Concierge.com's insider take:
If you book into this art deco landmark, make sure to reserve in the new wing of the hotel. If you stay on the chintzy older side, you won't enjoy the property and in fact may feel that you are in a sad film noir: rooms are worn and have a melancholy air (though a refurbishment is scheduled for 2011). The ones in the newer wing on the other hand are outfitted in stylish silks and have gorgeous wood floors. And deluxe rooms have sumptuous 1920s marble bathrooms. For timeless ambience, the rooftop bar can't be beat.