Setting the standard for cool in Soho, 60 Thompson has become a true hot spot-especially with the addition of the lauded Thai restaurant Kittichai. The 100 sleek and modern guest rooms come loaded with goodies such as a CD and DVD library and in-room spa products by Fresh. If the weather's warm, the rooftop bar is a must. Rooms start at $325 and suites at $525; group rates available.blakelynewyork.com
The wood-filled lobby of this west-midtown ¬boutique hotel is long and sleek, yet immediately welcoming. The 118 guest rooms are decorated in muted blues and greens and feature marble bathrooms with digital water controls and Penhaligon's products. There's a 24-hour fitness center and an Italian restaurant on the premises. Rates are from $260.
Blue Moon Hotel100 Orchard St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-533-9080; bluemoon-nyc.com
From the outside, the hip but dingy Lower East Side's first boutique hotel looks like a tenement. But the 22 rooms ($225 to $1,050 per night), named for bygone celebs like Tommy Dorsey and Al Jolson, look like grottoes gone upscale, with ceiling fans and wrought-iron beds. An immigrant-themed restaurant is expected to open soon. Each room has all the amenities, including mini-fridges and Internet access, and they also offer a wide variety of last-minute specials.chambershotel.com
The Chambers reels in celebrities, with 77 rooms modeled after artists' lofts, loads of original artwork, and the hot restaurant Town as an additional draw. Every room phone has a button that rings through to the nearby John Barrett salon, and a stylist and manicurist can be sent to your room. There's no gym, but in-room yoga instruction can be arranged, and they'll give you a complimentary pass to the nearby New York Sports Club. Rates start at $375.hotelchelsea.com
Cool and artsy long before its neighborhood became the same, the Chelsea has housed notables like Arthur Miller, Mark Twain, and Bob Dylan. Its 400 rooms have thick walls and antiqued bathrooms. Serena's, the hip bar in the basement, serves a mean martini. Bridal couples get flowers and champagne. Rates from $195; group discounts negotiable.cityclubhotel.com
This former gentlemen's club has been transformed into a sexy 65-room hotel catering to picky travelers looking for luxurious digs. Rooms are homey, with adjustable lighting, cashmere blankets, and comfy window seats. There's complimentary access to New York Sports Club and, the best part, room service from DB Bistro Moderne. There is a complimentary amenities package for bridal couples. Rates start at $329; group rates at $259.dylanhotel.com
With high ceilings, Carrara marble sinks, and double-paned glass windows, the Dylan's 107 guest rooms are warm and untrendy. A full fitness center and a masseuse upon request are among its amenities. The Chemist Club downstairs, which provides room service for breakfast and dinner, retains the hotel's old-world charm-it boasts a wood-burning fireplace and handsome leather booths-and can accommodate parties of up to 100. Group rates start at $25.westin.com/essexhouse
This glamorous Art Deco hotel with great park views is host to one of the city's most expensive restaurants, Alain Ducasse. But there are other amenities, too, like a comprehensive fitness center. And if you don't want to spend $250 to $300 a head at Ducasse, Café Botanica will do just fine. Rates from $359; inquire about group rates.
Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel141 E. 44th St., near Lexington Ave.; 212-351-6800 fitzpatrickhotels.com
These Irish-owned hotels are charming and welcoming; both have pubs and restaurants serving traditional Irish cuisine, but neither has a fitness center, though complimentary passes are available for New York Sports Club. Bridal couples receive an aromatherapy basket for their stay. Rates are from $359; group rates available.hotelgansevoort.com
Hotel Gansevoort boasts an event loft with open views of the Hudson as well as a 45-foot heated outdoor pool complete with underwater music. Many of the 167 sleek, minimalist guest rooms and twenty corner suites have bay windows and balconies (from $395; group rates available).hotelonrivington.com
The shabby-chic Lower East Side's new claim to fame is the Hotel on Rivington-though it's certainly more chic than shabby. Sprucing up the neighborhood one Frette sheet at a time, the hotel has 110 India Mahdavi-furnished guest rooms, some with two-person Japanese-style soaking tubs and automatic curtains for a gentler wake-up call. Rates start at $325 for a standard room, or check out the three-story penthouse with outdoor spa for your stay (from $5,000).plaza-athenee.com
This charming, European-style hotel has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding service and over-the-top suites. There are just 114 guest rooms and 35 suites, many with terraces and stunning city views. The sexy Bar Seine is just outside the restaurant, Arabelle, which serves modern American cuisine. There's also a fitness center and 24-hour room service-not to mention great proximity to Central Park. Rates from $515; group specials from $325 (based on ten rooms or more).
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide