For better or worse, the Four Seasons remains the blueprint for what a Manhattan luxury hotel should be. Sure, it's outrageously expensive, but you get a fair amount of bang for your buck, including stellar service, an imposing lobby done in marble and blond wood, and a well-connected concierge who can get reservations at most of New York's hot tables. Rooms here are impressively sized, starting at 600 square feet, with mattresses custom designed for the hotel, 10-foot
ceilings, and marble bathrooms with quick-filling tubs. The feel is conservative and perhaps too restrained for the price, but this is still the destination of choice for entertainment executives, celebrities, and well-heeled tourists and businessmen.