The James Hotel New York

27 Grand St., between Thompson St. and 6th Ave., New York, New York, 10013, USA

This hotel on the edge of SoHo never sacrifices comfort for style, so it's no wonder there's a high percentage of return customers: creative types, businesspeople, fashionistas, and anyone else with deep pockets. The lobby has fabulous double-height windows from which to appreciate unobstructed views, along with fresh-baked cookies, coffee, wine, and fresh fruit. Guest rooms are swank and simple, with dark-wood floors, floor-to-ceiling murals, and more huge windows facing south and west. A plant in every room (ostensibly a carbon-offsetting touch), and triple-house-filtered bottled water all contribute to an environmentally friendly ethos. The David Burke Kitchen on the ground floor is comfortable and popular, and Jimmy, the rooftop bar, is a winner. There's also a ground-level garden that's surprisingly serene, considering little more than a few plants separate it from the noisy world beyond. Bring your fashion A-game: the James attracts a well-dressed crowd.


  • stellar service
  • fabulous views
  • cool SoHo location


  • rooftop bar is expensive


Phones: 212-465–2000


109 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: No meals