My partner and I recently stayed at the Bryant Park hotel on a surprise trip to New York to celebrate his 50th birthday. I chose the hotel largely on the basis of the reviews I'd read.
We weren't disappointed! From the moment we arrived the staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. We were given an upgrade to a fantastic suite on the 21st floor with views over the park, and there were even cupcakes waiting for us with candles to help celebrate his birthday. We ate in the Koi restaurant that first evening, and both had really lovely meals.
The hotel is in a wonderful convenient location, really central, and just a few minutes walk from Times Square, but even with the windows open we didn't find it unduly noisy. The building itself is beautiful and has been very tastefully converted into a hotel.
I had been to New York several times in the past, but have never before found such a remarkable hotel with such lovely attentive staff. Our five nights there made our trip extra special.
(I accidentally clicked on the Swimming Pool review below, and can't seem to unselect it!)