The Empire Hotel: This is the sure-fire win for official hotspot, as it is not only across the street from Lincoln Center, but also boats a newly-renovated rooftop space. An alfresco lounge and pooldeck make all the difference in New York, and The Empire Hotel answers with both, plus room rates starting at $279. Wait, scratch that, as we just checked prices for September's Fashion Week and The Empire Hotel knows that they're about to become a hot tamale as rates rocketed up to $399 for a standard room and $525 for a deluxe king.
The Hudson Hotel: This hotel may not be on top of Fashion Week like the Empire, but its two-and-a-half block distance and Philippe Starck design mean it definitely won't be left off the circuit. In lieu of a roofdeck, the Hudson offers up a swish bar and restaurant, Hudson Cafeteria, which is popular with those wanting to see and be seen even in the off season. Rates for Fashion Week are looking good at $249 for a single and $279 for a standard double.
The Mandarin Oriental: What this classic property lacks in crazy design, it more than makes up for in fashion clout. Thanks to the simple ads they've been running in the glossy rags for seasons, where a sophisticated famous face states that they are "a fan" of the brand (like Isabella Rossellini), they've been planting seeds in the subconscious of the hip set for a while. Sadly, we were not able to sniff out a room rate as their reservations website is malfunctioning.
[Empire Rooftop photo: The Empire Hotel]