Greenwich 5.0

TriBeCa, New York City, New York
This virtually flawless 88-room TriBeCa newcomer (opened in 2008 by Robert de Niro, among others) offers an underground pool, the Shibui Spa, a premier gym, and the new Locanda Verde restaurant.

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 This virtually flawless 88-room TriBeCa newcomer (opened in 2008 by Robert de Niro, among others) offers an underground pool, the Shibui Spa, a premier gym, and the new Locanda Verde restaurant.
This virtually flawless 88-room TriBeCa newcomer (opened in 2008 by Robert de Niro, among others) offers an underground pool, the Shibui Spa, a premier gym, and the new Locanda Verde restaurant. Even better: The large, homey rooms have breathtaking design, free Wi-Fi, free minibar snacks, and free Wii video games by request. The scene is quiet but the guests-only lobby (seen here), drawing room, and courtyard feel like a little TriBeCan oasis. The Shibui Spa includes a uniquely stylish underground pool. The Gramercy Park Hotel currently sets the bar for New York cool -- hence the celebrities in the lounge and the paparazzi on the sidewalk. True, even guests sometimes feel excluded from the glamour-fest in the bar. But the place is utterly unique. Handsome. Old-world. Bohemian-chic. These are all words that come to mind to describe the rooms at the Gramercy. The Rose Bar, a velvet-heavy lounge, routinely draws celebs. The Roof Club and Garden provides a sun-drenched spot for breakfast in the morning and a hip space for a cocktail come nightfall. With 135 flawlessly appointed rooms, a super-hip bar tucked away in the nostalgic, velvet-filled lobby, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, and bike rentals, the Bowery Hotel redefines class in a gentrified downtown neighborhood where punk rock and squalor once ruled. The small details in the guest rooms really make the Bowery shine: the antique, doily-like fabric draped over the backs of the chairs, the wainscoted ceiling, the brass fixtures, the Villeroy & Boch sink, and the pencils and par avion envelopes in the desk drawer. Guests and locals alike hang out in the cozy, dimly-lit lobby bar. It serves creative cocktails and boasts a well-selected wine list. The fitness center is small and dark, but keeps up with the hotel's style with its green tile walls and wooden ceiling. Opened in October 2009 on a quiet, cobblestoned street in SoHo, the 86-room Crosby Street Hotel manages to be both lavish and welcoming, especially at the restaurant and in the vibrant public spaces. The spacious, impeccably furnished rooms cater to a sophisticated set who can afford the sky-high rates. The Crosby Bar serves American and English comfort food in a buzzing but cozy setting. The modern Smyth Hotel, from the Thompson Group, just opened in March 2009. Its 100 rooms (on 12 floors) are perched over a cobblestoned corner in TriBeCa. Muted, contemporary colors meet retro-modern decor with a 1950s twist: The lobby's wall displays vintage toy robots, alarm clocks, and radios. Like all Thompson hotels, the guest rooms are filled with brand-name luxury amenities: Hans Grohe bathroom fixtures, Sferra bed linens, oversize terrycloth robes by Frette, Kiehl's bath products, Dean & Deluca minibar choices, and even Kiki de Montparnasse "intimate accessories."
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