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The best hotels near busy Union Square, where most of the city’s subway lines intersect and where Greenwich Village meets downtown, offer luxurious accommodations, fine dining options and superior amenities all under one roof. You can’t go wrong with any of our picks for the best hotels near Union Square.
Although Trump SoHo New York is a little farther away from Union Square, it’s worth staying here. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is more subdued than the Five-Star Trump International Hotel & Tower New York uptown, but still offers luxurious amenities typical of a Trump hotel such as a complimentary in-house car service that will whisk you around town within a 20-block radius. We suggest booking one of the one-bedroom suites, which have upgrades over standard accommodations such as spacious spa-like bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainshowers, plush seating areas, a sliding hearth and views of the Hudson River through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.
Beyond the sumptuous suites and fabulous amenities, this luxury hotel also knows how to party with class. Grab a signature Trump-Tini, made with The Donald’s vodka and garnished with a 24-karat gold leaf, and groove to the sounds of nightly live entertainment at Kastel, the hotel’s main bar. If the weather is in your favor (or not), indoor-outdoor Bar d’Eau is a vacation within itself and features a cascading waterfall, private cabanas and a Bocce court. For a more low-key experience, retreat to one of the traditional hammams at Four-Star The Spa at Trump SoHo.
A lot has changed at Gramercy Park Hotel since the days when Humphrey Bogart and Babe Ruth frequented the bar here. Hotelier Ian Schrager was behind a major renovation to the hotel in 2006, but he managed to keep the 1920s charm of this historical building while introducing modern-day upgrades to the guest rooms and in the lobby, which now features a ten-foot-high fireplace and Moroccan checkered-tiled floor. The Penthouse is one of the most unique ones in New York City thanks to its mahogany wood ceiling, lime walls plastered using a 600-year-old European technique, an original Stanford White fireplace, a selection of global antiques and a collection of photographs from Julian Schnabel.
We also love Gramercy Terrace, an indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant, lounge and private club: With its retractable roof, lush greenery and wicker furnishings, it’s reminiscent of a garden party in turn-of-the-century New York City. If you’re still looking for more reasons to stay here, you’ll also enjoy exclusive access to beautifully landscaped Gramercy Park, the oldest private park in the country and an amenity normally reserved for residents of the 39 surrounding buildings.
A perfect hybrid of downtown chic and the charm of old New York, the W New York - Union Square is located in the 1911 Guardian Life building right on Union Park. Following the cheeky W branding, the contemporary guest rooms here are classified with names such as “Wonderful,” “Wow” and “Fabulous,” and all feature the heralded feather beds this trendy chain is known for. The signature SWEAT Fitness Center is also available for those looking to get away from the happening nightlife scene in The Living Room Lounge. You can also head there to burn off a few calories after overindulging at Olives, a restaurant specializing in Italian and Mediterranean fare under the direction of renowned chef Todd English.