Top 5 Luxury Penthouses in New York City — And Where to Have a Similar Experience on a Budget

With 8.5 million inhabitants, and over 50 million visitors each year, New York City seems to offer endless possibilities for anyone looking for a place to stay – from luxury retreats to Airbnbs, as well as hotels and Couchsurfing. How grandiose can these living spaces get? These are the top 5 luxury penthouses in New York City, where the sky really is the limit.

1. 432 Park Avenue Condominium

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Located between East 56th and 57th Streets, 432 Park Avenue is the third tallest building in the United States and the tallest residential building in the world. At 1,396 feet, the building stands a whopping 85 stories tall and reaches even higher than the Empire State Building. The penthouse, which was sold for $87.7 million, offers six bedrooms, seven baths, two powder rooms, a library, a wood-burning fireplace and an impressive view over Central Park. While the building itself is obviously opulent, critics deride its artistic merit — perhaps because architect Rafael Viñoly’s inspiration for the tall, columnar structure came from the design of a trash can.

 

AllTheRooms Alternative: Park Ave Penthouse with Private Roof

In this fancy, rentable penthouse on Park Avenue, you’ll share the same perks of a private rooftop terrace and exciting location at a more affordable price. Even better, this triplex apartment features three stories of art, comfort and luxury instead of just one.

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2. One57 Tower

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Formerly known as “Carnegie 57,” One57 stands 1,005 feet tall in Midtown Manhattan. This skyscraper is home to the most expensive residence ever sold in New York City. In 2015, Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, bought the penthouse for a whopping $100 million. This penthouse unit is made up of the 10,923-square-foot duplex on the 89th and 90th floors. The glass-walled, 57-foot-high and 114-foot-wide grand salon contains the longest south to north views offered by any NYC condo. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman and concierge, indoor swimming pool and custom Jacuzzi, a private fitness center, yoga studio and catering kitchen.

 

AllTheRooms Alternative: Duplex Penthouse in the Sky

Rent this four bedroom penthouse between friends to spend a luxurious weekend in New York on a budget. This duplex penthouse also features a jacuzzi, floor to ceiling windows in the living room and master bedroom and a private balcony with panoramic views of the Manhattan.

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3. Trump Tower Penthouse

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Located on Fifth Avenue, the Trump Tower Penthouse boasts three stories of luxury, with 24-karat gold and marble details and adornment of large chandeliers. White gold trimmings decorate the ceilings and dinnerware, and family portraits line the walls of this lavish living space, which some now call The White House North. A private elevator brings the President to his office on the 26th floor.

 

AllTheRooms Alternative: Bowery Penthouse with Private Rooftop Garden

The doors of this unit’s private keyed-elevator, may not open to such a gilded palace as the Trump Tower, but sunshine certainly adds a golden tint to this luminous aparment. This Bowery Penthouse features a peaceful rooftop sunroom, three terraces and a private rooftop garden that all boast spectacular views of the city.

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4. The Plaza’s “Attic” Penthouse

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Constructed in 1905 in the style of a French Renaissance Castle, The Plaza Hotel is a national historic landmark and is still considered one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The 20th floor penthouse, nicknamed The Attic, is 2,100 square feet with an expansive terrace. The space provides spectacular views of Central Park and 5th Avenue, and its three levels are connected by an elegant spiral staircase. Luxury features include bathrooms with beautiful mosaic floors and 24-carat gold-plated fixtures, soaking tubs, a marble wet bar and white glove butler service.

 

AllTheRooms Alternative: Stunning 2600 feet Loft

This well-lit penthouse loft features oversized windows, beautiful hardwood floors and offers even more space than The Attic. Enjoy 2,600 square feet of comfortable living in the heart of New York, a luxury unknown to most in the city.

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5. “The Crown” Penthouse

In the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan, “The Crown” is a 10,079 square foot, triplex penthouse fit for royalty. Consisting of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th floors of 212 Fifth Avenue near 26th Street, the living space covers nearly 16,000 square feet. With the New York skyline and views of Midtown included in four extraordinary exposures, the space also features a 950 square foot private roof terrace on the observatory level, a master bedroom suite with foyer, bar, adjoining sitting room, two walk-in closets, arch shaped windows and a grand atrium stairway. Not yet completed, The Crown is currently for sale with an asking price of $68.5 million.

 

AllTheRooms Alternative: 3 Bedroom Penthouse with Balcony

Located in Midtown, this apartment offers a bright and sunny penthouse in an excellent location. The elevator opens up right onto the suite itself, where you’ll find wall to wall windows in a large living room. Enjoy the serenity of a private balcony that offers expansive views of the city. Split the stay between you and up to 7 friends to make this an incomparably affordable New York City getaway.

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Sharon is a well-traveled latin culture enthusiast and Content Writer for AllTheRooms. Native to the Boston area, she is slowly earning her title as honorary paisa in the land of eternal spring. In city life she’s a salsa dancing socialite, while on weekends you’ll find her adventuring throughout Colombia.