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The Shibui Spa includes a uniquely stylish underground pool.

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 The Shibui Spa includes a uniquely stylish underground pool.
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." Opened in late 2007, the futuristic 88-room 6 Columbus is two minutes from Central Park in Midtown West -- a beautiful, convenient, but not so hip location. Sleek style and high-end comforts like 400-count sheets and Kiehl's bath products keep pace with its famed SoHo sister, 60 Thompson, but there's no gym, business center, or celebrities. 6 Columbus Circle features the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill in its lobby, a restaurant that's as popular with locals as it is with hotel guests. It's one of eight Blue Ribbon restaurants in New York, each of which serves its own brand of fusion cuisine. This one, in addition to offering great sushi, won the title of best fried chicken in New York from New York magazine in 2008.
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