Top Five Unique New York City Hotels

As summer vacation season looms, a myriad of choices await. These can range from where to go, to where to stay, and what to do. If you are looking for a Manhattan vacation with some interesting accommodation arrangements, there are many unique hotel experiences to choose from. Here is a look at the top five unique New York City hotels.

The Empire Hotel

This chic west side hotel is located just a few steps from the famed Lincoln Center. A city staple for over 100 years, The Empire Hotel features 420 guest rooms, multiple bars, a top-notch restaurant and a spa. This hotel boasts a convertible window-walled rooftop bar called Penthouse Lounge, making this an all-weather attraction. If you are visiting in the summer time, be sure to check out the super sophisticated pool deck, featuring private cabanas and a canopied pool that overlooks Manhattan.

The Jane

For solo travelers content with no-frills accommodations, try The Jane. A hotel originally built to house sailors, it has been transformed in modern day to an affordable traveler’s hotel. Located in the West Village, The Jane provides easy access to trendy Manhattan neighborhoods, including Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District. With rooms measuring no more than 50 square feet and modeled after ship cabins, a single person can stay at The Jane for $99 per night. Each room features a single twin bed, large luggage rack, a television, and free wireless Internet. The one downside is the communal bathroom on each floor. Perhaps The Jane is a small step down from the rest, but it’s perfect for travelers.

Casablanca Hotel

Old Hollywood fans rejoice for this Bogie and Bergman-inspired movie themed hotel. This hotel features Moroccan-style décor, complete with beautiful, bright colors, plant life, and even a chic movie poster or two. The hotel eatery, Rick’s Café, is not quite a gin joint but does offer free wine and cheese for guests each day from 5-8 pm. Located in the heart of Times Square, Casablanca Hotel is the perfect stay for a movie buff. As Rick would say, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Library Hotel

Library Hotel is just that. It harbors ten floors, all of which are named for a category of the Dewey Decimal System. They cover everything from The Arts to Religion to Social Sciences. Each room within each floor features a collection of unique books within that floor’s Dewey Decimal themed heading. Room 900.005 is the Geography & Travel guest room and features reading material relating to this subject. Room accommodations vary, so do your research before you get your heart set on a particular topic.

The Carlyle

One of the premier hotels in Manhattan, The Carlyle has accommodated a host of celebrities, royalty and political figures. Located on the Upper East Side, The Carlyle boasts unparalleled views of Central Park. Room accommodations range from the Classic Room to the Empire Suite, which is an apartment-style duplex. In each room, guests will find high-end toiletries by Kiehl’s and fancy candy confections by Dylan’s Candy Bar. Through mid-June, catch Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band on Monday nights at Café Carlyle. If you really fall in love with The Carlyle, and have really deep pockets, the hotel also offers coop apartments for sale.

Traveling to New York City is a unique experience in itself but with these varied, unique hotel choices, it is sure to be a memorable trip for travelers of all budgets.


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