Best Honeymoon Hotels in New York

The Plaza Hotel is our top recommendation for its central location and top-tier service

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Freehand New York Hotel
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For the uninitiated, New York City can be overwhelming, to put it mildly. With five boroughs, hundreds of hotels, and eight million residents to share the sidewalk with, Bora Bora it is not. But on the flip side, you’d be hard pressed to find a honeymoon destination that offers more restaurants, museums, live theater, bars, and urban exploring than the Big Apple.

Understandably, finding somewhere to stay can be a daunting task. But that’s where we (and our expertise) come in: We’ve already done all the research for you to find the nine best honeymoon hotels in New York. From brand-new, ultra-private midtown aeries to downtown digs with super unique room service, we’ve found the best hotels for every type of traveler. Read on to discover our favorites.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

Why We Chose It

The city’s crown jewel, in a location that’s accessible to many of NYC’s top attractions.

Notable Amenities

Beautiful views over Central Park, white-glove butler service upon request, Guerlain Spa and Warren Tricomi hair salon on-site

Pros
  • Prime location on Central Park South

  • All rooms categories have king or two queen beds

  • Themed suites that are ideal for honeymoons

  • The Champagne Bar for romantic cocktails


Cons
  • Often many tourists gawking around

  • No pool

  • Expensive

  • No full dinner service available

Hotel Overview

If you’ve only heard of one hotel in New York City, chances are, it’s The Plaza. Since opening its doors over 100 years ago, this iconic building on the corner of Central Park has played host to royalty, heads of state, and major pop icons like The Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. Its public spaces, especially The Palm Court, are also some of the most elegant and famed in NYC, making it an especially fun choice for those looking for a proper Big Apple honeymoon.

Apart from its storied history, this hotel wins our top award for a few reasons. First and perhaps most important, the service. The staff here is dedicated, friendly, and always willing to help make your trip to the city as memorable and easy as possible. We also love the classic and elegant rooms, with high-end touches like marble vanities, soaking tubs, and – even in the smallest room category – enough room for a sitting area. With its location on Central Park South, it’s also an easy trip to all the museums of the Upper East Side and the world-class shopping on Fifth Avenue.

Best Budget: The Freehand Hotel

Freehand New York Hotel
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Why We Chose It

One of New York’s most stylish hotels, at a price that will make you do a double-take.

Notable Amenities

Many comfortable common spaces, multiple in-house restaurants and bars, 24-hour fitness center

Pros
  • Custom-commissioned artwork in rooms

  • Popular rooftop bar Broken Shaker

  • Convenient to subway

  • Interior design by Roman and Williams

Cons
  • Some rooms have bunk beds; not ideal for a honeymoon

  • Rooms are on the smaller side

  • Can get noisy at night

  • Some on-site bars require reservations

Hotel Overview

New York City is known for its superlatives — the best food, the best art museums, the best shopping — and unfortunately, one of these is most expensive hotel rooms. But luckily, there are still affordable options that aren’t located at the far reaches of the boroughs, and are charming enough for a honeymoon. Our favorite hotel that ticks these boxes is the centrally located Freehand Hotel, which boasts incredibly photogenic decor from design world powerhouse Roman and Williams.

In addition to its chic looks and stellar location in the Flatiron neighborhood, the hotel itself has so many bar and restaurant options, we wouldn’t blame you if you spent a whole day just exploring those. Latin American spot Comodo has quickly become one of the city’s buzziest tables, while rooftop bar Broken Shaker has been voted Best American Hotel Bar by Tales of the Cocktail. Considering all of this comes with a room price hundreds less than other hotels nearby, The Freehand is an absolute steal.

Best Luxury: Aman New York

Aman New York Arva

Credit: Robert Rieger

Why We Chose It

The most anticipated hotel to open in the city in years, with loads of perks for guests, and guests only.

Notable Amenities

Indoor pool; large, wraparound terrace; three-story spa

Pros
  • Enormous rooms with fireplaces and soaking tubs

  • Two on-site private restaurants

  • Central location on Fifth Avenue

  • Gym with super-high tech equipment

Cons
  • Very expensive

  • Lots of security guards stationed throughout the hotel

  • Limited room-service menu

  • Construction still happening in the building

Hotel Overview

After years of anticipation, Aman New York finally opened this summer, inside the completely redesigned Crown Building in Midtown. And while many New Yorkers are quite curious to see the stunning interiors, that is a pleasure reserved for the lucky few who can snag one of the 83 suites at the hotel. Those who don’t mind shelling out a considerable sum are treated to a soaring, double-height atrium; large, wraparound terrace high above the bustle of Fifth Avenue, and two restaurants reserved exclusively for those staying or living at the hotel. 

Perhaps the hotel’s biggest selling point are the rooms, though, which are enormous by New York standards. Each is equipped with a functioning fireplace (a first for an NYC hotel), large soaking tub, and washi paper and ink art murals on the walls. And while the rooms are pin-drop quiet and very zen, we also recommend a trip to the soothing three-floor Aman Spa, which boasts everything from New York’s most beautiful indoor hotel pool to private Spa Houses with double treatment rooms.

Best Spa: The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel

Why We Chose It

A celebrity-favorite hangout in chic Tribeca with New York’s best high-end spa.

Notable Amenities

Indoor pool, famed Shibui Spa, Savoir beds in the guest rooms

Pros
  • Locanda Verde is one of the city’s best Italian spots

  • All rooms have king beds

  • Packing and unpacking service upon request

  • Free snacks in the mini-bar

Cons
  • Tribeca neighborhood is far from the sights of Midtown

  • Restaurant can be busy at night

  • Lowest tier of rooms are small

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

Not only does this quietly elegant downtown hotel have one of the best hotel spas in New York, it boasts one of the best spas in the city, period. Both Greenwich Hotel guests and New Yorkers flock to Shibui Spa, a tranquil and elevated space that includes a heated, indoor pool, relaxation lounge, traditional Japanese soaking tubs, and steam and rain showers. Treatments include everything from oxygen facials to full body exfoliation to onsen bathing rituals.

And while we wouldn’t blame you if you spent your entire honeymoon in this superb spa, the whole of the hotel is worth exploring. Definitely don’t miss a meal (or three) at Locanda Verde, chef Andrew Carmellini’s hearty Italian restaurant, or a drink at the guests-only, relaxed Drawing Room bar. And we must give special props to the staff here, who are known throughout the city for their unobtrusive, yet rigorous dedication to guests.

Best Views of Central Park: The Pierre

The Pierre

The Pierre

Why We Chose It

Jaw-dropping views of Central Park from one of New York’s most historic hotels.

Notable Amenities

On-site restaurant Perrine, traditional elevator operators, Suite Reyard on-site salon

Pros
  • Beautiful, central location on Central Park

  • Some rooms have expansive terraces

  • Stunning views from rooms of the Park or skyline

Cons
  • Hotel guests and apartment owners are on the same floors

  • No spa

  • Some rooms could use a design refresh

  • Hotel can sometimes book up during Fashion Week or UNGA week

Hotel Overview

Although just a few blocks from the frenzy of Midtown, The Pierre’s location at the southern end of the Upper East Side is calm, elegant, and so New York. And the only thing better than strolling along Central Park as you return to the hotel? The magnificent views of the Park and the city skyline from your room. For the most frame-worthy sights, book a Park Suite or The Charles Pierre; they have some of the best vantage points of the trees of Central Park or the city’s glittering skyscrapers.

Apart from the views, if you’re looking for that classic, old-school New York honeymoon, then there is no better spot to book than this grande dame, which has served as host to world-famous luminaries since opening in 1930. Known for its exceptionally on-the-ball and caring staff, The Pierre makes all guests feel pampered, regardless of if you’re a visiting dignitary or not.

Best Views of Manhattan: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel openings to watch for in 2017
Courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Why We Chose It

One of Brooklyn’s most swanky boltholes, with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.

Notable Amenities

Rooftop pool, Bamford Wellness Spa, large gym

Pros
  • Complimentary group gym classes 

  • Pool and pool deck are only for guests

  • Audi available for guests’ use

  • In-room hair and makeup services available

Cons
  • Dumbo location is far from many tourist spots

  • Lowest tier rooms are small

  • Can be loud at night

  • Some lower floor rooms overlook public restrooms outside

Hotel Overview

If staying in the heart of Time Square or Midtown feels too overwhelming, but you’re still looking for that iconic New York City view, we recommend crossing the East River for a stay in Brooklyn. No hotel in the borough boasts a better sightline of the skyscrapers, water, and the Brooklyn Bridge than the aptly named 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Dumbo, this hotel is as chic as its surroundings, with features like a swank rooftop pool, farm-to-table food at The Osprey restaurant, and cocktail bar Harriet’s Lounge (which has incredible views of the bridge). 

For those looking for a room with the best possible view, make sure to book a Bridge King or a Bridge Studio Suite. The latter has floor-to-ceiling windows, a rain shower, and an ample living room area.

Best Room Service: Four Seasons New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Ty Warner Penthouse
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Why We Chose It

One of the city’s most high-end hotels with a room service menu that goes the extra mile

Notable Amenities

75-foot lap pool, organic spa and bath amenities, gym

Pros
  • Excellent subway access

  • Special packages for couples

  • Pet-friendly

  • On-site restaurant Cut steakhouse is fantastic


Cons
  • Area is not one of the most bustling at night

  • Skyline views from rooms are limited

  • Can attract more of a business crowd rather than honeymoon guests

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

While not located in a traditional hotbed of high-end hotels, New York’s downtown Four Seasons is absolutely a destination hotel for any couple whose love of food rivals their love for each other. Apart from buzzy steakhouse Cut on the first floor of the hotel, the hotel's new restaurant-in-room service is a clever way to try some of the city’s top spots without ever having to leave the comfort of your king-sized bed. The program, which launched in June, features a selection of famed chefs and restaurants (think Danny Meyer, or Stefano Secchi of Rezdôra) who have created a special menu just for hotel guests.

Of course, being a Four Seasons, the hotel has more to offer than just great room service. The spa here is one of the best in the city, and the rooms are relatively big for their downtown location. We specially love the Gotham Terrace Suite, which comes with a lovely outdoor area, for honeymooners.

Best Bar: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

the hotel Carlyle New York hotel press images

Why We Chose It

A classic and elegant New York hotel, with some of the city’s best watering holes inside.

Notable Amenities

Yves Durif salon, 24-hour gym, Valmont Spa

Pros
  • Dog-friendly

  • Kiehls toiletries

  • Almost half the rooms are suites

  • Prime location close to Central Park and Madison Ave shopping

Cons
  • No 24-hour room service

  • Lowest-tier rooms have views onto another building

  • Restaurant and bars are expensive

  • Some of the rooms need a decor refresh

Hotel Overview

Built in 1930, this quietly sophisticated hotel on Madison Avenue has long been the choice of understated travelers. It is a true neighborhood hotel, in the sense that many who patronize its restaurants and bars are locals who feel a real sense of pride in how well-respected the Carlyle is. It also lends a more laid-back and fun vibe to its famed venues: Dowling’s at the Carlyle restaurant, Bemelmans Bar, and Cafe Carlyle.

Bemelmans is one of the few New York establishments that has been perennially cool since its opening in 1947, but post-pandemic has seen an even bigger resurgence as one of the city’s most beloved watering holes. It’s an ideal place to toast to your new marriage, and we won’t lie, the people watching is also fantastic. For something a bit more out of the ordinary, make sure you book a night at Cafe Carlyle, a cabaret and supper club venue that often plays host to Broadway greats. Dowling’s, the newest addition to the hotel, has already developed legions of fans; we’re especially enamored of the lemon-ricotta pancakes at breakfast.

Best Design: Crosby Street Hotel

Room at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City
Courtesy of Crosby Street Hotel

Why We Chose It

One of New York’s most playful and thoughtfully designed hotels, smack dab in the middle of bustling Soho.

Notable Amenities

 Guest-only drawing room, screening room, private garden

Pros
  • Floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows

  • Only 86 rooms means an attentive staff

  • Beautiful art collection

  • Upper-floor suites have beautiful skyline views

Cons
  • Lower floor rooms can be noisy

  • Expensive

  • No coffee makers in room

  • No 24-hour room service

Hotel Overview

While the majority of New York’s premier hotels are scattered in more northern neighborhoods, there are few areas more fun and lively than Crosby Street, where, naturally, Crosby Street Hotel is located. We’d recommend the hotel based on its excellent Soho address alone, but what makes this Firmdale Hotel stand out is the inventive and stunning interior design — courtesy of the hotel’s co-owner, creative director and interior designer Kit Kemp. The British designer brings a bit of London to New York with this project through her savvy use of printed wallpaper, bright color palettes, and an impressive art collection. And while many of the rooms and suites are unique and photogenic in their decor, we think the Meadow Suite, with its covetable outdoor garden, is the perfect pick for honeymooners.

Make sure to have a drink or two in The Crosby Bar, which also serves British-style tea all day long.

Final Verdict

As anyone who has visited knows, there are few places more vibrant, thrilling, and activity-packed than New York City. And while a city honeymoon may be a more unusual choice, a stay at any of these hotels can still be incredibly romantic, provide you with all the pampering you may need, plus help you curate a stimulating trip in this busy world capital. While we would gladly stay at any hotel on our list, our overall winner is The Plaza Hotel, for its history, stellar location, and sumptuous rooms.

Methodology

To find the best honeymoon hotels in New York, we researched dozens of properties, with a special eye to price point, notable amenities, location relative to major attractions, size of rooms, and interior design. We also polled knowledgeable Brides staffers, New York travel writers, and researched online reviews to make sure the hotel experience lives up to what you might see on their website. Writer Juliet Izon also toured many of the properties in person to check out everything from the view from the rooms to the coziness of the lobbies. Our nine chosen hotels fit a range of budgets, but all deliver on prompt service, cleanliness, and that ineffable quality of being a fantastic “New York” hotel.

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