For a city that supposedly never sleeps, New York is filled with hundreds of places to rest your head. There are many lovely options, but some of New York City’s hotels have transformed the standard night’s stay into a theatrical experience. Quirky accommodations let you transcend time and space, and you might find that after one of these unique stays in New York, regular lodging doesn’t cut it anymore. These themed hotels provide a nice break from the boring beige rooms and paintings of fake flowers. If you’re planning to visit the Big Apple and want to find themed hotels for an unforgettable trip, then check out this curated list of cool and unusual places to stay.
The Maritime Hotel
Sail on into The Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, where you’ll feel like you’re on a luxury liner (minus the seasickness). This glamorous themed hotel, once the headquarters of the National Maritime Union, has been providing its guests with some frivolity since 2003. Nautically themed cabins—not rooms—make for a fresh perspective on maritime living. Custom woodwork and dark teak accents lend a hand in setting the scene of a yacht or cruise ship, complete with five-foot porthole windows. The theme continues to the rooftop, which features a beach-like setting complete with coconut lighting.
Night Times Square
As you enter the castle-like lair entrance, you’re met by the in-character staff, dressed all in black, who welcome you into a dimly lit lobby with a purple glow. You don’t see any pops of color here, as everything in Night Times Square is black or white. This dark approach works well in this gothic-themed boutique hotel located in Times Square. The minimalist design adds dramatic glamour to every corner. Standard suites come fitted with comfy chariot beds and room service, and feature heavy velvet curtains throughout, ensuring a perfect night’s sleep.
For an ultra-techy experience inspired by the functionality of modern airplane cabins, step into the lobby of YOTEL—one of New York’s hippest themed hotels. Make yourself at home at one of the self-service check-in kiosks, then hand your luggage to a Yobot: a giant robotic arm. The future is bright here. For guests who still crave human contact, the staffed Mission Control desks act as concierge services. The guestrooms are futuristic, with nearly all-white décor accented by purple mood lighting and great city views. Other high-tech features include an interactive wall for streaming music, and iPod connectivity. YOTEL also boasts the largest hotel terrace in the city. Check out Club Lounge at night for light bites, free Wi-Fi, and tunes spun by a live DJ.
The Jade Hotel
A portal to a New York City of days gone by, The Jade Hotel was designed in the style of the Prohibition era. The lobby is outfitted with classic 1920s furniture, and the guestrooms are styled in the same vintage décor, all the way down to the rotary phones in every room. The relaxed atmosphere of this hotel quickly makes it one of the most relaxing unique stays in New York City, and an enduring favorite stop for a nightcap. Sip on a martini at Grape & Vine, or relax next to a cozy fireplace in the small brick library that’s perfect for quality time with a good book.