Named for the street it’s on, this plush hotel could as easily be named for Greenwich, CT. It has that same sort of “old money” feel to it: While elegant, it’s not overdesigned. Walls tend to be cream-colored, with just a few pieces of art on them (many created by co-owner Robert DeNiro’s father). The couches are velvety and squashy, like you might find at an English manor house. Touches such as a fireplace in one suite and a real sauna in another tell you you’ve entered the upper strata of NYC hotels. Need more evidence? Room service comes from one of the best Italian restaurants in town (Locande Verde), and guests have their own private lounge and garden in which to eat and drink (when I was there, Heidi Klum and her four children were enjoying a meal). The basement spa, with a swimming pool topped with the beams of an ancient Japanese farmhouse, is understated, yet unmistakably lux. Final touch? If you need to travel anywhere below 34th Street, the hotel’s limo will sweep you there at no extra charge.
- Pauline Frommer