Best Design Hotels in New York City

With free Wi-Fi access, individually decorated properties and boutique atmospheres, Design Hotels... READ MORE
With free Wi-Fi access, individually decorated properties and boutique atmospheres, Design Hotels offer travelers comfortable digs away from home. And because Design Hotels are part of the Marriott family, travelers enrolled in the Marriott Rewards program can earn and cash in points for free nights at other perks. Peruse the Design Hotels properties that made our Best Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings below.

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    The Whitby Hotel
    New York City, NY
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 102 reviewsTripAdvisor (102)

    The Whitby Hotel, which opened in February 2017, is the newest addition to the unique Firmdale Hotels portfolio. Sister hotel to the popular Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, The Whitby offers some of the same signature touches, such as quirky, colorful headboards, afternoon tea and warehouse-style windows. Guests can't get enough of this beautifully designed property and its stellar customer service. Inside, The Whitby offers 86 guest rooms and suites, each of which is uniquely decorated. All accommodations are equipped with complimentary internet access, flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, workstations and granite or marble bathrooms with dual sinks. The hotel is also home to a screening room with 130 seats, a drawing room and a 24-hour fitness center. If you're feeling a bit peckish, head to The Whitby Bar & Restaurant for a meal: The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a prix fixe theater dinner menu. Travelers highly recommend bedding down at this hotel, citing its comfortable rooms, classy atmosphere and superb location as reasons to return. Keep in mind though, like its sister property, a stay here does not come cheap. You'll find The Whitby in Manhattan's Midtown neighborhood, just south of Central Park.

    New York City, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 102 reviewsTripAdvisor (102)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Crosby Street Hotel
    New York, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 854 reviewsTripAdvisor (854)
    Free WiFi

    Situated in New York's trendy SoHo neighborhood, the Crosby Street Hotel is an import from Great Britain (both the brand and the designer are British). All 86 accommodations feature a whimsical yet refined appearance, complete with airy warehouse-style windows, flat-screen TVs and spacious bathrooms trimmed with granite, oak and glass. In addition to the mod decor, recent guests praise the elegant furnishings and stunning city views, not to mention amenities like iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. As far as dining is concerned, previous visitors love the convivial Crosby Bar, which serves up American and British fare. Above all, travelers cite the impeccable customer service and colorful SoHo locale as primary reasons to stay, though caution that it is pricey to stay here.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 854 reviewsTripAdvisor (854)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Gramercy Park Hotel
    New York, NY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1587 reviewsTripAdvisor (1587)

    As its name suggests, this lavish hotel boasts an enviable location in Gramercy Park. But that's not all this hotel has going for it. This trendy boutique features an eye-catching design, enhanced with rich jewel tones, Moroccan tiles and bold red curtains. And the opulence extends to the accommodations, which feature eye-catching bronze and mahogany accents and amenities like down comforters, 400-thread-count linens, handmade rugs and large flat-screen TVs. You'll also find a variety of venerable in-house institutions to wine and dine, including Maialino, a traditional Italian Roman-style trattoria, Gramercy Terrace, Rose Bar and Jade Bar. While some previous visitors bemoaned the hotel's exorbitant nightly rates, others noted that the immaculate service, stylish surroundings and unbeatable location are well worth the splurge.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1587 reviewsTripAdvisor (1587)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    11 Howard
    New York City, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 697 reviewsTripAdvisor (697)
    Free WiFi

    A mid-century modern-style hotel in the heart of New York City's trendy SoHo district, 11 Howard is more than just a stylish place to hang your hat. This eco-conscious property donates a portion of every reservation booked directly through its site to the Global Poverty Project, an organization dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and global inequality. Its accommodations boast hardwood floors, Danish-designed furniture, double-weave wool throws, organic toiletries, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access, in-room tablets, and create-your-own minibars with products from Conscious Commerce and Thrive Market. When you're not in your room, relax in the HigherDose spa or mingle in The Library, the hotel's multifunctional social space that serves food all day. Or, retreat to the blond, 11 Howard's stylish bar and lounge outfitted with dark woods, low lighting and gold accents. For a gourmet meal, reserve a table at Le Coucou, a French eatery with an impressive wine list and top-notch service. Recent guests said you'll want to live at this "amazing" and "stunning" hotel, but keep in mind that a stay here isn't cheap.

    New York City, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 697 reviewsTripAdvisor (697)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ludlow
    New York, NY
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 805 reviewsTripAdvisor (805)
    Free WiFi

    Located on the Lower East Side, The Ludlow offers trendy, well-styled accommodations. The Ludlow sets itself apart from similar New York City hotels by offering a variety of room types – from small studio rooms designed for just one guest to larger rooms that offer 215-square-foot terraces to multiple bedroom lofts that share a common area, not to mention the 1,500-square-foot penthouse. All rooms feature comfy, vintage-inspired furnishings, bathrooms with windowed soaking tubs and complimentary Wi-Fi. After working up an appetite exploring the city, grab a meal at the bistro-inspired Dirty French restaurant before settling in for a nightcap at the Lobby Lounge and Garden, which offers indoor and outdoor seating. Some room packages can include breakfast in the lounge, but to recent guests' surprise, the choices were very limited. Overall, travelers reported a good experience, citing the excellent staff and fun atmosphere as reasons to return.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 805 reviewsTripAdvisor (805)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hôtel Americano
    New York, NY
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 517 reviewsTripAdvisor (517)
    Free WiFi

    An appreciation for unconventional design is almost a requirement for guests looking to spend the night at Hôtel Americano, lauded by experts for its innovative construction from award-winning architect Enrique Norten. This modern, minimalist hotel on West 27th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues) is especially well-liked by visitors who seek to spend much of their Big Apple trip in the Chelsea neighborhood or want to visit the nearby High Line or Javits Center. The property's simple wooden decor and bare walls don't indicate a lack of amenities: Inside your room you'll find oversized Turkish bath towels, soft denim bathrobes and in-room iPads. When you're hungry, head to The Americano restaurant that serves up French food with a Latin twist on its rooftop outdoor patio and main dining room. But the restaurant and bar can be noisy at night, so guests recommended booking a room on the lower floors if you're a light sleeper. 

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 517 reviewsTripAdvisor (517)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi