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Between 2014 and May 2016, nearly 70 new hotels were opened across New York City’s five boroughs. Another 139 are slated to begin construction mid-2016 and in the years to follow, creating a total of 208 new hotels for travelers to experience in New York City in the near future. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top new hotels that have recently opened or will open soon to enhance your stay during your next trip to New York City.
The Bernic – Midtown East – Opening September 2016
Slated to open September 2016, the 96 rooms at The Bernic Hotel offer visitors a sense of calm among the Midtown Manhattan buzz. With floor to ceiling windows and private terraces, among the boutique hotel’s 21 floors, The Bernic offers guests an opportunity to watch the city from afar. Located in Midtown East in Turtle Bay, the hotel is steps from the United Nations headquarters, the shops on Fifth Avenue, the corporate headquarters center and the leisure attractions of Rockefeller Center and the Times Square theater district. Inspiration for the property's design, produced by mixed-media artist Ian Sklarsky, came from historic Turtle Bay, which at one point was home to Bob Dylan, Jacqueline Onassis, Stephen Sondheim and Andy Warhol. Premier guest rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, Apple TV, Nespresso Coffee machines, heated mosaic bathroom tiles, rain showers, lighted mirrors and more. The hotel offers deals like 15 percent off your four to six night stay, 20 percent off of your seven night stay, AAA and AARP member discounts and an “sleep, eat and park” package. For more information visit www.thebernichotel.com.
Gowanus Inn & Yard – Brooklyn – Opening Summer 2016
“Rest and recreate” has become the motto of the The Gowanus Inn & Yard, the 78 room, five-story boutique hotel said to become a “neighborhood amenity” in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Rising on the spot of an out of use parking lot, the hotel is being built by Matt Abramcyk, founder of New York’s successful night life destination, the Beatrice Inn. On the cellar level of the Gowanus Inn & Yard will be the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Guests and the public will also have opportunities to eat and drink on the hotel’s first floor courtyard and rooftop areas. The hotel also comes stocked with a pool, library, bar and fireplace, as will be noted on the building’s brick exterior. The location is just a quick subway ride from Manhattan, near the R train’s Union Street stop. The hotels website, www.gowanusinn.com, is still under construction, though further contact info is available.
Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residencies – Downtown – Opening September 2016
Located at the crossroads of Tribeca and the Financial District, the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is just a block away from the World Trade Center. Above the hotels 185 guest rooms and suites, some with balconies, are the new condominiums offered by the Four Seasons; the hotel occupies 24 floors of the 82 story skyscraper. Amenities of the new hotel include 24-hour in room dining, 24-hour fitness facilities, a full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, an indoor heated lap pool, 24-hour business services, a multilingual concierge, complimentary Wi-Fi and valet parking. Within the hotel are three ballrooms and salons, ideal for events, receptions, business meetings and more. World renowned chef Wolfgang Puck has opened his first New York City restaurant, Cut, in the hotel as well, just steps from the waterfront, the Meatpacking district and the rest of lower Manhattan. The hotel is offering value dates January 2 – 18, February 13 – 28 and March 6 – 12 in 2017.Visit www.fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown for more information.
Umbrella Hotel – Bronx – Opened June 2015
Umbrella Hotel is the first boutique hotel to open in the South Bronx, which is something owner and Bronx native Manny Chadha, of AMG Elton LLC, takes a lot of pride in. Located in the Melrose section of the Bronx, just a stop away from Manhattan near the 2 and 5 lines, Umbrella Hotel is aiming to bring Manhattan luxury into a part of the Bronx that years ago many tried to avoid, and at a price the Bronx can afford. The seven-story building has 56 rooms, 24-hour front desk access and 24-hour available check-in, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and room service. For those wanting to get out of their rooms, a rooftop longue offers great views of the city. Conveniently located near LaGuardia airport, Yankee Stadium, Fordham University, the New York Botanic Gardens and the Third Avenue shopping district, Umbrella Hotel offers much to do in close vicinity. Children under 18 stay for free in the same room as their guardian, and self-parking as well as valet are available for guests as well. For more information visit www.umbrellahotel.com.
Lighthouse Point Hotel – Staten Island – Opening 2017
The Hotel at Lighthouse Point in Staten Island is billed as New York City’s first truly waterfront hotel property. The 160+ room hotel, banquet and conference center will sit atop 145,000 square feet boasting views of New York Harbor. Views from the hotel will include the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Verrazano Bridge and more. Located in the St. George neighborhood, the location provides easy access via ferry to South Street Seaport, the Ground Zero Memorial, Tribeca, SoHo, the Brooklyn Bridge and more. The hotel is designed to aid in provoking the feelings of the St. George waterfront area: an old world style European village. The entire Lighthouse Point project is slated for completion in 2019. The waterfront promenade will have retail space, residential properties, four historic buildings, restaurants, offices and hospitality space, and the New York Wheel. For more on the hotel at Lighthouse Point and the rest of the amenities nearby, visit http://lighthousepoint.nyc/hotel/.
Four Points by Sheraton & Element Flushing – Queens – Opening Fall 2016
Just ten minutes from LaGuardia Airport, this dual-branded hotel (housed in a building which will be called the Eastern Mirage) will bring two popular Starwood brand hotels to Flushing, Queens. Back when plans were originally announced, the hotel was slated to include 178 rooms in Four Points and 118 rooms at Element Flushing. The two hotels are to share a 24-hour fitness center and heated indoor pool, with 2,600 square feet of flexible meeting and dining space shared between them. The building is located just eight miles from midtown Manhattan and other attractions like the New York Hall of Science, the American Museum of Moving Image, the Flushing Botanical Gardens, Arthur Ashe Stadium, New World Shopping Mall, Sky View Parc, Flushing Commons, Citi Field and more. The Eastern Mirage will be the tallest building on the Flushing skyline, complete with a 300-spot parking lot on site.
Esplendor Bossert – Brooklyn – Re-Opening October 2016
Formerly known as Hotel Bossert, the historic Brooklyn Heights hotel will soon re-open completely redone, under the name Esplendor Brooklyn. The Portuguese firm Fen Hotels, of the Dazzler Brooklyn hotel on Flatbush Avenue, is the new operator of the 14-story building. The newly refurbished, 107-year-old property will have 280 rooms, a rooftop bar and a ground floor restaurant. The décor will reflect the hotel’s early-20th-century origins, complete with Italian Renaissance revival inspirations and some of the hotel’s original details like its marble stairs, chandeliers and coffered ceilings. The hotel is most well-known for famously hosting the victory party of the World-Series winning Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, and is now on its way back to being the lively property it once was.
Riff Hotel Downtown – Lower Manhattan – Opened January 2016
If you think that the 80s was the best decade to date, then the Riff Hotel Downtown is the place for you. Having only opened this past January, the Riff is designed to give “boutique on a budget” to the Financial District. Its sister hotel, in Chelsea, has been a success since its opening in 2014. In the basement of the hotel is a “speakeasy-like” bar, serving cocktails and lighter fare. Near the hotel are attractions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dorian Gray Gallery, the Museum of American Finance, South Street Seaport, Battery Park and more. The Riff offers three types of lofts for guests: City, Balcony and Terrace. All rooms can accommodate two people and offer fully appointed kitchenettes, individual climate control, free Wi-Fi, exposed brick and other “rad amenities inspired by the NYC party scene of the 80s.” The Terrace Lofts are pet-friendly and have private balconies with access to a shared terrace with outdoor activities and a dog run. To explore the blast-from-the-past hotel visit www.riffdowntown.com.
It’s hard to narrow down the selection from 208 choices. Here are another few Manhattan hotels worth taking a look at:
New York Masterpiece – Madison Ave – Opened Spring 2018
Ace Hotel – Lower East Side – No date set
Hard Rock Hotel New York – Midtown – Opening Spring 2019
SAGO Hotel – Lower East Side – Opened February 2016
Baccarat Hotel & Residences – Midtown – Opened March 2015