There’s no shortage of places to stay when you book a trip to the Big Apple. As the demand for luxury options continues to increase, so does the desire for modern advances and aesthetically pleasing architecture and design. From contemporary furnishings to iPad-controlled rooms, these modern NYC hotels are setting the standard when it comes to both fashionable and functional hotels.
Who said eco-friendly can’t be chic? Sophistication and mindfulness are at the forefront of this waterfront Brooklyn Bridge hotel, which has garnered a cult following of loyalists who appreciate a mix of modern luxury and sustainable living. Think repurposed materials such as wood, bricks and beams, and a property that runs solely on wind power energy. Also be prepared to be impressed with the holistic and zen-like architecture and design of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Greenery and earthy elements are the key features in the hotel’s aesthetic, noticeable throughout the property. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling window for maximum light and features are controlled via an iPad. In the summer months, guests can enjoy the heated plunge pool and indulge in libations at the 1 Hotel Rooftop, all with stunning views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Gather friends and enjoy brunch at The Osprey, serving American comfort food and an array of unique cocktails, or meet up for happy hour at the Brooklyn Heights Social Club on the 10th floor. If you rather relax, book a treatment at the Bamford Haybarn Spa. Seedlings, a kid’s program on premises, is also available for tiny jetsetters (and parental sanity). 60 Furman St., Brooklyn, 877-803-1111
Luxury at affordable prices for the masses to enjoy is almost unheard of, but its the name of the game at this Ian Schraeger property located in the Lower East Side. The hotel has an elegant appeal without being stuffy or over the top, leaving pretentiousness at the door. There are no check-in counters or concierges (hello, IPads), and turn down service is a thing of the past. Where this hotel does reign supreme, is not just in offering the fastest wi-fi in the city, but also a five-star dining experience helmed by global chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his restaurants, Public Kitchen and Louis, which is more of a casual luncheonette/market with a variety of gourmet options at reasonable price points. There’s also Diego, an intimate bar with lush seating, and an ideal place to meet your plus one or have a drink by the fireplace. Rooms are simplistic and offer black out shades, Apple TV, and even a booth-like sitting area for two. You can even opt for a room with floor-to-ceiling views of the city. Schraeger, no stranger to creating the utmost nightlife experience, is also responsible for Public Arts, a performance space in the hotel, where locals and guests can experience the sounds and flavors of all the cultural happenings in the city that never sleeps. 215 Chrystie St., New York, 212-735-6000
The Mondrian has landed in Manhattan, making it the newest hip and modern meeting spot in NoMad, centrically located near Flatiron and Madison Square Park. Its luxe yet functional style and decor, is easily inviting and has proven to be a crowd pleaser to the influx of jet setters, elite scenesters, and professionals that have already booked a room at this trendy hotel. Boasting a clean and relaxing aesthetic with natural tones, the Phillip Starck designed Mondrian, has 189 stylish rooms and suites that caters to every guest. The hotel also features a rooftop bar with breathtaking city views. With dine and play options under one roof, Mondrian is the ideal hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Guests can dine at Mediterranean eatery, Cleo, where modernity meets traditional in the way of cuisine. Fifteen Stories, an ‘open all day’ option on the hotel rooftop, is a chic option offering food and drinks (check out their daily happy hour); a great place to start before heading to the hotel’s top secret club, Never Never, where the entrance is hidden and the guests are just as posh as the space. 444 Park Ave S., New York, 212-804-8880
Bringing efficiency and contemporary style to the hotel landscape in the Big Apple, The INNside, owned by Melia Hotel International, is making its grand debut in North America. With an emphasis in innovation and giving guests the opportunity to experience that grand urban lifestyle in an efficient and comfortable setting (let’s not forget the abundance of natural light felt throughout the property), the INNside is quickly becoming a favorite amongst young, business professionals and guests looking for a fresher alternative without having to sacrifice taste or modern ammenities. The INNside is conveniently situated close to popular city attractions and mass transit and has 313 guest rooms and 11 suites. Pay a little extra and snatch one of three terrace suites, and wake up every morning with a view of the Empire State Buiding. Aiming to please the modern business folk, INNside is all about engaging its guests in a collaborative and communal work environment (think communal tables and group activities like board games and darts). The hotel is one of the few to offer Smart Kapp in their meeting rooms, a digital dry erase board accessed and controlled via tech devices. 132 W. 27th St., New York, 212-951-1000
The modern bohemian vibes at the recently-opened Made Hotel, is a creative oasis bringing together the city streets with its inhabitants and visitors. It is hotel that first time hotelier, Sam Gelin, envisioned as a place of community nestled in the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms are refreshingly understated yet chic and offer all essential amenities while combining airy and midcentury furnishings with an urban vibe. Not just for the eco-conscious traveler, Made Hotel also delivers on the culinary front with four eateries on premises all helmed by Executive Chef, Greg Proechel. Ferris, which really showcases Proechel’s extensive global palate, is open for lunch and dinner and serves up seasonal fare. Paper, is the hotel coffee shop/wine bar by night that caters to both the morning rush crowd and the afterwork revelers. You can’t miss the hotel’s impressive 18th floor lounge, known as Good Behavior, and awe at the panoramic views of the city skyline while sipping on a tiki-inspired cocktail. Here’s a little secret for you: there’s a patio retreat for hotel guests only. 44 W. 29th St., New York, 212-213-4429
The quirky ultra-modern addition to the booming Williamsburg hotel scene is no other than the William Vale. Talk about making a mark, the hotel has it’s very own 15,000 square foot promenade on the hotel rooftop (appropriately named Vale Park), the longest swimming pool in the city, and every room on the property has a balcony. Modern furnishings and natural lights add to the open-air feel of the rooms and all bathrooms are equipped with rain showers. One of the hotel’s biggest draw is it’s vibrant dining concept led by famed chef, Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch, Locanda Verde). Leuca will delight locals and guests with Southern Italian Cuisine in a modern-rustic setting. Impressing visitors with its jaw-dropping unobstructed skyline views, Westlight, the hotel’s rooftop bar located on the 22nd floor, will also offer unique cocktails and tasty bar snacks- making it the ideal spot to spend those summer days. Lastly, Carmellini will also be dishing out burgers and fries from Mister Dips, a retrofitted airstream located in Vale Park. The hotel prides itself to its local artist connection, showcasing artwork throughout the hotel from locally-based talent. 111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, 718-631-8400