Small-ish & Stylish in NYC: The Marlton Hotel

I stayed at the The Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village at the recommendation of friends for a work trip/girls weekend last year (pre-COVID!) and I was blown away at how much I enjoyed my stay there.  

The concept is simple:  well-appointed small rooms (very small) at a low, reasonable nightly rate.  

My friends and I marveled at how whoever decorated these rooms literally thought of everything.  The height of the bed was perfect for storing suitcases and bags underneath, the narrow but efficient wardrobe with bathrobes, bottled water, and other necessities, petite but perfect bedside tables, the small footstool (no room for a chair), and many other simple but important design details for a room of its size.  

All nicely decorated, the best part is that given the low rates, everyone can have their own room.

We also loved the sitting area/lobby where we had breakfast and coffee each morning by the fire (included in the nightly rate – amazing) and cocktails at night.  

And to go along with the Marlton theme of small-ish, stylish and only in NYC (for the most part): check out these spots to dine and shop while you’re there:


  • Ulla Johnson, only two physical locations, one in NYC and one in Amagansett
  • Cynthia Rowley boutique – love her tops and dresses
  • Loeffler Randall, their first ever physical shop located in Nolita, love Jessie Randall’s shoes and accessories
  • Maison Mayle, 33 Great Jones street, by appointment only.
  • Lingua Franca, statement sweaters and other fun things


  • Palma, “Palma is like an Italian villa. Its many rooms are all connected by Palma’s courtyard garden… the heart of the restaurant.” Located in the West Village
  • La Mercerie, French cafe perfection
  • Buvette, best for brunch, also a small but adorable spot
  • Maialino, located in the Gramercy Park Hotel
  • Raoul’s, classic spot, sit in the garden/patio in the back
  • Il Fiorista, which means “The Florist” in Italian, every dish features flowers
  • Pastis, classic French bistro – simple food, fun, loud (in a good way)

Plus read, You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It is such a great book and the author takes you all over the City through her story. HBO tried to adapt it into a mini-series (“The Undoing”) but it was not the same at all. The book is so much better and well worth the read.

I am also dying to try this exercise class in person, also called “The Class“, created by Taryn Toomey. I tried it via their app at home and it is definitely different than any other exercise class you’ve ever been to. Part yoga, part pilates, part cardio with some yelling thrown in there, The Class has a devoted list of followers. Here is Naomi Watts talking about it in an interview on CNN.

Clockwise from Top Left:

  1. Palma
  2. You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  3. Ulla Johnson in Noho, one of only two physical locations
  4. Cynthia Rowley
  5. Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography
  6. Loeffler Randall, first physical store opened in February
  7. Maison Mayle
  8. The Marlton Hotel
La Mercerie
Il Fiorista, where every dish and cocktail has a floral element
Raoul’s: a classic.
You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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