Designer credentials and high-tech gadgets are everywhere in the impeccably coordinated black-and-white rooms, some split-level and all gorgeously furnished with extraordinary pieces drawn from every corner of the globe. All have exquisite bed linens, feather comforters, and luxurious marble baths. Even the hotel entrance is unique: an elevator sweeps you up to the fifth-floor lobby, where you can relax on a buttery leathery couch in front of the fire. A "whatever, whenever"
button on the telephone connects you with helpful, amiable staffers who provide exactly that, and breakfast is served until a magnificently lazy 1 pm on Sunday.