“When in Rome”…do as the locals in New York City and find the coolest rooftops to enjoy the weather, sunset, and skyline. Hanging out on hotel rooftops for drinks and lounging around is a summer pastime in this town and here are some of the best spots for a bird’s eye view of NYC:
- The Standard, High Line New York
- The Williamsburg Hotel
- 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
- JIMMY at the James Hotel
- Made Hotel
- The William Vale
- The Hoxton, Williamsburg
- CitizenM New York Bowery
- Arlo Soho
- PUBLIC Hotel
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The Standard, High Line New York
Rising above a former elevated train line that has become downtown’s favorite public park, The Standard, High Line is located in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Every one of the 338 rooms feature a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Manhattan and/or the mighty Hudson River. The hotel’s inviting and scintillating public spaces include a bustling German beer garden at ground level, the rooftop discothèque Le Bain, and the legendary Top of The Standard.
The Williamsburg Hotel
Featuring custom furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and oak floors, this Brooklyn oasis is located in the heart center of the hip trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. It was designed by Michaelis Boyd, the London-based starchitects behind Babington House, the Groucho Club and Soho House Berlin.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials, this sustainable nature-inspired Brooklyn hotel has breathtaking waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and is located a few blocks from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Every room is equipped with Nespresso machines with recyclable pods, yoga mats, mattresses with a hemp blend filling and organic cotton sheets.
JIMMY at the James Hotel
Touted as a classic New York bar 18 stories up, the JIMMY is one of NYC’s favorite rooftops featuring one of the few outdoor pool decks in the city. The decor was inspired by Picasso’s Blue period that has an intimate and warm atmosphere. Unlike most rooftops in this town, this one is open year-round and has both indoor and outdoor areas to socialize.
A modern yet edgy hotel with welcoming vibes and a clean aesthetic, Made Hotel is a perfect synthesis of how city hotels are experienced these days. The rustic contemporary look maintains its charm and extends to The Good Behavior Lounge, on the 18th floor, with picture-perfect panoramic views of the city. If you’re in NoMad and looking for tropical cocktails this is the spot to hit.
The William Vale
Providing a striking view of Manhattan, this hotel stands tall in the middle of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. An exterior like no other designed by Albo Liberir, you can certainly be sure to expect big things from its interior. Standing 22 stories high in a neighborhood not known for its skyrises, you will find floor-to-ceiling windows, a beautiful outdoor pool and a rooftop bar that offers some of the most amazing views in all of NYC. This is the modern-luxe lifestyle hotel Brooklyn didn’t know it needed.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg
The first US hotel and we know why they chose Brooklyn. The views of New York City are unsurpassed and rooms at this place will have you clicking endless photos of the skyline for days. When taking a break from playing photographer, you can step out and enjoy all of the best of Williamsburg, from indie boutiques, artisanal food, buzzing bars, and an energetic vibe. This area is a cradle of Brooklyn New York culture.
CitizenM New York Bowery
To stay here is to pick a hotel in the middle of New York’s most stylish area, with a lobby, a rooftop and rooms to match. Speaking of rooftop, this is probably one of the coolest in downtown Manhattan offering first row seats to the sunset over the city. The hotel’s mantra is affordable luxury providing guests with an authentic experience for an accessible price. This hotel is all about art, which is evident throughout the property, made possible due to their partnership with the nearby New Museum. The living room lobby was created to give you sense of being home away from home.
Arlo SoHo hotel offers thoughtfully designed guest rooms that combine flexible, modern furniture with efficient storage spaces and a range of playful touches. Rooms come with an array of bed types and views (and in some cases, even a large outdoor terrace). Their rooms start at 150 sq ft. which is small even for NYC standards, but since in New York we tend to spend very little time in our rooms, this place is the perfect option for those looking for a modern hotel in the trendy SoHo neighborhood without having to pay the big bucks.
The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel almost feels like a floating garden with its mesmerizing 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Typically, NYC rooftops are surrounded by buildings that obstruct from having a full open view but this vibrant and energetic rooftop bar takes complete advantage of its location with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace that is arguably one of the best in the city. It’s great anytime of the day but when the sun goes down, this place transforms into one of the coolest and sexiest rooftops.
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