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7 Amazing 5-Star Hotels in Manhattan


Manhattan is one of those places you must visit at least once in your lifetime. The island located between the Hudson River and the East River is where you’ll find some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks such as Central Park, Times Square, and much more.

The city’s best hotels are found in this bustling borough that never sleeps. Even if you’re not planning on staying here (we wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re visiting NYC), we suggest checking out these luxury accommodations to get an idea of what makes a trip to New York so unforgettable.

1) The Plaza Hotel

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For old-school doormen, check-in formalities, and traditional decor, look no further than The Plaza Hotel. Built in 1907 by famed hotelier Henry Hardenbergh, this iconic landmark has welcomed royals, stars, and socialites ever since. The hotel has appeared in numerous films including “Home Alone 2” where you can spot it in the background of many shots.

The Palm Court is a fantastic place to lounge around with an after-dinner coffee or tea. Barneys New York, which takes up six floors in the building, contains upscale boutiques that are perfect for shoppers looking for rare items. If shopping’s not your thing, visit The Champagne Bar on the fifth floor – guests are served by white-gloved staff who’ve been wearing their uniforms since 1910!

2) Baccarat Hotel & Residences

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This crystalline building was inspired by Parisian hotels of old and is decorated accordingly. Baccarat Hotel & Residences is where you can experience all the luxury and extravagance of NYC without breaking the bank.

From here, guests have unparalleled views over Central Park and all of Manhattan’s iconic landmarks. If you’re in search of a five-star escape, book one of their 49 suites or 41 residences which come with every modern amenity imaginable such as floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art equipment, and plenty of room for entertaining. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, fitness center, and laundry service – what more could you ask for?

3) Waldorf Astoria New York

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Built in 1893 by Henry Hardenbergh (yes, it seems he’s the go-to person when it comes to luxury hotels in NYC!), the Waldorf Astoria has hosted everyone from Charlie Chaplin and The Beatles to Bill Clinton and David Beckham. Famous past guests also include Marilyn Monroe, Madonna…the list goes on!

Since 2014, the New York branch has been completely renovated and now offers modern luxuries like plasma TVs and luxurious duvets. There are 1,415 rooms altogether, but there’s no reason to be tempted by something smaller due to the hotel’s incredible location – it’s located right next door to Park Avenue which is one of New York’s fanciest shopping streets.

4) Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

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It wouldn’t be a luxury guide without mentioning Donald Trump! Located in Columbus Circle (which is also where Central Park can be found), the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is a five-star building with a difference.

Its sleek, modern facade of stainless steel and glass has made it very popular amongst celebrities who’ve been photographed here on countless occasions. It’s home to numerous exclusive amenities including two high-end restaurants, a spa, and fitness center, a library, and even a cigar lounge! The hotel’s rooms have been described as “opulent” – there are more than 1,000 of them so you’re bound to find something that suits your taste.

5) Affinia Gardens

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Located in Hell’s Kitchen (which is also one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan!), Affinia Gardens boasts decorated suites that come with every modern comfort imaginable. The best part about this hotel is that it’s perfect for families on vacation – there are plenty of facilities onsite which will keep the kids entertained for hours, including a game room and playground.

Compared to most other NYC hotels, Affinia Gardens rates very well on online review sites (it scores an average of 4 out of 5 stars). If you’ve stayed here before, why not share your experiences with us? Comment below!

6) Mandarin Oriental New York

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Another “Gossip Girl” favorite is The Mark Hotel – it has some impressive views over Madison Avenue and Central Park which you can enjoy from one of their plush suites. Their decor perfectly captures the city’s vibe but there are also luxurious touches throughout that will help you relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Mandarin Oriental New York is another one of our top recommendations due to its incredible service, elegant decor, and highly rated suites. It’s also 24-hours so you can check in whenever you want!

7) Ritz Carlton Central Park

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This luxurious building has everything the discerning traveler would expect from a world-class hotel – it has 635 rooms spread across 6 towers, an onsite spa with fitness center, outdoor pool and yoga studio, fine dining at La Prairie restaurant…the list goes on! All of its amenities are designed to inspire feelings of serenity while still maintaining that 5-star luxury that guests expect.

If you’re for luxury but don’t want to spend much money, you might be wondering how long your luxury hotel stays in NYC will last. With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide to the cheapest and most expensive months for hotel stays in NYC.

We hope you enjoyed our list of 7 luxury hotels in Manhattan.

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