Flanking famously private Gramercy Park, the opulent Gramercy Park Hotel has a rich history. It first opened in 1925 as the New York Hotel, and within a year, Humphrey Bogart was married on the roof. It was a destination hotel in the 1960s for bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The hotel's rock-and-roll edge continued through the 1980s, with U2 as regular guests. In 2006, artist Julian Schnabel was brought on board to renovate the property, transforming it into the bold, art-filled, glamorous destination that it is today. Decadent style is the focus, from the low-lit lobby with an always-changing selection of museum-quality art to the vibrant rooms splashed with pops of bright greens, deep reds, and royal blues. Guests will experience glamour from another era -- in the rooms, the refined cocktail bars, and the rooftop terrace.
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At the intersection of private Gramercy Park and Lexington Avenue, the Gramercy Park Hotel is an easy walk to several neighborhoods, including Union Square and Madison Square Park. This leafy, historic neighborhood is full of dining destinations, including Gramercy Tavern and ABC Kitchen. Many bars beckon nearby, too, from the craft cocktail spot Dear Irving to a historic pub, Pete's Tavern. This is a more residential neighborhood with few typical tourist attractions, though the Flatiron building is within walking distance. Subway access is a block west, on Park Avenue.
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Rooms: From $495. 139 rooms, 46 suites. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Maialino was an instant New York classic when it opened in late 2009. This Italian restaurant was designed to resemble a traditional Roman trattoria and serves satisfying fare like tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Breakfast and brunch are also excellent. The Rose Bar and the Jade Bar are the exclusive watering holes on the ground floor of the hotel, off the lobby. Filled with modern art, these spaces are see-and-be-seen nightlife destinations. The rooftop Gramercy Terrace is an enchanting garden; guests can arrange private events and meals here. Spa and gym details: A fitness center is open 24 hours. Guests have access to Lorenzo Martone–designed bikes. There is no physical spa, but the concierge can arrange spa treatments in your room.
Who's it for: Art-loving travelers seeking a retreat with both glamour and a rock-and-roll edge. Our favorite rooms:Parkside rooms, such as the Park View Premier King, are more peaceful than rooms on the Lexington side. Guests may also want to select rooms based on which bold color palette they are drawn to. Special privilege:Guests of Gramercy Park Hotel have access to the private, adjacent Gramercy Park. This park is gated and locked, but guests are allowed inside—just ask at the front desk.