The entrance to this boutique hotel on W. 51st is unprepossessing, and when I first walked in and saw the small lobby and registration stand, I had my doubts. But once I got in my room -- and started exploring -- all my concerns were assuaged. The Jewel is newly renovated, boasting not only comfortably hip decor but a real attention to the business traveler: There are plugs all over the place (3 by the bed!) and free wifi throughout the hotel. Lots of little touches make the stay pleasant. For instance, a "living room" on the second floor offers comfortable seating, the daily papers, and a coffee machine that makes espresso and cappucino. Chilled, purified water is available on every floor -- for free-- and there's an unlocked closet right next to it stocked with the things guests often run out of. Take 4 sugars in that early morning coffee you want to brew in room? No problem. There's plenty there. The fitness room at the jewel is, unsurprisingly, small, but the machines are of recent vintage and fully functional.
I had booked a regular room through Priceline but was upgraded to a suite because that's all they had. This was much more space than I needed, but well arranged, with two very separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette -- an excellent layout for a family spending time in the city. My only critique is that the mattresses are just adequate, not particularly plush, and the linens are a little coarse. But those are quibbles. The location is ideal, and it's well worth the price.