The W Union Sq.
Out of all the “W” hotels in New York City, of which there are five, this beacon – the 1911 Guardian Life building situated at the Northeast corner of 17th Street and Park Avenue South – combines the chic environs and modernist amenities of the chain with a very desirable downtown address, not to mention the largest room size of all of the NYC properties. With easy access to furniture shopping in Flatiron District, the green market of Union Square across the street, the action of Greenwich Village, and a straight-shot taxi ride to Midtown East, W Union Square draws a monied, young-spirited clientele. Spa and fitness services are available, and pets are welcome. The open Living Room lounge is prime people-watching territory; chef Todd English’s Olive’s restaurant delivers very nice wood-oven Mediterranean fare; and Rande Gerber’s Underbar is a candlelit, subterranean boîte ideally suited for seducing your spouse.