Baroque grandeur makes a nice change from the typical urban-modern hotel scene.
Old World hospitality and European flair make this hotel a unique standout amongst the glass-and-steel buildings that define much of modern New York City. The lobby is decorated lavishly with gilded candelabras, antique clocks, Oriental rugs and striking statues. The vast majority of the 185 accommodations are one- and two-bedroom suites and include wired and Wi-Fi Internet access, three dual-line telephones with data ports, fax, electronic shoeshine and, in some, fully equipped kitchens and/or balconies, all the better to view what is arguably the poshest couple of blocks on earth. The Luxury Collection is a quartet of suites on the 22nd and 23rd floors, equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs, balconies and marble-tiled bathrooms with jetted-tubs. Guest may use any of the New York Health & Racquet Club's nine locations and, in season, enjoy a complimentary yacht cruise on the East River. Another amenity perhaps available in no other hotel in the city; if your name is Kimberly, stay at the hotel and receive a complimentary Frette bathrobe. In 2010, the hotel opened Upstairs, a rooftop lounge with retractable glass ceilings and walls, a small plates menu and cocktails both modern and classic. Ideally situated on the East Side, the hotel is convenient to Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.