Hotel on Rivington
A high-design (and high-profile) herald of change in a once-grubby neighborhood, the glass-façaded Rivington soars above the old brick tenements of the Lower East Side. Dutch artist Marcel Wanders' white installation Eggtrance leads into a red-carpet foyer and the futuristic ground-floor Co-op Food & Drink; the check-in desk, on the second floor, abuts a salon with a black-felt pool table and wraparound banquettes. The 110 stylish rooms—with ultrasuede curtains, angora ottomans, Swedish Tempur-Pedic mattresses, and Bisazza mosaic-tile bathrooms—are drenched in natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Deep soaking tubs and mini-bars in which candles and massage oil share space with champagne lend any stay here a sexy subtext. The über-minimalist penthouse is (literally) the height of luxury, and an extravagant way to treat yourself—assuming a rock band hasn't rented it out for an after-party.