New and Notable NYC Hotels October 2016 staff

New York City is home to some of the best hotels in the world, with new and notable accommodations continuing to open across the five boroughs. Soak in the atmosphere of NYC’s neighborhoods—from the exciting and iconic to the quaint and charming—with a stay at one of the properties below. All have either just opened or recently been enhanced to include exciting new designs and features.

Courtesy, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
This Downtown Brooklyn hotel already had one of the most picturesque New York City locations imaginable—in the shadow of Roebling’s iconic bridge—but after its recent $43 million transformation, it boasts more Brooklyn personality than ever before. Take The Bar, for example, located off the hotel’s grand entrance. Decorated with chic industrial panache—fitting the surrounding neighborhood—the cool space is outfitted in metal, glass, subway tile and white marble, and features on its menu acclaimed local brands like Brooklyn Roasting Company (coffee) and Sixpoint Brewery (craft beers). Similarly, the newly restyled rooms complement the hotel’s public spaces with their contemporary design. Convenient to attractions like Barclays Center and Brooklyn Bridge Park, the hotel has 665 rooms and suites, along with 50,000-plus square feet of banquet and meeting space—all of which make it an enticing option for both business and leisure travelers.

Courtesy, The Marmara Park Avenue

The Marmara Park Avenue
Located steps from Park Avenue, this luxurious new hotel makes its home in a gorgeous 1927 building. Inside, its 128 rooms and suites are adorned with works by local designer and artist Joe Ginsberg, which lend the accommodations a sophisticated NYC feel; the rooms’ high ceilings and large windows showcase plenty of natural light while affording sweeping views of the City skyline. Some accommodations feature private terraces, along with make-yourself-at-home niceties like an in-room washer and dryer, and all bathroom amenities are from C.O. Bigelow, the storied NYC bath-and-beauty purveyor. Perhaps most alluring of all, though, is the hotel’s wellness center, with its pool, gym and Turkish hammam—an excellent place to unwind after a day on the town.

Courtesy, 11 Howard

11 Howard
This stylish newcomer is an innovative, upscale addition to downtown Manhattan’s offerings. Designed with crisp Danish minimalism by Space Copenhagen, the 221-room hotel is appointed with works by acclaimed photographers and artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto and Dan Attoe. On the second floor, the hotel features a social space called the Library, with wide-plank wood floors and a collection of cozy furnishings. Famed restaurateur Stephen Starr is behind Le Coucou, the hotel’s airy French eatery; for those who’d rather spend time at the bar, 11 Howard offers the Blond, a sensual space for a cocktail or two. (We’ll take ours with Hendrick’s.) The hotel is located close to Soho and Nolita, two of the City’s best shopping districts. And the socially conscious will be glad to know that, when booking direct, 11 Howard donates a portion of your charges to charity.

The Renwick. Photo: Rick Lew

The Renwick
Formerly the residence of great artists like John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this Midtown East hotel maintains a creative, adventurous spirit in its latest incarnation—for example, artist suites equipped with blank canvas and paints. Other unique touches include quotations painted on its walls (like Andy Warhol’s pithy quote: “Art is anything you can get away with”), easel-inspired TV stands, both wet bars and desks in its 173 rooms (writing is thirsty work!) and stunning, custom-made furniture. The hotel’s common spaces are also adorned with artworks by locals, and onsite restaurant Bedford & Co., from chef John DeLucie (The Waverly Inn), offers an upscale take on comfort food. As if that weren’t inspiration enough, the hotel is located steps away from stirring NYC landmarks like the beaux-arts Grand Central Terminal.

Courtesy, Riu Plaza New York Times Square

Riu Plaza New York Times Square
This überhip, Spain-based hotel company has swept into Times Square with a property that’s sure to leave a great impression with any guest. Located close by major Midtown attractions—including the Theatre District, Restaurant Row and, as you’d gather from its name, Times Square—the Riu Plaza offers more than 600 rooms and distinctive features like a fashion-themed restaurant with chic modern decor. And with a well-equipped gym, meeting facilities and capable concierges, it’s as convenient as it is cool.

Courtyard Long Island City. Photo: DvS Photography NYC/Nicholas Mangal

Courtyard Long Island City/New York Manhattan View
Just across the East River from Manhattan—and only a few minutes by subway from Midtown—Long Island City, Queens, has quickly become one of NYC’s “it” neighborhoods, bursting with exciting dining and nightlife options. In addition to the views referenced in the hotel’s name, the property offers spacious rooms, restaurant Nosh and private event spaces for business meetings and social gatherings. Stay at the hotel and explore nearby attractions, including MoMA PS1, the Queens affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as cultural highlights like Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi Museum.

New and Notable NYC Hotels: September 2016