W New York Union Square
15 W. 56th St.
Since its opening last year, Chambers has been reeling in celebrities, with
77 rooms modeled after artists' lofts, loads of original artwork, and one of
the city's hottest restaurants, Town. Every room phone has a button that
rings through to the Garren salon around the corner, which will send
stylists and manicurists to your room. There's no gym, but private, in-room
yoga instruction can be arranged. Summer rates are from $250.
356 W. 58th St.
Hip hotelier Ian Schrager's latest was supposed to be a discount hotel, with
rooms starting at $95 but these days, that rate is hard to come by at one
of the city's hottest hotels. Still, with 1,000 smallish rooms, it's generally not difficult to get a reservation. Hudson Cafeteria, which serves
haute comfort food, and the cozy Library Bar play second fiddle to the
courtyard during the summer. There's a fitness center, too. Summer rates
(June 28-September 2) start at $155.
12 W. 44th St.
Ideally located for tourists, the Mansfield's a
short hop from Fifth Avenue shopping, Times Square, and Broadway. It has
high ceilings, moldings, and mahogany handrails it's also a very good
value. But rooms are tiny, and there's no restaurant or gym on-site (though
guests can use the New York Sports Club across the street, and popular
restaurants like DB Bistro Moderne are on the block). Summer rates from
The Roger Williams
131 Madison Ave., at 31st St.
With 186 rooms, the Roger Williams has a reputation for great service,
including a concierge staff that's very plugged in. The lobby's glass walls
and double-height ceiling give it an airy, modern feel, but some might
consider the lack of an in-house bar or restaurant a downside. A small gym
is on-site, and guests can also use the nearby Synergy club. Summer rates from
33 W. 55th St.
Sleek, modern, and all-around cool, the Shoreham offers stylish,
moderate-size rooms at modest prices. The rooms are very quiet, and many of
them were recently renovated. There's a popular restaurant-bar off the
lobby. There's no gym, but passes to nearby Bally's are available for $10.
Summer rates from $219.
The SoHo Grand
310 W. Broadway, near Grand St.
Room size at this imposing, sceney place is on the skimpy side, but amenities
Frette linens, Veuve Clicquot in the minibar are generous. The lobby
combines old New York grandeur with downtown edge, and the Gallery
restaurant and adjoining bar are always buzzing. Summer rates start at $359.
The TriBeCa Grand
2 Sixth Ave., near White St.
Direct out-of-town hipsters to this 203-room downtown boutique. Church Lounge,
the living-room-style watering hole bedecked with candles, offers a full
menu and it's always a scene. The rooms are small but stylish, and have
cool touches like mini-TVs not to mention Kiehl's products in the
bathrooms. There's a small fitness center and free passes for nearby
Equinox. Summer rates start at $225.
W New York
541 Lexington Ave., at 50th St.
W New York The Court
130 E. 39th St., 212-685-1100
W New York The Tuscany
120 E. 39th St., 212-686-1600
W New York Times Square
1567 Broadway, at 47th St., 212-930-7400
W New York Union Square
201 Park Avenue So., at 17th St., 212-253-9119
The first W opened in New York in December 1998 and was an instant hit, as
were the subsequent four hotels including the newest one, the W Times
Square. All have small but handsome rooms, along with moderate rates, David
Rockwell-designed lobbies, fitness centers, bar scenes, and popular
restaurants like Heartbeat at W New York, Todd English's Olives at W Union
Square, and Blue Fin at W Times Square. Summer rates are from $199 at W New
York, $209 at W The Court, $219 at W Tuscany, $259 at W Union Square, and
$339 at W Times Square.