A fun-and-funky atmosphere influenced by local artisans.
This moderately priced Union Square hotel greets visitors with a new-millennium look of stainless steel and glass, polished black granite tiles and cobalt-blue carpeting. The postage stamp-size lobby houses an onyx reception desk and four TV monitors tuned to vintage movies. Upstairs, 116 small rooms are as cleverly designed as can be, featuring flat-screen televisions and comfortable beds with down comforters and sculptural steel headboards. Other furniture brings to mind reclaimed office furniture. For added luxury, reserve a room on the Salon Floor, where rooms come with feather beds, bathrobes, complimentary continental breakfast, mini-refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Slick meeting rooms and lounges created by local design impresarios (from fashion designer Colleen Quen to skateboard pro Pete Colpitts) offer hip space for business and social gatherings. A small fitness room gives guests a place to stay in shape while on the road.