Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary stay in New York City? Then don’t miss these seven quirky hotels in the Big Apple.
Bibliophiles will swoon over the decor at The Library Hotel, where every floor is an homage to a Dewey Decimal System category (including Languages, History and, of course, Literature). Each room in the hotel is themed after its floor category, with no two rooms sharing the exact same books. And yes, you’ll find plenty of books, bookcases and bookshelves throughout the hotel, from the lobby to your private room. In the evenings, you can retreat to The Reading Room to enjoy one of the hundreds of books available paired with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese and crudités.
Once the refuge for survivors of the Titanic, The Jane now bucks any notion of being easily defined. This boutique hotel offers all sorts of quirks that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, including bellhops and maids in full costume and a penchant for stuffed monkeys in hats. Originally designed for sailors, the rooms at The Jane are cozy cabins reminiscent of train car cabins.
They say Gotham City is really NYC after dark, and Night Hotel embraces the city’s after-hours reputation with a sleek black and white motif, minimalist modern decor and elegant ambiance. It’s a boutique hotel fit for Batman himself.
Hip, funky and a little bit retro, the Pod Hotel is your best bet for a cool and quirky stay in New York City. Mid-century murals and decor set the tone for this minimalist boutique hotel, where you can rest your head on a bunk bed with a private TV. With shared bathrooms and cozy rooms, pods are almost like a hostel – but better.
A longtime haven for independent spirits and music lovers, The Ace Hotel is known for its unique vibe that attracts creative types. Rooms come with music-friendly perks like record players, a range of LPs and even a guitar.
You’ll notice this quirky hotel long before you step into the lobby. The Gershwin’s exterior is an art installation in itself, a deep red building with large white lights that look like they’re floating up toward the sky. Inside, mid-century pop art and early 20th-century decor set the theme for this boutique hotel.
Yotel’s futuristic purple lighting and modern theme make you question whether you’re walking into a hotel or a spaceship. The high-tech hotel offers self-service check-in kiosks, cabins in lieu of rooms and a luggage-storing robot named Yobot.
(Main image: Yotel)