For cool New York, head for the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, close to the meatpacking district, a hot spot for restaurants and nightlife.
The hotel, housed in the former headquarters of a maritime union, has rooms as shipshape as a cruise cabin, with whimsical butterfly-pattern fabric headboards, five-foot porthole windows, flat-screen TVs, and built-ins that make the most of compact space. The long lobby offers ample seating, big arched windows, Japanese-lantern lighting, and a fireplace for winter warming. Two restaurants, La Bottega and Matsuri, are among the “in” places.
Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011; 212-242-4300; themaritimehotel.com. Rates: $395 to $1,500 a night.