Following a recent renovation, the historic Raleigh is once again having its day in the sun. This 1940 L Murray Dixon-designed structure boasts all the mod cons, down to bedside buttons controlling everything from lights to room temperature. Sleek furniture matches the clientele—primarily fashion-industry types—and staff (many of whom are models). The hotel’s biggest asset, though, is its voluptuous swimming pool. Calling to mind a Busby Berkeley musical, it was indeed the setting for many an Esther Williams film during the 1940s. Even non-guests can get a look at this storied hole in the ground by sidling up to the pool bar.
1775 Collins Avenue
|Cross street:||at 18th Street|
|Transport:||Bus C, G, H, L, M, S|
|Price:||Rates $325–$750 double|