Chambre petite, $189-$299; parlour, $249-$399; club row suite, $299-$599
B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; F, G at 15th St.-Prospect Park
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Recent renovations have done away with some of this 1904 hotel’s mustier features and restored its historic charms like the original fireplaces, molded ceilings, and wrought-iron balustrades. Even so, the 126 rooms remain dorm-room small. A dark wood and crisp white-and-beige color scheme alleviates the cramped feeling a bit, but since more spacious suites stuff a sofa bed in the attached sitting room, you almost suspect they want you to pack them in, even when they’re not doing so. Views are not an issue (there are none). Noise-averse guests would do well to request rooms facing away from 44th street. The hotel compensates for its constraints via a fitness center, room service, and the lobby level Club Room where a mahogany library, chess sets, and an endless supply of coffee and newspapers will have you stepping outside your room, even if it does have a flat-screen TV and an iHome system.Pros
A smoking-friendly floor; located blocks from Times Square.
Tight spaces; tiny bathrooms; poor natural lighting.
The hotel offers special themed packages throughout the year such as Summer in the City, and Dames Take Manhattan, which can include tickets to shows, comedy clubs, and tourist attractions.