Where to stay in New York

From a restored Manhattan icon to an eco-chic Brooklyn base

The Mark has character to spare, thanks to its beamed ceilings, monochrome bathrooms, sash windows and red leather and cowhide bar
The Mark has character to spare, thanks to its beamed ceilings, monochrome bathrooms, sash windows and red leather and cowhide bar

THE UPPER EAST SIDE For a hotel that’s in the city centre yet offers succour from its occasional overwhelmingness, look no further than The Mark (themarkhotel.com; from $725). This is a place with character to spare, from its beamed ceilings, monochrome bathrooms and sash windows to its red leather and cowhide bar (which should be outré, but somehow works). Judging from the tables one can book across town as a guest here, The Mark excels at “great relationships”, though its own outpost of the Jean-Georges Vongerichten empire, one of that chef’s most charming, makes it tempting to just stay.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located in a 10-storey tower overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park and the pinnacles of Wall Street
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located in a 10-storey tower overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park and the pinnacles of Wall Street
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BROOKLYN The latest of Brooklyn’s multitude of white-hot attractions is 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (1hotels.com; from $350), part of the ultra-sustainable luxury brand launched by Starwood Capital founder Barry Sternlicht in 2014. It arrived earlier this year in a 10-storey tower overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park and the pinnacles of Wall Street, and has rooms clad in reclaimed timber from Upstate New York, each suffused with natural light and furnished with hemp-blend mattresses and triple-filtered “house water”.

The Beekman’s landmark 1883 building features a stunning nine-storey atrium
The Beekman’s landmark 1883 building features a stunning nine-storey atrium
The Whitby’s 86 rooms showcase Firmdale co-owner Kit Kemp’s love of bold contrasts
The Whitby’s 86 rooms showcase Firmdale co-owner Kit Kemp’s love of bold contrasts

LOWER MANHATTAN The renaissance of Lower Manhattan continues and, with such a dense concentration of tastemakers per block, the renowned chefs – Nobu Matsuhisa, April Bloomfield, Wylie Dufresne – and cool hotels were bound to follow, including now The Beekman (thebeekman.com; from $319). Thompson Hotels’ restoration of this landmark 1883 building has kept the stunning nine-storey atrium and added a 51-storey tower with Martin Brudnizki-designed rooms. Manning the restaurants are none other than Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally – whose Odeon restaurant, just up West Broadway, more or less put downtown on the map almost 40 years ago.

The Edition hotel is located in NoMad’s iconic “Clocktower” building
The Edition hotel is located in NoMad’s iconic “Clocktower” building | Image: Nikolas Koenig
The Lowell was reinvented by Michael Smith, the Obamas’ choice for White House decor
The Lowell was reinvented by Michael Smith, the Obamas’ choice for White House decor

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN The Whitby (firmdalehotels.comfrom $695), Firmdale Hotels’ second New York property, boasts a mint location on West 56th Street, putting a good dozen of the city’s top restaurants, theatres and cultural venues within a 10-minute walk. The 86 rooms showcase Firmdale co-owner Kit Kemp’s love of bold colour and even bolder contrast, along with the now-requisite Firmdale cinema (this one with 130 seats) and enfilade of private-event rooms.

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MADISON SQUARE PARK Ian Schrager’s Edition hotel (editionhotels.com; from $525) is located in NoMad’s iconic “Clocktower” building, a storied piece of New York City architectural history completed in 1909 and now lovingly restored – and smartly outfitted – by the master hotelier. It’s a great base for Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, with its oversized windows capitalising on park views, while a winding staircase leads to a stylish destination-restaurant overseen by UK chef Jason Atherton. The lobby feels like a New York apartment circa 1920, and features Christian Liaigre floor lamps and Alvar Aalto-inspired leather chairs, all in muted beiges, white and silver. The hotel’s pièce de résistance is a 1,400sq ft penthouse apartment with 360° vistas of Manhattan’s iconic landmarks.

LENOX HILL The Lowell (lowellhotel.com; from $520) reopened in October 2016 after being reinvented by Michael Smith (the Obamas’ choice for White House decor). With its restaurant, Majorelle, and its bar also completely redesigned and under the aegis of Charles Masson, of La Grenouille fame, this is about as elder-statesman as it gets for New York fine dining.

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