RHG's MADE & Boro Hotel in Condé Nast Traveller
Real Hospitality Group is proud to have two hotels on Condé Nast Traveller's New York City "Best" List.
"In New York, the hotel scene is always changing. Many travellers choose Midtown for convenience, but with neighbourhoods like NoMad and Dumbo on the up, there's an ever-growing set of boutique hotel options in other parts of Manhattan, and in Brooklyn too. Laura Itzkowitz picks her favourite New York hotels"
By Condé Nast Traveller and Laura Itzkowitz
MADE Hotel, NoMad
Best New York hotel for: foodies
This boutique hotel might be in the middle of trendy NoMad, but it feels like a serene Japanese hideaway. Enter the lobby, and you'll find yourself in an intimate space with a cosy coffee shop and communal tables. Reclaimed wood dominates the design in both the rooms and public spaces, while hand-woven textiles and brass fixtures add texture. The lobby bar serves cocktails by acclaimed husband-and-wife team Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel who have worked in some of the city's best bars, such as Death & Co. And the subterranean restaurant Ferris has New Yorkers talking about the small plates: we like the Okinawa sweet potatoes with pumpkin mustard and buttermilk, or carrot agnolotti with lamb neck and pickled squash. The rooftop bar, Good Behavior, comes with views of the Empire State Building.
Boro Hotel, Long Island City
Best New York hotel for: urban interiors
If you think Long Island City sounds like it's a long way from anything, you would be both right and a little wrong. This new, industrial-chic hotel in the magnificently named Dutch Kills neighbourhood of Queens is just two subway stops from 57th Street Manhattan. It's also just a few stops from Williamsburg and even closer to Astoria, which has recently emerged as the next Williamsburg. The designers have done a great job in turning what is nonetheless a challenging location into a plus by ensuring that most of the 108 loft-like rooms have views of Manhattan, and adding big (not Juliet) balconies and terraces. Once past the post-apocalyptic industrial exterior (it's covered in metal slats), the overall look is a much warmer, gritty Berlin meets cool Mexico City. The cinderblock and graffiti style was designed (but not overtly so) by Grzywinski + Pons, and it's slick and welcoming, with a book-lined lobby, and oak floors and cork ceilings everywhere. The bedrooms are roomy, with 10ft ceilings, surprisingly big bathrooms, and pine floors, celadon-coloured wainscoting, and stylishly simple wood beds, desks and chairs. The restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating, serves no-nonsense American and French bistro favourites, and showcase beers from local microbreweries.