No matter how many times you go, whether for work or for pleasure, there is no city quite as exciting as New York.
Sure, we moan about the traffic and the prices and the mad blokes shouting to themselves on every street (sorry – sidewalk), but the fact remains that you won't eat, drink or be entertained better in any other city in the world.
But what about where you stay? With around 300 different hotels to choose from, it can be tempting, if you've decided to treat yourself, to stick with the long-established delights of the greats like the Waldorf-Astoria or the Roosevelt.
This, however, would be to forget that if there is one thing New York rewards, it is a sense of adventure. Here, we pick five of the city's newest or recently reopened hotels that offer a little something different.
For A Business Trip You Actually Enjoy: Loews Regency
Fresh from a $100 million redesign the Loews Regency’s is once again one of the most striking hotels in Manhattan, with its high ceiling glass and marble foyer and cool, crisp blue and silver rooms. It’s real appeal, though, is the location: a quiet street that is nevertheless a stone’s throw from Central Park, Madison Avenue and Museum Mile and within walking distance of Midtown. The famous Library Bar is no more, with the Regency Bar & Grill – a open plan restaurant serving superb American and European fare. We particularly recommend the Pennsylvania veal chop with wild mushroom and creamed spinach.
540 Park Ave, Manhattan, NY 10065, 212-759-4100, loewshotels.com/regency-hotel
For A Weekend Drinking Too Many Cocktails: The Refinery
Midtown Manhattan’s newest boutique has quickly established itself as one of the hottest nightspots in town, thanks to a stunning rooftop balcony attracting trendy crowds from across the city. But if that doesn’t appeal, the Refinery still has plenty else going for it: beautiful, spacious rooms, an excellent restaurant bar (Parker & Quinn, where live jazz is a regular occurrence) and probably the friendliest, most helpful staff in Manhattan (which, of course, is saying something). The location, of course, is excellent too.
63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018, 646-664-0310, refineryhotelnewyork.com
For A Chance To Sample Life Beyond Manhattan: The Paper Factory
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, The Paper Factory is an excellent new hotel located in Long Island City – a short taxi journey from midtown and a perfect launch pad for exploring Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Brooklyn’s other areas of note. Even by New York standards, this is a hotel with a lot of character, geared towards creative types with modern artwork in the social space and beautiful outdoor garden. The real clincher though? Massive, light rooms that command a stunning view of the city.
37-06 36th St, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-392-7200, thepaperfactoryhotel.com
For A Taste Of The (Really) High Life: Park Hyatt
Situated at the top of One57, New York’s tallest residential building, the views from of Central Park and Carnegie Hall from your room is almost worth booking into the Park Hyatt alone. It also helps that, at 475 square feet minimum, these are some of the biggest suites in the city. The building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, is stunning, and the amenities – spa, fitness center, indoor swimming pool – are first class.
153 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, 646-774-1234, newyork.park.hyatt.com
For A (Very) Special Occasion: The Baccarat
As you might expect from one of the world’s leading manufactures of luxury crystal, the twinkling stuff is everywhere in the Baccarat, probably the most decadent new hotel in the city (just be careful not to trip into anything). It's not open until next year, but really, they couldn’t have found a better spot for this latest addition to New York's luxury offering, being minutes from both Central Park and the retail delights Fifth Avenue. Though there should be plenty of reasons to stay put, not least of all a private art collection spanning the 18th century to the modern day.
20 W 53rd, New York, NY 10019, 800-216-0544, baccarathotels.com