Washington Jefferson Hotel
The Hotel: The Washington Jefferson’s 135 rooms are on the petite side (a few might even qualify as ultra-petite), but their style and amenities stand up to those at much pricier hotels. All have padded-headboard beds with goose-down duvets, Frette linens and towels, and iPod docking stations. The common areas—including a fitness room and Japanese restaurant—are also small, but choice (New York Yankee Hideki Matsui has been known to stop by for sushi).
The Locale: Although slightly off the beaten path in Hell’s Kitchen, the hotel is an easy (and equidistant) walk from the Theater District, the swanky shops of Fifth and Madison avenues, and Central Park. It’s also set on a street lined with lively restaurants and bars.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.