Five of the Best New York Fashion Week Hotels

From on-the-doorstep post-show crashpads to the coolest cross-town after-parties, we’ve picked out five of the hottest New York Fashion Week hotels...


The Mandarin Oriental

Columbus Circle and the Upper West Side are not, in truth, a hotel hotspot. Aside from The Empire and The Hudson, though, the area is home to the undisputed queen of New York Fashion Week hotels, the Mandarin Oriental New York. It may be just a little on the large, new and glossy side to be a part of the ELLE escapes collection, but it’d have been a bit obtuse of us to leave it out. After all, it’s got the location (a very heels-friendly stroll away from the Lincoln Center), the full range of bordering-on-the-decadent luxury facilities, the after-party primed Mandarin Ballroom, a special Moët Champagne Slumber Party package (including a Saks Fifth Avenue personal shopper and a mani/pedi in the spa) and pedicabs to ferry people back and forth from the tents.


Find out more about what the Mandarin Oriental New York have on for fashion week

The Bowery

Why The Bowery? Two words: Alexa Chung. It’s said to be her favourite place to stay in New York (as well as being the ELLE team's New York Fashion Week basecamp), and back in February she took over the hotel for Madewell. Lightning may not strike twice, but you wouldn’t bet against her showing up at some point during the week. Alexa or no Alexa, though, if restaurant Gemma is a place to be seen during New York Fashion Week, then the inner-sanctum of the (guests only) lobby is almost certainly set to be one of the places to be seen again this year, while ultra-hip café/media hangout The Smile is also just around the corner.


Read ELLEuk’s full review of The Bowery

Crosby Street Hotel

Way down in SoHo, Crosby Street Hotel isn’t what you’d call an ideally located hotel for New York Fashion Week. But if it’s good enough for star stylist Rachel Zoe to decamp from 60 Thompson for last year, you know it’s got to have some pretty serious fashion cred to it. (In hotel circles, finding out where she’s going to be staying this year is about as eagerly anticipated as Marc Jacobs’ closer… Ps. It turned out she knew when she was onto a good thing, and stayed at Crosby Street again.) And sure enough it does: aside from the trademark classy but kitsch Kit Kemp interiors – those tailors’ dummies just scream ‘fashion week’ – it's home to a couple of the city's most desirable watering holes.

Read ELLEuk’s full review of Crosby Street Hotel

The James Hotel

The James Hotel makes the cut for a couple of reasons: firstly for a combination of its rooftop pool, oh-so scene-y Jimmy’s Bar (androgynous model Andrej Pejic is a regular), and views that are just something else. But they’re also running a Fashion's Night Out package to kick the week off with on September 8th including a couple of cocktails in the Treehouse Bar, a ride in the hotel’s Lexus to the event, and a special fashion-friendly midnight snack when you get back consisting of… celery and champagne. Cute.

Read ELLEuk’s full review of The James Hotel

The Jane

It may be more than just a block or two from the Lincoln Center, but budget bolthole The Jane is just around the corner from rival venue Milk Studios (as well as being a short stroll from hip Chelsea Market basement dive bar du jour, the Tippler, and the collection of Marc Jacobs stores on Bleecker Street). Add to that the pitch-perfect retro rooms, the trendy Café Gitane restaurant and plenty of bouncing after-show parties, and you’ve almost got a downtown, hipster version of the MO. (Almost.)

Read ELLEuk’s full review of The Jane

And one more New York Fashion Week hotel for luck…

The Bryant Park Hotel

For what seems like forever New York Fashion Week was Bryant Park. And while the action may have upped sticks and moved itself over to the Lincoln Center, there’ll still be plenty of fashion editors checking in at the Bryant Park Hotel. Why? Because they’re feeling a bit nostalgic, and miss the sleek, chic rooms, sushi in Koi and long nights in the Cellar Bar. Oh, and it’s because it’s just an all-round fab hotel, fashion week or no fashion week.

Read ELLE escapes’ review of the Bryant Park Hotel

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