Rooms, $950-$1,450; suite, $1,500-$2,500; penthouse suite, $30,000; Presidential suite, $35,000
N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
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Where to begin when describing the iconic Four Seasons? Why not start with some name-dropping: Marilyn Monroe, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger have all been loyal guests, while countless other celebs dine and drink here regularly. (Note: The hotel's restaurant is the 57 and L'Atelier, not the power-lunching hot spot known also as the Four Seasons; there's no relationship.). The 52-story limestone structure was designed by I.M. Pei, mastermind behind the controversial glass pyramids at the Louvre. Pei's stunning 33-foot-high, backlit onyx ceiling at the Four Seasons prompted Jackie O to refer to her favorite haunt as "The Cathedral." The city's tallest hotel and frequent winner of magazine "Best Of" awards, the Four Seasons' rooms and suites average about 600 square feet—about the size of a typical Manhattan one-bedroom apartment. Ten-foot high ceilings, large marble bathrooms, deep-soaking tubs and furnished terraces add to the allure, while swishy, controlled-from-the-bed silk drapes peel back to reveal stunning views of Manhattan—no matter what the season. For business guests, rooms have faxes and high-speed Internet access and the basement has a center computer with workstations, secretarial and interpreting services, and cell phone and laptop rental. Off to a meeting or a lunch date? The hotel can arrange a car and driver. The service here is amazing.Pros
Those who can afford it shouldn't need convincing, but details like the famous Four Seasons beds, twice-daily maid service, an excellent on-site spa and impeccable service might help seal the deal.
Although it's a veritable Big Apple icon, its rooms don't reflect anything specific about the city. Close the drapes and you could be at any Four Seasons in the country.
Claim to Fame
This was where JFK held his birthday bash before Marilyn Monroe crooned "Happy Birthday" at Madison Square Garden. Also, the hotel's bar claims to have invented the Bloody Mary.
This landmark hotel is one of the most sought-after in the city, and with good reason. Guests can mingle on the gorgeous lobby terrace before going to any number of impressive rooms. The biggest of the bunch, the Cosmopolitan Suite, holds 190 guests for cocktails and has a clubby, cabaret feel; there are several smaller rooms that can accommodate more intimate groups of 40 to 100. Packages start at $235 per person.