My West Coast Dealmaker Friend Who Needs a Killer Lobby
Four Seasons Hotel
57 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-758-5700
The preferred deal-clinch location. Ask for room 2303: It’s on a corner, so it gets extra light. And it’s wheelchair-accessible, so the room is slightly bigger, but there’s no bathtub (from $625).
My College-Age, Concert-Bound Brother and His Buddies
Comfort Inn Midtown
129 W. 46th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-221-2600
Chip et al. are coming to town for the Editors at Irving Plaza. Stash them in the Comfort Inn Midtown, where rates starting at $89 a night include a basic but clean room with a phone, coffeemaker, and TV with a few cable channels, plus free wi-fi and a complimentary continental breakfast. The toiletries are severely limited, but the boys won’t be bathing anyway.
My Best Friend, His Wife, and Their Two Kids Who Want to Be Near the Museums
The Mark Hotel
25 E. 77th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-744-4300
The once-stuffy aesthetic of this storied hotel has been replaced by a new, artsy type of Upper East Side style. And it’s more than a tad French, too, courtesy of designer Jacques Grange.
My Midwestern Relatives Who Want to Be in Tourist Central
Rockefeller Center Hotel
25 W. 51st St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-262-1600
The Rockefeller Center Hotel isn’t exactly stylish (the furnishings could have come from a Staples catalogue). But the rooms are generous (from 200 to 450 square feet), have flat-screen TVs and wi-fi, and offer the best rates in midtown. Studios, which include a pullout sofa and desk, start at $250, meaning your relatives will have enough left over to see Wicked twice.
My 23-Year-Old Cousin and Her Best Friend Who Came to Party
18 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-206-6700
Within stumbling distance from Marquee, the Boom Boom Room, and Tenjune, the hotel’s rooftop pool and G-Spa Lounge are major breeding grounds for “Page Six” items. Rooms are small, teched-out, and trendy. The west-facing ones on the ninth or tenth floor (rooms 11, 12, 14, and 15 are farthest from the elevators) are quietest, should the partiers need to sleep in (from $395).
My Boss’s Boss From the
St. Regis Hotel
2 E. 55th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-753-4500
The art of Fortune 500 ass-kissing is perfected here. A personal butler will remember the head honcho’s name and offer to unpack his belongings or draw him a bath. Plasma-screen TVs, wi-fi, and MP3 players, plus Remède amenities, buttery Pratesi bed linens, and gorgeous floral arrangements by Bardin Palomo round out the cushiness (from $895).
My Parents, Who Plan to Stay For
a While After the Baby Is Born
Bridge Suite Apartments
351 E. 60th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-221-8300
Anyone on an extended stay will appreciate fully equipped kitchens, big closets, and ground-floor laundry facilities. There’s no room service (and no maid service, for that matter), but the concierge is happy to help with takeout, grocery-delivery services, and freelance housekeepers. Studios start at $1,900 a month; request one overlooking the courtyard (it’s quieter).
My Extremely Cool Newlywed Friends
City Club Hotel
55 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-921-5500
Hotels often rely on frilly bed linens and a single red rose when playing up “romance.” The Grand Duplex suites here are subtly seductive: A white spiral staircase leads from a cozy living room up to a king bed and a bathroom with a rain shower built for two. With room service supplied by DB Bistro, you can sate other hungers with a jumbo lump-crabmeat salad and a bottle of Domaine Ott rosé (from $325).