An international crowd has flocked to this trendy hotel ever since celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs (of Los Angeles's Chateau Marmont and SoHo's Mercer) opened it in the late 1990s. Each retro-style guest room has a sundeck that looks out over the parking lot to the water. The beachfront restaurant provides the best sunset- and people-watching around. French bistro dishes, such as moules frites (mussels and fries) and fried calamari, are the things to get here, but
choose an American finale and go for the chocolate sundae.