What are the best places to stay in New York City?

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With so many places to stay, it can be tough deciding where to book a room in New York. These Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels are the best of the best in New York.

If you crave luxury but prefer your surroundings on the sleek side, Mandarin Oriental, New York, with its modern tower rising over Central Park, delivers top-notch service with Asian flair. This super-chic addition to the luxury hotel landscape in New York has jaw-dropping views, excellent amenities and a convenient location in Columbus Circle.

A new 1930s-Shanghai-style rooftop bar and gorgeously revamped Five-Star spa up the luxury factor at The Peninsula New York, a Manhattan standby. But it’s the personalized service (you might find yourself wondering how everyone from the doorman to the waiter at breakfast knows you by name) that makes a stay here special.

Probably one of the best Ritz-Carlton hotels anywhere in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Central Park whispers luxury, with its exclusive, formal butler service available to cater to your every need, whenever you need it. Rooms are bathed in buttery tones with luxe touches such as 400-thread-count French sateen linens.

Occupying the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper, Park Hyatt New York mesmerizes with its beauty (hand-woven custom carpeting), unbelievable cuisine (Four-Star The Back Room at One57) and breathtaking views (25th-floor spa).

For a top-notch hotel with historic charm, look no further than The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. Marvel at stunning hand-painted murals and Indian artwork before retreating to your soothing guest room — some of which even boast views of Central Park — and then head downstairs to enjoy contemporary Italian fare at Sirio Ristorante New York.

For over-the-top pampering and white-glove service, The St. Regis New York is the one to choose. The opulent landmark building has gilded cornices and Italian marble and a legendary bar whose claim to fame was inventing the Bloody Mary.

At Trump International Hotel & Tower, the elegant rooms do it up Trump-style: marble bathrooms; European-style kitchens with china, crystal glassware and Christofle serving trays; and amazing park and city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

A guest room at Four Seasons Hotel New York gives you ample space — ranging from 500 to 800 square feet — awe-inspiring views of Central Park or the city and puts you in a prime Midtown Manhattan spot with 5th Avenue shops just steps away. And that's without mentioning the enormous marble bathrooms with soaking tubs.

These are just a few of the best places to stay in New York City. Check out the rest of our star rated hotels perfect for your visit.

Of course we are going to say Four Seasons Hotel New York, but if we should be sold out we’d recommend the following hotels:

The Mandarin Oriental

St. Regis

The Ritz Carlton Central Park

The Peninsula

The Carlyle

The best places to stay in New York City are:

1. The Plaza Hotel (768 Fifth Ave., 212-759-3000). It’s New York’s favorite hotel for the social and cultural elite, and it’s a bastion of luxury, charm and old-fashioned splendor in the city. Check out its ultra-modern gym, La Palestra.

2. Four Seasons Hotel New York (57 E. 57th St., 212-758-5700). A grand and solemnly built hotel, its rooms are among the favorites for visitors. The hotel’s swanky modern, subterranean lair specializes in scientific-sounding treatments.

3. Mandarin Oriental, New York (80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, 212-805-8800). Tranquility is the predominant concern here, with breathtaking 35th-floor views of Manhattan and Eastern-inspired visuals and services.

4. The Peninsula New York (700 Fifth Ave. at 55th Street, 212-956-2888). Asian-flavored décor in the room, a great spa offering $500 daylong packages, priceless skyline views and a fawning staff are made to order at this sun-drenched retreat. 5. The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Central Park (50 Central Park S. at Sixth Avenue, 212-308-9100). This is a jewel on Central Park with breathtaking views of the park and a unique Swiss spa, La Prairie.

For the best place to stay in New York City, look no further than The St. Regis New York at 55th Street and 5th Avenue, right in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

The newest one would be the best one.

The Mercer is a great place to hole up. I’m sentimental about the big old grand hotels like The St. Regis [New York]. Ace Hotel has a kooky, dark, dysfunctional charm to it that I really love. I think I like Ace most because they have two really great restaurants in it. The John Dory and The Breslin are both terrific places. It is a little laptop-y. Its lobby is clogged up with hipsters with laptops, but the food and drink options there more than make up for it.

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Mercer Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

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I would stay at the Mark or the Carlyle because it’s away from Times Square, away from the regular hustle and bustle. All of a sudden, you could take a walk in the morning right out into Central Park and see how the Upper East Siders are waking up. Or you can go to the Bowery Hotel or the Rivington, or even the Thompson Hotel. That’s what’s cool about New York — you can get any kind of vibe you want. If you wanted to have a classic vibe, you could go to the Waldorf or the Essex House.

  • David Burke

  • Chef, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur

  • New York, US

I stay at The James New York all the time in Soho. I still love The Plaza Hotel, but haven’t stayed there in a while. The Benjamin is another good hotel. It’s on 50th Street. There’s a good restaurant there called The National. I like to stay at The Surrey hotel on the Upper East Side also. And Daniel Boulud has a good restaurant there called Café Boulud. I tend to go to a place where I can eat well.

The NoMad is great. I like Chambers Hotel. I think there are times that a place like Trump SoHo New York is kind of cool. I prefer smaller boutique hotels, but there’s a pretty great rooftop deck at Trump SoHo. Soho Grand Hotel is also great.

Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and The Pierre. If you want a younger, hipper place, The Mercer, the Tribeca or The NoMad — those are the funkier, more fun hotels.

I’m a big fan of The Carlyle. I’m a big fan of hotels in New York for the grandeur and timelessness they bring to a real New York experience.

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