With over 100 guest rooms and 100 suites, this polished of Eastside hotels in New York City features a host of clever luxuries, including a sleep concierge (who walks you through 11 pillow choices), a “pampered pet” program for your four-legged travel companions, a spa featuring a host of relaxing therapies, and elegantly appointed living spaces. Originally the Hotel Beverly, constructed in 1927, the building itself is a throwback to a gentler time, with its Gothic rose windows and dramatic lobby. (Painter Georgia O’Keefe captured the Benjamin’s beauty from her apartment across the way.) Staffers are exceedingly friendly, and the needs of both weary business travelers and romance-seeking couples are taken into serious consideration. The newly renovated Restaurant at the Benjamin is a notable, greenmarket-driven new American spot; meanwhile the Emery Bar in the lobby draws a sophisticated crowd and serves up dolled-up comfort food such as rock shrimp spoonbread and lobster rolls. No one argues with the milk and cookies at turn-down.