We rate the finest hotels in the United States

Baccarat

New York ny

Location 18/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 18/20
Service 19/20
92/100
The perfect blend of elegant European style decoration with a well understood modernity. The lobby is flooded with light and filled with magnificent Baccarat crystal original pieces. Extremely attentive and personalized service at a level rarely found in other New York City hotels. Wonderful fresh food from Chef Shea Gallante plated with a great sense of detail and colors. You just feel at home at the Baccarat and don’t even want to leave to explore the city.

The Surrey

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 18/20
Service 17/20
91/100
Built in 1926, the Surrey is a discreet and intimate Manhattan hotel. It has the feel of a private residence for New Yorkers only - Not for tourists. Very sophisticated and refined decoration. The Surrey basks its guests in an empowering environment. You feel you’re an important member of the New York high society. Beautiful private roof garden for guests only.

St Regis NYC

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 19/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 17/20
Service 17/20
91/100
The St Regis King Cole Bar has been - and still is - an iconic meeting place for New Yorkers and International celebrities such as Salvador Dali, Marylin Monroe or John Lennon. We have been truly overwhelmed by the beauty and sense of elegance of the rooms and suites. Our favorite is the Fifth Avenue suite. The suites and rooms at the St Regis New York are ones of the most elegant anywhere in the United States.

The Pierre

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 19/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 17/20
Service 17/20
90/100
One of the most important historical hotels in New York, opened since 1930. Perfectly located right in front of Central Park, the Pierre is a perfect choice for the business traveler. Fresh and creative food by the very talented Chef Ashfer Biju. Beautiful suites overlooking Central Park. Slightly boring atmosphere in the lobby and insufficient interaction of the lobby staff with the guests. In spite of this -easily correctible- issue, the Pierre is one of our favorite hotels in New York.

Lotte New York Palace

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 19/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 18/20
Service 16/20
90/100
A landmark in New York’s architecture, this hotel has a rich history and a real soul. This hotel has a sense of grandeur that few hotels have. We love the vast suites, beautifully decorated with a sure sense of taste and understanding of simple and refined elegance. The breakfast at Villard restaurant is amazing. Masterfully created by Chef Oscar Granados, the plates radiate with multiple colors and are a joy to look at. A great way to start the day.

The Plaza

New York ny

Location 20/20
Building 20/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 15/20
Service 17/20
89/100
A majestuous historical building at the absolute perfect location in New York, right at the corner of 5th ave. and Central Park. The Plaza is one of the most iconic hotels in New York and in the World. Staying at the Plaza shows power and status. The hotel bar is the perfect place for business meetings. Amazing views on Central Park from the suites windows. Elegant and refined decoration in rooms and suites. One slight issue: A crowed lobby too oftenly filled with tourists going to the food hall in the basement that spoils the intimacy and privacy of hotel guests.

The Mark

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 16/20
Service 18/20
87/100
A sophisticated, clean and crisp decoration. You like it or not. We do. The Mark has a French arrogance attitude in the middle of New York.  We like the “Mark Premier One Bedroom Suites”. Beautifully designed “The Mark Restaurant”. Too sad the food is not as sophisticated as it claims to be. A perfect choice for a NYC shopping trip.

Ritz Carlton Central Park

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 15/20
Service 17/20
87/100
Facing Central Park, the Ritz-Carlton is a conservative hotel which does not try to follows the trends. Nice and classical lobby. The suites and rooms decoration is slightly dated with amazing views on Central Park. The Food options are good but not thrilling. This extremely well located hotel should do much better in all aspects. We expect better from this hotel brand.

Intercontinental Barclay

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 17/20
Service 18/20
87/100
We simply love this hotel. We feel good in it. And that’s the best compliment we can make about a hotel. Warm and welcoming lobby, nicely designed suites with attention to details. Having lunch at the Gin Parlour is a pleasure, with the very precise and fresh food from Chef Andrew Ayala. Ask to be served by Fernando, a wonderful waiter with a brilliant personality and a passion for his job.

The Carlyle

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 14/20
Service 18/20
86/100
Extremely warm and nicely decorated lobby that makes guests and visitors feels in their own private club. The Carlyle is a place where you just like to go, without knowing why. The best suites have breathtaking views on Central Park. The choice of furniture and decoration elements in the rooms and suites is dated and could be improved. Attentive and a bit old-fashioned service at the Carlyle restaurant. Disappointing food that lacks precision and aesthetic plating. Great atmosphere at the Bemelmans bar, one of New York’s most iconic bars.

NoMad

New York ny

Location 16/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 16/20
Service 17/20
86/100
The designer Jacques Garcia did an amazing job at the NoMad hotel. The beautiful, warm, creative and sophisticated decoration of the rooms is just remarkable. The Parlour Bar is very impressive, with beautiful tones of red velvet and gold touches. We love the fireplace imported from a French Château. A slight improvement in the food and service could make this hotel one of the very best in the country.

Peninsula NYC

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 16/20
Dining 17/20
Service 16/20
86/100
The hotel starts well with a beautiful historical building right on Fifth avenue. Sadly, the entrance does not give the expected feeling of entering what should be one of the best hotels in the city. A too busy staff does not pay enough attention to the guests arriving in the lobby. Good selection of restaurants. Rooms and suites have outstanding views of the very heart of New York, but the poor choice of furniture for some of the items do not leave an unforgettable impression to the guests. We expect improvement for such a high potential property.

The Beekman

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 19/20
Atmosphere 19/20
Dining 17/20
Service 14/20
86/100
Congratulations to Martin Brudnizki, the designer, who made a fantastic job in this building filled with history.  We love the bold choices of interior architecture and decoration and the perfect restoration work. Warm, baroque and mysterious lobby. The atrium is a wonderful surprise. Nicely designed rooms. We love the bar in the atrium that is the perfect meeting place in downtown New York. We are expecting a significant improvement of the service, in order for this phenomenal property to reach its full potential.

Sherry Netherland

New York ny

Location 19/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 16/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
84/100
This 1927 hotel is one of the most iconic and perfectly located New York City hotels. It’s like an old lady at the corner of Fifth avenue and Central Park. A very residential feeling. Beautiful Lobby fresco that looks like an Italian palace. Staying at one of the Park View suites makes you instantly feel you are a powerful New Yorker, ready for meetings with important politicians and CEO’s.

The Chambers

New York ny

Location 18/20
Building 15/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 16/20
Service 17/20
84/100
We love the Chambers not only because it’s an inspiring contemporary hotel, but because of its wonderful General Manager Ansell Hawkins who is doing a amazing job to make the Chambers a very warm place to stay. Many art pieces all over the hotel. Vast and light filled suites. Creative food at “Ma Pêche” restaurant with a young & diverse environment of artists and creative minds.

Park Hyatt NYC

New York ny

Location 18/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
84/100
A massive glass building that looks like an administrative office building: view from the street, the hotel does not have the commanding presence we like in hotels. The lobby is hard to find, but very nicely decorated with an interesting selection of contemporary art pieces. The rooms and suites give a feeling of a New York City private residence, with gorgeous views and very well designed bathrooms. The creativity of the food could be improved and should be better at this level. Correct service that could be warmer, in particular at the street level entrance.

Langham Place

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 18/20
Service 16/20
84/100
The Langham brand that has spectacular properties all around the World, but this hotel fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.  We have already seen too many times this bland contemporary design in too many NYC hotels trying to create a modern atmosphere without fully understanding the essence of modernity. Outstanding restaurant “Ai Fiori”, with exquisite Italian food.

The Knickerbocker

New York ny

Location 18/20
Building 19/20
Atmosphere 16/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
84/100
A beautiful building of historical importance right on Times Square. This property has the potential to be one of the finest hotels on the New York. Sadly, it isn’t just there yet. The rooms and suites have the same decoration lacking excitement and creativity that would resonate with the neighborhood. Our biggest disappointment comes from the food. Despite all the respect we have for the very talented Chef Charlie Palmer, the food at the Knickerbocker lacks creativity and would require a more precise execution. This hotel needs now a clearer direction to reach its full potential.

The Westhouse

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 16/20
Service 16/20
84/100
Nicely decorated suites with beautiful views on the city. We like the very warm, quiet and residential atmosphere of the Westhouse. A well located midtown discreet hotel. The lobby bar “The Den” is smartly build on a raised floor for added discretion. Our favorite suites are the One Bedroom Suites, with a well thought 1920’s decoration.

Gramercy Park

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 16/20
Service 16/20
83/100
A baroque hotel for creative travelers. The designers made an extensive use of red velvet for the furniture, which works pretty well and adds warmth to the atmosphere. The service could be improved with a better attention to the guests: A highly sophisticated and intellectual decoration should not be the only asset of this nice hotel.

The Quin

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
83/100
The Quin hotel is trying hard to impress us, but still has work to do to fully succeed. We like the presence of contemporary art pieces in the hotel and the cooperation with artists.  But the room and suites design remains unimpressive and not very creative for a hotel who displays so much passion for art, at the notable exception of the magnificent Penthouse. The restaurant - not managed by the hotel - offers a good but not very original food.

Wythe Hotel

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 16/20
Service 15/20
83/100
We love the location and the Brooklyn style of the Wythe, a former factory in the very hip district of Williamsburg. Simple yet sophisticated rooms design with a spectacular view on the Manhattan skyline. We love the light and the constant view of brick walls. A perfect location for artists and unconventional business travelers. The Wythe is a creative hub for creative minds.

Standard High Line

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
82/100
We have been blown away by the view from the rooms. Absolutely spectacular. From a 1970’s building that looks like a bank headquarters or a boring administrative building, the owners made a warm and contemporary hotel for forward thinking guests.

Hyatt Union Square

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
82/100
A stylish boutique hotel close to Union Square. We like the beautiful white facade. Filled with contemporary art, the lobby has a modern and engaging feeling. Ask for the Sanctuary suite, with a 1,000 sqf private terrace overlooking the city. The food at the “the Fourth” restaurant is not impressive and could be much more creative to match the hotel’s style.

Crosby Street Hotel

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 18/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
82/100
A beautifully designed boutique hotel. We like the decoration of the rooms, each of them different, made with a thoughtful selection of furniture and vintage decorative items. Inspiring rooftop garden with fruits and vegetables. The Drawing Room lounge is perfect for business meetings.

Four Seasons NYC Midtown

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 15/20
Dining 16/20
Service 17/20
82/100
We have been disappointed by this Four Seasons Property. The very cold lobby does not gives a good first impression. The most troubling is the dated 1980’s style everywhere in the hotel that needs a major investment in interior decoration. The food at the Garden restaurant is acceptable but not very creative. The atmosphere in the suites and rooms is insipid, due to a poor choice of uninspired furniture. One positive point: the breathtaking views on Manhattan.

Yotel NYC

New York ny

Location 16/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 15/20
Service 18/20
82/100
We are fans of the Yotel concept, that successfully and playfully disrupts the hospitality industry. The architects and interior designers at Yotel NYC have perfectly understood what modernity means. The rooms and suites have a clean design and decoration that surpasses many well know much more expensive luxury hotels in the city who try unsuccessfully to create a contemporary atmosphere. Very warm service. We would love to see more Yotels in the U.S..

Plaza Athenee

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 17/20
Atmosphere 17/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
82/100
It’s hard to have the exact same name than a Paris iconic hotel. The Plaza Athenee New York makes commendable efforts to look like a sophisticated Parisian hotel but falls short of being what it wants to be. The Old fashioned restaurant with old style service should refresh its menus and style. We have been impressed by the renovated rooms, made with great taste and a sense of details in the fabrics, wall paper and interior decoration. A great potential not yet achieved.

The london NYC

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 16/20
Atmosphere 16/20
Dining 16/20
Service 16/20
81/100
A good, honest, hotel that does the job we expect for a hotel. Good food and good service at the London lobby bar. The suites and “Sky Apartments” have a well thought contemporary decoration. Beautiful 2,500 square foot “London Penthouse”. It could be a great hotel but it’s just a good hotel.  What’s missing? Probably more audacity in the interior decoration.

Loews Regency

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 15/20
Atmosphere 16/20
Dining 16/20
Service 16/20
80/100
Build in the 1960’s, the facade of the building is boring and does not deliver the sense of grandeur and power we expect in a luxury hotel. Nice rooms and suites decorated with taste. Our favorite is the Nate Berkus Apartment. The Loews Regency is famous for the “Power Breakfast”, that was invented here in the 1970’s by the owner of the hotel for his meetings with prominent politicians.  Today, it’s a place for powerful professionals to meet for early breakfasts. The lobby decoration and atmosphere lacks the same sophistication that we find in the suites. We expect significant improvement.

Edition Hotel NYC

New York ny

Location 17/20
Building 18/20
Atmosphere 15/20
Dining 18/20
Service 12/20
80/100
The building (a 41 story clocktower) is beautiful and has a lot of historic significance in New York City. We understand what the designers wanted to do with this hotel (a very contemporary design with touches of warmth), but the result is - sadly - very bland. On the contrary, we have been extremely impressed by the restaurant which has a very creative and warm design. Brilliant food by Chef Jason Atherton. The training of the front desk staff should be seriously improved as the customer service sometimes reaches unacceptably low levels.

Mandarin Oriental NYC

New York ny

Location 18/20
Building 15/20
Atmosphere 15/20
Dining 15/20
Service 16/20
79/100
It feels like traveling in a 1990’s hotel, with a dated decoration that fails to impress. Apart from the beautiful views from the rooms overlooking Central park, the Mandarin Oriental New York looks like a chain hotel with a good but standardized food, service and atmosphere, where we would expect sophistication, originality and true luxury. A big disappointment on this property knowing the usual standards of excellence of the Mandarin Oriental group.