January 11, 2023
Tablet is your source for discovering the world’s most exciting boutique hotels — places where you’ll find a memorable experience, not just a room for the night. For over twenty years we’ve scoured the earth, evaluating hotels for every taste and budget, creating a hand-picked selection that’s proven and unforgettable. Now, we’re the official hotel selection of the legendary MICHELIN Guide. Here are the top boutique hotels in Tribeca & Wall St, New York City.
What do we know about the Greenwich Hotel? It’s got a celebrity owner (none other than Robert DeNiro), a prime Tribeca location, impeccable design credentials courtesy of one of New York’s top firms, Grayling Design, and some truly obsessive construction, having something to do with thousands of very expensive handmade bricks. Now there’s no question that all these things make for great press, but do they mean anything to the guests?
Of course they do. While you might not be literally partying with Bobby (or even really encouraged to refer to him as Bobby, for that matter) there’s no question the Greenwich is an establishment that values privacy and discretion, two values many of today’s publicity-hungry boutique hotels lack. The location, in a neighborhood that’s become indelibly associated with DeNiro, places you roughly where hip and upscale intersect, minutes from more shopping and nightlife than any one neighborhood could reasonably need.
Hard to believe an architectural gem of the Beekman’s stature went neglected for so many years, but we’re happy to report that it’s back in business, and it’s been put to the best possible use. (We would say that, wouldn’t we?) The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, to give it its full name, is an Old New York original, an 1881-vintage skyscraper from the days when a skyscraper meant nine stories of terraced red brick. And if the silhouette doesn’t convince you of its landmark status, a glance upwards surely will, as you walk across the towering central atrium with its pyramidal glass skylight.
Over the years Thompson has built itself into the sort of operation where you more or less know what to expect when you hear the name: a certain blend of retro-modern style, comforts that are solidly high-end without feeling extravagant or ostentatious, and public spaces that don’t just look after the guests but bring in the local life as well. At the Beekman, though, they’ve upped the ante a bit. The rooms, thanks to the historical structure, are spacious and solid, and the big, beautiful windows fill them with natural light. A few modern-vintage touches, like barn-style bathroom doors and dedicated cocktail tables, complete the picture.
When some big chains venture into boutique-hotel territory, the result is basically the same old chain hotel, with an extra helping of funky plastic furniture. Not so with the Hyatt group’s Andaz sub-brand. The hotels under the Andaz banner are about more than just design; they’re boutique in philosophy as well, each one of them intensely localized — the London and West Hollywood outposts are as different as their respective cities, and a hotel doesn’t get much more Lower Manhattan than the Andaz Wall Street.
The casual deskless check-in sets the tone for a stay that’s not exactly typical. Today’s Wall Street leaves the traditional Gotham look to Midtown, and the Andaz, designed by New York’s own Rockwell Group, follows suit. You can expect the glossy finishes and lavish fittings of a luxury hotel that’s located at the heart of the financial world, but there’s also a healthy dose of downtown hipster funk, from the rough brick walls in the bedrooms to the impeccably sourced farm-fresh cuisine. And underneath it all is a high-end hotel by a group that certainly knows high-end — the bathrooms, for example, are as luxurious as those in any Park or Grand Hyatt, just a little sexier, in patented Manhattan black-on-black.
Whether it’s an advantage or a disadvantage is somewhat in the eye of the guest, but one thing’s for sure: the most notable feature of Gild Hall is its location. Just a few hundred yards from Wall Street, this is deep in the heart of the financial district, a place that not too many years ago used to turn into a ghost town by about seven in the evening.
It turns out bankers and brokers have plenty of taste. Forget about tired Nineties minimalism — this place is full of character, right down to the split-level library and champagne bar, complete with fully-functioning books (pages and all) and clubby leather sofas. This, one imagines, is where the masters of the financial universe come to unwind after the closing bell.
Tribeca is one of Manhattan’s oddest blends, a district mixing the arty downtown cool of Soho with the big-money sheen of the financial district, the spot where 19th-century cobblestones meet sleek industrial architecture, with a dash of bright light courtesy of the sun going down over the Hudson (not to mention several of New York’s best restaurants). Perfectly exemplifying this blend of high gloss and arty edge is the Roxy Hotel New York.
Downtown funk comes in the form of the brick and iron facade, and that natural light can’t fail to penetrate the wide glass roof of the eight-story atrium, making most other New York hotels feel gloomy and claustrophobic by comparison. Far from huge, though large enough by New York standards, rooms are organized around the atrium, each exquisitely designed and hyper-modern, yet authentically calming. High-speed internet and a work desk ensure you’ll get your work done. No shortage of luxuries, either, including Frette linens and robes and a selection of Five Wits bath products, which you’ll surely feel tempted to liberate.
If the South Street Seaport isn’t the first neighborhood that springs to mind when you think of New York City, that’s a point in Mr. C Seaport’s favor. This is a corner of town, at the foot of the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, that was rather poorly treated by Hurricane Sandy, but has since taken the opportunity for a bit of growth and redevelopment. The local restaurants and shops have gone upscale, and the newest hotel is a stylish one indeed: the sequel to the Cipriani family’s Mr. C Beverly Hills is the new occupant of a Federal-style landmark with rooftop views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge Park beyond.
The design, by Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, brings a bit of European style to the interiors, which look out over unmistakably New York vistas. With a mere 66 rooms and suites, it’s got a remarkably intimate atmosphere, and each unit is larger than the New York average. Not only that, but they’re luxurious down to the details, like Italian-made linens, conveniently placed electronics, and indulgent bathrooms with rain showers.
More boutique hotel lists in the New York Area:
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View our entire selection of Boutique Hotels in New York City
Many people visiting New York for the first time are shocked with the size of the rooms (smallish). If you need some space and are not looking to book a suite, here are some boutique hotels with larger standard rooms:
Four Seasons Hotel New York Midtown
The Dominick Soho
Conrad New York Midtown Midtown
The St. Regis New York Midtown
Crosby Street Hotel Soho
Park Hyatt New York Midtown
There are plenty of great dining experiences in New York boutique hotels but here are a few recognized by The MICHELIN Guide we recommend:
The New York Edition
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
The top-rated boutique hotels in Soho are:
Crosby Street Hotel 19.5/20 Guest Rating
The Mercer 19/20 Guest Rating
Sixty Soho 18/20 Guest Rating
For more information, view our Best Boutique Hotels in Soho.
The top-rated boutique hotels in Midtown are:
The Whitby 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Merrion Row Hotel and Public House 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Andaz 5th Avenue 18.5/20 Guest Rating
For more information, view our Best Boutique Hotels in Midtown.
The closest boutique hotels on Tablet near the Empire State Building are:
Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue 19/20 Guest Rating
Andaz 5th Avenue 18.5/20 Guest Rating
The Archer 18.5/20 Guest Rating
Refinery Hotel New York 18.5/20 Guest Rating
The closest boutique hotels on Tablet near Central Park are:
6 Columbus, Central Park 17/20 Guest Rating
The Whitby Hotel 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Park Hyatt New York 18.5/20 Guest Rating
1 Hotel Central Park 19/20 Guest Rating
Westhouse Hotel 17/20 Guest Rating
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