The Andaz is a wonderfully chic haven from the bustle of Manhattan. Designed by David Rockwell with a comfy, loft sensibility, the rooms are larger-than-the-norm, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in scads of light (but are soundproofed for serenity). Filled with plush yet minimalist furnishings and designed for usability (love how the full-length mirror pops into and out of the built-ins), these may be among the most livable rooms in the city. Another perk: complimentary wine and coffee 24 hours in the lobby.
- Pauline Frommer