An artistic spirit remains in the Quin, a refined property with creative flair that has been a key player in the renaissance of bustling 57th Street. The Quin opened in late 2013, after an extensive transformation from the Buckingham Hotel (once a popular retreat for musicians, actors, and artists) into a fresh property with an emphasis on individual service. Here, attachés are on hand to lend their expertise in food, fashion, art, or music to each guest, creating personal itineraries with insider access. The artistic roots of the property are seen in a substantial permanent art collection along with an artist-in-residence program and a 15-foot abstract video art wall in the lobby. Thoughtful touches enhance a stay, including free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines in the rooms, and a chic 24-hour drawing room stocked with Apple products. Begin your stay by grabbing a seat at the bar in the Wayfarer to slurp some oysters from the raw bar.
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A bustling stretch of West 57th Street has seen a renaissance in recent years, with the arrival of new hotels and restaurants including the Quin. On the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue, this hotel is located two blocks from the southern stretch of Central Park. The neighborhood is home to old New York treasures such as Carnegie Hall and new, buzzing restaurants such as Betony. Local dining also includes Greek favorite Molyvos and cult hit Burger Joint. Guests will find upscale shopping (Tiffany & Co, Henri Bendel) a block away on 5th Avenue. This is a particularly convenient location for subways, with nearby access to several lines (F, N, Q, R, B, D, and E lines).
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Rooms: 208 rooms, 28 suites. From $499. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Wayfarer is a two-story, seafood-focused restaurant set on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The bright space has a vintage vibe and serves a menu heavy on fish, including a raw bar, oysters tempura with a chili dipping sauce, and grilled branzino with cannellini beans, chorizo, and sherry sauce. Room service is also available around the clock. Spa and gym details: In-room spa treatments are available. Breaking free of the gym-in-the-basement trend, the Quin offers a bright 24-hour Technogym fitness center with street views for people watching.
Who’s it best for: Culture seekers who travel for art, music, and fashion. Luxury travelers seeking a bit of personality. Our favorite rooms: The Terrace Premier rooms include sun loungers on a private terrace. The specialty suites have cultural inspirations; the O’Keeffe Suite, for example, is inspired by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and the Paderewski Suite by Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Personal touch: The on-site attachés are expert in fields such as music, art, fashion, and food, and they can curate your experience.