In a city known for its teeny hotel rooms at sky-high prices, there is a surprising moment of moderation: suites. Throughout New York City spacious suites do exist — some with awe-inspiring views, others with lounge space, soaking tubs or even dining rooms — and they cost a lot less than you might think. We scoured the city looking for suites that didn’t compromise on style or space at hotels in desirable neighborhoods and with amenities of their own. The cheapest starts from just $329 and the most expensive tops out at $825, which is less than standard rooms at some of the city’s fancier hotels (rooms at The Plaza, for instance, are hard to find for less than $700). Why be cramped when you can stretch out in style in your very own suite? Here are eight of our favorites.
The London NYC
When staying in the heart of Midtown, visitors have come to expect miniscule rooms. The London NYC breaks this trend with an all-suite property where rooms begin at 500 square feet. All rooms include a plush living area with a party-sized couch and oversize bathroom. The London Vista Suite (from $399) is an upper-floor suite with either city views or Central Park views along with a king-size bed, two flat-screen TVs, and living room with work desk. Upgrade to a London Sky Suite (from $699) for even more space — 650 to 950 square feet — on the top two floors of the hotel. From the 53rd or 54th floor, these stylish retreats have killer views, a big living room, dining room (throw a dinner party!) and soaking tubs. 151 W. 54th St., 212-307-5000, thelondonnyc.com, book now
Hotel on Rivington
This glass tower in the Lower East Side attracts guests for its views — and for its 10 room types. Each room type has different features, from exterior facing showers to terraces with Brooklyn Bridge views. The high floor corner king (from $450) has a balcony, exterior facing glass shower (and floor to ceiling glass exterior walls!) along with a Japanese-style deep soaking tub and the hotel’s signature, minimal design. For even more space and amenities, reserve a Unique room (from $630), which offers a range of exceptional features like a 100-square-foot steam shower or a north-facing terrace. These rooms are located on the 18th and 19th floors and offer spectacular views through all-glass exterior walls. 107 Rivington St., 212-475-2600, hotelonrivington.com
The Ace Hotel has so much charisma that many guests feel they can soak up New York without needing to cross the threshold into the city itself. There’s the always-buzzing lobby with its couches and communal tables, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Breslin Bar and Dining Room and the John Dory Oyster Bar for on-site entertainment. Seven room types range from bunk (style on a budget) to the truly exceptional corner loft suites. While the loft suites might be out of range for many visitors as they approach $2,000, the Large rooms (from $589) are a worthy splurge, with unique pieces of vintage furniture, a turntable with records, stocked SMEG refrigerator, Gibson guitar and bathroom with French doors. Guests can also take advantage of room service from April Bloomfield’s Breslin Bar downstairs. 20 W. 29th St., 212-679-2222, book now
Designed to feel like an elegant residence, WestHouse in the heart of Midtown is home to one-bedroom suites (from $775). The concept for these 575-square-foot one-bedroom suites — with separate living rooms, marble bathrooms and big flat-screen TVs — is 1920s glamour. That influence shows up in artwork inspired by Carnegie Hall and the Gilded Age; crystal chandeliers and custom antique keys add allure. Another unique touch is the residents program. All hotel guests pay a $30 daily fee and are offered breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, barista coffees and free Wi-Fi. 201 W. 55th St., 212-707-4888, westhousehotelnewyork.com
Andaz Wall Street
Visitors looking for space will find it downtown even in the standard rooms at the Andaz Wall Street (rooms start at 345 square feet) located in the Financial District. But upgrade to the Andaz Suite (from $545), and you will find a decadent retreat. This 610-square-foot suite has generous natural light from 7-foot tall windows, a deep soaking tub (and separate stall shower), and a lovely window seat overlooking the downtown streets. Add in the fluffy robes and free minibar (with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks) and this loft-style, corner suite with a king size bed becomes the type of room that makes you want to order room service and put out the “do not disturb” sign. 75 Wall St., 212-590-1234, newyork.wallstreet.andaz.hyatt.com
The one problem with booking a suite in Manhattan is that with few exceptions, you don’t get great Manhattan views. Check into one of the loft suites (from $750) at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and stay overnight in a dream apartment complete with outrageous views of the Manhattan skyline. All rooms in this converted factory have under-floor heating, locally made furniture and commissioned art. The loft suites elevate the stylish concept further with floor-to-ceiling windows, standalone pedestal tubs and plush leather couches. Some even have an interior staircase leading to a private terrace with Manhattan skyline views. 80 Wythe Ave., 718-460-8000, wythehotel.com
NYLO delivers exactly what you would want from its laid-back Upper West Side location — a comfortable, fresh place to relax and soak in the iconic views. Both the Lifestyle Loft (from $329) and the Skyline Penthouse (from $379) have private outdoor balconies with generous seating space offering Central Park, Hudson River or UWS views. Water tower and rooftop views are gorgeous from these balconies on the 14th through 16th floors. Ranging from 450 to 500 square feet, these suites are full of natural light made brighter by wood floors, white linens and blonde wood furniture. 2178 Broadway, 212-362-1100, nylohotels.com/nyc
The Greenwich Hotel
When splurging on a suite, room service is something to keep in mind. At the Greenwich Hotel, it comes from the acclaimed Locanda Verde downstairs. The understated, chic rooms are an ideal space to get cozy with your partner while you let Andrew Carmellini do the cooking. While the true suites and penthouses are not within reach (the smallest starts at $1,350.00), a Deluxe Greenwich (from $825) has 475 square feet of space, luxurious bathrooms with Moroccan tile design, walk-in rain shower and eucalyptus-scented bath products, in addition to separate sitting areas. The Drawing Room and Courtyard might tempt you from your space with its guest-only comforts including a fireplace, plush couches and cocktail/coffee service. 377 Greenwich St., 212-941-8900, thegreenwichhotel.com
For more affordable options, see 10 Surprisingly Affordable Hotels in New York City.
If you don’t mind small, see New York City’s Pod Hotel Revolution: The Glamour of Staying Small.