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Taking in views of New York City‘s famed skyline is on most people’s bucket lists. From icons like the Chrysler and Empire State buildings to the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, these vistas are practically the reason why Instagram was invented. But what if you could take in some of the Big Apple’s most iconic architecture and other attractions without ever having to get out from under the covers? Certain rooms at these eight hotels offer spectacular views right from their beds, which means you might just want to snuggle in and skip lining up for the tourist attractions altogether.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

New to Lower Manhattan, the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is a modern version of its sister property, the classic Four Seasons Hotel New York near Central Park. From the comfort of a plush bed, push a button and watch the drapes automatically part to reveal views of One World Trade Center and the new Santiago Calatrava-designed architectural wonder, the Oculus.
What to book: A south or west-facing guest room, the higher the better. Half of the hotel’s rooms sit on the South or West sides, so it’s hard to go wrong!

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YOTEL New York

If you want to hang with the hipsters, while saving money and taking in city views, YOTEL is the place to be. At the space-saving, high-tech hotel, a robot (or Yobot) can store your luggage for you, guests stay in “cabins” (small rooms modeled after airline cabins), and the large outdoor terrace is the perfect place to take in the city lights over a cocktail and a game of foosball. While lounging in your adjustable bed, enjoy the view of Midtown skyscrapers towering high above the city below.
What to book: Premium Queen View rooms on the 16th floor or above. You’ll enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the Hudson River and Midtown skyline. Book the VIP View room for 180-degree views of the city, following the skyline to the Hudson River, downtown and to the east with a view of the Empire State building.

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The Bowery Hotel

Swankiness oozes from the lobby of The Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side. With red leather and velvet-cover couches, chairs and curtains, dim lighting and dark wood accents, this upscale Manhattan lodging is as chic as it gets. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the historic Bowery district.
What to book: The Penthouse Suites. Offering the best views of the city, the suites offer unobstructed views from the World Trade Center over to the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, the Penthouse Studio suite has unobstructed views of downtown Manhattan.

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W New York Times Square

Feel the pulse of New York from the W New York Times Square. Located on Broadway, the hotel screams bright lights, big city. Request the Corner Room—Times Square View, and watch Manhattan come to life while tucked into a comfy signature bed.
What to book: A Cool Corner Room with a Hudson River view or a Cool Corner Room with a Times Square View.

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The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel, located in art-centric Chelsea, provides guests with charming views of the mostly residential neighborhood lined with brick buildings and plenty of greenery, as well as the popular High Line, the city’s celebrated elevated park and greenway. Housed in a historic 1895 brick landmark, the hotel boasts a vintage vibe with decor that includes distinctive hand-picked furnishings, such as classic typewriters, custom embossers and rotary phones.
What to book: A Queen, King, Full or Double Queen room with courtyard views. You’ll get all the positive effects of nature without actually having to get out of bed to enjoy it.

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NoMo SoHo

Hang with the “in” crowd at trendy NoMo SoHo featuring 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offering some of the best views Manhattan has to offer—right from your own bed. The cool, minimalist white walls, furniture and lines accented with blue floors and ceilings make it a haven for relaxation and the ultimate Instagram opp.
What to book: The Premium King and Premium Queen rooms, which guarantee a high-floor view of the Empire State Building and downtown.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

For the best views of the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, check out the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. This waterfront lodging has a modern, organic feel with a bit of boho style. It’s hard to choose what to like more, the uncluttered views of Manhattan or the in-room hammocks.
What to book: The Bridge King or Bridge Studio Suite for views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Skyline Suite overlooks the East River with views of the Manhattan skyline or Statue of Liberty.

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The Pierre New York

With undoubtedly the most scenic views of Central Park, it doesn’t get much better than the timeless and elegant Pierre New York. Gaze out at the sprawling green landscape from one of the most coveted addresses on the Upper East Side. The hotel boasts white glove service, impressive afternoon tea, lively Broadway cabaret performances, and of course, access to the splendor of Central Park…not to mention shopping on Madison and Fifth Avenues.
What to book: Park View King Rooms, which are on floors 12–39. They offer great views of Central Park—perfect for gazing at the pond or peeking some wild animals at the Central Park Zoo.

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​Sharael, founder of Family Travel Channel (, has been writing about travel since 1995. Her work has appeared in Sunset magazine, Outside magazine,,, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @FamTravChannel, FB and Instagram @FamilyTravelChannel. See more of her work at
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