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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.

Penthouse #1

San Carlos Hotel Garden Terrace Penthouse

By Airbnb

The penthouse, and especially its terrace, at the San Carlos Hotel, is just about the perfect representation of what people think about when they think of a New York City penthouse. The brick terrace is beautifully decorated with greenery and flowers, which creates a beautiful contrast with the surrounding concrete jungle. Inside, the living quarters are plush and guests are welcome to the hotel’s amenities, like the gym.

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Budget Alternative

Park Ave Penthouse with Private Roof

By Airbnb

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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Penthouse #2

Eccentric Loft in Brooklyn

By Airbnb

This trendy and cool apartment can actually be rented at a 6 hour rate because its ecceltic interior attracts big name photographers who use it for photo shoots. The various wallpapers, lighting from skylights, and decor that ranges from vintage to kitschy all led themselves nicely to an atmosphere that would pop in photographs. The top floor has an outdoor rooftop that has stunning views of the New York City skyline.

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Brooklyn Penthouse Dream

By Airbnb

This one might be pushing the limits of “budget” but it is still half the price of our other penthouse pick in Brooklyn. However, depending on the time of year this spot can go for as low as $300 and accommodate six people, making it pretty affordable for The Big Apple. The mix of white walls, exposed brick, numerous windows, and heavy wooden feautres help give this penthouse a bright and welcoming ambiance.

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Penthouse #3

Massive Loft in the Heart of SoHo

By Airbnb

This impressive SoHo loft has 2500 square feet of living space (so basically 2400 square feet more than most people in New York). Within that space is an apartment that is decorated with guitars, vaulted ceilings, and a couple of neon lights. Guests can’t help but feel this place might be owned by a grown child as other fun features include bean bag chairs, a ping pong table, and huge home theater set up.

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Bright Penthouse Across the Hudson

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Sure this penthouse is in New Jersey and that doesn’t exacly radiate coolness. However, the brightly painted walls, Manhattan skyline views, and 100 inch projector screen all make up for it. Those eager to get back to the hustle and bustle of NYC should not worry as public trasnportation is just blocks away and will get people to Times Square in 10 minutes.

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Penthouse #4

Stunning 2,600-feet Loft

By Airbnb

This well-lit penthouse loft features oversized windows, beautiful hardwood floors and offers tons of space. 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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Sunny Penthouse in Brooklyn

By Airbnb

Atop an art inspired building called “The House of Words” the Brooklyn penthouse is studio sized but located in the very trendy Bushwick neighborhood and is comfortable for a couple’s getaway. The owners are artists themselves and the decorations draw inspiration from geometric shapes and natural materials.

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Penthouse #5

Luxury Loft with Great Location

By Airbnb

Situated amongst Chelsea, The Meatpacking District, and the West Village, three of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city, this loft is well equipped to entertain visitors on location alone. Inside, the apartment is colorful and comfortable, and outfitted with all the amenitities needed that make it feel like a home. Non-locals will get a kick out of the elevator leading directly into the loft.

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Affordable and Artistic Loft

By Airbnb

Just a short distance away from Chelsea and our previous luxury loft, this particular accommodation is a two bedroom space close to everything a tourist would want to see in Midtown. Not to mention it is within walking distance to the Metro that quickly whisks folks to other neighborhoods like Greenwich Village. The loft has a minimalistic, retro vibe that feels very apporopriate in New York.

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