"Back in 1898, when the building was first built, rooms had views," Adrien, the friendly receptionist, chuckled when I noted that I was looking out my window at a brick wall. "But then buildings grew up all around the place." Ah well, views, schmooze! I certainly didn’t mind the lack of cityscape, as there was more than enough to catch my interest in these chic, nautically themed rooms, the first created by famed interior designer Philip Starck for a hotel. The heads of the beds are notched into the walls for a cozy, almost four-poster effect; and some of the standard rooms have super-cool round bathtubs, tiled in tiny mirrors. A nice touch: loaner iPads in each room with free Wi-Fi. Even if you don’t stay here, stop by for a cocktail—happy hour in the block-long train of lounges here is quite the scene.
New York City
New York City› Hotel
44 W 44th St. (btw. Fifth and Sixth Aves.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Times Square & Midtown West Transportation Subway: B, D, F, or M to 42nd St./Bryant Park Phone 800/697-1781 or 212/869-4400 Prices $249–$499 double Amenities Restaurant, 2 bars, concierge, fitness room, room service Units 169 units Web site Royalton HotelBook a Room Now