New York’s Manhattan skyline is the most iconic in the world. But with over 700 hotels to choose from, it can be difficult to know the best place to stay to enjoy the showstopping views of the city, especially from the comfort of your own bedroom. Here is a selection of the most stunning NYC hotels with skyline views.

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Mandarin Oriental

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Upon entering the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor Sky Lobby, guests are greeted by artist Dale Chihuly’s magnificent crystal sculpture that sets the tone for one of New York’s most sophisticated and thoughtfully designed hotels. The Mandarin Oriental’s distinctive design elements and artworks pay homage to its Asian inspiration and are guided by the principles of legendary Master Feng Shui, who has created a harmonious space well removed from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis below. The MO Lounge restaurant serves up a taste of the East alongside unrivaled panoramas of Central Park, and each of the hotel’s lavishly decorated suites offer views either of Central Park or the Hudson River. For a unique East Side meets West Side perspective, consider the outrageous Suite 5000. This 3,300 square feet space on the 50th floor offers wrap-around views of the city, three bedrooms, a living area, a media room, and a walk-in wardrobe. Yours for the night for a cool $36,000.

80 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Price: From $716

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Renaissance New York Chelsea

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The Renaissance pitches itself as a lifestyle hotel for a younger demographic who want a quirkier experience than what’s offered at most hotel chains. This is epitomized in the funky wall decoration that climbs from the lobby to the first floor of the Renaissance New York Chelsea — a massive art installation made up of hundreds of mounted antiques — a nod to the hotel’s former life as the home of the Antiques Garage flea market. This has become Chelsea’s most popular NYC hotel with skyline views. At the top of the hotel, spread over the 38th and 39th floors, is Somewhere Nowhere, a garden lounge and open-air rooftop pool run by the El Grupo SN nightlife company, which plays host to some of the hippest (and highest) parties in New York. For partygoers looking out from the rooftop pool it can feel like winning at a game of sightseeing bingo. The East River, Brooklyn Bridge, the top of Madison Square and, looming large in the foreground, the gargantuan Empire State building provide the perfect backdrop for a night out in the city that never sleeps.

112 W. 25th Street, Manhattan
Price: From $161

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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For the forward-thinking, environmentally conscious traveler with a weakness for lavish living, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is undoubtedly the benchmark for sustainable luxury in New York City. Inspired by nature and with an explicit pledge to lead the conversation on sustainability, the hotel’s green credentials are conspicuous in the little details, from the recycled rainwater water system to its’ no-plastics policy and the furniture crafted with reclaimed wood from old New York water towers. These elements lend an earthy, natural character to the hotel and its guestrooms, which one could easily mistake for an exquisite wilderness cabin were it not for the exceptional views through the window of the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. The views of the Lower Manhattan skyline across the East River from the rooftop pool deck and plunge pool, use of which is exclusive for hotel guests, are unparalleled.

60 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Price: From $366 per night

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Equinox Hotel

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When the pandemic prompted leading names in the hospitality industry to pivot towards a guest experience that prioritizes health and well-being, the Equinox at Hudson Yards saw no need. They were already well ahead of the game. This sleek, modern entry into the New York luxury hotel scene guarantees that guests will leave a little bit better off than when they arrived, with rooms specifically designed to restore and revive courtesy of a plethora of details including spring-free beds infused with temperature-regulating natural fibers, state-of-the-art soundproofing technologies, and AC units fitted with optimum medical-grade filters. The best views are from the rooftop pool and, of course, the signature fitness center — probably the largest hotel gym in the world — where your bench press or treadmill overlooks the River Hudson and Manhattan’s West Side skyline. For even more spectacular vistas, take a trip to the Edge. The Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor sky deck is located on the Equinox’s doorstep, and stepping out onto its glass floor suspended 100 stories in the air will delight and terrify in equal measure.

33 Hudson Yards, Manhattan
Price: From $700

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Conrad New York Downtown

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The Conrad New York Downtown’s commitment to delivering strong visuals is evident from the moment you step into the atrium. Legendary artist Sol LeWitt’s Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple), a striking painting that looms ten stories high, is the crowning jewel in the hotel’s extensive contemporary art collection that numbers some 2,000 works across its public areas and 463 suites. All the suites have been refurbished during the pandemic, so expect to find sleek, stylish interiors in every room. For the hotel’s signature views of the New York Harbor, opt for a Hudson River Suite. In the evening, drink in the iconic sight of the Statue of Liberty standing guard over the River Hudson with a cocktail at the distinguished Loopy Doopy rooftop bar, whose name, borrowed from the artwork downstairs, embodies the hotel’s unique positioning as an art-led experience.

102 North End Eve, Manhattan
Price: From $262

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The Williamsburg Hotel

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Once considered the bohemian heartbeat of Brooklyn, gentrification in the former manufacturing neighborhood of Williamsburg has given it a more polished edge in recent years. Its vintage shops, contemporary street art, and lively indie music scene are all a testament to the creative energy that endures today, however. The Williamsburg Hotel taps into the neighborhood’s storied past with its industrial steel and red-brick facade belying its Art-Deco approach to interior designs. A classy hipster vibe permeates through the property. The highlight here is the swanky rooftop pool and lounge, which offers al fresco dining, top-drawer cocktails, and unobstructed views of Manhattan across the East River unmatched anywhere in Williamsburg. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in natural light but be sure to go for a terrace room if you want your own balcony from which to take advantage of the views of either Brooklyn or the New York skyline.

96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
Price: From $203

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The Peninsula New York

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In the luxury hotel world, The Peninsula name is synonymous with quality. No other hotel group has been awarded Five-Star status by Forbes across all its locations. The Peninsula New York is another leading example of high-end service at its finest. With its Beaux Arts-style architectural style, primly garbed door staff, and limousine service, The Peninsula exudes all the trappings of classic New York while in the guestrooms and suites, the modern trimmings and surprising roominess give the impression of luxurious apartments. Escape the grip of the city with a few lengths of the tranquil glass-enclosed pool, then step out onto the sun terrace and soak up the views of Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, the outstanding spa on the 21st floor is widely regarded as the best in the city (and with ten treatment rooms it’s certainly the biggest). But for all The Peninsula’s character and amenities, it’s the exceptional customer service and the attention to detail from the staff that keeps guests returning in droves.

700 5th Avenue, Manhattan
Price: From $701

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Moxy NYC Chelsea

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The Moxy NYC Chelsea is tucked away in Manhattan’s Flower District on the best-smelling block in NYC. True to the Moxy brand, the hotel draws on the neighborhood’s local heritage with a floral theme that runs throughout its interior design from the magnificent flower shop you pass through to reach the lobby to the falling rose petal wallpaper in the bathrooms. The rooms themselves have been crafted with the millennial Instagrammer in mind; light, natural tones are complemented by the characterful industrial furnishings that speak to the Moxy’s fun and spirited values, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the city from your bed. On the 35th floor, the rooftop cocktail lounge boasts one of the only 360° views in Manhattan and brings you up close and personal with that most iconic of fixtures on the New York skyline — the Empire State building.

105 W. 28th Street, Manhattan
Price: From $199

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