New York City Summer Jaunt – Where to Stay

New York City, the City That Never Sleeps, is an exciting destination for a summer vacation. Whether you’re interested in culture and history, fashion or fine dining, New York City is a buzzing metropolis that has something to suit all visitors’ tastes and preferences.

There are a few top hotels for those looking where to stay in New York City this summer while enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer.

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel offers something a little different in a vibrant neighborhood. The Ace is deliberately not a slick high-design hotel. The look is minimal but funky – think of high end items mixed with vintage furnishings.

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That’s not to say that there aren’t all the modern conveniences, from iPod docking stations to Smeg refrigerators bursting with decadent food and beverages. The lobby bar, restaurant, coffee shop and oyster bar are all favorites amongst the creative crowd.

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Trump SoHo

David Rockwell’s architectural team is responsible for the overall impression one gets from the Trump Soho hotel. The décor is slick, but with enough restraint to avoid being gaudy. The custom designed Fendi Casa furnishings echo this with their contemporary yet classic look.

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The west side of the hotel offers breathtaking views over the Hudson River. The bar, restaurant and cocktail lounge are shamelessly 21st Century Manhattan; there’s nothing retro here.

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Gramercy Park Hotel

The interiors of the Gramercy Park Hotel were designed by artist Julian Schnabel and renowned British architect John Pawson. The style has been variously referred to as artistic, eclectic and bohemian.

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The spacious rooms and large bathrooms are all about comfort, as is the incredible service. Here you can enjoy the magnificent artworks on display, dine at Maialino, or walk in the hotel’s exclusive park, the only private park in the borough.

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Mandarin Oriental New York

The Mandarin Oriental New York offers something very different: a design ethic centered round the notion of Zen. Asian influences are evident in the use of marble and warm wood. Located at the top of a skyscraper, this hotel offers incredible views of the Hudson River and Central Park.

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The Presidential Suite, a wonderful plate glass creation, is the most expensive suite in Manhattan. But here, you get what you pay for, including unparalleled service.

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.