The Arty Bohemian
Decorated with Warhols and Schnabels, Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel (2 Lexington Ave.; 212/920-3300; gramercyparkhotel.com; doubles from $600) gives guests access to New York’s only private park.
Rooms with a View
Stunning vistas of Central Park and the Hudson River—along with the chain’s trademark attention to detail—make the Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle; 212/805-8800; mandarinoriental.com; doubles from $895) ideal for either business or romance.
The Mercer (147 Mercer St.; 212/966-6060; mercerhotel.com; doubles from $530) still impresses with its smooth service, Modernist interiors, quiet library lounge, and all of SoHo at your doorstep.
The 1903 Beaux Arts Mansfield Hotel (12 W. 44th St.; 212/277-8700; mansfieldhotel.com; doubles from $250) is a surprisingly calm retreat, mere blocks from the Theater District and Times Square.