7 of the Best Hotels for 5th Avenue, New York

5th Avenue stretches from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to West 143rd Street in Harlem, but what’s more important is that it’s thought of as one of the world’s most exclusive, expensive and elegant thoroughfares.

Opting to stay in one of our recommendations for 7 of the best hotels for 5th Avenue puts you close to one of the world’s great shopping streets, but also very close to Central Park, to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, MoMA, Times Square and Broadway. You’re also right up the road from the Empire State Building. So surrounded by Manhattan landmarks. At the ‘zero’ point of New York street addresses, which head east and west from 5th Avenue. And this is where many of New York’s famous parades take place…

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The part of 5th Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets is often referred to as ‘Museum Mile’ because of the density of its museums, which include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nueue Galerie New York, the Guggenheim, the National Academy Museum, the National Design Museum - which is part of the Smithsonian, The Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of African Art. The Frick Collection is just around the corner too. 5th Avenue is also where you’ll find the Empire State Building, the Flatiron, the New York Public Library, the Rockerfeller centre and St. Patricks’s Cathedral. And of course all those high end stores…

7 of the Best Hotels for 5th Avenue

Classic New York Hotels close to 5th Avenue

Hotel Elysee

The Hotel Elysee was once hosted Manhattan’s literary elite - most famously Tennessee Williams, who spent his final years living here. It’s classy, elegant and intimate so you can see why people lived here. The suites feature French style furnishings, rich fabrics and plush carpets and the Monkey Bar has become one of Midtown's most iconic and hip bars.

The Carlyle Hotel

The Carlyle Hotel is a timeless, classic, luxurious, Upper East Side landmark hotel with 190 rooms and opulent suites. As well as park views, the best rooms also have grand pianos. And before you book into The Carlyle Hotel you should check out the newly revamped cafe’s performance schedule, you might get a chance to see Eartha Kitt or Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band.

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The Mark

The Mark is right in the heart of the Upper East Side, and offers an old fashioned elegance, despite a recent refurbishment by French designer Jacques Grange, who put in a fantastic, Esher-esque restaurant which has become extremely popular with celebrities and New York royalty.

The Surrey

The Surrey is a grand and gracious, five star Upper East Side hotel with a fantastic Art Deco inspired lobby, a private roof garden, an exceptional spa and a decadent bar. Plus you’re right on the doorstep of Central Park close to some of New York’s best restaurants.

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The Lowell

The Lowell is a charmingly crafted Upper East Side Hotel, just a block to the east of Central Park. The decor is very classical, think marble bathrooms, neutral tones, elegant furnishings and art and even proper wood-burning fireplaces. The location is residential, a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, and the overall feels is of staying in a gorgeous, 70 room townhouse.

The Whitby

The Whitby is one of the newest additions in husband and wife duo Tim and Kit Kemp's portfolio and it doesn't disappoint. Their beautifully designed rooms makes traditional style contemporary - and the best rooms have large terraces. There’s also a chic bar, an excellent restaurant and a cinema!

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Chambers Hotel

Chambers Hotel is a just off 5th Avenue on 56th Street, so super close to MoMA and Central Park. The spacious bedrooms are on the edgy-side of modern with architects’ drawing lamps, as well as a roll of tracing papers and coloured pens to release the inner designer, on the hip glass desk. It probably feels like staying at a very creative friend’s smart, central apartment - which is a great vibe for art museum visitors.

If you haven’t found you idea of the best hotels for 5th Avenue on our Guru’s list of 7 you could try:

7 of the Best Hotels for 5th Avenue

  • Hotel Elysee New York 100 rooms from £166

    Great walks  -  Central Park is under ten minutes from the hotel with plenty of trails for walking, running and cycling.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    The Elysee, formerly a host to Manhattan's literary elite, has retained its iconic old world charm. The suites feature French style furnishings, rich fabrics and plush carpets. The Monkey Bar has become one of Midtown's most iconic and hip bars. Classy, elegant and intimate. See More

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  • The Carlyle Hotel New York 190 rooms from £562

    Romantic Break  -  Romantic suites, chic in house restaurants and bars and proximity to Central Park make this a perfect getaway for two.
    City Style  -  Located in the Upper East Side, with chic art deco interiors it is a New York dream
    Grand Hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    Luxurious Upper East Side landmark hotel. The Carlyle is a timeless classic and a unique place to stay discover New York Upper East Side style. Opulent suites feature exquisite views of the park and grand pianos. Keep your finger on New York's pulse. See More

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  • The Mark, New York New York 152 rooms from £699

    City Style  -  Upper East Side glamour in all its old-moneyed glory with a clean cut and suave injection of style from designer Jacques Grange.
    Foodies  -  The phenomenal Jean Georges heads the kitchen here, be prepared for some of the best food in NY- and that's saying something!
    Great walks  -  New York was made for walking, this hotels central location makes it ideal for exploring on foot.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    An old favourite with spectacular neo-deco Jacques Granges interiors. Right in the heart of Upper East Side, old style elegance meets modern chic. The award-winning restaurant is reason enough to visit. A super stylish way to experience New York. Popular with celebs and New York royalty! See More

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  • The Surrey New York 189 rooms from £336

    Artworks  -  31 original works of modern art dispersed through its private and public spaces.
    Bicycles available  -  Take advantage of the Hotel Bike Share Program
    Architectural  -  Interiors by design giant Lauren Rottet.
    City Style  -  Luxury, Upper East Side Manhattan Hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux

    This grand and gracious 5* Upper East Side Manhattan hotel is not one to be outdone. The Art Deco inspired lobby features many unique modern art pieces. With a private roof garden, a decadent bar and surrounded by some of the city's best restaurant - this really is New York City Luxury. See More

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  • Lowell Hotel New York 74 rooms from £527

    City Style  -  Sleek accommodations in the heart of the city
    Great walks  -  Just one block from Central Park
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Pet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    A finely crafted and charmingly intimate Upper East Side hotel, one block from Central Park. Classically decorated - marble bathrooms, neutral tones, paintings, and elegant furnishings. Some rooms have real wood burning fireplaces. A luxurious destination, reminiscent of a private townhouse. See More

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  • The Whitby New York 86 rooms from £621

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned just two blocks from Central Park and with easy access to many restaurants, galleries and bars.
    City Style  -  An uber chic property designed by the renowned hotelier Kit Kemp.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around Central Park.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels, Tablet

    One of the newest additions in husband and wife duo Tim and Kit Kemp's portfolio and it doesn't disappoint. Beautifully designed rooms makes traditional style contemporary. The best rooms boast large terraces. Complete with chic bar, excellent restaurant and a cinema this is hotel perfection. See More

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  • Chambers Hotel New York 77 rooms from £386

    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A successful blend of cool and luxury in this dynamic, contemporary-style hotel See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Monday, 5th August 2019