Hampton Inn Manhattan-Soho
Two blocks south of Trump Soho, high-rise opulence gives way to compact efficiency in this 19-storey, 160-room business hotel that opened in late 2008. No space is wasted here: a small, well-equipped fitness room meshes with meeting space in the basement, and the lobby is wrapped by a cocktail bar that holds about 40 people, an enclosed patio and a cafeteria-style dining room. The latter hosts a free hot-and-cold breakfast buffet from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. every day. You’re also just a few steps from SoHo, TriBeCa and more.
Local calls and web access throughout the hotel are complimentary, and the tightly packed rooms feature 32-inch HD LCD TVs and basics like a drip coffeemaker, an iron and an ironing board. If your room’s view makes you feel like you’re inside a tenement building, head up to the rooftop garden terrace and feast your eyes on the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan.
Rooms from US$200
Trump Soho New York
A hulking target of local disdain and a boon to the hobnobbing hyper-wealthy, this controversial new hotel-condo near the Holland Tunnel mouth has perhaps the most spectacular views in lower Manhattan. Deluxe rooms and suites boast three-metre windows overlooking the Hudson River and SoHo’s cast iron and rooftop water tower bonanza, completely unobstructed by Midtown or Wall Street’s skyscrapers.
Forty-six floors pack an astounding 400,000-plus square feet, chunks of which are occupied by a tricked-out conference space, a South Beach import called Quattro Gastronomia Italiana that serves posh Northern Italian cuisine amidst black granite and banquettes, a sleek library (heavy on the Taschen) and a huge 11,000-sq-ft. spa.
Rooms (there are 391, including 11 penthouses) tout a rich palate of cream, red wine and platinum, and all manner of luxury: Bellino bedding, leather-bound everything, custom-designed furniture and remote-controlled curtains, lights and heating. True decadence comes while sipping a fresh espresso and flipping through the Wall Street Journal in your Turkish marble-bedecked bathroom’s oversized tub with Fox News on TV.
Rooms from US$460
Party Hotels in Edmonton, New York City and Scottsdale
If you don't plan on sleeping much, want great cocktails or are looking for a pool party vibe, a party hotel is the way to go. Edmonton's Crash Hotel is within walking distance to the ICE district, New York City's Pod 39 has a killer rooftop bar and W Scottsdale's WET Pool is open 24/7.