A colorful choice in a rather plain neighborhood, the Roger continues to have a following among repeat visitors to New York, especially since its 2012 redesign. The lobby, with its blue tufted couches and black-and-white photographs, is a great place to relax (natural light pours in from oversized picture windows). Rooms are similarly cheerful and include nice touches like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, Aveda bath products, and a minibar outfitted with Macallan scotch and snacks. The bathrooms are a little cramped. The hotel's lounge serves American fare at reasonable prices, and the breakfast buffet includes local faves: H&H bagels and Petrossian smoked salmon.