Situated directly across from Central Park in the center of midtown Manhattan, this grand-scale boutique hotel has a sumptuous feel, from its opulent lobby that was modeled after the Vatican Library to its intricate mosaic floors and manned elevators. Originally designed in the 1920s as residences, the hotel today features 50 classically decorated rooms draped in calm tones of white and beige accented with fresh flowers. Don’t miss the on-site museum-quality vintage jewelry store, A La Vieille Russie, whose friendly and encyclopedic staff will tell you colorful histories of each piece. There are also popular hair salons for women (Garren, a favorite of fashion editors) and men (the Emile Salon). Guests, as well as New York’s chic social set, flock to Harry Cipriani, the hotel’s restaurant, for its tuna tartare, trademark bellinis, and upscale European-tinged atmosphere.