Rooms, $205-$395; suites, $599-$2,495
N, Q, R at 49th St.; 1 at 50th St.; C, E at 50th St.; B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center
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One level above Times Square, you'll find Crowne Plaza's airy atrium lobby, decked out with dark wood seats and arty mobiles (the results of an $85 million renovation in 2008). From there, a set of long escalators leads to the fourth floor, which holds several of Crowne Plaza's 39 convertible meeting spaces—making the hotel a popular pick for business travelers. Six elevators shuttle guests between floors 16 and 46, where all the guest rooms are located. (Other businesses occupy the middle floors, including a New York Sports Club that's accessible to guests.) Standard rooms, while not huge, are comfortable, with impressive, wall-size headboards and large windows facing either the Hudson River or midtown's skyline. (Ten suites also come with perks like a dining table and a wet bar.) Those staying on the top three stories pay $60 more per night, which gets them in-room Internet and access to the 46th-floor Concierge Lounge, with a complimentary (if mediocre) morning breakfast and snacks during the day. Other fare can be found just off the lobby: Broadway 49 Bar & Lounge (with its 70 varieties of whiskey) and a contemporary American spot, Brasserie 1605.Pros
Take advantage of one of the best hotel gyms around: Guests have access to a two-level, lap pool–equipped New York Sports Club on the fifteenth and sixteenth floors.
Look out for hidden costs. The upper floors pay $60 per night for Internet and access to a lounge, while other guests pay just $19.95 a night for in-room Internet (without access to the lounge, of course). Guests can also use pay-per-minute computers in the business center.