Life Hotel

Manhattan, New York

Premium King room with sleeper sofa

Premium King room

New York City

New York City

New York City

A stylish Big Apple base housed in the former LIFE Magazine headquarters, steps from Fifth Avenue

Bring your dream NYC getaway to life – the LIFE headquarters, to be precise. The NoMad neighbourhood’s Life Hotel has set up shop in what served, between 1895 and 1931, as the iconic magazine’s main office. And it’s not just the building that’s been restored to its former glory, with modern-day additions, like complimentary Wi-Fi and Evolve by Google Chromecast in the 98 accommodations, thrown in the mix. The visionary hospitality team behind the brand new and already-Condé Nast Traveler-profiled property has taken great pains to ensure its unique literary heritage informs all aspects of your 21st-century stay.

Both the signature restaurant – HENRY at Life Hotel – and bar – Gibson + Luce – take their names from one or more editors of the publication, while the latter occupies a subterranean space thought to have been the 1920s staffs’ private speakeasy, serving cocktails worthy of a Prohibition-era party. Plus, another of your room’s up-to-date amenities will be a daily digital newspaper, so you can fit in some reading, as the editors would have wanted. Travel between these spots, as well as a 24-hour fitness centre and seasonal rooftop garden, on one of just two half-moon birdcage elevators in the United States, back in action itself.

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We like

  • The rich history of the 19th-century building, once the headquarters of LIFE Magazine
  • Staying in the heart of Midtown’s ever-trendy NoMad neighborhood, steps from 5th Avenue
  • Appreciating the rooms’ design and restaurant’s dishes, both mentioned in the Traveler profile
  • Enjoying a daily dining credit at a restaurant headed up by a chef with New York Times buzz

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