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10 Hotels in Great Walking Neighborhoods

Jessica Colley Clarke | March 29, 2017

When your hotel is located in the right neighborhood, one of New York’s distinct pleasures is on your doorstep: getting lost on foot. These hotels are located in neighborhoods ideal for leaving your phone in your pocket and exploring streets, cafés, landmarks, parks, and art galleries, without necessarily having any idea where you're going, because there's so much to do everywhere that you don't even need a destination. Here are our favorite 10 hotels in great walking neighborhoods--they're the best places to stay when visiting New York City.


NYLO New York City

Why it made the list

NYLO provides a glimpse into a warm and welcoming neighborhood of the Upper West Side. Central Park is just a short walk away, and while downtown streets can be clogged with tourists, the picturesque Upper West Side always seems to have a table to offer at cozy cafés and restaurants.

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Wythe Hotel

Why it made the list

This boutique hotel is a popular entry point into the super hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. A number of attractions are a stone’s throw from the hotel entrance, including Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Bowl.

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The Standard, East Village

Why it made the list

There's a youthful, spirited vibe on each block of the East Village, from the affordable no-frills restaurants to the bookstores and independent shops. This is prime people watching territory, from Tompkins Square Park to the cozy cafés full of students and freelancers.

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The Maritime Hotel

Why it made the list

Located on 9th Avenue and 16th Street, the Maritime borders several neighborhoods. The art galleries and shops of Chelsea, the designer boutiques and nightclubs of the Meatpacking District, and the charming restaurants of the West Village are all under a 10-minute walk away.

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The Ludlow

Why it made the list

By day or by night, the streets of the Lower East Side are buzzing. This boutique hotel puts visitors in the center of the action near old world markets, unique shopping, stylish restaurants, and late-night watering holes.

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The Nolitan Hotel

Why it made the list

The low-rise, tree-lined streets of Nolita are a favorite of New Yorkers for their independently owned boutiques, small restaurants, and charming cafés. This boutique hotel is in the heart of the neighborhood, with SoHo, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side all within a quick stroll.

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Smyth, a Thompson Hotel

Why it made the list

Surrounded by great walking neighborhoods on all sides, the Smyth offers easy on-foot access to Tribeca and the quickly developing Financial District (plus Battery Park City, SoHo, and Chinatown). Nearby streets are home to landmarks like the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center.

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The Greenwich Hotel

Why it made the list

This boutique hotel is owned by Robert DeNiro, and is located on a picture-perfect corner in Tribeca that is perfect for people watching (especially the outdoor tables at all-day restaurant Locanda Verde). With its sleek restaurants, serene cocktail bars, and cobbled streets, the neighborhood is home to many celebrities.

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Hotel on Rivington

Why it made the list

The electricity of New York’s street life can be found in the narrow blocks of the Lower East Side. Cocktail bars, all-night bars and clubs, unique shops, and acclaimed restaurants are all right on the doorstep of this all-glass hotel, making it a very convenient place to stay.

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High Line Hotel

Why it made the list

There's plenty of art galleries and shopping around the High Line Hotel, located in the downtown neighborhood of Chelsea, but those aren't the only draws. The High Line Park, set on a former elevated train platform above the city streets, is also a main attraction for its sunset views and flower-lined paths - and it's directly underneath the hotel.

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