A multimillion-dollar refresh in 2012 brought new life to this Midtown business-traveler favorite, infusing the lobby and rooms with a bright color palette and modern furniture. In the common area, done in shades of silver and purple, people are parked for hours with their laptops and iPads—there are also a couple of hotel laptops set out for guest use. Some suites have hot tubs and terraces with Empire State Building views. Silverleaf Tavern serves modern-American small plates, and the bar is comfortable even if you're alone. It all makes for a good choice in this quiet neighborhood a couple of blocks from Grand Central.