Price From $89
'Hood Midtown West, near key subway lines and within two blocks of Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and Columbus Circle. A strip of upscale bars—in the once-seedy Hell's Kitchen district—begins about three blocks south along 9th Avenue.
The Vibe Like a hotel in Florence, transplanted to Manhattan: The lobby's decor, which includes a faux fireplace and wall-mounted photographs of Italian landscapes, strikes an 19th century Tuscan mansion theme, without veering into kitsch.
Rooms In the 24 rooms, the simple furnishings say "lived-in Ikea," except for the new 27-inch, high-definition flat-screen TVs and the recently renovated bathrooms. Rooms with numbers ending in 02 receive the most sunlight because they each have three windows overlooking 56th Street.
Plus Adjacent to the hotel, the owners' Italian restaurant, Joe G's, serves moderately priced, tasty comfort food, with a special dinner offer for hotel guests.
Minus Function trumps form. In a typical detail, bulky wood-slat blinds block out sunlight well enough, but they won't win any design awards.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in the lobby and on the first floor of guest suites. The signal fades out after that. There are also two computers with Internet access in the lobby free of charge.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.