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What to expect: Located a block from Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, which marks Central Park’s eastern boundary, the hotel attracts an international clientele wishing to enjoy a village-like, pedestrian-friendly, upper-crust neighborhood while visiting attractions such as the Jewish Museum (one block), the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (three blocks), and the Guggenheim Museum (five blocks).
Amenity highlights: A rooftop-garden terrace provides views of the Upper East Side and a glimpse of the East River. Complimentary Continental breakfast and a 24-hour complimentary espresso machine are available in a spacious room featuring Victorian-childhood art, upholstered seating, plants and flowers, and tall windows overlooking lively neighborhood streets. The hotel’s casual restaurant/café draws lively crowds of locals.
Insider tip: The Carnegie Hill neighborhood got its name from steel-industry multimillionaire Andrew Carnegie, who built a mansion there late in the 19th century. The mansion is now home to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Celebrity residents of Carnegie Hill can often be seen shopping and dining in the neighborhood.