Some travelers look for hotels in central business districts, or near the big tourist attractions. But others? They travel to eat. If your vacation itinerary is all about restaurants, consider staying in one of the five hotels below — all located within hot dining neighborhoods, from the West Village to Williamsburg.
Opened in fall 2013, the Marlton puts you at the doorstep of the West Village’s dining scene. Mario Batali’s upscale pizzeria Otto and his legendary townhouse restaurant Babbo are both mere steps away; with another block or two, you’ve got popular Spanish restaurant Tertulia, new burger joint Umami Burger, innovative sushi spot Neta, some of the city’s best coffee at Stumptown and best frozen yogurt at Culture. And within a 10-odd minute walk? The whole of the West Village at your disposal. 5 W. 8th St., 212-321-0100, marltonhotel.com
Just around the corner from New York’s hottest bakery — Dominique Ansel, home of the Cronut — 60 Thompson also gives you access to SoHo‘s best restaurants. The Dutch, Andrew Carmellini’s American bistro, is a great bet for any meal of the day; Blue Ribbon, a New York classic, is even closer. Head a bit farther north to Charlie Bird, one of the summer’s bigger openings, or grab a casual lunch at Alidoro, a fabulous Italian hero shop. 60 Thompson St., 212-431-0400, thompsonhotels.com
The Standard Hotel
The Meatpacking District has more than its fair share of clubby restaurants, but also houses a number of true dining destinations. The Standard Grill in the restaurant itself is a great bet, as is Scarpetta just a block away. Just north is Chelsea Market, housing eateries of all kinds, including Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar and cocktail bar The Tippler in the basement. And across the street, three standout restaurants in the same building: the high-end Italian Del Posto, Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio and Sons, and the brand new, white-hot tapas spot Toro. 848 Washington St., 212-645-4646, standardhotels.com
Ace Hotel and The Nomad
These two Flatiron hotels, between them, have a restaurant roster that’d be the envy of any neighborhood: The Breslin, April Bloomfield’s meat-heavy gastropub; John Dory Oyster Bar, her Mediterranean-inspired seafood spot; and The Nomad, an elegant, much-loved restaurant from the folks behind Eleven Madison Park. Beyond fine dining, you’ve got an outpost of Stumptown Coffee, oddball sandwich shop No. 7 Sub, and popular salad chain Sweetgreen. And if you’re looking for variety? Koreatown and its dozens of restaurants are just a few short blocks north. Ace Hotel: 20 W. 29th St., 212-679-2222, acehotel.com/newyork; The Nomad: 1170 Broadway, 212-796-1500, thenomadhotel.com
This upscale Williamsburg hotel has a fine restaurant, Reynard, to call its own. But within a few blocks, there’s Michelin-starred Scandinavian spot Aska, Paul Liebrandt’s hot new opening The Elm, friendly gastropub Allswell, and Brooklyn Brewery for a few pints after dinner. Beyond this two-block radius? The whole world of Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s best dining neighborhoods. 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-460-8000, wythehotel.com