A neighborhood favorite for a reason, this Upper West Side hotel is three blocks from Central Park, 10 blocks from Lincoln Center, and footsteps from great gourmet grocery stores—Zabar's, Fairway, and Citarella. It's also the neighborhood's best buy for the price: all of the generously sized rooms and suites have kitchenettes (stocked with coffeemakers, pots and pans, toasters, etc) and marble bathrooms. Closets are huge and high floors have views of Central Park, the
Hudson River, or the Midtown skyline. A small fitness center has modern equipment, though you might prefer to go jogging in the park. A recently renovated lobby and the addition of Beacon Bar, a contemporary and dimly lit watering hole with small plates and classic cocktails, bring a modern polish to the hotel. The staff here are especially friendly and helpful.