You won’t find a better coffee anywhere in Manhattan than at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the lobby of the affordably cool Ace Hotel. An outpost of Portland’s hipster hideout, the Ace has rooms with themes ranging from wartime to rock’n’roll. The lobby is always bustling with creative types – thanks to the free Wi-Fi. 20 West 29th St, New York. +1 212 679 2222.
Booming Brooklyn is the place to be in NYC right now. In the heart of downtown, Aloft Brooklyn was born out of the W Hotels’ DNA and as such offers a simplified W experience that’s about the designer rooms (pictured) and the nightlife. Book an Aloft King Room and stop by the Brooklyn Terrace bar atop the hotel. 216 Duffield St, Brooklyn. +1 718 256 3833.
Located above Grand Central Station, the Grand Hyatt New York is the ideal spot for a Midtown experience, where you are literally at the crossroads of the Big Apple. Here, you are only a couple of stops on the subway from most of the city and the newly renovated rooms offer a relaxing experience after the 19-hour flight over. 109 East 42nd St, New York. +1 212 883 1234.
Down on the edge of the West Village and a couple of blocks from the Meatpacking District, the Jane is a hidden gem in NYC where bunk rooms are just $160 a night. Features include complimentary bicycles, free Wi-Fi and the ground floor Café Gitane – which is constantly packed with local artisans chewing down on organic roasted chicken sandwiches. 113 Jane St, New York. +1 212 924 6700.
The newest Sheraton in New York is in the bustling, increasingly gentrified neighbourhood of TriBeCa on Canal Street. Expect spacious new rooms with the latest technology and views up Manhattan. There’s also a rooftop deck for some afternoon reading. 370 Canal St, New York. +1 212 966 3400.
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