Set in New York City’s famed Gramercy Park neighborhood, Gramercy Park Hotel has 185 rooms that are decorated with bold Renaissance colors and fabrics, often employing green and red velvet for the couches and curtains. You will not only love the lively scene at the Rose Bar, the bar-turned-private-lounge after 10 p.m., but you’ll find the always-crowded Maialino restaurant headed by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer as a smart culinary detour as well. The fact that the excellent food and drink await you no matter where you decide to dine is delicious news.
Breakfast quickly becomes a favorite meal as you can dine on the rooftop of the New York City hotel at the Gramercy Terrace, a spot with a retractable roof that’s open during the warm weather months and filled with greenery and hanging lights to create a romantic and relaxed setting. There, you can nosh on a variety of egg dishes such as the baked eggs with summer squash, tomato confit and a shaving of grated pecorino. The Meyer-helmed Terrace is closed for dinner, but you can turn back to Maialino in the evening for housemade pastas, charred octopus and cured meats while sipping on a bold Italian red wine from the carefully selected menu.
Items from the kitchen aren’t the only head-turning qualities about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, though. With rotating art collections in the lobby from famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the hotel’s creative designer Julian Schnabel, we love surveying the public spaces as they feel like our own private galleries. The visual fun only continues when you get into the rooms. Eclectic and funky with the painted green walls, black-and-white framed paintings and velvet decor, you will appreciate the personal quarters for their personality and flair.