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10 Best 5 Star Luxury Hotels
New York

The fact that Tablet's offices are in New York gives us something of a hometown advantage when it comes to luxury hotels in NYC. The competition to attract Manhattan's high-flying business travelers and the world's most well-heeled tourists is fierce — it takes some expertise to separate the absolute best from the merely five-star. From Wall Street to the Upper East Side, these are our picks for NYC's finest luxury hotels.

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New York City (the island of Manhattan) runs North-South with East & West sides. Downtown (Wall St.) is at the soutern tip while the East & West Sides are divided by Central Park above 59th Street. Harlem tops off the Northern tip of the island.

Crosby Street Hotel — A luxury hotel in Soho, NYC

Crosby Street Hotel

Soho

A luxury hotel like Crosby Street is exactly what this city needs. The contrast between the downtown grit of the cobblestone street outside and the plush sophistication of the hotel's lobby is immediate, and striking. Say what you will about the bright colors and the decidedly un-minimal décor — it's a rare New York luxury hotel these days that presents so opinionated a face to the world. More...

263 Rooms
166 Verified Reviews
516

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Mercer Hotel — A luxury hotel in SoHo, NYC

The Mercer

SoHo

The Mercer Hotel is New York's first loft luxury hotel and captures the very essence of the area. Lofts are a uniquely SoHo phenomenon, pioneered by artists in the 1960s who took over the neighborhood's many abandoned warehouses. Loft living is about sunlight and leaving the original architecture intact, and at The Mercer, brickwork is exposed, windows are industry size, and iron support columns run from floor to ceiling. It's one of the few New York luxury hotels to boast wooden floors, and Christian Liaigre's spare furnishings are appropriately unobtrusive, because, as your downtown designer friend might say, the beauty of a place is in its empty spaces. More...

75 Rooms
125 Verified Reviews
760

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The Greenwich Hotel — A luxury hotel in Tribeca, NYC

The Greenwich Hotel

Tribeca

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 for this luxury hotel, but do they mean anything to the guests? More...

88 Rooms
98 Verified Reviews
313

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The Mark Hotel — A luxury hotel the Upper East Side, NYC

The Mark Hotel

Upper East Side

It's about as far as you can get — both figuratively and literally — from the funky downtown boutique hotels of lower Manhattan. The Mark is the very picture of classic, timeless luxury hotels with Upper East Side poshness, in spite of — or maybe even because of — its recent, extremely thorough renovation. And in its present incarnation it's proof that old money doesn't necessarily imply old-fashioned. More...

152 Rooms
65 Verified Reviews
127

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Park Hyatt New York — A luxury hotel in Gramercy Midtown West, NYC

Park Hyatt New York

Midtown West

Can there really have not been a Park Hyatt in New York before? The first proper top-shelf luxury hotel to open in Manhattan in over a decade makes its home on the billionaires' row that is West 57th Street, occupying the lower twenty-five floors of the One57 residential skyscraper, right across the street from Carnegie Hall. (The top floors are given over to private owners.) There's a lot riding on the Park Hyatt New York, at least for Hyatt — is it worth the wait? Is it a truly flagship-worthy entry in this most demanding of cities? More...

210 Rooms
4 Verified Reviews
28

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Mandarin Oriental New York — A luxury hotel in Columbus Circle, NYC

Mandarin Oriental New York

Midtown West – Columbus Circle

The Mandarin Oriental brings Far East hospitality to America's hottest luxury hotel market. The Asian influence is apparent at a glance, with wood paneling, marble everywhere, and clean Zen-influenced design. And even the hotel's placement, occupying twenty stories near the top of a mixed-use skyscraper, mirrors the situation of Tokyo's grandest luxury hotels — the Mandarin Oriental New York is directly atop office and retail spaces of the Time Warner to maximize views of the Hudson and Central Park. More...

251 Rooms
11 Verified Reviews
97

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The New York EDITION Hotel — A luxury hotel in Gramercy Park/Madison Park, NYC

The New York Edition

Madison Park / Flatiron

Long departed from the hotel group that once went by his name, Ian Schrager has moved on to a relationship with Marriott International — a partnership whose fruits, the Edition luxury hotels, are a little more upscale than the earlier Schrager offerings, and a lot more stylish than the typical Marriott fare. And the latest addition to the Edition hotel family is something of a homecoming, opening on Madison Square Park, in the old Metropolitan Life Tower, otherwise known as That Great Big Clock Tower in the Flatiron District. More...

273 Rooms
30 Verified Reviews
42

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The Lowell Hotel — A luxury hotel on the Upper East Side, NYC

The Lowell

Upper East Side

There's plenty of flashy, ostentatious luxury to be found in New York, if that's your style, but the Lowell, on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, presents an alternative vision for a luxury hotel. Around here there's still some affection for an understated sort of luxury hotel, and anyone who's nonplussed by the Lowell's lobby — where's the soaring atrium, the million-dollar art installation? — need only bear this fact in mind. More...

74 Rooms
10 Verified Reviews
48

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The Peninsula New York — A luxury hotel in Midtown, NYC

The Peninsula New York

Midtown

Behind a century-old Beaux Arts facade right on the poshest stretch of Fifth Avenue lies the New York franchise of the phenomenal Hong Kong-based Peninsula luxury hotels. And if there's anywhere in America that's an appropriate spot for some luxury mega-hospitality, Far East style, it's this particular corner of midtown Manhattan, a stone's throw from icons like Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and Tiffany & Co. More...

239 Rooms
1 Verified review
83

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Baccarat Hotel & Residences — A luxury hotel in Midtown, NYC

Baccarat Hotel & Residences

Midtown

From where Baccarat New York stands, just south of Central Park, you'd think there was never a recession at all — and there's certainly no better place for the flagship luxury hotel from Baccarat Crystal. The manufacturer leverages every ounce of its two-and-a-half century heritage here, pulling out all the stops to erect a conspicuous Midtown heavyweight luxury hotel just opposite MoMA. More...

114 Rooms
1 Verified Review
16

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