Any Ritz is going to dazzle you… but this luxurious hotel in New York, one of the cushiest blocks in Manhattan, is pure, old-school luxury. Views of Central Park, right across the street, are delicious (if you shell out for one), and service is both abundant and hard to argue with at this most classic hotel in New York. The 260 guest rooms and 49 suites conjure the ritzy glamour of an Upper East Side home, with sumptuous couches, deluxe Bang & Olufsen stereos, and grand comfy beds topped by 400-thread-count linens. The bathrooms offer both a marble tub and a stand-up shower, and feature exclusive Frederic Fekkai bath products. For the weary travelers among us, renowned spa La Priarie is on-site and works wonders on overtaxed minds and bodies. Meanwhile, chef Laurent Tourondel expands the BLT brand with his latest offering, BLT Market – a stunning, season- driven eatery with a cloistered al fresco area.