Built in 1939 in the graceful Streamline Moderne style inspired by the swooping lines of an ocean liner, this Art Deco landmark is a treat for the eyes. That’s a good thing, because standard rooms here are scarcely roomier than a shipboard cabin. Details are perfect, from the silver, white and black decor down to the bathroom fixtures. But even with minimal furniture and a long shelf serving as desk, table and dresser, space is tight. (Bathrooms, though, are larger than average.) The hotel was last renovated in 2009 and is starting to show a little wear. I’d recommend asking (and paying) for a suite to fully appreciate the beautiful architecture and room design. Virtues that compensate for the stingy space include a friendly, professional staff, double windows that block street noise, beds so comfy you want to live in them, and a rooftop bar with an ocean view to die for (though it’s often crowded).
- Frommer's Staff