When visiting New York, it’s almost imperative that you see some of the iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. However, these sought-after spots often draw big crowds and long lines, making it difficult to enjoy the views—so why not take in the scenery from the comfort of your bed? Luckily, Manhattan has a handful of hotel rooms that provide unspoiled views of some of the city’s most popular sights.
The Freedom Tower and the Oculus are two of the newer NYC attractions drawing tourists from around the world. There’s nothing quite like looking up at the sky-high architectural masterpieces—except if you can view them while hanging out in a robe. Several of the rooms from the EWOW Suites to the Spectacular Rooms all boast views of the World Trade Center and memorial pools. Some other options, like the Ultra Cool Corner Rooms, also have prime views of the Empire State Building. 8 Albany St., 646-826-8600
Lady Liberty is a must-see, but do you really want to get on that busy boat? If not, book one of the Hudson River View Suites at the Conrad New York and bask in the astounding views of the New York Harbor and the Statute of Liberty. Lounge in your living room or bedroom with a cocktail in hand and watch the sun set over one of the most famous monuments in the world. 102 North End Ave., 212-956-0100
There’s no better place to feel like you can reach out and touch the Empire State Building than at the Arlo Nomad. The hotel’s cleverly designed spaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow guests to feel like they’re floating right alongside the landmark. If you’re seeking fresh air, you can even head up to the rooftop and sip on a cocktail with the Midtown masterpiece as your backdrop. 11 E. 31st St., 212-806-7000
The Plaza Hotel itself is a National Historic Landmark (the only hotel in NYC that holds this distinction), but when you stay in one of the suites, you get the added bonus of sweeping views of Central Park. So, after you enjoy a proper afternoon of tea at The Palm Court and some wandering around Fifth Avenue, you can also check off seeing the park—from the comfort of your bed. 768 Fifth Ave., 212-759-3000
Seeing the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you can still get one of the coolest views of the famous crystal ball all year round from some of the rooms at The Knickerbocker. While they’re known for having an insane rooftop New Year’s Eve party with a bird’s eye perspective of the countdown, their “Partial Ball Drop” rooms feature a little window perch where guests can sit and see some of the iconic ball. 6 Times Sq., 855-865-6425