Top 5 Boutique Hotels in NYC

One of the first cities to popularize the boutique hotel over the traditional B&B, NYC is always a pricy trip. Feel comforted getting the most for your money at these boutique hotels specializing in a attention to detail and personal comfort, whether it’s a mother-daughter trip to Broadway or your first time in Times Square.

Casablanca Hotel

Celebrated as one of New York City’s most popular hotels, the Casablanca Hotel is a hidden gem, just steps away from vibrant Times Square. Inspired by the romance of the movie Casablanca, this oasis of luminous Moroccan glamour and hospitality is only outshined by the talented and eager to please staff. Rick’s Cafe, a relaxing upstairs club room, serves complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day, including deluxe European-style breakfast each morning and wine & cheese receptions every evening from 5-8 p.m. Winner of TripAdvisor 2011 Traveler’s Choice Awards Best Hotels US and Top 10 Hotels Best Service US.

147 West 43rd Street. New York, NY 10036 (212) 869-1212. www.casablancahotel.com

Library Hotel

An oasis of modern elegance, the Library Hotel and its attentive staff provide a thought provoking experience to sophisticated travelers with a passion for culture and individual expression. Each of the ten guestroom floors is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion. The Library Hotel has been selected as a Fodor’s Choice Gold Awards 2010 winner in the category of Most Romantic Hotels.

299 Madison Avenue (at 41st Street). New York, NY 10017. (212) 983-4500. www.libraryhotel.com

Hotel Giraffe

Designed to celebrate the architecture of the Art Moderne period which has distinguished this vibrant Manhattan Eastside neighborhood since the 1920s and ’30s, Hotel Giraffe embodies the gentle power, grace and beauty found in nature’s most beloved animal. Hotel Giraffe’s inspired spaces and award winning guestrooms create an immediate sense of effortless luxury and unparalleled comfort. In the Grande Lobby, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, including deluxe European-style breakfast and wine & cheese receptions. Voted Best Boutique Hotel in Best of Citysearch 2007 and Best Family Friendly Hotel in Best of Citysearch 2010.

365 Park Avenue South at 26th Street. New York, NY 10016. (212) 685-7700. www.hotelgiraffe.com

Distrikt Hotel

In the city that never sleeps, the welcoming organic fudge brownie on your pillow isn’t the only draw here. A new addition to NYC, every floor is themed like a neighborhood. Relax knowing airport grade 6/8 inch windows keep the sounds of Broadway where they belong and take advantage of the complimentary overnight shoeshine to look your sharpest in the morning.

342 W 40th Street. New York, NY 10018. (212) 706-6200. www.distrikthotel.com

Hotel Elysée

The timeless style of classic Old New York sets the stage for an unforgettable experience in one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods. With the romantic ambiance and gracious service of a private country inn, the Hotel Elysee is consistently acclaimed as one of the city’s best loved hotels. As the home of the world famous Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysee was once a playground for the rich and eccentric and has been the permanent NYC address of many movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals over the years. Hotel Elysée was twice voted the most romantic hotel in New York by Citysearch and was named Best Small New York Hotel by Travel & Leisure magazine.

60 East 54th Street. New York, NY 10022. (212) 753-1066. www.elyseehotel.com

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