services 11.6.06

Where to Put Them: Special Amenities Edition

In this edition of where to stash friend and relatives who turn up in increasing numbers between now and the end of the year, we look at some of our favorite rooms and amenities around town — for the most part here, we're working on a money-is-no-object basis.
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· For NYC Inns, B & Bs, and Guest Houses, click here.
· For The Best and Worst Hotels in NY, click here.

Dream Dog at The Benjamin is designed to make dogs feel especially welcome: various doggie beds are available, a doggie bathrobe, toys and treats, room service for your pooch (they serve Scooter Food brand), and a DVD for entertainment. We're not making up a word of this.

What's not to love about the Spa Suite at Inn New York City? Chestnut armoires, wood shutters, kitchen, sauna, and a Jacuzzi make for a luxe pad in this lovely, small, low-profile place on the Upper West Side.

This one's not available in the winter months, but the roof terrace at the Thompson, called Above 60, is otherwise open only to hotel guests and members. The views of downtown definitely qualify as a special amenity.

The Garden Suite at the Lowell is irresistible: there are two terraces, with a flower garden, an outdoor dining area, and a water fountain. Inside, a wood-burning fireplace and artwork by Fleur Cowles, who created the cult-favorite Flair magazine in the early 50s.

It's tennis all year round at the UN Millennium Plaza thanks to the indoor tennis court up on the 39th floor.

Sure, the lobby swimming pool is a gimmick, but we love the idea of a swim-up bar in the middle of Times Square, thoughtfully provided by the Hotel QT, plus the sauna and steam room overlooking the pool.

Truffled mashed potatoes and other vittles from Joël Robuchon give the Four Seasons new bragging rights.

Speaking of bragging rights, if Lerner and Loewe had written "My Fair Lady" in your hotel, you'd probably have an Eliza Doolittle breakfast room and an 'enry 'iggins bar with a Rain-in-Spain-tini. So 'ats off, guv, to the Algonquin for resisting temptation. But pop culture mavens will like the hotel's themed suites (Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and Al Hirschfeld) and most everyone loves the hotel cat (there have been a number of them) who is always named Hamlet, except when it's named Matilda.

Mel Marvin, at the piano of the Hotel Elysee's Monkey Bar before its renovation a decade or so ago, used to crack jokes about the hotel, referring to it as the Hotel Easylay. No more jokes, no more Mel. The place swankified itself and is now one of the city's nicer boutique properties. Even though Mel's not around, you can tickle your own ivories in the Piano Suite, with its baby grand, non-working fireplace, and terrace off the bedroom.

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