New York City seems like it’s overrun with faceless chain hotels, but if you know where to look, you’ll also find a treasure trove of bohemian delights. If you prefer to lay your head down in a place with personality, these hipster hotels will fit the bill.
1. Ace Hotel Feels Like Crashing at Your Friend’s Place
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If you can’t crash at a friend’s place when you’re in New York City, booking a room at the Ace Hotel is the next best thing. Its generously-sized rooms feel a lot like townhouse basements, with turntables, chalkboard walls, and Smeg bar fridges. Some even have views of the Empire State Building for that quintessential New York Experience.
Ace Hotel is a great place for trendsetters who love being able to walk to the old Tin Pan Alley, Broadway theaters, and Times Square.
2. The MAve Brings Back Retro Style
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You might feel as if you’ve stepped onto the set of Mad Men as you enter your room at The MAve, a kitschy hotel that’s not afraid to celebrate retro style. The Perspex tables and leather couches are straight out of the 70s, but contemporary conveniences like iPod docks and high-speed internet should help satisfy modern tastes. The colorfully illuminated pool and swim-up bar are fun touches that help set the MAve apart.
The MAve is in the heart of Manhattan’s chic Flatiron District, close to the hipster hangouts of Chelsea, Union Square and Gramercy.
3. Sohotel is Historically Hip
With a history that dates back to 1805, the Sohotel was appealing to hipsters before the term even entered the vernacular. In the heart of the buzzing Bowery district, this boutique hotel recently received a bold makeover with zebra-print furniture, reclaimed chandeliers, and bold purple and yellow accents.
There are no mini-bars in the rooms, but you don’t need them with the Randolph Beer saloon on the ground floor. If your tummy’s rumbling stop by Bacchanal, the Mediterranean-themed on-site restaurant helmed by chef Scott Bryan, formerly of the Michelin-star rated Veritas. The Sohotel puts guests within walking distance of SoHo, Little Italy, the East Village, Nolita, and the Bowery’s bars and clubs.
4. Nu Hotel Does Things Differently
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Since opening in 2008, the Nu Hotel in Brooklyn has presented itself as a new kind of hotel. Its minimalist décor recalls Manhattan condos, but there are a few personalized touches which help set it apart from these ultra-modern digs.
Eco-conscious travelers will love the hotel’s green touches, including recycled teak furniture, organic cotton sheets, and biodegradable key cards. Lounge about in the in-room hammocks or browse the art books in the lobby. You could get your heart rate up in the basement gym, but the view’s better if you take one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes out for a spin.
So think outside the box next time you’re staying in the Big Apple. These hipster hotels have got the stuff to impress anyone who prefers to stay out of the mainstream.