It’s a classic New York story: Girl follows her dreams and moves to the city. Girl is immediately inundated with requests from relatives, friends, acquaintances and near-strangers to stay with her. Next time you’re faced with a lodging inquiry, send ’em to one of these newly opened hotels instead (and both parties will be much happier).
For Your Friend Who’s Always On The Pulse: Public Hotel
“Luxury for all” is the motto at the just-unveiled project from hospitality legend Ian Schrager. (He revamped the Gramercy Park Hotel and co-founded a little place called Studio 54.) You won’t find bellhops, room service or a traditional reception desk here, but you will find chic, minimalist rooms; a quick-service “dining shelf” on each floor; two restaurants (helmed by wonder chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten); and a performance space that hosts everything from film screenings to concerts.
For Your Relatives Who Insist On Staying In Times Square: Luma Hotel
You can’t talk them out of taking pictures with fake Elmo, but you can ensure at least part of their stay is tasteful by booking them at this brand-new hotel. They’ll be treated to modern design touches, skyscraper views, complimentary New York Times and Wall Street Journaldigital subscriptions and a daily glass of sangria (from on-site Basque restaurant Ortzi).
For Your Eco-Conscious West Coast Pals: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
They skipped their annual backpacking trip to visit you, but they admittedly feel uneasy being too far from greenery. Send them to this new Dumbo hot spot, which not only takes design cues from nature (think reclaimed wood and living green walls) but employs sustainable practices across the board. Oh, it also has in-room hammocks, complimentary Tesla rides and a swanky rooftop pool.
For Your Cousins Who Keep Hearing About Williamsburg: The Williamsburg Hotel
There are a lot of excellent hotels to choose from in the ’Burg, and the latest to join the fray is this eight-story brick building. Features already include tuk-tuk chauffeur service, a lobby bar, bikes for borrowing and really pretty bathrooms (see above). Plus, there are plans within the year to roll out a restaurant, a rooftop pool and—most awesome of all—a bar inside a water tower. (But the hotel’s fully up and running while it finishes construction.)
For Your Uber-Stylish Aunt: The Whitby
She’s refined but never boring, and we could say the same about this new property two blocks from Central Park, from the folks behind the popular Crosby Hotel. Colorful, patterned textiles are everywhere (headboards, curtains, dining chairs), along with eclectic artwork and antiques, and each room features floor-to-ceiling windows (with actual light, a rarity in Midtown). Be sure to stop by for afternoon tea, served in the elegant orangery.