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.
New York City
New York City› Hotel
400 Fifth Ave (btw. 36th and 37th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Midtown East & Murrary Hill Transportation Subway: B, D, F, M, N, R, or Q to 34th St Phone 212/695-4005 Prices $383–$558 double Amenities Restaurant, bar, fitness center, personal assistants, 24-hour room service, spa, salon, complimentary pressing service upon arrival, free Wi-Fi Units 214 units Web site Langham Place