The USP: It's difficult to know where to start... The New York landmark was given its current incarnation by Ian Schrager, a man who counts co-founding Studio 54 and the invention of the boutique hotel genre amongst his achievements. And perhaps as you'd expect from a hotel conceived by a man with this kind of CV, the Gramercy Park Hotel is a perfect blend of opulence and cool.The hotel was beloved for its faded-glory and rich history (Humphrey Bogart married actress Helen Menken on the rooftop) and bar that served everyone from Babe Ruth to Joe Strummer.
Book it now if: You fancy an indulgent, eccentric, extravagant and downright fabulous trip in NYC.
Bedding down: The dark wood panelling, heavily perfumed eccentricity and a louche, bohemian atmpsphere result in a hotel that manages to be both cosy old world and achingly hip. Kind of like Iris Apfel.The walls drip with artwork from the likes of Warhol, Hirst and Twombly.
Feed me: The 18th floor rooftop terrace is a five star oasis with a breakfast buffet fit for a king, while restaurant Maialino and is a Roman-style trattoria. This might have once been the haunt of Bogart, but if you head to the hotel's Rose or Jade bars now, and you're likely to be nursing an exotic cocktail by a current paparazzi darling in the intimate candle-lit space.
What's the damage: Room prices start from $600.
Point me in the right direction: 2 Lexington Avenue, Gramercy Park, New York NY 10010, + 1 212 920 3300, gramercyparkhotel.com
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