Library Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Franklin NYC Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Lots of great freebies make the classy, 1930s-era Franklin a great pick outside the tourist zone: free Wi-Fi, free breakfast with fresh French pastries, a 24-hour cappucino/espresso machine in the lobby, passes to the New York Sports Club, and a free afternoon wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that offers cheese brought in from a gourmet purveyor.
Affinia Dumont Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With a world-class gym and spa, plus dozens of customized amenities, the all-suites Dumont is a phenomenal option if you're looking for an urban spa getaway. The free wine hour in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. is another great feature to help guests unwind.
The Muse - Kimpton Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This modern boutique hotel is steps from the center of bustling Times Square, but feels like a calm oasis -- and the complimentary wine hour (5 to 6 p.m.) in the stylish, contemporary lobby makes it all the more relaxing. Those who want more wine when the hour is over can head to the hotel's hip wine bar, Nios.
Hotel Elysee Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Affinia Shelburne Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Located in sleepy Murray Hill, the Affinia Shelburne is a bit of a hike from most popular tourist attractions, but the abundance of reasonably priced restaurants nearby -- as well as the hotel’s own rooftop bar and inventive burger grill -- make this comfortable, low-key property a solid mid-price option. The spacious suites have marble tubs and colorful custom-made furniture. The wine hour is held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby.
Casablanca Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
70 Park Avenue Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A knowledgeable concierge, free daily wine, comfortable rooms with high-end perks (42-inch flat-screen TVs; iHome iPod docking stations), and eco-safe practices make this 205-room Kimpton-brand hotel a comfortable, consciounable option.
Affinia Fifty Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A convenient Midtown East location, specialty pillow options, and freebies like an in-room fitness kit, contact lens solution, and a free wine reception make this Affina a solid value.