List of the best 5-Star Hotels in New York City

Nyongesa Sande
4 min readOct 31, 2022

In this article we look at a List of Best 5-Star Hotels in New York City. Hotel ratings are often used to classify hotels according to their quality. From the initial purpose of informing travellers on basic facilities that can be expected, the objectives of hotel rating have expanded into a focus on the hotel experience as a whole. Today the terms ‘grading’, ‘rating’, and ‘classification’ are used to generally refer to the same concept, that is to categorize hotels.

There are a wide variety of rating schemes used by different organizations around the world. Many have a system involving stars, with a greater number of stars indicating greater luxury. Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, launched its star rating system in 1958. The AAA and their affiliated bodies use diamonds instead of stars to express hotel and restaurant ratings levels.

Food services, entertainment, view, room variations such as size and additional amenities, spas and fitness centers, ease of access and location may be considered in establishing a standard. Hotels are independently assessed in traditional systems and rest heavily on the facilities provided. Some consider this disadvantageous to smaller hotels whose quality of accommodation could fall into one class but the lack of an item such as an elevator would prevent it from reaching a higher categorization.

The more common classification systems include “monkey” rating, letter grading, from “A” to “F”, such as hotels and motels. Systems using terms such as Deluxe/Luxury, First Class/Superior, Tourist Class/Standard, and Budget Class/Economy are more widely accepted as hotel types, rather than hotel standard.

Some countries have rating by a single public standard; Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Hungary all have laws defining the hotel rating. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the rating is defined by the respective hotel industry association using a five-star system.

The classifications are:

Tourist (★) | Standard (★★) | Comfort (★★★) | First Class (★★★★) | Luxury (★★★★★)

The “Superior” mark is to flag extras beyond the minimum defined in the standard, but not enough to move the hotel up to the next tier ranking.

The Swiss hotel rating was the first non-government formal hotel classification beginning in 1979. It influenced the hotel classification in Austria and Germany. The formal hotel classification of the DEHOGA (German Hotel and Restaurant Association) started on 1 August 1996 and proved successful with 80% of guests citing the hotel stars as the main criteria in hotel selection. This implementation influenced the creation of a common European Hotelstars rating system that started in 2010 (see below).

In France, the rating is defined by the public tourist board (Atout France) using a four-star system (plus “L” for Luxus), which has changed to a five-star system from 2009 on. In South Africa, the Tourist Grading Council of South Africa has strict rules for a hotel types granting up to 5 stars. In India, the classification of hotels is based on two categories such as “Star” and “Heritage”. Hotels in India are classified by Hotel and Restaurant Association Classification Committee (HRACC), Ministry of Tourism, India. In New Zealand, hotels and other tourism services are graded by Qualmark, which is owned by Tourism New Zealand, a government organisation.

Here is a List of Best 5-Star Hotels in New York City

The Draper, Ascend Hotel Collection

Address: 4–6 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018, United States

Phone: +1 212–645–0080

The Knickerbocker

Address: 6 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036, United States

Phone: +1 212–204–4980

Conrad New York Downtown

Address: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282, United States

Phone: +1 212–945–0100

The Dominick Hotel

Address: 246 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, United States

Phone: +1 212–842–5500

Equinox Hotel New York

Address: 33 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001, United States

Phone: +1 212–812–9200

Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace Hotel is a luxury hotel in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, at the corner of 50th Street and Madison Avenue. It was originally developed between 1977 and 1980 by Harry Helmsley.

A 2-min walk from the St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Address: 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States

Phone: +1 212–888–7000

Pendry Manhattan West

Address: 438 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001, United States

Phone: +1 212–933–7000

The Plaza New York

Address: 5th Avenue at, Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, United States

Phone: +1 212–759–3000

Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

A 4-min walk from the Top of The Rock

Address: 28 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States

Phone: +1 212–790–8800

The Langham New York Fifth Avenue

A 3-min walk from the Morgan Library & Museum

Address: 400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States

Phone: +1 212–695–4005

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

A 2-min walk from the St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Address: 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States

Phone: +1 212–888–7000

Trump International Hotel and Tower New York

A 3-min walk from the Museum of Arts and Design

Address: 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023, United States

Phone: +1 212–299–1000

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