A haven for writers and artists for decades, the Washington Square Hotel is suited to those seeking a quiet refuge in this storied neighborhood. After a recent hotel-wide redecoration, rooms are done up in spare art deco furnishings and an odd but pleasant color scheme of mauve and beige. The North Square restaurant and lounge—an unsung secret with an eclectic menu—is popular with locals and NYU profs. Rates include a continental breakfast. Get a south-facing room for a glimpse of the park. Rooms 152.