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10 New Hotels for Your Next NYC Stay

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It’s a hot time for New York City hotels, with glitzy, high-rent Midtown addresses and hip downtown locales among the properties in the city's latest crop. Ambitious openings range from facelifts of historic buildings to the unveiling of highly anticipated, classic-brand debuts. At these spots, you almost never need to leave thanks the impressive range of high-end amenities, on-site eateries helmed by veteran restaurant groups and chefs, and bars with creative, handcrafted cocktails. Want to relax away from the urban jungle? Most of our picks have stunning, lavish spas with a range of services, too. Ahead, discover the best new hotels for your next stay in New York City.

By Kate Donnelly

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Park Hyatt New York

Situated on the first 25 floors of the luxurious 90-story Midtown skyscraper One57, located a stone’s throw from Central Park, the five-star Park Hyatt New York features 210 guestrooms (standard and deluxe) and 92 elegant suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms are dressed in soft, muted grays and browns. Expect complimentary high-speed wireless, blackout curtains with remote lighting, and a selection of Le Labo bath products. There’s an impressive 350-piece original art collection (think Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Longo). Don’t miss the light-filled, full-service Spa Nalai, furnished with private balconies. An indoor pool provides underwater music compliments of its iconic neighbor Carnegie Hall.

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The Ludlow

Hip hotelier Sean MacPherson opened The Ludlow on the Lower East Side with 184 bright, open rooms. Factory-style windows and custom furnishings, like Portuguese-style four-poster beds and nightstands made of petrified wood, from local Brooklyn outfit Organic Modernism, characterize the décor. The bathrooms feature authentic subway tile with brass fixtures, marble sinks, mosaic tiling, and a standup shower and bathtub. Bath products are custom-made by local Red Flower, and the plush bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats are from Maison Martin Margiela. The minibars are stocked with gluten-free options. Retreat to the lounge with a roaring limestone fireplace for a hot toddy, or join the late-night crowd at the hip on-site bistro, Dirty French.

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Hotel Hugo

Just on the tip of western SoHo, the cool, cosmopolitan Hotel Hugo has emerged. The lobby has live, green garden walls that make way for 124 ample-sized guestrooms and suites above. The easy-going vibe is decidedly industrial, with custom wood finishes and lighting, and  the rooms overlook either the Hudson River or downtown Manhattan. The bathrooms have Italian tile along with rain showers and toiletries by Argan Source. The in-house Italian restaurant Il Principe is a great spot for a memorable meal, and the rooftop bar showcases 360-degree city views. In the morning, cruise around in the hotel’s complimentary loaner Vespa.

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Baccarat Hotel

Just opposite the Museum of Modern Art, the famed 250-year-old luxury brand Baccarat has conceived The Baccarat Hotel & Residences by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, set to open in early 2015. The Parisian design firm Gilles et Boissier molded a clean palette of white, stainless steel, marble-brushed gold, and dark wood for the 114 guest rooms. The beds will be dressed with Missoni linens and the bathrooms will be filled with Maison Francis Kurkdijon amenities. The dramatic roof lounge will house the gorgeous, elegant Baccarat chandeliers with an outdoor green space fully surrounded by brilliant skyscrapers.

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Martha Washington Hotel

Another welcome addition to the burgeoning NoMad hotel scene, the timeless landmark Martha Washington Hotel—which once hosted notable guests like Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Taylor, and Veronica Lake—has returned to its boutique roots. The 265 chic guestrooms and suites boast high ceilings, cozy down duvets, and spacious, slate-tiled bathrooms with Davines bath amenities, complimentary wireless Internet, and, of course, city views. There’s also an exercise room, which you’ll need after a delicious meal at Danny Meyer’s hot onsite rustic Roman pizzeria, Marta.

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SLS Park Avenue

Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood is all the rage these days, and joining the enclave of established hotels (The Ace, The NoMad) is the latest hip boutique by the sexy SLS group, SLS Park Avenue. With existing properties in Los Angeles, Miami Beach, and, most recently, Las Vegas, the hotel branches out with a Big Apple outpost. The hotel, set to open in late 2015, features 190-rooms with interiors created by the iconic French designer and architect Philippe Starke. Expect a plush lobby of dark wood with pops of bold colors and modern-day whimsy. A 14th-floor rooftop bar will boast a nightlife venue while the subterranean S Bar will cater to the sultry lounge set.

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The Broome

New York’s little slice of Paris is alive at The Broome hotel. This chic five-story spot, located in a Federal-style SoHo building with only 14 rooms, is centered around a charming, quiet open-air atrium with a lovely French café. Designers like Thomas O’Brien, Jonathan Adler, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are responsible for the interiors, along with the owner’s personal art collection, including work by Basquiat and Keith Haring. Don’t worry about rising early, as rooms are equipped with soundproof windows. The best part? It’s delightfully affordable for downtown, a rare treat in pricey Manhattan, and is walking distance to great local restaurants.

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Archer New York

Just south of Bryant Park, the 22-story Archer New York in Midtown boasts “new industrial elegance” throughout its 180 compact but comfortable guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and wood floors. The stylish black and white subway-tiled bathrooms have walk-in showers and come stocked with Malin+Goetz bath amenities. Turndown service leaves small, delicious deserts from local bakeries. David Burke’s modern American restaurant fabrick is a lively spot, and the rooftop bar serves handcrafted cocktails with stellar views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.

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Aloft Financial District

Nestled on the Financial District’s charming Ann Street, the 19-story Aloft Financial District by Starwood Hotels, opening January 2015, is in close proximity to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catering to leisure and business travelers, cheery public spaces encourage mingling. The bright, light-filled and smoke-free rooms will feature free WiFi, signature platform beds with down pillows, soft white linens, and Paul Smith-esque striped pillows. Walk-in showers provide ample bathing space alongside citrusy Bliss Spa products. Snacks and juices can be found in the lobby’s healthy grab-and-go-style-spot, fuel.

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Opened in 1928 and situated just steps from Times Square, Row NYC has recently undergone a massive renovation. The result is a slick lobby of stainless steel and glass, peppered with an arty milieu of light sculptures by Yorgo Alexopoulus and black-and-white New York shots by photographer Ron Gallela. Throughout a whopping 1,331 rooms, the hotel's minimal décor employs bright colors (yellows, blues, and reds) resembling New York City’s subway lines. The restaurant, District M, does triple duty as a café by morning (with pastries and bread delights from local New York institutions like Balthazar), a Neapolitan pizza joint by day, and a dimly lit lounge by night.

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