New York City

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Hotel Americano

Genre: Designer Hood: Chelsea

Ever since we unwittingly stumbled upon some photos of the beautifully nostalgic  La Boca Chica in Acapulco a few years ago we’ve been watching the Grupo Habita hotel group to see what they would do next… The Mexican group’s latest ventures is situated in the heart of NY’s Chelsea art district, the hotel was designed by Mexico City-based architect Enrique Norten with interiors by Frenchman Arnaud Montigny (best known for his work on the Paris concept store Colette). …

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Wythe Hotel

Genre: Hipster Hood: Brooklyn

Picture all the hipsters in Brooklyn and then imagine opening up a hipster hotel sending  hipsters from all over the world into this hipster zone and what you have is a kind of hipster theme park where thoughtful interior design meets scruffy facial hair meets politically correct caffeinated beverages…

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NoMad Hotel

Genre: Club, Cosy Hood: Midtown

Broadway, NYC is at the centre of everything yet until now it’s been hard to find a cosy hotel to call home. We love the rich bohemian vibe of NoMad Hotel – the mash-up of pictures, textures and colours evoke a mood of travel, a sort of melting pot that reflects the make up of this most cosmopolitan of cities …

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The Ace NYC

Genre: Rock Hood: Midtown

The Ace is a useful card to play, it can be the smallest card in the pack or the Winner-Takes-All big gun. The Ace Hotel in Mid-Town New York City aims to cater to the whole deck – whether you’re counting pennies or splashing the cash. We really appreciate this democratic and generous spirit – afterall, isn’t diversity what makes NYC such an exciting place to visit? …

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The Jane

Genre: Hipster Hood: Chelsea

Visiting NYC is a little like being plugged into an electric current but, the Jane’s in-house hotel manager (a laid-back Australian) brings a chilled vibe to this hipster haven with a budget price-tag and salty seadog roots. Wedged between the Chelsea art district the Highline and the revamped cycle path along the Hudson, The Jane hotel once housed survivors from the Titanic before morphing into a flophouse. Today it provides shelter to both hotel visitors and long-term residents and is pitched at those with short pockets and a tolerance of eccentricity. …

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The Standard Hotel

Genre: Hype Hood: Meatpacking

Jutting out over the High Line in the heart of the Meatpacking arts district is the Standard Hotel , which is anything but standard.  It’s hard to believe that this retro looking edifice designed by Todd Schliemann of the NY-based Polshek Partnership was built in 2008 – judging by the facade and stilts it evokes modernist icons such as New York’s UN building. …

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Morgans Hotel

Genre: Boutique, Classic Hood: Midtown

In the crowded boutique hotel market, Morgans boasts an interesting claim to fame: it was the first original ‘boutique hotel’. The term was coined when Morgans was developed by the late French interior designer Andree Putman for Ian Schrager in the 1980s. (The hotel recently underwent a second refurbishment by the same Andree Putman, in 2008). Given the current 80′s revival, now felt like a good moment to see how it has fared the last decades. (In the interim Schrager has kept ahead of the hotel game with developments including the über-fashionable Hudson). The association of high-design and Mad Men location led us to expect – and fear – a serious dose of attitude so we were surprised when we discovered a rather simple, and even familial ambiance. …