Ocean-liner-inspired rooms at the City Club are brisk, bright, and masculine: they're also about the same size as a room on a cruise ship—that means tight quarters, matey, no matter how much you enjoy sharing space with Jonathan Adler ceramics. All rooms have city-oriented photos from the '50s, C. O. Bigelow bathroom products, and "City Club" monogrammed wool blankets. Privacy, not publicity, is the emphasis at this luxe boutique property—the lobby is tiny, and guests
who wish to drink are sent across the street to the considerably more spacious Royalton. There's no gym, but guests who book directly through the hotel receive free access to a nearby New York Sports Club. Daniel Boulud's db bistro moderne is downstairs, making for delicious room service.