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London NYC, Midtown West 

151 W. 54th Street
Midtown West , New York
Tel: 212 307 5000
Fax: 212 765 6530
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When the 562-room London NYC opened in late 2006, the news that the restaurant was to be headed by Hell's Kitchen antihero Gordon Ramsay upstaged the news about the hotel itself. While Ramsay's considerable talent has (so far) failed to inspire Manhattan's jaded foodies, it's no matter—the real highlight is upstairs, anyway. Instead of cramped city-standard spaces, all of the David Collins–designed rooms are suites. The smallest is 300 square feet, and in most, the parlor leads through French doors to a bedroom with a well-fluffed bed, and then on to a marble- and mosaic-tiled Waterworks bath, complete with rain shower and soaking tub. Book a Vista suite to see above the surrounding office towers and onto Central Park. While the echoing chambers are big, they feel a bit impersonal—better for biz execs, perhaps, than starry-eyed lovers—and the parlor's groovy banquette is more pleasant to look at than to sit on (settle into the rocking chair instead). Room service, which includes dishes such as lobster risotto with mascarpone, is courtesy of Mr. Ramsay (or his staff, at least), but it's more fun to head downstairs to Maze, the powder-blue, 1960s-style lounge. All in all, there is a vaguely British feel about the place—from the dapper chaps manning the door to afternoon high tea—but thankfully they all have much better manners than Mr. Ramsay.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

It may have as its midtown neighbors a series of tightly packed skyscrapers, but inside, the 54-story London hotel (formerly the Rihga Royal) is an unexpected oasis. Many of the London's 562 minimalist white-and-gray suites are larger than some Manhattan apartments, and many have their own living room (with a snooze-inducing leather rocking chair and a massive velour chaise) and an ergonomic dark-wood desk. Aside from Gordon Ramsay's latest eponymous restaurant, there's also his more casual London Bar, a chic glassed-in room where the diners' bling adds to the glow of the chandeliers. Unless you're planning a special event, skip the on-site concierge services of Quintessentially, which are more showy than revolutionary.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: No matter when you go, New York has plenty of vittles for every palate.

Which room to book: A north-facing room on the fifty-first floor for sprawling Central Park views.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym

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