6 Columbus

Boutique hotel in Midtown

The details are nice here, like spherical moss sculptures outside the door and other touches crafted by NYC interior-designer Steve Sclaroff. Rooms are small but satisfying, with retro-cool detailing, Guy Bourdin artwork and flatscreen TVs. Luxury bedsheets and Ren toiletries crank up the luxe factor, while the intimate rooftop bar (5pm-midnight) begs for a romantic twilight toast.

Then there's the location; steps from Central Park, next to Time Warner and backed by a major subway hub. Valet parking is available, and all guests have access to a nearby fitness club.