MAN­HAT­TAN TRANS­FER Our choice of New York ho­tels, from a hip­ster hang­out with a rooftop pool to fine din­ing in an el­e­gant Flat­iron tower

Where to wake up in the city that never sleeps

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents - By LUCY HALFHEAD

BEST FOR… REST AND RE­LAX­ATION THE CHATWAL, A LUX­URY COL­LEC­TION HO­TEL

De­spite its po­si­tion in the heart of the bustling Theater Dis­trict, you can be as­sured of a bliss­ful night’s sleep at the Chatwal, thanks to hand­made mat­tresses dressed with

400-thread-count Frette linens, plus sa­chets of Asprey bath salts. The 76 spa­cious rooms and suites that make up this art deco haven are dec­o­rated in rich hues of saf­fron,

sepia and ruby, and, in the lobby, el­e­gant fire­places and chrome fix­tures en­hance the so­phis­ti­cated aes­thetic. Ser­vice is ex­cep­tional; whether you

need tickets printed, an in-room blow-dry or al­mond milk for your morn­ing cof­fee (which comes ac­com­pa­nied by a sur­prise bas­ket of warm pas­tries), noth­ing is too much to ask. There’s also a sub­ter­ranean gym, a lap pool and an El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Red Door spa to help you fully un­wind. The Chatwal, A Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel (+1 212 764 6200;

www.thechat­walny.com), from about £480 a room a night.

BEST FOR… BUSI­NESS TRAV­ELLERS LOEWS RE­GENCY NEW YORK

Any ho­tel that wel­comes guests with a tan­ta­lis­ing cheese­board and a bot­tle of red wine in their room is off to a good start. The Loews Re­gency man­ages to main­tain this stan­dard through­out your stay, thanks to super-king-size beds, in-mir­ror TVs in the grey mar­ble bath­rooms and highly ef­fec­tive black­out blinds. Down­stairs, the week­day ‘Power Break­fast’ – a term coined by the Tisch fam­ily, who founded the ho­tel in 1975 – lures the city’s movers and shak­ers to dis­cuss work and close deals over eggs Bene­dict. You’ll find your­self within a short stroll of Cen­tral Park on the Up­per East Side, where

New York is at its most re­served and re­fined with leafy streets and hand­some brown­stone houses.

Loews Re­gency New York (+1 212 759 4100; www.loew­sho­tels.com/re­gency-ho­tel), from about £345 a room a night.

BEST FOR… SO­PHIS­TI­CATED GLAM­OUR THE NEW YORK EDI­TION

When it was first built in 1909 as the head­quar­ters for an in­surance com­pany, the iconic tower that now houses the New York Edi­tion was the tallest build­ing in the city. To­day, the ho­tel’s 273 bed­rooms have a lux­u­ri­ous feel, with choco­late-toned walls, low light­ing and oak floors, and win­dows that look out across the Flat­iron Dis­trict. Key fea­tures in­clude a Ja­son Ather­ton restau­rant, the Clock­tower; a spa whose tai­lored treat­ments from El­e­men­tal Her­bol­ogy are great for com­bat­ing jet-lag; and dash­ing door­men who wouldn’t look

out of place in a Dolce & Gab­bana ad­vert. The New York Edi­tion (+1 212 413 4200; www.edi­tion­ho­tels.com/new-york),

from about £425 a room a night.

BEST FOR… ART-LOVERS HO­TEL INDIGO LOWER EAST SIDE

First it was the Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict; now the Lower East Side has ac­quired a pol­ished air, as ev­i­denced by its stylish restau­rants in­clud­ing Café Medi, and Ho­tel Indigo, with its airy, art-gallery-in­spired rooms. In­te­ri­ors at the ho­tel fea­ture vi­brant mu­rals at ev­ery turn, and there is even a graf­fiti concierge to help you find and ap­pre­ci­ate nearby street art. The 15th-floor rooftop has a heated pool, yoga ses­sions in the sum­mer and un­in­ter­rupted Down­town views. Vy­ing for your at­ten­tion, how­ever, is Mr Pur­ple, a bar and restau­rant that cham­pi­ons lo­cal culi­nary hotspots such as 2nd Ave Deli, Russ & Daugh­ters and Beecher’s Hand­made Cheese. A 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre is at the dis­posal of the health-con­scious.

Ho­tel Indigo Lower East Side (+1 212 237 1776; www.hotelindigolow­ereast­side.com), from about £185 a room a night.

BEST FOR… DOWN­TOWN CHIC THE LUD­LOW

Un­de­ni­ably hip, the Lud­low is filled with vin­tage furniture, hand­crafted

Moroc­can pen­dant lamps and mar­ble mo­saic floors. Charis­matic com­mu­nal spa­ces are de­signed for lin­ger­ing in: the Lobby Lounge with its distressed lime­stone fire­place; the all-sea­son se­cret gar­den, which is per­fect for lav­ish break­fasts of bagels and crois­sants; and Dirty

French, a restau­rant serv­ing up an Amer­i­can twist on clas­sic Parisian cui­sine. The bath­rooms are equally ap­peal­ing, with rain show­ers, fluffy Mai­son Margiela dress­ing gowns and sump­tu­ous Red Flower prod­ucts, and many of the 184 rooms of­fer views across the New York sky­line. The Lud­low (+1 212 432 1818; www.lud­lowho­tel.com), from

about £240 a room a night.

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