Visiting New York City in the winter has it cons—like bundling up in multiple layers before even considering facing the frigid temperatures outside—but it certainly has its pros, too. There’s something uniquely magical about touring the Big Apple during the long months from late November through March.
There’s glamour in bustling from museums to restaurants to cocktail bars, wrapped up in fluffy coats and scarves. There’s adventure in taking on the city when your weather app reads well below freezing. And there’s a comfort in the exhaustion brought on by accomplishing a full day’s worth of exploring, followed by a nightcap and good night’s sleep. The latter, of course, requires staying somewhere you can escape the hustle (and chill) of New York in the winter.
Below, we’ve rounded up six of the coziest places to stay in New York City in the winter—from luxurious hideaways to more affordable options for the budget-conscious traveler.
Although the outer facade of The Greenwich Hotel is somewhat inconspicuous, its reputation and its owner are not; Robert De Niro has been known to frequent his downtown establishment a time or two. Upon checking in, grab a book or a complimentary copy of The New York Times, and warm your toes in front of the roaring fireplace on the ground floor. The property also urges guests to take advantage of its many amenities: a renowned spa, wood-paneled gym, neighboring restaurant, Locanda Verde, and unlimited snacks and beverages in the bedrooms. There is just one issue with staying someone as exquisite as The Greenwich Hotel: You’ll never want to leave its unparalleled level of comfort (and cozy). “Comfort has been behind the choices I’ve made about this hotel,” De Niro told Travel & Leisure when he opened the hotel in 2009. That certainly has not changed in the decade since.
Walking into The Marlton, located a block above Washington Square Park, is like entering a safe haven, away from the honking cabs and unbearable cold. You’re greeted by a crackling fireplace and plush furniture; you can easily picture Jack Keroac, once a resident of the hotel, penning his next novel in the parlor or the in-house restaurant, Margaux. While the rooms themselves are on the smaller end (this is Greenwich Village, after all), the general feel of The Marlton delivers that desirable old-school New York vibe—complete with black and white tiled bathrooms, brass accents, and oak paneling throughout.
While an “affordable” New York City hotel can sometimes feel like a scam (if you can find one, that is), the recently opened Walker Hotel Tribeca combines a traveler-friendly nightly rate with location and comfort. Starting at $155 a night, the hotel is steps from the Canal St 6-train and minutes from Chinatown, Little Italy, and Tribeca. Downstairs, you’ll find a Blue Bottle Coffee outpost and a seating area that’s as Instagrammable as it is cozy. Your pourover coffee and cozy room (complete with C.O Bigelow bath amenities and crisp white linens) will keep you warm, even on the coldest New York day.
If staying in Brooklyn is more your style, The Hoxton, with its rooms labeled “cozy” or “roomy,” depending on the square footage, is the boutique hotel to book in the winter. You might have to skip the outdoor terrace during the chilliest months of the year, but the property makes up for it with its other common areas accented with velvet armchairs, delectable snacks, and fireplaces radiating warmth. Bonus: Each guest room features floor-to-ceiling windows (with either Brooklyn or Manhattan views), bespoke linens, and a daily “breakfast bag,” leaving you well-rested and ready to check off the rest of your “winter in New York” bucket list.
Surrounded by some of New York’s most famous landmarks—including One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial—The Beekman is a gem distinguished by the building’s history (dating back to 1883), its dazzling architecture, and an impeccable curation of artwork. Guests can bask in the beauty of the nine-level atrium while sipping a cocktail freshly made at the Temple Court bar. In the morning, escape the New York winter chill with live jazz music paired with brunch—overseen by a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, who worked at the address when it was known as Chapel Street Theater.
The neighborhood north of Madison Square Park, fondly known as NoMad, is an area that never stands still—even compared to the rest of the city. But this “go, go, go” disposition is shed at the doors of The NoMad Hotel, home to a cocktail and coffee lounge known as “The Library.” Here, guests (and in off-hours, visitors) can indulge their coziest literary fantasies in the two-story room with wall-to-wall bookshelves. But the appeal doesn’t stop on the ground floor: Each room’s mahogany furniture, custom bathrobes, and handmade vintage rugs convey luxury in a manner that’s difficult to leave upon checkout.
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