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8 Best Upper East Side Hotels in NYC

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Digging the vibes of this uber posh, NYC neighborhood and looking for some of the best Upper East Side hotels out there?


Because the Upper East Side really is one of the best neighborhoods in NYC (just watch an episode of Gossip Girl and you’ll see why) and is a perfect home base for anyone planning a trip to NYC.

Nestled along the enchantingly beautiful east side of Central Park:

The Upper East Side is home to exquisite townhouses and meticulously maintained streets that are incredibly safe and a bit removed from the chaos and noise of places like Times Square.


You’ll find an assortment of iconic New York City attractions within this part of the city; sights like the Frick Collection, the MET, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Guggenheim, etc.

But if you’re not a fan of museums:

This nieghborhood is still an amazing place to stay.

Just grab a MetroCard and hop on the 4,5, or 6 line and TADA, the subway will almost instantly whisk you downtown and into SOHO, Nolita, Times Square, Little Italy, DUMBO, and more.

So trust me:

Even if you’re not a card carrying member of the museum-loving nerd herd, like me, the Upper East Side is still an amazing place to stay when visiting NYC.

So Really:

You kind of owe it to yourself to continue reading and see some of the best Upper East Side Hotels in New York City.

Because honestly:

You deserve to relax and get pampered by one of these luxurious AF hotels; hotels that are almost as amazing as you, pinkie promise.

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1. The Pierre: A Taj Hotel ( $300 per night)

The immortal beauty of the Pierre Hotel, one of the best Upper East Side Hotels.
The immortal beauty of the Pierre Hotel, one of the best Upper East Side Hotels.

Okay, I know what you might be thinking.

“Geez Kelly, $300 a night for a hotel room? Come on! That’s almost as much as a flight to Europe.”

Fair enough.

The price is a little too baller for me, unless you read this, take pity on me, and buy all the things on my site!


I could find some secret trust fund that I never knew existed. Then I could get all fancy pants and stay here.

So why is this super suave hotel on the list then if it’s out of my admittedly small budget?


I had afternoon tea here at Two E Bar and Lounge and it was amazeballs. Like a childhood fantasy come to life.

And anyone who knows me knows that the quickest way to my heart is through my stomach.

But besides the killer scones, desserts, and finger sandwiches:

The Pierre also has an amazing location and sits along Central Park, at 61st street, with 189 rooms that are dripping in pure decadence.

From incredibly comfortable, king-sized beds, to a 40′ TV and a Bose Wave studio with Bluetooth (no idea what that is but sounds techy level cool), these rooms have it all.

But let’s blow your mind a little further, shall we?

There’s also a divine, marble-clad bathroom that is filled with plush bathrobes, ultra soft towels, Pierre slippers, and ultra-chic, Etro toiletries; all of which will have you wondering if you ever really need to leave.

And sorry but the answer is yes. sadly.

Which is even sadder when you realize that this hotel offers complimentary Jaguar service!!!

How bananas is that?

Throw in some Cinderella-level, white glove luxury service coupled with the decadent deliciousness of the French American cuisine of Perrine, and you may think you’ve died and. gone to heaven.


There’s even a theater desk, twice-daily housekeeping services, pet amenities, two salons, a fitness center, a wellness center, and an on-site therapist.

Yeah, in my next life, I wanna come back as someone who can afford to live here full-time.


Address: 2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue

2. Hôtel Plaza Athénée ( $300 per night)

With European grandeur found around every corner:

Hotel Plaza Athénée is the perfect place to go if you want to escape the chaotic frenzy of NYC.

Walk inside any of the well-appointed suites and you’ll get a romantic, French vibe from the room’s apricot or gray pinstripes walls.

To complete this European motif:

Each room contains French-inspired, velveteen furnishings, a marble bathroom, 18th-century French artwork, and an Italian duvet; furnishings that make you feel like you’re in Paris, not NYC.

Once you’ve finished admiring the room:

Swan dive into the awesomeness of the hotel’s delightfully cozy beds, as you enjoy free WIFI, a 37″ flat-screen TV with cable, a private bathroom, and more.

Wanna feel even fancier?

Then get a massage at the hotel’s on-site spa, or order a fantastic meal from the hotel’s restaurant, Arabelle.

The perfect place to glam it up, while still being within walking distance of sights like Central Park, Madison Avenue, MOMA, and the Museum Mile.

3. Lombardy Hotel ($200 per night)

If you stay at the Lombardy Hotel, you must visit Ninth Street Espresso, one of my favorite coffee shops in NYC.
If you stay at the Lombardy Hotel, you must visit Ninth Street Espresso, one of my favorite coffee shops in NYC.

Located down the street for the world famous, Rockefeller Canter:

The Lombardy is a historic, centrally located hotel, on the Upper East Side (it’s more mid-town but whatever), that was developed, in 1926, by none other than William Randolph Hearst.

Home to 160 lavish hotel rooms (and suites):

Each room is uniquely decorated and provides guests with free WIFI, a flat-screen TV, plush bathrobes, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a coffee maker, microwave, bottled water, ironing facilities, a kitchenette., and more.

Feel free to oh and ah at will. Lol.

Today, the Lombardy continues a long tradition of impeccable, personalized service, with kind and gracious staff members who are only too happy to make your stay even more enjoyable.

A goal that is easily achieved with facilities like an exercise room, business center, concierge ticket service, and a beauty salon.


One of my favorite coffee shops in NYC, Ninth Street Espresso, is literally right downstairs and serves up some decadently amazing coffee and pastries.

But it gets better!

This hotel is also home to the restaurant American Cut, which is run by Chef Marc Forgione and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

So bring a ton of elastic waist pants and let’s get this party started!

4. AKA Central Park ($195 per night)

AKA Central Park is an exquisite hotel that gives you amazing views of Central Park.
AKA Central Park is an exquisite hotel that gives you amazing views of Central Park.

Nested in between Fifth Avenue and Central Park is AKA Central Park:

A hotel with 134 different residences that guests can call home while enjoying the delights, or rogue pigeons, of New York City.

With enormous living rooms, state of the art kitchens (with stainless steel appliances), and ultra-modern, marble bathrooms, with fancy smancy Bulgari toiletries, these apartments really are the very definition of luxury.

Pretty Woman eat your heart out.

Excuse me while I go find a sugar daddy to pay the tab as I shamelessly flop into a king-size bed and binge watch the latest season of Game of Thrones on a giant plasma TV.

And yes:

I may or may not raid the mini-fridge and use the microwave to make popcorn as I bounce on the bed.

But if you eventually want to leave your room:

There’s a high-tech fitness center (not that I would ever want to work out on vacation. Blech), a chic lounge area, a European cafe, and probably tons of other super cool stuff that I just don’t know about.

5. Chambers Hotel ($186 per night)

Let' be honest. What really excited me most about Chambers Hotel is that they have a Milk Bar!!! Ahh!!
Let’ be honest. What really excited me most about Chambers Hotel is that they have a Milk Bar!!! Ahh!!

Now, the Chambers Hotel is more in mid-town than the Upper East Side, but whatever, this hotel in NYC is still amazing.

Within walking distance of MoMA and Central Park:

You’ll first notice the stunning, modern wood doors that usher you into an exquisite, ultra-modern lobby.

With walls that are adorned in chic wood and white panneling:

The central, working fireplace and glittering pieces of modern art give this communal space a very welcoming feel. :

And if you stay here:

You get a FREE pass to the New York Health & Racquet Club which has a saltwater swimming pool!

How cool is that? Way safer than taking a dip in the Hudson.

There’s even a Milk Bar Bakery on premises!

I’ll admit though:

I’m not a fan of the cereal milk soft serve (I think it’s gross), but I do swoon over their compost cookies and their birthday cake truffles (some of the best desserts in NYC).


And all the rooms? Not only are they pet-friendly but they come with free WIFI (not ultra impressive since the jungles of Thailand have wifi), a 42″ flat screen tv, iPod docking stations, Egyptian cotton bedding, Japanese soaking tubs, rainwater shower heads, terry cloth bathrobes, etc.

Yup, heaven really is a place on Earth, AKA, this hotel.

6. Garden Suites by Affinia ($150 per night)

Looking for a little “me time” in the city that never sleeps?

You know, like being able to pee without people knocking on the bathroom door and asking, “Whatcha doing?”

If you are (and this socially awkward chick is since my motto is the less human interaction the better), then Garden Suites by Affinia may be the best Upper East Side hotel for you.

Just order some room service and prepare to relax the day away in one of the Garden Suites 132 serene guest rooms.

Each of these luxurious, modern rooms with two queens or one king bed with a full on…PILLOW MENU!

Seriously, the highlight of my year!

Each room is also outfitted with a sleeper sofa, powered recliner, full kitchen with dishwasher, flat-screen TVs, and more.

But somehow:

The glorious pillow menu is still my favorite part, even though the rooms are quite modern, cozy, and comfortable.


Whether you want to couch potato it up or do a marathon sightseeing sesh, this hotel will help you make the most out of your vacation.


There’s even tea served daily in the communal lobby, which super excited me since I miss London.

So let’s get fancy and pinkies up!

And for anyone in the audience who’s feeling a bit saucy, there’s also a complimentary wine hour in the lobby, every day, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

And if you thought this hotel couldn’t get anymore baller, you were wrong!

This pet-friendly hotel also has free rental bikes, a meal delivery service, an on-site gym (with patron discounts for barre fitness classes), and a hotel convenience store that sells snacks and souvenirs.

I promise, the convenience is way fancier than your local bodega.

I also swear that this is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for a long, quiet, and luxurious stay on New York’s Upper East Side.

7. Fitzpatrick Manhattan ($130 per night)

An Irish themed hotel in Manhattan? YES Please!

And I promise:

It’s not themed in a cheesy way with creepy leprechauns lunging out at you.


This boutique hotel has an elegant feel that reminds you of an ultra-modern yet quaint, Irish country house hotel.

Minus all the rolling hills because NYC really is a concrete jungle.


The location can’t really get any better since this hotel is just 3 blocks away from the subway and a very civilized, 6-minute walk from Central Park.

But to explore all that this insanely large city has to offer, you obviously need a good night’s rest.

Which will never be a problem at the Fitzpatrick.

All 91 rooms are uber comfortable, with state of the art decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers (mother of God thank you), 24-hour room service, land WiFi (With surcharge. Yeah, just go to Starbucks.).

Feeling super fancy?

Then book a suite with a marble bathroom, a separate living area, pull-out sofa bed, kitchenette, and iPod docking stations.

Perfect for anyone planning anything longer than a 4-day NYC itinerary.

And if you’re feeling extra energetic and want to get your fitness swerve on, then you’ll love that this hotel gives you complimentary access to a 24-hour fitness center, just 3 blocks away.

See, you even get to exercise ON your way to the gym!

But to actually use the gym, obviously you need some sustenance first.


You’re in luck because you’ll find the Fitz Restaurant on the ground floor, which is an eclectic Irish restaurant that’s open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


They serve up traditional, and delicous, Irish breakfast all day. And yes, you can even treat yourself to 24-hour room service.

Yeah, I’ll take one of everything.

So head to the Fitzpatrick and start rolling like a big shot, just without using the bankroll of one.

8. Renaissance New York Hotel 57 ($100 per night)

This gem of a boutique hotel is not so hidden since it’s at 57th and Lexington and practically in the heart of Mid-town.

But that’s okay since the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 is within walking distance of iconic attractions like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bloomingdale’s, Fifth Avenue and Central Park.


The hotel itself has a rich history and was restored from a former women’s residence in the 1920s.

So no rotary phones that you need to try and figure out how to use.

Yeah, vintage technology is left way behind since all rooms are modern and outfitted with lluxury bedding, smart TVs (way smarter than me), high-speed Wi-Fi and even private terraces.

Oh la la.

Take your vacation to the next level and splurge on some extra living space, a marble bathroom, and a lovely terrace with some stellar city views.

If I do say so myself.

There’s also a 24-hour fitness center but let’s be real, that’s of no consequence to a chick like me.

I say bring on the glutenous breakfast. And coffee, lot’s of coffee.

FYI though, there’s no food on-site, which is definitely a draw back.

But all in all:

A great place to stay if you want a centrallu located hotel that is comfy and reasonably priced, at least for NYC.

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