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NYC: What Hotels to Stay at in New York City

Six good hotels—from bargains to splurges—in New York City

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Visiting New York? There are more than 70,000 hotel rooms to choose from—but we’ve done the research for you.

Here are six recommended places to sleep in the city that never sleeps.

Prices are rack rates, but you can check for deals on the hotel’s Web site as well as at sites like Expedia, Orbitz,,, and

Dream Hotel, 210 W. 55th St.; 866-IDREAMNY (866-437-3266); Rooms from $229.

The dream starts as you step into the mirrored lobby with its exotic fish-filled glass column and huge statues of Catherine the Great, Poseidon, and more.

Expect to be pampered at this Theater District spot. White rooms with blue-lit accents feature plasma TVs, allergen-free featherbeds, and even preloaded iPods on request. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Don’t miss the Chopra Center & Spa’s soothing body treatments and yoga and meditation classes.

Hotel Wolcott, 4 W. 31st St.; 212-268-2900; From $180.

Three blocks from the Empire State Building, this hotel reflects the grandeur of the early 1900s. The ornate lobby boasts towering columns with gold-leaf decorations, marble staircases, and chandeliers.

This Big Apple bargain offers clean and cozy rooms. Freebies include daily coffee and muffins in the lobby and use of the fitness center.

Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Cir. at 60th St.; 866-801-8800; From $785.

This stylish hotel offers breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline.Occupying floors 35 to 54 of Time Warner Center, this venue gives visitors quick access to the center’s restaurants and upscale shopping. Jazz at Lincoln Center and Central Park are steps away.

The rooms combine Asian touches with contemporary style. Don’t miss the spa, with its indoor lap pool.

Shelburne Murray Hill, 303 Lexington Ave.; 212-689-5200; Rooms from $329.

Blocks from Grand Central Station, this elegant all-suite hotel stands surrounded by picturesque brownstones near Midtown’s shopping and entertainment. Spacious suites resemble apartments.

A highlight—open only in summer—is the roof garden, where drinks are served against the backdrop of the Empire State Building.

Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave.; 877-426-7386; Rooms from $460.

The Meatpacking District has transformed into one of the city’s hippest spots, with boutiques, galleries, clubs, and restaurants. The two-year-old Gansevoort, with its glass-and-steel exterior, seems to float on light as its glass columns change colors.

Accommodations feature contemporary furnishings, plush featherbeds, and hypoallergenic duvets. Rooms on the highest floors afford tranquil Hudson River views.

Guests enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, well-appointed spa, and heated outdoor pool with underwater music and lighting.

Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave.; 212-920-3300; Rooms from $555.

The 81-year-old Gramercy Park reopened in August after major renovation. Once upon a time, the hotel is said to have hosted a young John F. Kennedy and his family, and it served as the setting for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding.

The hotel features a spa, two bars, and a roof terrace. This service-minded hotel offers one especially enticing perk: access to Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s only private park and a lush oasis.