The best five-star hotels in New York

Douglas Rogers
Ritz-Carlton’s New York flagship is an elegant oasis on the south side of Central Park.

An insider's guide to the top five-star hotels in New York, including the best for Michelin-starred restaurants, rooftop terraces, Art Deco architecture, lavish bedrooms and the city's best spas, in locations including Central Park, the Upper East Side and Midtown.

Park Hyatt New York, United States

Park Hyatt New York

New York, United States

9Telegraph expert rating

Occupying the first 25 floors of the 90-storey 'One57' skyscraper in Midtown, Park Hyatt New York offers 210 state-of-the-art rooms. The exterior drama gives way to calm inside: soaring ceilings, polished marble floors, and tall glass dividers. About 300 contemporary works of art line the walls. Standard rooms are among the largest in the city; you have space to roam. All have floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views from the higher floors. The sun-drenched three-storey 'aerie' on the top floors houses a heated swimming pool in which underwater speakers play an exclusive soundtrack from Carnegie Hall. Read expert review From £505 per night

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Mandarin Oriental New York, United States

Mandarin Oriental New York

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

With spectacular views of Central Park, the interior's Asian aesthetic — fresh orchids, exotic purple and gold tones — merge with retro elements such as Art Deco chairs and tiled walls. Aside from world-class concierge service, don't miss a treatment in the spa, set over two floors on the Hudson River side. Highlights are its crystal steam rooms, VIP spa suite with fireplace and an Oriental Tea Lounge. Neo-Asian restaurant Asiate has cityscape views and glittering tree-branch ceiling sculpture compete with a seasonal menu that usually features lobster and Wagyu Beef. Read expert review From £410 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Four Seasons Hotel New York

New York, United States

7Telegraph expert rating

From the imperious IM Pei-designed lobby, with towering ceilings, marble floors and pillars, to the 368 rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the city, Central Park or the Hudson, the Four Seasons New York somehow manages to channel intimacy and understatement despite its grandeur. The staff seem to know your name when you walk in the door, and there are two sublime in-house restaurants: Ty Lounge, with Asian-inspired dishes such as Korean Beef Tacos with Spicy Kimchi Mayo, and The Garden Restaurant serving new American cuisine under towering acacia trees. Read expert review From £879 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park hotel

The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

This hotel is like stepping back in time: horse carriages, doormen and a pink marble-lined lobby. Don't miss The Feeding of the Horses, a noontime ritual in which you get to feed the carriage horses that trot by the front door. The staff are excellent, but really it's the spa, the first American outlet of the beloved La Prairie brand where treatments include the Caviar Luxe manicure, that sets this place apart. Executive Chef Mark Arnao doesn't just cook superb New American food at Auden Bistro & Bar, (try the Crispy Green Circle Chicken) he farms most of his produce himself in the Hudson Valley. Read expert review From £558 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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St. Regis Hotel, New York City United States

The St. Regis New York

New York, United States

9Telegraph expert rating

Founded more than a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, The St. Regis New York recreates the glamour of a bygone era at Manhattan’s finest address. The aesthetic plays to the strengths of Manhattan: New York-inspired art work, large-scale windows with sweeping views of Central Park and an imperious marble lobby. Waterford Crystal chandeliers and a handsome library all add to the Gilded Age sophistication. Rooms are over the top – and yet without pomposity. Expect marble-tiled entryways, textured fabric walls in five palettes and custom furniture with luxe leather detailing. Uptown sophistication meets downtown chic at the treasured King Cole Bar & Salon, Manhattan’s most storied meeting place. Don’t miss the Bloody Mary, invented here by Fernand Petiot in 1934. Read expert review From £624 per night Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Pierre

The Pierre

New York, United States

9Telegraph expert rating

This beloved 41-storey Art Deco icon overlooking Central Park is the ultimate in understated luxury. The hotel has kept elements of old New York charm — wood-panelled lifts manned by white-gloved operators; vintage mail chutes on each floor — but spruced-up interiors. High ceilings, abundant natural light, and silk and brocade fabrics in soft, neutral tones are hallmarks of the 140 guest rooms and 49 suites. All have Sealy Posturepedic mattresses and bathrooms that are as lavish today as they were when Pete Campbell's wife Trudy name-checked them in Mad Men. Sirio Ristorante, an Art Deco space helmed by master restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, does modish Italian cuisine. Read expert review From £308 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Mark, New York, USA

The Mark

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Bold geometric shapes and splashy interiors helped reinvent this once-stuffy Upper East Side classic. From the marble-floored lobby with its long, narrow black and white floor stripes, to the curvy pink-lit bar counter, you half feel as if you’ve stepped into a Tim Burton film. There are 14 sizes and styles of elegant but high-tech rooms, including the Super Courtyard rooms with townhouse garden views, dark ebony and sycamore furnishings, and Quagliotti linens. Don't miss the ultimate picnic in Central Park experience, with a 'lunch-to-go' created by celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who also runs the restaurant, which draws tycoons, Park Avenue heiresses and glamorous staff from nearby galleries and auction houses. Read expert review From £437 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Carlyle, New York

The Carlyle

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

The Carlyle has been a favourite of everyone from Jackie O to Lady Di. A handsome 35-storey 1930s Beaux Arts building, it's a wonderful merging of old world elegance and contemporary style, recent updates to its Art Deco interiors including a lavish restyling of the black and gold hued marble lobby now hung with oil paintings that call to mind a Renaissance museum. Some of the Art Deco rooms have Central Park views. You can dine on French haute cuisine and seafood classics such as lobster thermidor at elegant in-house restaurant The Carlyle Restaurant; while Bemelmans Bar, just off the lobby, remains one of the finest cocktail bars in the world. Read expert review From £362 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The NoMad Hotel, New York, United States of America

The NoMad Hotel

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Inspired by the Paris apartment he lived in as a child, Jacques Garcia's interiors combine European elegance – white walls, soaring ceilings, tiled floors – with funky, decadent touches such as tapestry covered antique furniture, worn and faded Persian rugs, a 200-year-old fireplace, an antique staircase, and a glass atrium-like structure on the ground floor that houses a restaurant. Rooms come with design touches like retro-style mahogany desks, vintage handmade rugs, and clawfoot tubs in the bathrooms. Opt for a room on the upper floors with city views. Read expert review From £213 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com