The clientele here is mostly fashion industry folks, or so the friendly front desk clerk told me when I wondered aloud why I felt so underdressed. It’s easy to see why they like the place. Though built from the ground up as a hotel in 2009, it has an old-time glamor to the guestrooms, all of which have art deco-ish furnishings, large posters of 30’s movie stars and delightfully high ceilings. And on the practical side, rooms can double as workspaces as they feature large desks, iPod docking systems, and computer hookups. Other perks include a fitness center with massage services, nightly wine receptions and a fab rooftop bar with views of the Empire State Building (many rooms have ESB views, too).

-Pauline Frommer