This hotel is somewhat notable for being the first Holiday Inn in Manhattan, built in 1964. Though the exterior is remarkably dull, rooms -- 596 in two towers, North and South -- offer contemporary decor in neutral tones. In the summer, the hotel’s most notable feature comes alive: an outdoor rooftop pool, sundeck, and bar serving drinks. The rest of the year, guests can head to the main sports bar, which has authentic NYC artifacts from the owner’s collection, including a Harley-Davidson. Free Wi-Fi (a Holiday Inn Standard) is offered throughout. The location -- on West 57th St., as the name suggests -- is within walking distance of Columbus Circle, Central Park, and Lincoln Center. Just note that there are more stylish options in the neighborhood for the price, such as the Tryp and the Paramount.