The creative energy of the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan has long been behind closed doors, but the Archer Hotel, opened in early 2014, puts that artistic spirit on appealing display. A mix of fabrics, graphic prints, exposed brick, and floor-to-ceiling windows (with dramatic skyline views) pays homage to a neighborhood known for pushing the boundaries of fashion. Beyond its quirky style—including a house art collection with pieces spanning several mediums—this property entices with its rooftop bar, Spyglass, perched on the 22nd floor with views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Archer excels at the small stuff, from in-room Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi to gorgeous black-and-white subway tiled bathrooms with luxurious walk-in showers. Unwind after your day with an aperitif at the Bugatti Bar, complete with seasonal outdoor patio.
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The Archer Hotel sits in a nook of Manhattan’s Midtown West that is undergoing a bit of an identity shift. What was once a boring stretch of busy Midtown has seen revitalization with some cool hotel openings, from the Archer Hotel to the Refinery Hotel. Some of Manhattan’s best classic dining experiences are nearby, including Keen’s Steakhouse. Both the New York Public Library and pretty Bryant Park are a short two blocks away. This location offers the benefit of Midtown skyline views and is central for sightseeing, 5th Avenue shopping, or neighborhood hopping.
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Rooms: 180 rooms. From $249. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The 22nd-floor rooftop lounge and bar, Spyglass, serves snacks to share, such as roasted mushroom flatbread with Gruyère, alongside refreshing cocktails such as a raspberry caipirinha with cachaca, lime, and raspberry. The ground-floor fabrick, from David Burke Group, is an inviting space with dishes such as angry lobster BLT, steamed buns with spicy yuzu mayo, and candied bacon. Bugatti Bar, with a seasonal outdoor patio, is the hotel’s stylish lobby lounge serving cocktails and light bites. Spa and gym details: No spa, but the hotel offers complimentary passes to New York Sports Club.
Who’s it best for: Well-heeled travelers with an affinity for art and design. Frequent New York visitors seeking a fresh face in Midtown. Our favorite rooms: The Empire View rooms make the most of this Midtown West location, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the Empire State Building. Bring it home: The Archer has curated a small collection of souvenirs, providing easy access to thoughtful New York-centric gifts to bring home to loved ones. The Archer playing cards are adorned with tips on etiquette and courtesy.