It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
Le Parker Meridien New York
119 W. 56th St., 212-245-5000, Midtown West, Manhattan
Le Parker Meridien opened in 1981, and many of its design elements date back to 1998, but it's a testament to designer Colum McCartan's immaculate taste and iterative updates that it feels so contemporary today. A dazzling spin painting by Damien Hirst greets you in the majestic colonnaded lobby. Guest rooms are gorgeously appointed with an updated mid-century appeal—luxurious Scandinavian-inspired beds, warm cherrywood furnishings, desks with Aeron chairs. Even the minimally designed Peter Thomas Roth bath products match nicely with Parker Meridien's branding, designed by Pentagram New York using the typeface Gill Sans Light. The rooftop pool is a thing of beauty, with its wall of windows looking out on spectacular Central Park views. Conveniences abound, too: Sharps offers a classic barbershop experience (pictured), while the Underground features a DryBar for blowouts, Tenoverten nail salon, and Moonshine spa. Feel free to use the Jesse Owens mural on the way to Gravity Fitness as motivation for your workout.