New York is a dynamic, inspiring and sometimes exasperating city. But as an autumn stroll through Greenwich Village or a quiet drink in the King Cole Bar can attest, it’s eminently possible to come here for a relaxing stay. We still love the plush surroundings and high levels of service provided by Midtown grandes dames, and we have great affection for more intimate Upper East Side retreats, which are perfect for lovers of Central Park and the Museum Mile. But don’t discount character-rich boutique hotels in vibrant downtown neighborhoods like Tribeca and the newly fashionable Financial District.

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