U.S. Markets closed

Top 10: the best hotels near Central Park, New York

Telegraph Travel experts
The Mandarin Oriental, set on floors 35 to 54 of the north tower of the Time Warner Center, has spectacular views of Central Park

An insider's guide to the top places to stay near Central Park, including the best for panoramic park views, trendy cocktail bars and buzzing restaurants, in locations near Midtown, Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile, Madison Avenue, Carnegie Hall and Broadway.


1 Hotel Central Park, New York State

1 Hotel Central Park

New York, United States

9Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £211per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

An oasis in the heart of bustling midtown. The hotel is one block away from Central Park on East 58th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. This is a fantastic location for visiting the park and reaching anywhere in Manhattan. The interior feels like an enchanted forest. Ivy grows up the outside of the building and on the inside 24,000 plants dangle from the lobby ceiling, climb up the walls and surprise you in the shower. There's free valet parking for electric vehicles and bikes and this is a dog friendly hotel – with all the amenities you might require and even a doggy concierge offers local doggy tips.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

Mandarin Oriental New York

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £566per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Set on floors 35 to 54 of the north tower of the Time Warner Center, with spectacular views of Central Park below, this is the ultimate in modern New York luxury. Décor-wise, Asian accents merge with retro elements. City View rooms looking out on the Manhattan skyline from the 38th and 39th floors come with Asian cherry wood furnishings, marble bathrooms, Fili D’Oro linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. Still, we prefer the Central Park View rooms done in subtle beige and cream tones, Asian art on the walls, and views of the sunrise over the park from the king-sized bed when you wake up.

Lowell Hotel, New York

The Lowell

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £543per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Tucked away on a leafy street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, between Park and Madison Avenues, The Lowell is a peaceful oasis just one block from the edge of Central Park, close to both the Zoo and The Pond. From the marble-floored foyer, with its smart, navy-clad staff and abundance of fresh flowers, to the lounge-style Club Room, filled with art, sculptures and books, there’s a restrained, old-world glamour to The Lowell, more reminiscent of Paris than New York. The genteel Pembroke Room, with its white tablecloths and flickering lamps, serves an afternoon tea that has become a New York institution.

The Pierre

The Pierre

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £273per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Built in 1930, this beloved 41-storey Art Deco hotel overlooking Central Park (at Fifth and 61st) is the ultimate in understated luxury. It was the first hotel to offer radios and televisions in its guest rooms, in 1950. Elegant interiors reflect a sense of quiet luxury, paying homage to the vibrant history of the hotel. The marble-floor, checkerboard lobby is redolent of old-world grace, while the sumptuous gold, black-and-olive-green tones and textures of designer Alexandra Champalimaud’s Two E Bar and Lounge off the lobby are sleek and modish without being trendy. Those vintage wood-panelled lifts with white-gloved operators complete the timeless picture.

JW Marriott Essex Hotel

JW Marriott Essex House New York

New York, United States

7Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £197per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

This Art Deco icon, its name sentinel on the rooftop, dominates Central Park South. Dating back to 1931, its architectural stylings — ornate gilded doors, rich wood panelling, that vintage rooftop sign — recall the glorious era, while all the modern interiors and cutting-edge technology associated with Marriott (who assumed management in 2012) bring it up to date. What it may lack in the glitz and glamour of other nearby addresses, it makes up for in excellent service and spectacular views. The dramatic setting is matched by a beautifully understated lobby of marble floors and dark wood panelling inlaid with photographs of Central Park scenes that add colour.

Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park hotel

The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £484per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Set over 33 floors of an historic 19th-century building, it’s like stepping back in time at this elegant 259-room oasis: the horse carriages, doormen and the pink marble-lined lobby with antique furnishings is fit for royalty. On the south side of Central Park — the quiet end of Midtown — Manhattan’s great green garden is pretty much your front lawn. Horse carriages out front can take you through the Park, but you’re also only a walk away from Fifth Avenue department stores, Carnegie Hall, Time Warner Center and all of Broadway. I loved the new in-room signature scent, Central Park, created exclusively for the hotel by L'arganique Beauté.

The Plaza hotel, New York

The Plaza

New York, United States

7Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £412per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Imperiously situated on Grand Army Plaza at the south-east corner of Central Park and Fifth Avenue, this is prime Manhattan real estate. You not only have the park as your playground but you’re a walk away from all the Midtown action, as well as Museum Mile and Madison Avenue boutiques. There are no less than 282 rooms in 14 styles ranging from Signatures and Deluxes to sprawling Legacy Suites named for New Yorkers such as Vanderbilt and Carnegie. The suites (102 of them) are vast as Upper East Side townhouses, with separate living areas and even butler’s pantries. Opt for a Central Park view.

The sherry Netherland hotel NY

The Sherry-Netherland

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £284per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

On the corner of Fifth and 59th at the entrance to Central Park, and steps away from both Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue shopping, the location simply can’t be beaten. The Sherry-Netherland was built in 1927 as the tallest residential hotel in New York, but in 1954 it became a cooperative building. Which means all the hotel rooms and suites are individually owned, some by famous influencers — the better for snooping through the medicine cabinets — and decorated to the owner’s personal style, giving the whole place a lived-in, homely feel. The lobby is the real dazzler, with properly dressed doormen and a frescoed ceiling that is straight out of a Henry James novel. 

The Mark, New York, USA

The Mark

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £443per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

On a tree-lined block at Madison and 77th, one block from Central Park and within Museum Mile. You can enjoy the ultimate picnic in the park with a ‘lunch-to-go’ created by celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichte, who heads up the French-American Mark Restaurant & Bar, a happening spot drawing tycoons, Park Avenue heiresses and staff from nearby galleries and auction houses. French designer Jacques Grange’s bold geometric shapes and splashy interiors helped reinvent this once-stuffy classic. From the marble-floored lobby with its narrow black and white floor stripes, to the curvy pink-lit bar, it’s like stepping into a Tim Burton film.

The Surrey hotel, New York

The Surrey

New York, United States

8Telegraph expert rating

Read expert review From £333per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

From the mesmerising Chuck Close tapestry of Kate Moss in the lobby, to prize pieces by Richard Serra and William Kentridge near the Coco Chanel-inspired Bar Pleiades, The Surrey has the exquisite feel of a billionaire’s townhouse – but with room service. Handily located at Madison and 76th, rooms range from classic 'salons' with fireplaces and private terraces, to suites with separate living areas. Ground-floor Cafe Boulud is a spot for Manhattan’s rich and famous. At Madison and 76th, the elegant heart of the Upper East Side, a block from Central Park and a short walk from the Met, the Guggenheim and other galleries.