The James Hotel New York
27 Grand St., between Thompson St. and 6th Ave. New York, New York 10013 USA
Rising above the edge of SoHo, this boutique hotel offers skyline views in a typically low-rise neighborhood. The rooftop pool and cocktail bar are popular neighborhood destinations, and a notable range of shopping and dining options are all located within walking distance.
Swank and simple rooms have dark wood floors, mural-covered walls, and huge windows. A plant in every room and triple-house-filtered bottled water all contribute to an environmentally friendly ethos.
Copper-colored tile, large glass walk-in showers, and quality bathrobes are nice touches.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bathrooms here are essentially glass boxes that are completely exposed to the room. Curtains provide some privacy, but perhaps not enough to make all guests comfortable. Maybe don't stay in a room with someone you wouldn't mind being inside of a bathroom with.
Double-height windows provide unobstructed city views. Guests love the fresh-baked cookies, coffee, wine, and fresh fruit that are regularly offered.
A rooftop plunge pool with skyline views is open seasonally, approximately from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Yoga classes are offered in-season by the pool.
The David Burke Kitchen, located on the ground floor, is spacious and comfortable. The rooftop bar, Jimmy, has indoor and outdoor space for cocktails and snacks.
The neighborhood’s famous shops are within easy reach. This particular section of SoHo is also home to small, intimate restaurants and bars. Several downtown neighborhoods including Greenwich Village and Tribeca are under a 10-minute walk away. This location is also well served by the subway including the A, C, and E trains at Canal Street.
A prime SoHo location puts a great selection of restaurants on the hotel’s doorstep. One neighborhood favorite is Felix (1-minute walk), a charming bistro serving classic French fare; tables by the big windows that open onto the street are particularly coveted. For modern twists on Italian food, make a reservation at Café Altro Paradiso (4-minute walk), a sunny and sleek space from the team behind popular Nolita restaurant, Estela. Some of the best Italian sandwiches in the city come from a postage-stamp-size spot on Sullivan Street; the made-to-order creations at Alidoro (5-minute walk) are worth waiting in the out-the-door line.
One of the oldest bars in New York, The Ear Inn (9-minute walk) is the opposite of SoHo glitz--this is a casual place locals gather for beers, burgers, and live music on Sunday evenings. For a glass of wine and good people watching, slide into a tiny table in the front half of Lucky Strike (2-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sleek and modern, this boutique hotel draws a fashionable crowd. The rooftop plunge pool is a special summer feature, while the rooftop cocktail bar is a destination year-round. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide memorable views of the city skyline, and its center-of-it-all location is excellent for keeping you busy and entertained at all times.
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