The Peninsula New York
Of the same vintage as the neighboring St. Regis (both hotels were built between 1904 and 1905), the Peninsula has retained its decorative Beaux-Arts façade—but inside, old-world grandeur meets streamlined modernity. A crystal chandelier dangles in the lobby, illuminating dark-cherry and Carpathian-elm burl woodwork with Art Nouveau carvings; Oriental carpets are spread over white marble floors. The 235 rooms feature high-tech touches like bedside electronic panels to control the mood lighting and complimentary Beats by Dr. Dre products to enjoy during your stay. Afternoon tea service in the Gotham Lounge is a characteristically civilized affair, while the rooftop bar with its Fifth Ave views and twin outdoor terraces is a local favorite.