Some things go in and out of fashion, but the Upper East Side has long been the swank heart of New York City,
albeit a slightly staid one. Injecting some modern glamour is The Surrey, a boutique hotel perched among art galleries, restaurants, bars and a heart-stopping array of designer stores. Originally built in 1926 as residential apartments, it later housed John F. Kennedy and Bette Davis, and a tasteful overhaul guided by interior designer Lauren Rottet has taken nothing away from its high-society heritage. Sumptuous suites overlooking the Manhattan skyline welcome travelers; while downstairs, Daniel Boulud’s Michelin-starred Café Boulud and Chanel-inspired Bar Pleiades draw local crowds. From $450/night; 20 E. 76th St., N.Y., 212-288-3700; thesurrey.com.