|Venue name:||Hotel Elysée|
60 E 54th St
|Cross street:||between Madison and Park Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||$224–$589 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
Since 1926, this discreet but opulent hotel has attracted luminaries from legendary Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (whose grand piano resides in the premier suite) to (an unnamed) modern superstar who stayed for three months preparing to go on tour. You may bump into one on the way from your antique-appointed room to the complimentary wine and cheese served every weekday evening in the sedate second-floor lounge.