Formerly the darling of Wall Street wolves because of its proximity to the Financial District, this once-starchy property is changing things a little with the influx of leisure travellers now choosing Downtown as their base. And this is as downtown as you can get – the property literally perches on the southernmost tip of the island. The advantage was a picture-postcard view of the Hudson from our suite, which looked out over the Statue of Liberty. A strategically placed telescope comes as part of the furnishings in each room. The Battery Park location means that the One World Observatory (the perfect starting point for a first-timer in NYC) and the new shopping meccas in the Oculus and Brook eld Place are all within walking distance. Should you not be a walker, the hotel provides complimentary bicycles. The property is classic 1990s luxe, with gold and marble trim everywhere. Flawless service and attention to detail by its predominantly male team were the icing on the cake to an already-great stay.