One of Manhattan's most historic properties, the Algonquin is a landmark of literary history. In 2012 the hotel completed a gut renovation that preserved its character—think oak paneling and pillars in the lobby—but modernized the rooms with contemporary comforts. Now this centenarian property features modern technology such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks alongside striking photographs of old New York. Renovated bathrooms have glass walk-in showers
along with plush robes and towels. Hordes of literary enthusiasts fill the clubby lobby; signed works of former Round Table raconteurs can be checked out in the library. The Round Table restaurant serves three meals daily with plenty of space for animated conversation while the Blue Bar has the type of cool, chic atmosphere that inspires you to order a martini.