New York City
Design Notes: Opened in 2013, the 197-room Refinery Hotel takes every chance to remind its guests that it occupies the 100-year-old neo-gothic shell of a long-gone hat factory. The rooms’ desks are wood slabs set atop wrought-iron Singer sewing machine bases, coffee tables resemble factory carts, and the employee nametags are adorned with safety pins and other tools of the trade.
What You’ll Find Just Outside: Marked by its oversize button-and-needle sculpture, the Garment District boasts such stylish attractions as the Fashion Walk of Fame and Mood fabric shop, of “Project Runway” fame. Two blocks uptown, the once-gritty Bryant Park has cleaned up its act to become a genteel green space worthy of its neighbor, the Beaux-Arts New York Public Library.
Best Place To Hang Out: With the Empire State Building looming four blocks away, the open-air Refinery Rooftop on the 13th floor boasts an expansive cocktail menu that evokes the building’s Roarin’ ’20s heyday. The Dardanella, for example, is named for a classic Fred Fisher tune from the era and is made with Maestro Dobel tequila, tamarind, mandarin orange spice tea, lime juice, ginger and muddled cucumber.