This hotel made a big splash when it opened at the start of the decade, but there haven't been many changes since then, and it's starting to show. Business travelers like the location a block from Grand Central, and the Benjamin, the grand steak house within. The 1903 Beaux-Arts building includes ornate plasterwork on the facade and a stunning marble staircase spiraling up its three floors. The 11-foot ceilings (the lower the floor, the higher the ceilings) give the modern
guest rooms a touch of grandeur, and the beakers that serve as glasses in the bathrooms are a clever nod to the building's past as home of the Chemists' Club. Note that some rooms remain small and dark, even after reconstruction.