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

By , 5th September 2018

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 NewYork.co.uk to gives us his expert selection of the hotels with the best rooftop bars in New York. Cheers to that!

Laid-back casual hotels in NYC with relaxing roof-top bars

Looking for a rooftop bar with a laid back vibe and a non-pretentious feel? Then head to one of these stylish, yet casual haunts, where dress codes are less ‘dressy’, drinks less fussy but the vibe is no-less cool.

A laid-back rooftop bar in Midtown Manhattan

[stars number="3"] Pod 39 | Midtown

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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 traveler.

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.

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

[stars number=""] Arlo Nomad | Manhattan

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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.

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An NYC hotel with a rooftop bar with cool room designs

[stars number="3"] Yotel Hotel | Midtown

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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.

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The height of sophistication | Classy hotels with rooftop bars in New York

If you are looking for a classy hotel with a chic rooftop bar, New York does not disappoint. Curated cocktail menus, strict chic dress codes and plenty of popping champagne corks, head to one of these places to experience a new level of rooftop bar.

A 5-star hotel in New York with a rooftop bar

[stars number="5"] Peninsula | Midtown

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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.

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A boutique hotel by the Hudson with a rooftop bar

[stars number="4"] Hudson Hotel | Midtown

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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.

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An NYC rooftop bar with view over Central Park

[stars number="5"] Viceroy Central Park | Midtown

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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.

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Take ‘Trendy’ to new levels | Hip hotels with rooftop bars in New York

Hang out with New York’s fashionistas and cool hipsters at these hot spots, you never know who you might bump into!

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

[stars number="5"] Conrad | Downtown Manhattan

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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!

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

[stars number="4"] Hotel Indigo | Lower East Side

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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.

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A lively rooftop bar in New York’s Garment District

[stars number="5"] Refinery Hotel | Midtown

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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.

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Vertiginous views | Hotels rooftop bars with the best views in New York

Of course, rooftops in New York are all sure to offer a great view of the surrounding area and beyond. However, if you are looking for a view that blows you away, these are the hotel rooftops you need to visit.

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

[stars number="5"] The James Hotel | Soho

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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.

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A luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan with a rooftop bar

[stars number="5"] Knickerbocker | Midtown

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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 rumored 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.

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A rooftop bar in Brooklyn in an old factory building

The Wythe Hotel | Brooklyn

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Over the East River on the Williamsburg waterfront is The Wyth hotel, located in an 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.

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