The Big Six: Manhattan hotels

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Art Deco glamour, dusky hues, Prohibition-style tea room, personal attachés, Jack Kerouac, and sophisticated retreats

WestHouse, Midtown

This new pad starts welcoming guests from 23 December. Designed by Jeffrey Beers, it aims to recreate the glamour of the 1920s, with Art Deco flourishes such as crystal chandeliers and polished metal handrails. The 172 rooms are similarly grand, with Venetian linens, beveled mirrors and leather desks, while bathrooms reveal chevron-tiled floors. It functions more like an upmarket apartment block than a hotel, with guests paying a nightly "residents fee" of $30 – which covers breakfast, drinks, newspapers and Wi-Fi.

WestHouse, 201 West 55th Street, Midtown (001 212 707 4888; Doubles start at $529 (£353), B&B.

The High Line Hotel, Chelsea

The High Line Hotel opened this summer a block away from Chelsea's former railway track of the same name. Rooms inside the former seminary campus building bear dusky hues, woven rugs and antique furniture. There are decorative fireplaces in some, anglepoise lamps in others and local C.O. Bigelow toiletries throughout. The Intelligentsia coffee bar handles grab-and-go breakfasts.

The High Line Hotel, 180 Tenth Avenue at 20th Street, Chelsea (001 212 929 3888; Doubles start at $455 (£303), room only.

The Refinery, Garment District

The square-mile that defines the Garment District has acted as a centre for fashion production since the 19th century. Today, it's home to a new hotel, which emerged from the shell of an old milliner's factory in May. The building's Neo-Gothic facade leads through to industrial innards, where quatrefoils decorate arches, and old water tanks have been repurposed as furniture. A Prohibition-style tea room adds the finishing touch.

The Refinery, 63 West 38th Street, Garment District (001 646 664 0310; Doubles start at $459 (£306), room only.

The Quin, Midtown

This new addition opened at the southern end of Central Park last month with 200 rooms and two signature suites, dedicated to the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and the Polish pianist Jan Paderewski, who once resided at the address. Modern-day guests are treated with no less ceremony and are designated an "attaché" upon arrival, with specialist knowledge of music, food, art and drama. A two-storey Wayfarer restaurant and bar is in the making.

The Quin, 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, Midtown (001 212 245 7846; Doubles start at $599 (£399), room only.

The Marlton, Greenwich

The Marlton's claim to fame is that Jack Kerouac penned The Subterraneans within its quarters. Fast forward to the present day and the historic 1900s landmark is now a hotel. Opened off Washington Square Park in September, it's the first solo project by hotelier Sean MacPherson, whose previous co-creations include The Jane and The Bowery. This time, he's gone for a period look, with a handsome oak-panelled lounge that leads up to dreamy, white bedrooms.

The Marlton, 5 West 8th Street, Greenwich (001 212 321 0100; Doubles start at $275 (£183), room only.

The NoMad, Broadway

The NoMad takes its name from the surrounding neighbourhood: North of Madison Square. Opened last year by the Sydell Group (Ace Hotels, Freehand hostels), it has seen the transformation a Beaux-Arts building into a sophisticated 168-room retreat, with interiors by French designer, Jacques Garcia. The restaurant, presided over by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, is a spin-off of their Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park haunt.

The NoMad, 1170 Broadway and 28th Street, NoMad (001 212 796 1500; Doubles start at $395 (£263), including breakfast.

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