If you consider variables from neighborhood to price to style to size, choosing a New York hotel can seem like a Herculean task. Here are a half-dozen options that we've checked out for you:
▪ If the concept of a “boutique” hotel strikes you as too cliche or vapidly chic, the Nolitan Hotel might change your mind. Located in the Nolita (North of Little Italy) neighborhood, the property offers such thoughtful touches as loaner laptops and skateboards, room service from local restaurants and a luxuriously late 1p.m. checkout.
A few rooms come with views of the Empire State Building and the Williamsburg Bridge.
30 Kenmare St., 212-925-2555. www.nolitanhotel.com. Rooms from $373.
▪ Depending on your perspective, the Midtown Manhattan Ace Hotel is either cool or trying too hard to be cool. But it has an attractive interior, friendly service and a variety of room configurations, so why not give it a shot? And if you end up being tempted by the hip $150 in-room robe that's a cross between a sweatshirt and boxing apparel, we won't judge.
20 W. 29th St., 212-679-2222. www.acehotel.com/newyork. Rooms from $379.
▪ Get a taste of European sophistication at the Room Mate Grace, part of a Madrid-based chain. At the heart of the Midtown Manhattan hotel is a large pool, complete with a swim-up bar, that's visible from the lobby. Oh, and just so you know, the pool glows blue and pink.
125 W. 45th St., 212- 354-2323. www.grace.room-matehotels.com. Rates vary widely, but rooms generally start at $250.
▪ Afraid of the dark? You shouldn't be if you decide to stay at Night, a vamp-boutique hotel in Times Square.
The theme carries over into the black-and-white decor and the, ahem, Kama Sutra book in the night stands. Anyway! If you want a unique experience away from standard-issue flourescents, this is it.
132 W. 45th St., 800-336-4110. www.nighthotelny.com. Rooms from $296.
▪ If a big New York hotel isn’t quite your scene, consider Chelsea Lodge in, yes, Chelsea.
The 22-room property resides in a Greek Revival townhouse that fits in so well with the neighborhood that it’s easy to miss. Smaller rooms share toilet facilities on each floor, while the larger suites include a kitchenette. Prices are reasonable by New York standards, too.
318 W. 20th St., 800-373-1116. www.chelsealodge.com. Rooms from $169 single occupancy ($179 double); suites from $279.
▪ At the Yotel, the future is now. Self-check-in kiosks, a couch that turns into a bed at the touch of a button and the Yobot, a cranelike machine that stores luggage in the lobby, all give the Times Square area hotel a Jetsons vibe. Just no spaceships — yet.
570 10th Ave., 877-909-6835. yotelnewyork.com. Rooms from $199.