20 Best Hotels in Lower Manhattan

My NYC Wedding Guide | Top 20 Best Hotels in Lower Manhattan

New York City is known for having some of the most beautiful (and iconic) hotels in the world. With that being said, it can be overwhelming to pick the one for your perfect New York wedding weekend. Before taking budget and aesthetics into consideration, let’s start with location. Last month, I listed my favorite upper and mid-Manhattan hotels, and this week we’re taking it downtown. 

Lower Manhattan is known as an epicenter for culture, business, and government in New York. This means it offers a wide variety of hotels to choose from for your NYC wedding. Additionally, hotels in Lower Manhattan are located near some of the best landmarks, shopping, and restaurants! This will give your guests a New York wedding weekend to remember for years to come. Whether you’re looking for cozy boutiques or epic landmarks, there’s somewhere for you (and your guests) to stay no matter what your budget or aesthetic preference is. 

As a New York wedding photographer, I rarely feel the need to stay at these incredible hotels in my city. However, one of the perks of my job is getting to explore so many New York City hotels when shooting my client’s wedding photos. Without further ado, here are my 20 favorite Lower Manhattan Hotels that I’ve had the honor of experiencing during my career as an NYC wedding photographer. 

A bride and groom kiss in a stairwell at an iconic Lower Manhattan boutique hotel
A bride and groom kiss in a stairwell at an iconic Lower Manhattan boutique hotel

The Beekman

Surrounded by iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, & One World Trade Center, The Beekman boasts a vintage, regal aesthetic that NYC wedding photographers absolutely adore. 

NoMad New York

NoMad New York is a Lower Manhattan hotel located in a restored turn-of-the-century building. The NoMad boasts exquisite French design and decor that make for elegant and glamorous wedding photography in NYC. 

The Mercer

The Mercer is a luxury boutique hotel in one of Lower Manhattan’s buzziest and best neighborhoods.

Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Street Hotel is situated on the quiet cobbled streets of New York’s iconic SoHo neighborhood. With trendy indoor decor and lush outdoor areas, this is a great hotel that offers plenty of opportunities for great wedding photos in New York. 

The Bowery Hotel

The Bowery Hotel evokes style and sophistication in New York City’s Lower East Side; a classic and mature space for couples looking to shoot their wedding photos in NYC.

A biracial couple sits in a Lower Manhattan hotel for wedding photos
Bride and groom walk down the street in Lower Manhattan on their wedding day
Bride and groom walk down the street in Lower Manhattan on their wedding day
A biracial couple sits in a boutique hotel in Lower Manhattan on their wedding day

The Ludlow Hotel

The Ludlow Hotel offers a complete New York wedding weekend experience. It is just a quick walk to bars, restaurants, and music venues in Lower Manhattan!

The Langham

The Langham New York is a luxury suite hotel and skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. This hotel has stunning views of the city, making for breathtaking NYC wedding photography. 

The Gem Hotel

This Gem Hotel is located near Chelsea’s art galleries and gay-friendly neighborhoods. ‘s a 15-minute walk to Meatpacking District nightlife, Chelsea Piers sports, or Madison Square Garden games and concerts.

The Gansevoort

The Gansevoort is located in Lower Manhattan’s cobblestone-paved Meatpacking District.

The Standard

Rising above one of downtown Manhattan’s favorite public parks, The Standard High Line is located in Lower Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The Standard offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, making it a scenic spot for wedding photography in New York. 

The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel in Lower Manhattan is a beautiful place for wedding photos in NYC. This hotel features trendy decor, cozy indoor lounges, and atmospheric outdoor settings that all make for great wedding photos in New York.

Soho Grand Hotel

The Soho Grand Hotel is a celebrated luxury lifestyle hotel located in Lower Manhattan. It features impeccably decorated guest rooms, a chic bar, and a romantic lounge; all of which make for excellent backdrops when shooting my couples. 

A black bride and groom hold hands in Lower Manhattan
A bride and groom dance on cobblestone streets in Lower Manhattan

Sohotel

As one of the oldest hotels in Lower Manhattan, the Sohotel combines beautiful and rustic history with modern design touches, making it a favorite among couples when shooting their wedding photos in NYC.  

SIXTY SoHo

SIXTY SoHo is the epitome of stylish and sophisticated luxury in the middle of Soho — the heart of lower Manhattan — providing plenty of opportunity for artistic expression in New York wedding photography.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Diverse, inspiring and vibrant – where art meets architecture in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is only steps away from some of NYC’s most authentic neighborhoods that make for perfect New York wedding photography locations.

The Broome Hotel

The Broome Hotel is a small, boutique hotel in Lower Manhattan that features a beautiful open-air Moroccan tiled courtyard that New York wedding photographers absolutely adore. 

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel New York is a 12-story historic boutique hotel and cultural epicenter in Downtown Manhattan, known for its artistic charm and character where New York Wedding photographers are always able to capture cool and trendy photos

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

The Renaissance New York is inspired by its surroundings — a vibrant and creative community. Artful details throughout pay homage to the stylish neighborhood and boasts surprises in every area of the hotel, making it an ideal spot to shoot wedding photos in NYC.

The Avalon Hotel

The Avalon Hotel New York is a classic boutique hotel in Lower Manhattan that provides elegant and sophisticated settings for stunning New York wedding photography. 

Park Terrace Hotel

Located at the heart of Lower Manhattan, right across from Bryant Park, Park Terrace Hotel is a luxurious spot that puts you near the best of NYC.

A biracial couple sits in a bathtub at a boutique hotel in Lower Manhattan on their wedding day
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