This oft-lauded hotel (it is AAA Five Diamond and Mobil Travel Guide Five Star rated) is housed in a beaux arts building that dates back to 1904. Though it is decorated lavishly with swanky Louis XVI furnishingagiving it an air of high society refinery and antiquityathe 315 spacious guest rooms are also tricked out with every modern convenience from high speed Internet access to fax machines. Be sure to have a bloody mary in the King Cole Bar Lounge, where the drink (then called a Red Snapper) was invented.
The best thing about a gin martini is how bracing it is—invitingly ice-cold and silken, the juniper wallop of the gin smoothed out by a glug of vermouth. Plus—if we're being honest—it's guaranteed to get you tipsy. But the current fascination... More »