Walking into the marble-clad lobby of the Michelangelo is a bit like hopping the pond to Europe. It has the same swellegant ambience as the “Grand Dames” of Milan and Paris, not surprising as the Michelangelo is owned by the Star group (which operates some 20 hotels in Italy). And while the lobby has always been grand, it’s only in recent years that the guest rooms have caught up. Today, they’re done in soothing creams, tans, and browns, with raw-silk draperies, deep whirlpool tubs, and carpeting so thick you sink down a good half-inch as you walk. A continental breakfast is included in the nightly rate, and though there’s no on-site restaurant, 24-hour room service is provided and light snacks are available at the lobby bar.
- Pauline Frommer