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Hotels in New York City with the best rooftop bars for drinking in the sunset

One of the first things that come to mind when thinking of New York has to be the incredible views.

Views from the observation decks at the Empire State Building, or the One World Observatory. Views of the skyline from a boat on the Hudson, or from the Brooklyn Bridge. But what could be better than enjoying breathtaking scenery from one of the best rooftop bars in trendy Manhattan, cocktail in hand.

There are so many hotels in New York that have rooftop bars, offering some of the best views, cocktails, and atmospheres in the city. We are very happy to welcome back Eric from to gives us his expert selection of the hotels with the best rooftop bars in New York. Cheers to that!

A laid-back rooftop bar in Midtown Manhattan


Located on East 39th Street in the Murray Hill Neighbourhood of Midtown Manhattan, steps from Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, Pod 39 hotel offers affordable and uber-modern guest accommodations for the tech-savvy traveller.

Bright interiors and clean, well thought out bedrooms with climate control, rain showers, bunk beds and atmospheric lighting. The hotel has every convenience, including an extremely pretty rooftop bar. With red-brick archways offering great views over Midtown, brightly furnished seating areas and cocktails and light bites by Salvation Taco on the menu. This bar, just like the hotel, has a casual-cool vibe for a young, fresh crowd.

Pod 39

Top rated
New York
8.5 Excellent (3273 reviews)

A hotel with a rooftop bar in NYC close to the Empire State building


Arlo Hotels focus on providing a comfortable home away from home for the stylish world traveller. Their Nomad hotel, located, as the name suggests, North of Madison Square Park. Within walking distance of the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building and popular Madison Square Park with its friendly squirrels and best burgers at the alfresco Shake Shack.

The hotel offers modern design, micro-guestrooms, multiple communal spaces, an Italian restaurant and The Heights, their cozy rooftop bar. With a New York-themed cocktail menu (try a Washington Heights), views of Uptown and Downtown Manhattan and a glass-bottomed floor area, you are sure to see New York from every angle.

Arlo NoMad

New York
8.3 Very good (3053 reviews)

An NYC hotel with a rooftop bar with cool room designs


Nestled between Times Square and the Hudson River, Yotel Hotel is a modern affordable hotel in a central Midtown Location. Guest room design was inspired by first class aircraft cabins, they are comfortable, adaptable and smart.

The hotel boasts a sense of community, with plenty of shared space for their guests, including work areas, a fusion restaurant serving sharing plates and one of the biggest rooftop bars in New York, The Terrace. Open all day and serving breakfast lunch and dinner, it is a great place to get sociable in the city.

Yotel New York Times Square

New York
7.4(6582 reviews)

A five-star hotel in New York with a rooftop bar


With it’s fantastic location, amongst some of New York’s most famous addresses, steps from MoMA and Henri Bendel, Peninsula Hotel takes pride of place on Fifth Avenue. Offering luxurious hospitality since 1988, this hotel oozes classic New York chic. Elegant guest rooms, sumptuous spa and impeccable service for your stay in New York.

Salon de Ning is the opulent rooftop bar at the Peninsula hotel, popular with locals and guests, alike. Great views of Midtown Manhattan and Fifth Avenue, an extensive cocktail list and top notch service, all tied together by the intimate Asian-themed decor.

The Peninsula New York

Top rated
New York
9.4 Excellent (2177 reviews)

A boutique hotel by the Hudson with a rooftop bar

The boutique Hudson Hotel is modern, individual and takes pride in it’s attention to detail, both in it’s unique decor and up to date technology. Located in Midtown, close to Columbus Circle and within walking distance of Central Park and Lincoln Center. A unique and rather special feature of this hotel is it’s own private park in the lobby.

The Hudson hotel also has rooftop bar, The Sky Terrace, which wraps around the entire hotel. Located on the 15th floor of and offering a speciality sangria selection, lounge atmosphere with lots of private seating and views of the Hudson River, it’s a real retreat from the city below.

Hotel Hudson New York

New York
6.5(9367 reviews)

An NYC rooftop bar with view over Central Park

Get the best of both worlds at the Viceroy Central Park, right in the middle of

Midtown, between the bright lights of Times Square and the calm open spaces of Central Park. This luxury boutique hotel offers 29 floors of decadent guest accommodations, some with views of Central Park.

The crowning glory of the Viceroy is rooftop bar The Roof, with an awesome view of Central Park. A beautifully decorated interior and exterior area, in the theme of luxury aviation and an extensive drinks menu offering both classic and curated cocktails.

Le Meridien New York, Central Park

New York
7.9 Good (2187 reviews)

A New York hotel with a rooftop bar and over 2000 artworks

The Conrad New York, located in Downtown Manhattan, overlooking Battery Park and steps from the One World Observatory and 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The Conrad offers spacious, modern, all-suite accommodations, 2,000 artworks on display throughout the hotel, a Mediterranean restaurant and a fully equipped fitness centre.

Loopy Doopy is the Conrad’s rooftop bar, with views of both the New Jersey skyline and the Hudson River. The seasonal bar offers a fun and creative cocktail list, including their signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail which is just crying out to be instagrammed!

Conrad New York Downtown

Top rated
New York
9.5 Excellent (6660 reviews)

A New York hotel with a rooftop bar on the 15th floor


Becoming a more and more popular neighbourhood for hip New Yorkers, the Lower East Side is proud home to Hotel Indigo. Drawing from the cool external surroundings, the hotel brings the graffiti and art of the Lower East Side in to the lobby and guest rooms. Modern colours, great service and a cool vibe make this LES hotel, the place to stay.

Hotel Indigo is home to rooftop bar and pool on the 15th floor. Mr Purple offers a vibrant atmosphere, great views, an extensive bar menu and one of the nicest rooftop pools in Manhattan.

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York - an IHG hotel

Top rated
New York
9.5 Excellent (1086 reviews)

A lively rooftop bar in New York’s Garment District

In the middle of New York’s Garment district the Refinery Hotel pays homage to its rich history from 1914 when it became a popular tea room and atelier for hat makers and sellers of furs. This history is reflected in it’s 1920’s decor with an industrial twist. Guest rooms are spacious, luxurious and well appointed. Enjoy live Jazz in the lobby bar and food in the impressive restaurant.

Refinery Rooftop is the hotel’s lively bar on the roof, offering great cocktails, a fun atmosphere and views of the surrounding area. This fashionable Midtown rooftop bar is a year round venue, thanks to it’s retractable glass ceiling.

Refinery Hotel

Top rated
New York
9.0 Excellent (3318 reviews)

A New York hotel in SoHo with a 360 degree view rooftop bar


Modern in its aesthetic and amenities, the James hotel in SoHo is a design hotel in the heart of one of the city’s most trendy Neighbourhoods. Boutique shopping, art galleries, great restaurants and unique bars draw the crowds to this area and the James Hotel only adds to the attraction, showcasing artists from all over the world.

Rooftop bar, Jimmy is the icing on the cake, with 360-degree views over Manhattan, you can see One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building and even the New Jersey skyline from Jimmy.

The James New York-SoHo

Top rated
New York
8.9 Excellent (2291 reviews)

A luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan with a rooftop bar


Located in Times Square, the Knickerbocker luxury hotel is iconic in New York. Walking in from the noise and bustle of Times Square, you are calmed by the peaceful and neutral interior styling.

It is rumoured that the Manhattan cocktail was invented at the Knick! So, it’s no surprise that the hotel’s rooftop bar, St Cloud is a must-visit location with stylish indoor and outdoor seating and views over New York’s iconic Times Square, right amongst the city’s many skyscrapers.

The Knickerbocker Hotel

Top rated
New York
8.9 Excellent (3330 reviews)

A rooftop bar in Brooklyn in an old factory building


Over the East River on the Williamsburg waterfront is The Wythe hotel, located in a 117-year-old factory building that has been restored and transformed into a modern, industrial-style hotel with skyline views from many guest rooms.

Head to The Ides rooftop bar at sunset for breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and watch the sun go down with a signature cocktail in hand. The bar also serves a small bites menu.

Hotel Wythe

8.7 Excellent (73 reviews)