Beyond the crowds of central SoHo—in a formerly industrial nook with historic roots on the edge of the Hudson River—a neighborhood is emerging: Hudson Square. This is the home of Hotel Hugo, a stylish loft-inspired retreat with an Italian spirit that has brought a bit of European-inflected flair to the neighborhood. This extension of SoHo has long been known by New Yorkers for its nightclubs, restaurants frequented by locals, and of course, the gorgeous Hudson River Park, an uninterrupted promenade that stretches the length of Manhattan. Now it has a chic hotel, complete with a rooftop lounge that serves classic cocktails against a backdrop of the Hudson River and a refined Italian restaurant with vertical gardens. One final Italian accent elevates this hotel’s cool factor even higher: complimentary Vespas for cruising around downtown.
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The names of New York neighborhoods seem to be constantly changing, so while some people call Hotel Hugo's environs West SoHo, others call it Hudson Square. Located right across Canal Street from TriBeCa, this Greenwich Street property is an easy stroll from several downtown neighborhoods. When hunger strikes, you could head east to SoHo (try for a table at Comodo or Charlie Bird) or south to TriBeCa (Locanda Verde and Smith and Mills are both popular picks). One of Manhattan’s oldest bars, the Ear Inn, sits around the corner, and City Winery, often home to live music, is a couple blocks away. For subway service, the 1, C, and E trains are all close by. This neighborhood is still finding its identity, but it’s a convenient pick for downtown on the west side.
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Rooms: 122 rooms, 2 suites. From $365. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Il Principe, on the ground floor, serves three Italian-inflected meals a day including dishes like mezzi rigatoni with lobster and black winter truffle. Bar Hugo, the rooftop lounge with sweeping views of the Hudson River, serves cocktails, wine, and small plates. Spa and gym details: There is no spa. The on-site Fitness Studio offers basic cardio equipment.
Who’s it best for: Refined travelers wanting to feel at home in a residential-style loft space. Our favorite rooms: The Loft Suites are airy, inviting rooms with living room space, and they resemble chic New York apartments. When in Rome:Keeping with the Italian vibe, Hotel Hugo offers complimentary Vespas for cruising around downtown.