Delighting both fashionistas and Francophiles, this boutique hotel marries French elegance with contemporary New York style. Housed in a handsome 1927 Beaux Arts building, The Mark was renovated head-to-toe in 2009 by French designer Jacques Grange (whose clients include Karl Lagerfeld, Yves St. Laurent, and Princess Caroline of Monaco). Bold, innovative design features prominently in public spaces (think vivid, black-and-white striped floors in the lobby), while guestrooms offer a more tranquil feel. Acclaimed French cuisine is on the menu, too. The Mark Restaurant, headed by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, serves European fare made with ingredients fresh from the market. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are on offer daily, and you can stop by midday for afternoon tea. (Vongerichten also created the room-service menu, available 24 hours.) Before dinner, get glamorous at Frédéric Fekkai, one of this exclusive salon's few U.S. locations. Also helping you look and feel your best: a 24-hour fitness center designed by fitness guru John Sitaras.
Guestrooms. Guestrooms at The Mark exude understated elegance. From your bed, layered with posh Quagliotti linens, you can control the temperature, lighting, and entertainment via a touch-screen panel. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. Relax with a movie on the 32-inch Bang & Olufsen TV with Blu-ray player. A black granite bar includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers where you can stow treats. Gorgeous, Art Deco-style bathrooms have black-and-white marble floors, heated towel racks, deep soaking tubs, and separate showers.