For someone visiting New York and wanting to get the stay off to an exciting start then staying at either the Royalton or the Mercer will do that. I know they are at the high end of the $$$$ range but if you can stretch the budget then go for either of these - or both. From the moment you enter the lobby you will be transformed into a different place. The locations of both are sensational; the rooms just ooze New York, New York. They are fun places to stay. You will not be presented with tourists on a package tour; you will be pampered (and you will pay for it). Go on try one; you won't be let down.