Five Famous and Legendary Hotels in New York City

The tallest and most famous hotels in the Big Apple

New York City is home to some of the largest and most famous hotels in the world. Long associated with innovations in architecture and luxury hotels, New York took on a global importance by the end of the 19th century for its investments in sky high buildings around areas like Central Park.

Influencing international standards for luxury, some of the most significant hotels still standing in Manhattan include:

The Hilton New York

The largest hotel in the city, the Hilton sits on the edge of the Rockefeller Center, and forms part of the global Hilton chain. Primarily designed by architect Morris Lapidus and William B. Tabler, the hotel opened in 1963 with a record 2,153 rooms. While this has been reduced, this luxury hotel is still one of the first ports of call for celebrities and important political figures when they visit the city.


Indelibly associated with New York’s history, the hotel was formed in the 1890s as a combination of buildings owned by the feuding Astor family, and originally sat on Fifth Avenue. It moved to Park Avenue in 1931. Its combination of size and luxury made it a major influence on the modern hotel, while it can also boast the invention of the Waldorf Salad.

Chelsea Hotel

Located on West 23rd St, the Chelsea Hotel is most well known as a hub for artists, including Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. It is closely associated with the 1950s to 1970s beat, countercultural, and punk movements.

Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

One of the tallest hotels in the world, the Sheraton opened in 1962, and like the Hilton is regarded for its luxury and embodiment of architectural excellence. Its location off Times Square makes it a regular destination for tourists.

Grand Hyatt New York

Closely linked to Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt began as the Commodore Hotel in 1919, and rivaled the Waldorf-Astoria for style and daring. It was acquired by Donald Trump in 1977 and rebranded as the Grand Hyatt, becoming one of the city’s most cutting edge hotels by the 21st century.

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