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Royalton Hotel Review: This cutting-edge classic was conceived by Ian Schrager and the late Steve Rubell and updated in 2007. The lobby’s already stunning good looks were 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. They are bold, elegant and hard to leave. Many rooms include mahogany cabinets, plush furniture and banquette seating. The bathrooms have either a custom round tub built into a concave slate wall or a slate-and-glass-walled shower. Working fireplaces and lacquered boxes filled with Dean & DeLuca treats are some of the more notable amenities. A drawback? Zero views. But the public spaces make up for it, especially the fireside reading area, where you can relax or do some seriously high-end people watching. There is also the see-and-be-seen bar and restaurant, Forty Four, serving one of the most interesting cocktail menus in midtown. The food is top notch, and we suspect that, yes, even some of the models who hang out at Forty Four with the city's media elite can't resist the culinary enticements.