Superior king, $449; luxury king/luxury double, $499; avenue king, $549; grand king, $599; grand double, $599; executive suite, $649; grand executive suite, $749; Manhattan suite, $1,599; Park Avenue suite, $1,999; terrace suite, $1,699; signature suite, from $1,599 to $3,499
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
$69 for cars, $84 for SUVs for 24 hours
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
When it opened in 1963, on a midtown site that once held the Loews Lexington theater and Oscar Hammerstein's Lexington Opera House, the Loews Regency Hotel (then known as the Summit) was ultramodern and tech-savvy, with such innovations as silent typewriters and stereophonic TV sets. In the decades since, the Loews Regency continued to draw a faithful crowd of corporate and family travelers, and in 2014 it completed a $100 million transformation. Loews chairman Jonathan Tisch enlisted top names in design for the overhaul, and also conducted extensive guest surveys to find out what was important to regular travelers. So off the marble, high-ceilinged lobby, a lounge featuring an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms has sofas equipped with built-in power and internet outlets (there's also free Wi-Fi throughout). Meanwhile, a nearby kiosk lets travelers print out boarding passes. The 379 fresh, residential-style rooms and suites have plush Frette bedding, ergonomic work areas, walk-in showers, and/or tubs, plus New York–centric mini-bar items like Mast Brothers chocolate. (As per the requests of female business travelers, the rooms also have well-lit bathroom mirrors and powerful, salon-grade hair dryers.) In-room bath products are from stylist Julien Farel, who also oversees the 10,000-square-foot salon and spa, which opens at 7 a.m. to cater to the "power beauty" crowd. There's also a 24-hour fitness center, and a separate JF Men grooming salon located near the reimagined Regency Bar & Grill, now run by the Sant Ambroeus group. Other dining options include a cushy lounge, a separate Milanese-style café and takeaway spot, and a fine-dining restaurant serving meals all-day—starting, of course, with the Power Breakfast.Pros
Free WiFi; comfortable rooms; top-line Julien Farel products and in-house spa and salon; buzzing restaurant and cafe; smart amenities
Not many quick dining options in the area; some rooms face interior courtyard; not all rooms have tubs.
Claim to Fame
Introduced the original New York "power breakfast" in the 1970s. You still find city movers and shakers here in the morning.