10 Ultra-Luxe NYC Hotels and the Stars Who Love Them

Take a celeb-style bite out of the Big Apple in one of these swanky hotels that Brad and Angelina, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Jay-Z, and other Hollywood glitterati call home away from home. By SmarterTravel.com

1. Peninsula Hotel - John Travolta

The Peninsula Hotel reportedly banned John Travolta due to the actor’s alleged inappropriate behavior in the spa. The Fifth Avenue property’s swanky Peninsula Spa—now Travolta-free—lures the rich and notorious with its glass-enclosed pool and its private spa suites with steam showers and whirlpool baths. Guest suites feature instant mood lighting, speaker systems in the bathrooms, and walk-in closets.

2. The Plaza Hotel - Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen’s drunken exploits belie the history and elegance of this New York City landmark the actor was discovered drunk and naked in a trashed a room at the Plaza and was subsequently hospitalized. Leave it to Sheen to trash a room at one of the classiest hotels in Manhattan, where personal butlers unpack guests’ luggage, bathrooms feature marble tubs, and hotel condominiums cost upwards of $5 million. We hope Sheen at least remembered to tip his butler.

3. Mercer Hotel - Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Calvin Klein, and Marilyn Manson

This SoHo boutique hotel’s lush bamboo courtyard, luxurious pillow-top beds, and all-white bathrooms were not soothing enough for Russell Crowe, who attacked a Mercer concierge with a telephone after he had difficulty making a call to Australia. Celebrities whose stays at the Mercer did not culminate in assault charges include Leonardo DiCaprio, Calvin Klein, and Marilyn Manson.

4. The Bowery Hotel - Bruce Willis

Hip, trendy, and timeless, the Bowery Hotel is a favorite of Bruce Willis, who’s been known to dine hard at many of the revitalized restaurants and bars in this quintessentially chic New York neighborhood.

5. Waldorf Astoria - Brad and Angelina, Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton

Brangelina has been spotted at this classy New York establishment, as have Michelle Obama and Paris Hilton. But, more importantly, King Jaffe Joffer of Zamunda and his royal entourage stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in the movie “Coming to America.” Enough said.

6. Mandarin Oriental - Liam Neeson

New York’s exotic Mandarin Oriental occupies floors 35 to 54 of the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. Every room offers a bird’s-eye view of Central Park, the Hudson, or the city skyline, and five of the city’s top restaurants are just an elevator ride away. No wonder Liam Neeson is so “Taken” with it. The actor stays here whenever his special set of skills brings him to New York.

7. The Greenwich Hotel - Robert DeNiro

This Tribeca hotel is owned by Robert DeNiro, so we can definitely confirm that at least one celebrity has been there. And the Greenwich Hotel offers in-room dining from star chef Andrew Carmellini, so that makes two celeb sightings. The property’s luxe features include an underground pool lit with Japanese lanterns, complimentary Champagne, and antique pine floorboards in rooms. DeNiro knows his floorboards.

8. The Carlyle - Mick Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson

Mick Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson all feel at home at the Carlyle on Madison Avenue—a true New York landmark known as for its, ahem, discreet staff and exclusive Upper East Side ambiance.

9. Gramercy Park Hotel - Anne Hathaway, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Halle Berry, Donald Trump

The Gramercy Park Hotel is the bohemian hot spot in New York City. Each room is uniquely laid out to offer a different experience. Sneak a peek into the Private Roof Club and Landscaped Garden for a glimpse at celebrity guests like Anne Hathaway, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Halle Berry, and the Donald himself.

10. Hotel Gansevoort - Brad and Angelina, Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan, Nicky Hilton

Spot Brangelina and their brood at the sophisticated Hotel Gansevoort, an exclusive oasis in the ultratrendy Meatpacking District. The hotel’s signature features are atop its 14th floor: a lofty rooftop garden with expansive city views in three directions and a massive outdoor pool with underwater music. Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicky Hilton also frequent the Gansevoort.

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