Langham Place Fifth Avenue
You’d never use chic to describe the Empire State Building area, packed with souvenir shops and sports bars. But enter the Langham Place Fifth Avenue, and you may be singing a different tune. In a 60-story glass-and-steel tower, the hotel, which opened in late 2010, offers midtown a dose of streamlined sophistication thanks in part to its 214 spacious and cleverly laid out rooms (most start at 700 square feet and have built-ins that maximize space). On the second floor is Michael White’s acclaimed Ai Fiori restaurant, a favorite among the suit-and-tie crowd. Langham Place's crown jewel? Its impressive 11,000-square-foot Langham Place Spa, occupying the entire fourth floor, can help attune your wellness routine to the rhythms of nature.