There are hundreds of hotels in New York City, from tiny budget rooms to hang-the-expense opulence. Old New York glamour competes with slick, modern properties and soaring skyscrapers offer a high-energy alternative to boutique brownstones with fewer than 20 rooms. The neighbourhood you stay in is as important as the room, so do your research before you get packing.
Baccarat Hotel New York
Baccarat Hotel New York opened in July 2015 and immediately won acclaim for its luxe design (expect crystal chandeliers and fur-covered armchairs) and French restaurant, Chevalier. Prime midtown location, next door to MoMA.
The Standard High Line
Fashionistas love The Standard, High Line, for its cool Meatpacking location, spectacular views seen through floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall windows and some of the city's best restaurant and nightlife spots. Dress to impress when visiting The Top of the Standard (also known as the Boom Boom Room).
Waldorf Astoria New York
Considered the elegant grande dame of NYC hotels, the landmark Waldorf Astoria New York is undergoing some exciting updates and renovations to its rooms and public spaces. Revealed in October 2015, a modern upscale Chinese dining room, La Chine, replaces what was for many years Oscar's Brasserie. Expect to see big changes to suites soon.
Escape the midtown rush and check in at Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side. One block to a well-connected subway station, three blocks to Central Park and across the street from Fairway. Each of the hotel's suites have kitchenettes, plus there's a shared laundry and new hotel bar with daily specials.
Is it contemporary luxury you're seeking? Visit Langham Place, New York. Part of the Langham Hotels group you may know from properties in Sydney and Melbourne, this hotel boasts a prized Fifth Avenue location, award-winning spa and an impressive collection of artworks by Alex Katz.
The rooms at Pod Hotels are small, no question, but who goes to NYC to sit in their room? Pod 51 and Pod 39 hotels offer affordable rates, a fun atmosphere and savvy social concierges.
1 Hotel Central Park
Green is gold at 1 Hotel Central Park, which bills itself as a boutique "refuge in the middle of Manhattan". Nature is close by – the park is a block away – and also present throughout the hotel with an abundance of fresh plants and eco-sensitive reclaimed materials used on everything from room keys to coat hangers.
Live the New York dream in a local's high-end apartment through elite home-sharing service, onefinestay. Choose from a converted Greenwich Village carriage house, a light-filled West Village studio, an artist's loft in Soho and many more. Expect quality linens, luxe toiletries and an on-loan iPhone. (Airbnb, popular in NYC, can be hit or miss when it comes to quality and comfort.)
Paper Factory Hotel
Great hotels aren't restricted to midtown Manhattan. Head to Queens for the trendy Paper Factory Hotel, Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn for Williamsburg urban chic, or Aloft Harlem for a taste of uptown funk.