Large, sleek and modern near Grand Central Terminal.
This hotel's glitzy lobby has green-and-white Italian marble floors, palm trees and plenty of chrome and mirrors. You'll also find scores of business types here. There are ambassadors and diplomats traveling with their entourages (the hotel is across the street from the United Nations), as well as wealthy travelers who like the location by the East River. The 438 rooms begin on the 28th floor; offices occupy the first 27. The accommodations have stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Fine fabrics and textiles --- brocades, silks, batiks and tapestries --- are displayed throughout. Tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center are located on the top floors.