Classic rooms, $695-$765; Stanford rooms, $750-$820; theatre rooms, $850-$920; junior suites, $1,200-$1,400; one-bedroom suites, $1,250-$1,450; theatre one-bedroom suites, $1,650-$1,750; two-bedroom suites, $1,650; Stanford White studio, $3,750; landmark three-bedroom suite, $9,000; the directors suite, $6,000; the producers suite, $8,000; the Barrymore penthouse suite, $16,000
B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
Valet parking is $60 for 24 hours, no in-and-out.
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In 1905, noted architect Stanford White designed this neo-Georgian brick building to house the clubhouse of the Lambs, America's first fraternity for theater professionals. After decades of disuse, the designated landmark structure underwent an exhaustive restoration to transform into this 83-room hotel, which aims to bring back the genteel era of "cards and cocktails." As required by the Landmarks Commission, designer Thierry Despont kept the original façade and many internal design elements, then crafted a decor that retains that sense of place: patterned terrazzo floors, chrome-detailed columns, and Deco-style light fixtures are found in the cozy lobby and mezzanine bar, while the clubby Geoffrey Zakarian–overseen Lambs Club restaurant is centered around an oversize fireplace that White had given to the Lambs. In the rooms, retro touches like backgammon sets, ultrasuede walls, and cabinets and desks inspired by vintage leather steamer trunks live alongside 42-inch flat-screen TVs, raindrop showers, organic Shifman mattresses, and bath amenities by Asprey (the first for a New York City hotel). A few suites boast balconies, but the real showstoppers are the Stanford White Studio—the original Lambs Club Library with working granite fireplace, private terrace, and wood-paneled walls—and the penthouse Barrymore Suite, which can be taken as one four-bedroom pad or separated into two two-bedroom suites called the Producers and the Directors.Pros
Landmark building and a design with true sense of place; detail-oriented service (with personal butlers); a small 24-hour gym; a saltwater lap pool (which can be programmed to simulate waves and currents); and the Chatwal Spa by Kashwére for massages, marine scrubs, and ultrasonic facials.
A heavy price tag.
Claim to Fame
As history or architecture buffs might know, Stanford White was murdered by the jealous husband of one of his former lovers, in what was then deemed the "Crime of the Century." Books about the scandal are placed in the rooms (along with copies of The Great Gatsby), and the Stanford White Suite holds original memorabilia.