Deluxe, $195-$459; studio, $259-$599; one-bedroom suite, $495-$699; executive one-bedroom, $595-$799; two-bedroom suite, $795-$999; penthouse suite, $3,000
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nestled amid the soaring skyscrapers and bustle of Midtown, this 33-story luxury hotel exudes minimalist chic and calm. Contemporary Zen-like accommodations—courtesy of über-designer David Rockwell—are coupled with a retro-mod cocktail lounge and Riingo, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s two-star Japanese-American restaurant. The guestrooms and suites are refreshingly simple: Chocolate-colored drapes dress large windows and mossy green pillows accent comfy triple-sheeted beds. Small touches like candles and orchid-stone arrangements add to the meditative mood. High-tech amenities (flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, and T-1 connections) fit neatly into cabinets with flip-out desktops. The limestone bathrooms are not large, but the rain showers, Frette towels, and Frederic Fekkai toiletries will leave guests feeling pampered. For extended stays, some stylish suites come with private terraces, extra closet space, and designer kitchens boasting Poggenpohl cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. Do note: The view of the Chrysler building, touted by staff members, is a bit obstructed. And for natural lighting, be sure to request a room facing the street.Pros
Sleek design, the latest amenities, and a happening restaurant/bar scene meant to impress.
Though upscale, it lacks the charm and history of older, grander hotels in the vicinity.