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The view from the Hyatt Times Square (Photo: Courtesy of Hyatt Times Square)

8 of New York City’s Tallest Hotels

Get high at the city's most towering hotels -- these eight have views for miles and amenities that will make you feel like you own the joint

New York is a city of superlatives. It’s the most populous U.S. city and its most densely populated. It measures things in millions (54.3 million visitors in 2013, $1,220,950 is the average home sales price in Manhattan) and sometimes billions (Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2014 preliminary budget rang in at $73.5 billion). Nowhere is the city’s largeness on more prominent display, however, than in its soaring buildings (why, yes, we DO have the tallest building in the country, thank you). In fact, the city has the most skyscrapers in the world, second only to Hong Kong, and visitors and locals alike can experience many of these towers for themselves as they’re in lofty hotels. These spots include the Marriott Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park, which opened in January 2014 and is the tallest hotel in North America, and the Hyatt Times Square, crowned by the highest hotel bar in NYC. Behold the eight tallest hotels you’ll find within city limits.

 

Marriott Courtyard Central Park

(Photos: Courtesy Marriott Courtyard Central Park)

Marriott Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park: 68 stories
Look up — and up, and up: This isn’t just the tallest hotel in New York City — but in the country. In January 2014, Marriott opened this combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan on Broadway. The sleek 753-foot tower rises to an impressive 68 floors. The two hotels share an entrance and lobby, meeting and event spaces, and a fitness center on the 35th floor, where guests can get sweaty to skyline vistas. The Marriott has taken full advantage of the dual brands to cater to a wide range of guests:  The Courtyard hotel, on floors 6 through 33, draws the more traditional sightseeing visitors, while the Residence Inn (floors 37 to the top), is geared to longer-staying travelers, with spacious studio suites with full kitchen. From $239 & $269. 1717 Broadway, 212-324-3773, courtyard.com, residenceinn.com

 

New York Palace

(Photo: The Towers room, New York Palace)

New York Palace Hotel: 55 stories
The New York Palace splashily reopened in 2013 after a $140 million renovation, and is once again living up to its name. The handsome hotel is a striking blend of old new. The historic Villard Mansion — with a striking courtyard — is at the base, but it’s The Towers, a modern extension that shoots up 55 stories, that gives the Palace its tremendous height. The Towers rooms are, as you might imagine, the crème de la crème of the hotel, occupying floors 41 and up. Private express elevators serve these lofty rooms, which are done up in soothing shades of cream, and feature spectacular views, including of St. Patrick’s cathedral, which rises directly opposite the hotel. From $350. 455 Madison Ave., 212-888-7000, book a room

 

Millennium Hilton

(Photos: Courtesy Millennium Hilton)

Millennium Hilton: 55 stories
Looming elegantly over lower Manhattan, the 55-story Millenium Hilton is proof of New York City’s ability to rebound after 9/11. The building was extensively damaged on September 11 but fully rebuilt to open its doors once again in 2003. Looking to impress a client? Host your meeting on the Presidential Suite on the 55th floor, which features an airy event space with phenomenal views of the Hudson River and the glittering NYC skyline. Perhaps most impressive are the spot-on views of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum — if you’re visiting NYC to see the memorial, you can’t get closer than this. The hotel also has plenty of upscale perks, including a heated, 40-foot, glass-enclosed pool on the fifth floor and a lively lobby bar called, appropriately enough, Liquid Assets. From $359. 55 Church St., 212-693-2001 hilton.com, book a room

 

Hyatt Times Square

Hyatt Times Square (Photo: Christopher Villano)

Hyatt Times Square: 54 stories
The flashiest newcomer to Times Square in 2013 wasn’t another giant neon sign or the latest Broadway show. It was the 54-story Hyatt Times Square, Manhattan’s largest new Hyatt in more than 30 years — and the tallest newly built, freestanding Hyatt hotel in the United States. The silver tower has 487 apartment-style rooms and suites designed by boutique agency George Wong Design, with massive windows, rich woods and city-themed art. The Premier Suites, on uppers floors, hit the apex with a private terrace, the better to take in sweeping views of Manhattan. While many of the tallest hotels reserve the top for the penthouse suites, here floor 54 is open to all. It’s home to Bar 54, the tallest hotel bar in NYC. And you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to have a drink: Cozy up under the stars at the outdoor fireplaces and toast Manhattan with a drink of the same name. From $299. 135 W. 45th St., 646-364-1234, timessquare.hyatt.com

 

Atrium suite at The London NYC

Atrium suite at The London NYC (Photo: Courtesy of The London NYC)

The London NYC: 54 stories
Space may be at a premium across New York City, but you wouldn’t know it here. Everything about this all-suite hotel is big. Originally built as a residential building, it was later converted from apartments into suites, each starting at an impressive 500 square feet, and all designed by esteemed interior designer David Collins. The two top floors — 53 and 54 — are the real splurge. This is where you’ll find the one-bedroom Sky Suites, which sprawl for up to 950 square feet. But, it doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. The suites are open-plan and designed for meetings; after all, it’s much easier to seal a deal when surrounded by views like this. And don’t miss the famous, and blustery, British TV chef Gordon Ramsay who serves up superb French-tinged fare at his restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at the London. Guests can also enjoy more casual versions of his creations at the Maze and the London Bar. From $269. 151 W. 54th St., 212-307-5000, book a room

 

The Four Seasons

(Photo: Courtesy of The Four Seasons)

Four Seasons: 52 stories
Not only is the Four Seasons one of NYC’s best-known hotels, but it’s also among the tallest. The iconic, I.M. Pei-designed hotel soars over 57th Street in Midtown, affording dazzling views in every direction, from Central Park to both rivers. Want to spot a celebrity? Park yourself in the high-ceilinged marble lobby and a sighting is almost guaranteed. And even if stars aren’t staying there, they’re likely sipping a cocktail at the bar or dining in the Grill Room or Pool Room. Outpacing the lobby is the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite — often on the list of most expensive suites in the world — which crowns the hotel on the 52nd floor. The 4,300-square-foot suite, with stunning 360-degree views, spares no expense with calfskin leather walls, bathroom sinks carved out of solid slabs of rock crystal, a Bosendorfer grand piano and a Zen room (you’re rich, so relax!). Of course, you’ll have a cadre of people at your service, including a 24-hour butler and a Rolls Royce chauffeur. Price tag? $45,000 a night. From $595. 57 E. 57th St., 212-758-5700, book a room

 

Trump International Hotel & Tower

(Photo: Courtesy of Trump International Hotel & Tower)

Trump International Hotel & Tower: 52 stories
Not surprisingly, a Trump building makes this list. The Donald is, after all, the master of excess. His sophisticated hotel across the street from Central Park has both rooms and suites designed by Ivanka Trump, with floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms, as well as private condos, which occupy the top floors. The hotel amenities live up to his rep and include a 55-foot saltwater, heated indoor pool and the five-star Jean-Georges restaurant, which commands a stately spot off the lobby. Even better? The 24-hour in-room dining by Jean-Georges. From $545. 1 Central Park W., 212-299-1000, book a room

 

Mandarin Oriental

(Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

Mandarin Oriental: 54 stories
The height advantage is evident from the moment the elevators deposit you in the lobby: The Mandarin Oriental’s first floor is the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The views of Central Park and beyond start here and get better the higher you go. And the Mandarin Oriental maximizes its sky-high perch with floor-to-ceiling windows at every turn — in the 14,500-square-foot spa on the 35th and 36th floors, and in the room and suites, which are named after their views.  Among the notable rooms to book: the Hudson River Room, which takes in a wide sweep from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge and the aptly named Central Park View Room and the Skyline View Room. Ease into the evening with exotic cocktails at the 35th floor Lobby Lounge; try the Mandarin Sunset, made with Absolut Mandarin, blood orange and lychee juices, and Lillet Blanc. From $695. 80 Columbus Cir., 212-805-8800, book a room

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