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5 Luxury New York City Hotels with a Creative Twist

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

A hotel can be more then a place to lay your head. It can be a destination itself. The following hotels in New York City are my recommendations for the culture lover. With history, art, and speciality suites, there is something for every taste.

The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City

Exterior of the Chattel Hotel

For the Theatre Lover

Located on 44th street in the heart of broadway. Across the street from The Chattel is the Hudson Theatre, and down the street is the Belasco Theatre. The hotel was built in 1905 by Stanford White, and was restored by master architect Thierry Despond in 2010. This hotel is a gem. With sophisticated style and rooms, a 90 seat restaurant and 70 special rooms.

Feel like the director of the show in the Directors Suite (pictured below, left), or have a curated library in the Library Suite (picture below, right).

Library Suite of the Chatwal Hotel

Directors Suite in the Chatwal Hotel

The Whitby

Lobby of the Whitby

For the Art Lover

The Whitby the comfort of a hotel with the beauty of a contemporery art gallery everywhere you turn. It was designed by Kit Kemp, and a part of Firmdale hotels which is owned by Kit and her husband Tim. Blocks away for Central Park and MoMA, it is the perfect addition to your creative trip to NYC. 86 rooms, all with floor to ceiling windows and many with Terrances, give you the perfect view of city.

Clementine Suite @ the Whitby Hotel
Afternoon tea @ The Whitby Hotel

Another lovely things about this hotel, is its service of afternoon tea. Have a taste of England in NYC with this creative tea party (pictured left).


The Lexington Hotel NYC

For the culture lover

The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection has a storied past including a long and illustrious history of hosting celebrities and high society guests. The building is itself a work of art, melding a high-end architectural design with chic, historic accents to maximize style and comfort. Rows of winged lions decorate the façade, and terracotta figures flank the Lexington Avenue entrance, reminiscent of those adorning Notre Dame. The spacious, marble-floored living room features sky-scraping pillars and plush décor echoing the glamour and sophisticated style of the 1920s.

Hemingway Suite @ The Lexington Hotel

Special suites will make you feel like a star. With suites such as the Hemingway Suite. The refreshed space was inspired by Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist who was also an avid sailor, fisherman, journalist, war correspondent and part-time resident of Cuba and Key West. Other suites include The Lady Ella Suite, The Norma Jenn Suite, and the Arthur Godfrey Suite.


The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel in New York City

For Everyone

The Plaza made its debut to New York City in 1907. Since then, it has welcomed broadway legends, dignitaries, and Hollywood royalty. This iconic hotel has appeared in countless movies, from Hichcock to Home Alone 2 to Bride Wars.

Fitzgerald Suite @ The Plaza

"Nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza."

Offering 282 distinctive guestrooms including 102 luxurious suites, The Plaza continues to strike the balance between its storied past and limitless future with the launch of the Legacy Suite collection. You can become part of the legacy of this hotel. Stay in famous Eloise Room, or the Fitzgerald Suite. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court, or indulge in the exclusive Champagne Bar (Pictured Below), available only to hotel guests.


The Lowell

For the Culture Lover

Not much has changed since The Lowell opened its doors in 1927 between Park and Madison Avenues among Manhattan’s wealthiest townhouses on the Upper East Side. And the esteemed landmark hotel continues to endure as a timeless classic. For nearly a century, luminaries have sought out The Lowell to make it their home when in New York.

Within our walls, novels have been penned, plays have been scrawled and scripts have been studied. Movie stars have dined, musicians have gathered and politicians have rested. Guests from all over the world feel among family and luxury lives in the details.

Many rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces—a rare find in New York—and landscaped terraces with sweeping city views are enjoyed in sun-filled rooms and suites fashioned in the hotel’s distinctive style with the refined comforts of a private apartment.

Legendary restaurateur Charles Masson oversees the property’s newest dining additions where guests come to escape the bustle of the city over seasonal cuisine at Majorelle and linger over the perfect martini at Jacques Bar. The Club Room at The Lowell offers a sophisticated setting to unwind, while the reimagined Pembroke Room upholds tradition with its beloved breakfast and afternoon tea.


The Beekman

Shakespeare's Hamlet first premiered here, in 1761, and the hotels Chapel Street Theatre. It later become one of New Yorks first skyscrapers, called Temple Court. It has been passionately restored to its former glory. The historic landmark building exudes elegance and charm. Award-winning designer Martin Brudnizki enhances a meld of classic and contemporary elements with a rare combination of destination dining spots, sumptuous lounges, hidden cozy corners, and attentive staff eager to exceed your expectations. 287 eclectic rooms with leather headboards and wood armoires are sure to please.

The Bar Room (Pictured Below) at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court is located beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium and offers a singular New York setting to enjoy handcrafted cocktails.

Well there you have it, my 5 (plus a bonus) NYC hotel recommendations with a Creative Twist. Can't you picture yourself sipping that Champagne at the Plaza?

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