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Go go Gansevoort
With its grand three-storey lobby, oversized aubergine chandeliers and heavenly view of the Empire State Building, the recently unveiled Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC (gansevoortpark.com) is putting the haute into hotel. Similar to its sister property, the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC (which opened in 2004), this urban resort is a cool business-traveller haven by day and an A-lister hot spot by night—just ask Katy Perry, who recently celebrated her latest album launch at the hotel’s Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge. When you’re ready to call it a night, sink into the luxurious 400-thread-count sheets in one of the 249 guestrooms and 37 suites that feature lofty ceilings, Juliet balconies, marble and glass-tiled bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and a loaner iPod Touch—preloaded with the Gansevoort’s curated beats, naturally—which is also ready to assist you in ordering in-room dining, making spa appointments and express check-out. Pop into the Cutler Salon for a cover girl–worthy blow dry or visit the Exhale Spa to release shopper’s tension before dining at Asellina, the hotel’s impressive 10,000-square-foot Italian resto. Feel free to bring Fido along for the ride: The hotel offers four-legged friends amenities like the “I am staying at Gansevoort Park Avenue” collar tag, sure to be the next big thing at the dog park. —Sarah Casselman