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Conrad Hilton

Conrad New York: The Hotel with Four Amenity Lines
Who doesn't love quality hotel amenities?

In my travels over the years, I've loved my heady and growing stash of Acqua di Parma, Bliss, and Molton Brown I've spotted at fine digs around the world. But most recently, the embarrassment of riches at the Conrad Hilton New York knocked my socks off.

The only all-suite hotel in Lower Manhattan with its lobby painting by Sol LeWitt called "Loopy Doopy" that rises like a swirl of blue over 13 stories has the casual vibe of a museum and well-appointed home rolled into one.

Its 463 suites give you the option of personalizing your stay by selecting one of four amenity lines from The Refinery, Shanghai Tang, Tara Smith, and Aromatherapy Associates.

Aromatherapy Associates pride themselves on using fine essential oils; Refinery is a collection specifically tailored to each gender (a first, for the hotel niche); Shangai Tang offers soaps and gels in a heady Mandarin Tea scent that is a nod to the Orient; and my favorite, Tara Smith's Vegan line, has brilliantly-colored birds like peacocks and parrots printed on its plastic screw-cap bottles.

This amenity bounty lines up with the spirit of the hotel's artwork, which is also a key driver. There are some 2,000 pieces wrapped around its lobby walls including those by a number of post WW II artists including Mary Heilmann, Elizabeth Peyton and Sara Sosnowy.

Out of the four amenity lines, Tara Smith's might just be the most luxurious, with its thick, velvety textures and a holistic way of putting luster back into your skin and hair.

The beautiful bottles that remind me of something Audubon would have designed, if he were Creative Director of a beauty line.

Designer Jill Greaves has made all the rooms gleam with light and texture, and the LED wall panels give you complete command of the room's light settings.

Now that's a fine stay indeed.
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