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Upper East Side and Midtown East Hotels: Our Guide on Where to Stay

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 7 2024

If you are looking to stay in New York City and seeking a neighborhood close to all the action but still with its own personality, then Upper East Side and Midtown East are ideal. With sites including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue, Times Square, and the Theater District all close by, you are not short on options of what to see and where to stay.

Choose to stay in Upper East Side and the beauty of Central Park offers a peaceful escape, or opt for Midtown East, and the iconic skyscrapers including United Nations headquarters, dwarf you as you explore the city. Both neighborhoods are ideal bases for memorable NYC visits.

Read on for our favorite hotels in each category below, or click the links to skip to the hotel type you're looking for:

Where should I stay in Upper East Side?

Our favorite hotels in Upper East Side and nearby Midtown East are all shown on the map below.

Click the icons to see each hotel's name, its category, and a quick link that takes you straight to more information further down the page.

Our favorite luxury hotels in Upper East Side

Staying in the Upper East Side of New York City places you amongst historic brownstone-lined streets, world-class museums and a refined dining scene, so why not choose a hotel that adds an additional touch of luxury during your visit.

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A stay in Upper East Side delivers impressive and historic buildings, close to many popular NYC attractions.
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Upper East Side and Midtown East are exciting neighborhoods close to all the action, ideal for those looking for a more relaxed and sophisticated vibe during their stay in NYC. Here are some of our favorite exclusive hotels to choose from to make this trip extra special.

1. Loews Regency New York Hotel

'The Central One'

📍 540 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10065

Sit back and relax at luxurious Loews Regency New York Hotel, where you can expect world-class personalised service in opulent surroundings.

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There is so much to explore in Central Park, with pretty walks along Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.
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Why we love staying at Loews Regency New York Hotel

Book a visit to Loews Regency New York Hotel and you'll be checking in to New York's prestigious Park Avenue, just a few steps away from Central Park and ideal for a private and exclusive stay. Here is what else you can find.

  • Popular The Regency Bar & Grill serves up fine dining in an opulent setting.
  • Complimentary coffee service to-go each morning at The Regency Bar.
  • Concierge desk provides a curated experience filled with recommendations to see the city's best attractions.
  • Room service available 24/7 where you can enjoy a meal or snack in the comfort of your hotel room.

What is there to do close to Loews Regency New York Hotel?

Loews Regency New York Hotel is located in one of the best locations in New York City, with the opportunity to make the most of those floor-to-ceiling windows with a glorious city view. Keep reading to see what is close by.

  1. Central Park - A peaceful urban oasis for leisurely strolls, picnics, and outdoor activities within easy reach of the Upper East Side.
  2. The New York Zoo - Also known as Central Park Zoo, a great experience for animal lovers of all ages, just a short stroll away.
  3. Park Avenue and 5th Avenue - Exclusive access to upscale shopping, dining, and cultural experiences right on the doorstep.
  4. Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa - Make sure to book an appointment at Loews Regency's on-site spa, for one (or some!) of the 100+ services on offer including massages and nail services.

Click here for more information about Loews Regency New York Hotel

2. The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York

'The Classic One'

📍 Two East 61st Street at 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10065

Mingle with the stars at prestigious The Pierre, set in a stunning building, with high quality service, exquisite décor, and fine dining to match.

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Fell like a celebrity with a stay at The Pierre, one of the most luxurious hotels in central New York.
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Why we love staying at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York

Open since 1930, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, has seen many famous faces through the doors, and delivers style and service excellence. A visit here is bursting with high-calibre, and here are some reasons why.​

  • The iconic neo-Georgian design, modelled on the city of Versailles, makes for a 'wow' moment on arrival.
  • The hotel prides itself on offering white glove luxury to its guests.
  • Perrine, Two E Bar and Lounge, The Rotunda are on-site, delivering gourmet options whatever your dining needs.
  • Use the evening turndown service, then settle in with a complimentary book, and room service at your fingertips.

What is there to do close to The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York?

Set in a fantastic location, you are just minutes away from historic sites, shopping hotspots, lively theaters and vast Central Park. You don't need to step very far from The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, to top entertainment, so keep reading to see what you can enjoy.

  1. Rockefeller Center - A 20-minute walk, this dazzling entertainment hub includes iconic attractions, such as Radio City Music Hall.
  2. 5th Avenue - The Pierre is on the corner of 5th Avenue, so enjoy immediate access to one of the world's most famous shopping streets​.
  3. Madison Avenue - Renowned for its high-end boutiques, Madison Avenue is close by for luxury shopping and New York City's charm.
  4. The Pierre Live Jazz - With performances in one of its restaurants every Thursday through Saturday, this is the perfect evening entertainment once you head back to the hotel.

Click here for more information about The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York

Our favorite Boutique Hotels in Upper East Side

Staying at a boutique hotel in the Upper East Side of NYC, an area that exudes exclusivity, offers a unique, locally-inspired visit. There are lots of interesting places to stay around here and in Midtown East, that have plenty of personality as well as great quality and service.

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Head to sprawling Central Park close by, for peaceful downtime away from the bustling city streets.
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The Upper East Side's boutique hotels are typically nestled amidst quiet, tree-lined streets, but remain close to main attractions and cultural destinations like museums and galleries. Here are some of our favorite boutique hotels to check out.

1. Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

'The Country One'

📍 60 East 54th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10022

As you step off the streets of Manhattan you'll feel like you are arriving in the countryside, for a stay packed with charm and plenty to keep you entertained.

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Visit in winter and a ice-skating visit to the Rockefeller Center is a must.
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Why we love staying at Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

This delightful hotel offers a stay reminiscent of a countryside inn, with access to a clubroom for relaxation and complimentary goodies. You have everything you need provided for a great stay here, and keep reading to see what else you can expect.

  • The epitome of a boutique hotel experience, with its plush, luxury country-style decor and setting.
  • A $25 per day resort fee covers delicious complimentary breakfast, daily snacks and refreshments.
  • Enjoy perks all day in the Club Room, such as library of books, newspapers and magazines.
  • Relax in the evening with a movie to enjoy from the DVD library.

What is there to do close to Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection?

The perfect Midtown East location adds to appeal of Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection. Here is what you can expect to find on the doorstep.

  1. Rockefeller Center - A short walk to this entertainment and shopping hub, with sites including Radio City Music Hall.
  2. Museum of Modern Art - A stone's throw from the hotel, found here is a diverse collection of contemporary art within a 5-minute walk.
  3. Grand Central Station - An architectural and historical landmark, from where you can explore the city or travel further afield.
  4. The Monkey Bar - For an evening of upscale dining and a vibrant bar scene, The Monkey Bar at Hotel Elysee is renowned.

Click here for more information about Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

2. The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York

'The Tranquil One'

📍 215 E. 64th Street, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10065

Recently renovated, with great outdoor spaces, everything is at your fingertips when you stay at The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most prestigious art museums in the world.
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Why we love staying at The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York

A stay at The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York ensures a local living experience on a tranquil tree-lined street in the Upper East Side. The hotel's recent renovation includes impressive outdoor spaces and artistic mural backdrop. Here are some other great reasons to stay.

  • Apartment-style accommodation, with all the amenities you could need during your stay.
  • Incredible outdoor spaces, including newly designed mural “The Garden” backdrops the Patio Suites.
  • State-of-art fitness center on-site if you are looking to stay on the move.
  • Valet, on-site, parking, so super convenient during your stay.

What is there to do close to The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York?

The location of The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York has the convenience of being close to world-class shopping, diverse dining options, renowned museums, and Central Park. Here are some of the local highlights.

  1. The Museum of Modern Art - Within walking distance, this is a premier destination for enthusiasts of contemporary art​.
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A vast collection spanning 5,000 years of world culture, easily accessible from the hotel.
  3. Times Square - Bright lights and the buzz of the city await at Times Square, an iconic area to visit during a NYC stay.
  4. The Frick Collection - For a taste of Old Master paintings and European fine arts make a visit to Upper East Side's Museum Mile.

Click here for more information about The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York

Our favourite Budget Hotels in Upper East Side

Staying in Upper East Side or Midtown East, sets you close to plenty of top attractions in NYC, just a short walk away. To make the most of these incredible sites just on the doorstep, then stretch your budget further that doesn't compromise on quality.

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The historic and picturesque townhouses add a local feel to any stay in Upper East Side.
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There are lots of budget hotel options in Upper East Side and Midtown East when you visit New York. If you are considering how to maximise your budget during your stay, then keep reading our top hotel choices.

1. voco The Franklin New York, an IHG Hotel

'The Charming One'

📍 164 East 87 Street, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10128

Bursting with history and personality, a stay at voco The Franklin New York balances a touch of glamour with great services.

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When staying in Upper East Side you are just steps away from impressive Guggenheim Museum.
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Why we love staying at voco The Franklin New York, an IHG Hotel

Housed in a 19th-century brownstone, you get a balance of historic charm and modern glamour when you stay at voco The Franklin New York, an IHG Hotel. The bright red neon lights welcome you, here is what else will greet you.

  • A charming and memorable building, offering comfortable, budget accommodation.
  • Stop by the coffee bar in the lobby to start your day.
  • The hotel offers a secure, 24-hour parking garage right by the entrance.
  • Need to work? Then there is a co-working space next door offering a quaint courtyard for meetings.

What is there to do close to voco The Franklin New York, an IHG Hotel?

The hotel's prime location in the cultural heart of the city puts guests steps away from the Museum Mile and the iconic Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Here is what you can expect to see just a short stroll away.

  1. Guggenheim Museum - The iconic Guggenheim Museum, known for its spiral architecture and modern art collections, is close by.
  2. Central Park - An oasis of greenery and recreation in the midst of the city's hustle.
  3. Smithsonian Design Museum - Also known as Cooper Hewitt, it showcases historical and contemporary design.
  4. Madison Avenue - Renowned for its high-end boutiques, Madison Avenue is close by for luxury shopping.

Click here for more information about voco The Franklin New York, an IHG Hotel

2. Omni Berkshire Place

'The Stylish One'

📍 21 East 52nd Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10022

You can expect a stay packed with swagger and style when you stay at Omni Berkshire Place, with luxury rooms and city views.

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Breath taking views across the Manhattan skyline can be enjoyed from Top of the Rocks.
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Why we love staying at Omni Berkshire Place

Staying at Omni Berkshire Place offers a modern and stylish visit, with luxury guestrooms in the heart of Upper East Side. Here is what else you can enjoy that won't break your budget.

  • Fabulous central location in a stylish, grand building inside and out.
  • Makes you feel immersed in a New York culture, with its Upper East Side town house design.
  • Renowned as providing spacious accommodation.
  • Some guest rooms have an outdoor terrace, including the Rodgers & Hammerstein suite, named after Broadway legends.

What else is there close to Omni Berkshire Place?

Found in a great area of Midtown East there is plenty on the doorstep of Omni Berkshire Place to enjoy. Here are some of our top places you can walk to during your stay.

  1. Museum of Modern Art - Showcases a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, just one block from Omni Berkshire Place.
  2. Central Park - New York City's renowned urban park, providing an escape to nature amid the cityscape​​
  3. Top of the Rock - This observation deck offers panoramic views of the city, located at the famous Rockefeller Center.
  4. Berks Bar - Make sure to book a reservation for evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at this lively bar.

Click here for more information about Omni Berkshire Place

Our favourite Family Friendly Hotels in Upper East Side

If you are looking to visit New York City with the family then Upper East Side and Midtown East are great options for an overnight stay, with spacious rooms, family-friendly facilities, and great locations close to all the action and not too far for little legs to walk.

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There are plenty of great family-friendly attractions close to Upper East Side.
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Choosing a family-friendly hotel in Upper East Side and surrounding neighborhood makes real sense if you are looking for somewhere in a top location with plenty going on, and here are some of our top picks below!

1. Concorde Hotel New York

'The Great-View One'

📍 127 East 55th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10022

Rising above the streets of Midtown East, the Concorde Hotel New York delivers great views of the city's skyscrapers, and is close to all the action.

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St Patrick's Cathedral is a must-visit, with this gothic masterpiece nestled within the skyscrapers.
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Why we love staying at Concorde Hotel New York

Its slim and slender design really makes the Concorde Hotel New York stand out, and there's views galore to be had of this amazing city. Here is what else you can expect to find during your stay.

  • Great views from the rooms, including a view of the Chrysler Building, Central Synagogue, Queeensboro Bridge, and East River.
  • How about using the hotels bicycle rental service to check out even more local attractions?
  • Thirsty? Then make sure to take advantage of the 24/7 coffee station for your caffeine fix!

What is there to do close to Concorde Hotel New York?

Set in a fantastic location, within walking distance to restaurants, Central Park, Times Square and most tourist destinations, what isn't to love about Concorde Hotel New York. Here is what else you can find.

  • Christie's Sculpture Garden - Offers an array of sculptural art in an urban setting​.
  • Museum of Modern Art - Just a block away from the Museum of Modern Art, one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art.
  • St Patrick's Cathedral - This historical landmark, showcasing Gothic Revival architecture, is a cultural and architectural point of interest​.
  • 53rd Street Metro and 51st Street Metro - Less than 300 yards from the hotel, it makes it super easy to get about in the wider city.

Click here for more information about Concorde Hotel New York

2. San Carlos Hotel New York

'The Convenient One'

📍 150 East 50th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10022

Close to all the top attractions, a stay at San Carlos Hotel New York provides apartment-style accommodation, ideal for travelling with the whole family.

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Stay in Midtown East and the distinctive Chrysler Building is just a short walk away.
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Why we love staying at San Carlos Hotel New York

The San Carlos Hotel has apartment-style living which is ideal for all the family when visiting New York City. Here are some of the reasons why a stay here works well for you and your little ones.

  • Spacious and family friendly, apartment style rooms in the heart of Midtown East.
  • Splash out on a unique penthouse suite is available with a garden terrace, to take in the sights of the city.
  • If you don't fancy cooking, then head to the on-site Spice Symphonie restaurant for an evening meal.

What is there to do close to San Carlos Hotel New York?

The location of San Carlos Hotel New York is in the heart of Midtown East and super close to may of the iconic New York City sights you expect to see during this bucket-list trip. Here are some of the highlights just a short walk away

  1. Empire State Building - An iconic New York City landmark known for its panoramic city views.
  2. Chrysler Building - An Art Deco masterpiece and iconic part of the New York City skyline, known for its distinctive style.
  3. Museum of Modern Art - A world-leading museum located in Midtown Manhattan, showcasing a vast collection of modern and contemporary art.

Click here for more information about San Carlos Hotel New York