The Sofitel won a Hermes Award for its bold design–a 30-foot curved glass tower flanked by two 20-story wings. Upper-floor views are fabulous. The art-deco lobby with teak walls and bold contemporary art offers a dramatic welcome.
Stylish rooms in honey and cream have headboards of maple or rosewood, and baths feature separate walk-in showers. The French touch is evident in old Paris photos, Evian water, an orchid with evening turndown, and an on-site brasserie. It’s all one block from Fifth Avenue shopping.
Sofitel, 45 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036; 212-354-8844; sofitel.com. Rates: doubles $515 to $785 a night.