Standard rooms, $300-$600; suites, $800-$900
1 at Canal St.
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This cool chain property offers proximity to Soho’s shops and restaurants without the price tag of nearby boutique hotels. And while it may not have the fancy linens, minibars, or hip pedigrees of its neighbors, its sleek steel lighting fixtures, tiles, and elegant Asian-inspired touches give it flair. The 157 clean, contemporary rooms feature customary Hampton Inn amenities such as function-packed clock radios, lap desks, and plush Cloud 9 beds—plus rod-like desk lamps and black-and-white photos of New York on the walls. Ornamental bells decorate the lobby, and a giant stone Buddha head dominates the garden breakfast room, which has an atrium that’s opened up in warm weather. Other perks include a modern gym in the basement and a nineteenth-floor terrace with spectacular views of midtown. There are only two suites here, but both boast completely glass shower stalls against the window, giving one the feeling of being suspended high above the city.Pros
Sleek decor, generous amenities, and stellar views make this hotel a good mid-range choice in a prime location.
That said, rates are still high relative to other neighborhoods, and you won’t get the full luxury experience you would at one of the nearby boutique options.