This modern 23-floor hotel takes a playful approach to interior design, planting unexpected features in the lobby—a large-scale reproduction of 19th-century British artist Thomas Benjamin Kennington's Autumn peeks out tantalizingly from behind velvet drapes, for instance. Eventi is managed by Kimpton, which is known for its informal, friendly ethos, flamboyant decor and nice perks like free wine and cheese gatherings in the evening, and accommodations are surprisingly luxurious. All of the spacious rooms (which feel even more open thanks to floor-to-ceiling outlooks) have king-size beds, outfitted with dapper gray fabric headboards and Frette linens. Cool marble bathrooms are stocked with swanky Etro products. For an on-site bite, choose between the sprawling, indoor-outdoor farm-to-table eatery Humphrey or Brighton, a boardwalk-style food court with a fish shack, burger joint and pizzeria. There's also a spa. Rooms: 292.
851 Sixth Ave
|Cross street:||between 29th and 30th Sts|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq; N, R to 28th St|
|Price:||$279–$599 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|