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The Michelangelo is one of new York’s finest hotels, a masterpiece created in the heart of Manhattan’s theater, culture and business district. This Italian-themed luxury hotel is a showcase for antique furniture, beautiful marble and exquisite fresh flowers. The lobby showcases rich Venetian and Florentine fabrics, lighting fixtures inspired by Roman cathedral torcheres and woodwork adapted from original Renaissance-period designs.
The guest rooms are among the finest in New York, decorated in striking pastel tones with fine polished woods and beautiful draperies. The 179 rooms and suites range in style from art deco to country French to neoclassical and feature such refinements as Italian marble foyers, coffered ceilings and crown moldings. Amid the splendor, The Michelangelo attends to the practicalities with minibars, in-room dining, Bose Wave stereo CD players, flat-screen HDTVs, new movie systems with the latest movie lineups, multiline phone systems and voice mail, as well as high-speed Internet access in every room. Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List honored the Michelangelo as one of the best hotels in the world.
Moreover, The Michelangelo provides an Old World approach to guests’ every pleasure and comfort. The lobby and the multilingual staff set the tone. Each morning the lobby presents an authentic (and complimentary) Italian “Buon Di” Caffe featuring a selection of finely brewed coffees and teas. A few feet off the main lobby, a cozy guest lounge encourages long, lazy conversations on sofas finished in muted gold Zoffany chenille damask, next to floor-to-ceiling windows treated with three layers of Italian-milled silk curtains in shades of persimmon and bronze.
The cuisine is as splendid as the interior at the Michelangelo. At Insieme, which means together in Italian, chef Marco Canora serves two superb menus: one classic Italian, the other contemporary. That means classicists can feast on tacconi pasta with rabbit ragout, based on a Canora family recipe, while those with more adventurous palates might prefer olive tagliatelle with duck Bolognese.
The best of New York City lies just outside the double brass front doors. In the heart of midtown, this elegant boutique hotel rests within convenient walking distance of the city’s theater district, major corporate headquarters, Fifth Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and great museums.
To the uninitiated, finding The Michelangelo feels like stumbling upon the best-kept secret in Manhattan. After a day on the streets of New York, guests appreciate the other little secrets they find, such as a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary newspapers and limousines to Wall Street, chocolates on the pillow, and, last but not least, the plush terry bathrobes, sumptuous toiletries and deepest and widest hotel bathtubs in die city.