In an area known for towering skyscrapers and stiffly suited business set, Gild Hall provides New York City denizens and visitors alike with a cozy retreat. This Financial District hotel sports a men’s club aesthetic, from the cowhide throw rug and leather couch in the lobby to the white-washed brick and wood that outfit the walls of the space. While its Gold Street location means hailing a taxi may take a bit of an extra effort, the 126-room hotel provides a quiet setting as the sun goes down that makes it worth it. If the more secluded spot isn’t enough to create a relaxing stay, Gild Hall’s guest room amenities will do the trick — think oversized Frette bathrobes, C.O. Bigelow toiletries and Dean & DeLuca-stocked mini-bars.
When it comes time for imbibing, head to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's second-floor wine bar, La Soffitta, a post-work destination for the movers and shakers on Wall Street. Decked out with leather banquettes, a dartboard and case-lined walls housing wine bottles, it’s no surprise why this is a popular happy hour hangout. Once you’ve satisfied your thirst, head downstairs to Gild Hall’s Felice Restaurant & Wine Bar for authentic Tuscan fare such as pastas, meat and cheese boards, or grilled branzino, among other items. Fancy a bit of exploration? The luxury hotel puts you within easy walking distance to some of New York City’s best areas and attractions, including Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.