Doubles and kings, $199-$699; suites, $399-$699
E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.
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After a $35 million renovation, the 760-room Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel has been made over with a retro-chic flair that was inspired by the structure’s original 1961 design by renowned Modernist architect Morris Lapidus. The updated interior is now in sync with the hotel’s modish '60s signboard, curved façade and sea-foam green tile. On the lobby-level you’ll find the Met Lounge, a lounge and bar with eggshell shaped bar stools, as well as the Met Grill, a new American-fare restaurant with a lackluster menu. There’s also a well equipped 24-hour health club and business center. Though small and compact, modern guestrooms are hip and outfitted with blackout curtains, 37" HDTVs, high-speed Internet, cordless phones, in-room safes, and climate control. Sixties-inspired abstract prints hang above cushy beds and chaise lounges are accented with colorful pillows. Slate-tile bathrooms, complete with updated basin-style sinks and a stash of Neutrogena products, are also on the small side. For size queens, book an 18th-floor junior suite with a sofa bed and balcony.Pros
A modern-day architectural landmark, conveniently located and recently renovated with an affordable restaurant/bar and up-to-date amenities.
Guestrooms are a tight squeeze and the all-in-one desk-drawer units may be uncomfortable for business travelers who need more work space.
Claim to Fame
During the 1955 filming of The Seven Year Itch, pop icon Marilyn Monroe posed in front of the hotel, then the historic Loews Theater, for her famous skirt-flying scene. In 1961, renowned architect Morris Lapidus redesigned the structure and it became The Summit Hotel garnering attention for its uniquely curved façade.