Gramercy Park Hotel
With an ultra-swanky checkerboard-tiled lobby, where rough-hewn wooden columns support a 20-foot ceiling, and 185 rooms done up in Raphaelite tones of jade, claret, and sapphire blue, the landmark Gramercy Park Hotel offers a taste of modern glamour. (Ian Schrager and Julian Schnabel redesigned the 1925-era property in 2006.) Art looms large in the common areas; the adjacent Rose and Jade bars double as galleries for paintings by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cy Twombly. Maialino, an Italian trattoria from restaurateur Danny Meyers, is on site. And all guests are allowed entry to the exclusive, quiet, privately keyed Gramercy Park, just outside.