Though this may be the most luxurious hotel in the city, guests often remark that it's hipper and more modern than other hotels in the St. Regis chain. The renovated lobby evokes fog-inspired furnishings masterminded by interior designer Theresa Fatino, and still houses the showpiece restaurant and bar favored by celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Al Gore. Rooms have been called conservative, with subdued cream colors, leather-texture walls and window seats. Most have city
views. The 42-inch plasma-screen TVs and bedside guest digital assistants handle everything from raising the motorized window shades to controlling the entertainment systems to providing weather and other electronic information. Rooms also have Bose sound systems, a copier/fax/printer combo, and direct phone lines. Baths, with limestone tiling and TVs, have deep soaking tubs and separate showers with showerheads that rain straight down. All suites and some rooms have 24-hour butler service. The two-level spa has nine treatment rooms, and the area around the 50-foot lap pool, filled with natural light and bubbling water sounds, is a stunning essay in bright white. A Jacuzzi and sauna are in an immaculate dressing area.