New Yorkers held their collective breath when hotelier Ian Schrager announced he was revamping the Gramercy Park Hotel, a 1924 gem that had hosted everyone from Humphrey Bogart to David Bowie. They needn’t have worried: The redesigned lobby, unveiled in 2006, retains the boho spirit, with red banquettes, a working fireplace and an enormous Venetian chandelier designed by Julian Schnabel. The hotel's blue-chip art collection includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst. The eclectic elegance continues in the spacious rooms, with a jewel-toned color palette, tapestry-covered chairs, hand-tufted rugs, mahogany drinks cabinets and iPads. Have brunch on the 18th-floor Gramercy Terrace, which features a retractable roof, or sip cocktails at the Schnabel-designed Rose and Jade bars. Danny Meyer’s trattoria, Maialino, recently bumped up the attractions. Rooms: 192.
Gramercy Park Hotel
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2 Lexington Ave
|Cross street:||at 21st St|
|Transport:||Subway: Subway 6 to 23rd St|
|Price:||$470–$725 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|