickle Guys, and Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Grab a drink on the 15th floor at Mr. Purple, the hip restaurant and bar that’s serving up Bottled Moscow Mules and Negronis as well as signature cocktails like the LES (Jameson Black Barrel whiskey, Appleton v/x rum, lime juice, grenadine, nutmeg) and the Girl Next Door (Grey Goose vodka, byrrh, mint, blackberries, lemon juice, and soda water). If you really want to splurge, reserve a night in the penthouse, which offers floor to ceiling 360-degree views of the city.

(credit: The Paul Hotel)

(credit: The Paul Hotel)

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If you’re looking for a quirky place to stay (as well as where the kids will be happy) then make your way to The Paul Hotel in NoHo. This place is contemporary and filled with splashes of color. It’ll be easy to make the kids happy thanks to the Bunk Mod – a room with twin bunk beds, an en suite rain shower, mini fridge, and 2 flat screen TVs. Wake up and enjoy a buffet breakfast at La Mesa, located downstairs on the first floor, or grab a cocktail during happy hour (the Mesa Bull is quite tasty). You can even enjoy some sweet benefits (like discounted rates and a complimentary breakfast) if your first name is Paul, Paula, Paulo, or any other variation of the name Paul. Pretty cool, right?

(credit: The Knickerbocker)

(credit: The Knickerbocker)

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If you haven’t been to the Knickerbocker Hotel yet, you’re missing out. Not only is the space gorgeous but the rooftop lounge (St. Cloud) has a view of Times Square that is not to be beat. This premiere luxury hotel is spacious and quiet, despite being located in one of the busiest parts of the city. The Martini Suite (it’s said that the martini was created in The Knickerbocker’s barroom back in 1912) comes with a complimentary history book, welcome VIP amenities, a Nespresso machine in suite, and two complimentary martini’s prepared table side at Charlie Palmer at the Knick. These drinks are made just as they were over 100 years ago – with dry gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. Take in the views of the city before retiring back into your luxurious bed at this transformed hotel.

(credit: Facebook/The Baccarat Hotel & Residences)

(credit: Facebook/The Baccarat Hotel & Residences)

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Those looking for a luxurious stay can book their rooms at the Baccarat Hotel. Every inch of this hotel (and residences) sparkles thanks to the opulent and distinctive touches created by design duo Gilles & Boissier. Make sure to look up at the beautiful Baccarat crystal chandeliers that hang from above and definitely take your time enjoying a drink at the bar. Reserve your spot for dinner at Chevalier, the hotel’s restaurant, which is led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante. Relax at the Spa de La Mer, dive into their luxurious indoor pool, or take a spin in the hotel’s vintage CitroenDS (with a chauffeur, of course). Did we mention that the Museum of Modern Art is located right across the street? You definitely don’t have to take the subway from this hotel in order to get to some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.

(credit: aloftmanhattandowntown.com)

(credit: aloftmanhattandowntown.com)

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Aloft is now open in the Financial District along with their popular xyz bar. This energetic hotel is comprised of colorful and bright rooms and is also pet friendly (pooches can even get their own pet bed). Plus, you can access your room with your smartphone using SPG Keyless – making that plastic keycard a thing of the past. You may want to hang out in the lobby for a while because this space feels more like an adult playroom than a swanky New York hotel; a round of pool anyone? Although there isn’t technically room service available, guests can always nosh on snacks and breakfast items from their Re:fuel area downstairs. Don’t forget to grab a drink at the xyz bar and enjoy the mood music and eclectic lighting – as well as their specialty infused cocktails. Bottoms up!

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.