Hidden Gem Hotels in New York City

Hidden Gem Hotels in New York City

It might seem impossible for a great hotel to stay under the radar in New York City, where everything new and noteworthy gets hyped to death within, well, a New York minute. And yet we’ve come across a surprising number of charming, quirky, or otherwise under appreciated hotels that clearly deserve more attention than they get. Perhaps some folks would like these hidden gems to remain their own little secret.

1 The Lucerne

Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City

Tourists often overlook the lovely, residential Upper West Side — which is a shame. This 250-room Lucerne, in a tony red-stone building, gives tourists a taste of the local experience, and is close to great kid-friendly attractions like the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Warm European decor and traditional, attentive service — including 24-hour room service and a concierge who really knows the area — make this a great pick for the price. The 1 subway line, which heads to Times Square, is only a block away.

2 Hotel Beacon

Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City

More like a classic pre-war apartment building than a hotel, the affordable 255-room Hotel Beacon has large rooms — most are 50 percent bigger than standard New York City rooms — with kitchenettes. Its Upper West Side location makes it a safe, quiet option for families.

3 The Franklin NYC

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City

This inexpensive 50-room boutique on the quiet, classy Upper East Side embraces the romance of prewar Gotham and offers a handful of nice little perks that really make it stand out from other hotels in its price range, including Bulgari toiletries, free breakfast in the mornings, free wine and cheese in the evenings, and free espressos and cappuccinos 24 hours a day.