I've been around New York long enough to know this: finding a great hotel in NYC ain 't easy.
Here's my pick of the best. Stay in any of these and you can't go wrong.
The Standard, East Village
This hip hotel is related to the Standard in Chelsea, but is generally less expensive.
The service is great here. I've never seen so many smiles and heard so many "Thank yous" before in my life.
The style is all East Village. The lobby feels old money, but the rooms are punk rock. I got one of the best views from my room here. Windows stretched across not one but two (!) walls.
There's an outdoor bar that stays open in the winter and is appropriately called The Winter Garden.
Heated yurts dot the gardens outside. Servers bring pots of fondue and glasses of white wine. There are plenty of blankets, sheepskins, and space heaters to keep you warm.
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I've spent a lot of time in the Marlton Hotel's lobby.
It's very cozy here in the winter when they get the two gas fireplaces going. You can sink down into a squishy leather armchair for a few hours, and no one will bother you. Unless you want to be bothered. In which case, get a glass of wine and a snack from the bar.
The lamb meatballs are really good. Try them at your own peril as they might ruin any other meatball you eat in the future.
The Marlton used to be a single residence occupancy (SRO) and has welcomed guests such as Lillian Gish, John Barrymore, and Maggie Smith.
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The Roosevelt Hotel
I've stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel a handful of times. It's a historic hotel that's conveniently located opposite Grand Central Terminal.
The service is good, there's plenty of ambiance and character, and the hotel rooms aren't the size of my left foot. The bar is decently priced for a Midtown hotel bar. The bartender even gave me two wine glasses here once when I told him I'd been looking for glasses shaped like theirs for months.
There are also some pretty awesome photos of Teddy Roosevelt all over the hotel that will leave you with the burning question, "Who wants a mustache ride?
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