City Club Hotel, New York City
Man-about-town and first-time hotelier Jeff Klein is generating buzz with his new City Club Hotel, in a renovated 1904 Manhattan gentlemen's club. Decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber—whose clients include Iman and David Bowie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones—designed the 65-room property, and star chef Daniel Boulud runs the restaurant, DB Bistro Moderne. Don't expect a see-and-be-seen scene à la Ian Schrager (whose Royalton hotel is across the street); Klein declares happening lobbies to be "so yesterday." City Club's tiny lobby is reminiscent of a Park Avenue entrance hall, overlooked by a clubby guests-only lounge. In the rooms, shimmering mica-flecked wallpaper, plush daybeds heaped with pillows, chocolate-colored marble bathrooms, and Frette bed linens are the stylish standard; mini-bars are stocked with free drinks. "I'm not into nickel-and-diming my guests," Klein says. So you can go ahead and splurge on Boulud's $27 foie gras—and—truffle burger. City Club Hotel, 55 W. 44th St.; 212/921-5500; doubles from $275.