Half hotel, half apartment building, and formerly known as the Setai, this ultra-exclusive skyscraper property is expert at coddling its guests. What that means is free shoe shines when guests arrive (can’t have dusty tootsies in a place this fancy), a town car available at all hours to whisk them around town, complimentary access to the minibar, and rooms that feel like they’re the dimension of a squash court (the smallest start at 700 feet). Bathrooms feature soaking tubs and TVs hidden behind the mirrors. Not enough? On-site is a celeb-helmed restaurant (Ai Fiori from Michael White), a massive spa and gym, and the Julian Farel salon. Those who ante up for suites get even more luxury, including full and state-of-the-art kitchens (in the larger ones), and espresso machines. While the immediate area of the hotel is rather grungy, it’s just a few short blocks from Bryant Park and the Empire State Building.
- Pauline Frommer