Petite, $109-$699; standard, $119-$729; deluxe, $129-$769; suites, $309-$899
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This 705-room chain hotel works well for business travelers, thanks to top-notch meeting facilities and a convenient midtown location. The sleek, spacious lobby opens upward to the mezzanine level, which houses several well-equipped conference rooms. Meanwhile, the second-floor business center offers not just essential hardware (computers, copiers, fax machines) but an in-house coordinator who will arrange catering or other details for your meeting. The guest rooms, stylishly decorated in a black-and-tan color scheme, range from petite-but-well-priced singles to two-bedroom suites with a full kitchen, terrace, and dining area. All rooms have marble bathrooms, high-def flat-screens, and blackout shades, though the suites also include a complimentary bottle of wine, a newspaper, and breakfast. There’s also a fitness center on the third floor, and you might just need it, thanks to the multitude of on-site dining options. There’s Dynasty, a popular Chinese spot on the second floor; Raffles, a 24-hour diner accessible from the lobby; and Lex Lounge, a sushi bar and lounge. There’s even a connection from the lobby to a Starbucks, and, for good measure, the concierge desk sells individual-size cartons of Haagen-Dazs.Pros
It’s well-priced for its location, on-it service, and spotless rooms. The wealth of on-site options for dining (and even dancing, in the subterranean LQ nightclub) means bang for your buck, too.
It’s bigger on convenience than charm.