The 183 rooms are impeccably contemporary, but the most impressive design element just might be the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to furnished balconies overlooking Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens. Interiors consist of light-wood floors and furniture with gold or black detailing, plus geometric-print rugs and fun accents like spherical lamps, houndstooth throw pillows, and magenta orchids. The mostly neutral palette gets a dose of color from purple ombre curtains and Brooklyn-sourced artwork. Beds are comfy and all rooms have at least a chaise lounge, while suites have separate sitting areas. Possible problems for business travelers? There are no desks — bedside tables in front of lounges were used as makeshift workspaces during our visit.
High-end amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi (or upgrades for faster speeds), stocked or empty mini-fridges depending on guest preference, and Keurig coffeemakers, plus wardrobes with safes, slippers, and ironing facilities. Luxurious bathrooms have rainfall showers, deep shower/tub combos, or separate showers and tubs in addition to L'Occitane toiletries, bathrobes, and hairdryers. The most jaw-dropping option is the Vale Garden Residence (Penthouse), which is a bi-level suite with two bedrooms, a large living room, and a huge wooden terrace with a hot tub, marble dining table, and couches.