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One of Midtown's hippest hotels, this property serves as a second home for the media elite.
This cutting-edge classic was conceived by Ian Schrager and the late Steve Rubell. The lobby’s already stunning good looks were later freshened up by NY design firm, Roman and Williams, and Philippe Starck's original designs for the guest rooms and suites were taken in hand by Charlotte Macaux. The result: accommodations that are bold, elegant and incomparable. Many of the sophisticated rooms are decorated with mahogany cabinets, plush leather furniture and residential-style features like built-in banquette seating. The bathrooms have either a custom round tub built into a concave slate wall or a slate-and-glass-walled shower complete with MALIN+GOETZ bath accessories. Amenities include working fireplaces, lacquered boxes filled with Dean & DeLuca treats, flat-screen televisions and a complimentary continental breakfast buffet on select days of the week.
If there is any drawback at this hotel, it is the lack of views. But the public spaces make up for it, especially the fireside area with its floor-to-ceiling hand-forged cast bronze fireplace, where you can relax and do some high-style people watching. There is also the see-and-be-seen restaurant and lounge, Forty Four and Bar 44. The latter serves one of the most interesting cocktail menus in Midtown. As for the food at the restaurant, it's topnotch, with such culinary enticements as short rib and black truffle grilled cheese or seared salmon with chestnut farro. For working off those meals, the Fitness Center at Royalton is open round the clock. Four handsome meeting and event spaces are available for board meetings, cocktail parties and private dinners.
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