No Vacancy, New York

Reservations are hard to get at three new hotels in the meat-packing district

Who wouldn't want to stay at a hotel where the smallest room is called the Playpen? Just ask Nicole Kidman, Jude Law or Adrien Brody, all of whom frequent Soho House, New York City's members-only hotel. Given its huge, funky rooms designed by onetime British Elle Decoration editor Ilse Crawford and unique services such as child care on weekends and private movie screenings, it's no surprise the hotel has starred in a Sex and the City episode. If the reported 500-plus waitlist is a turnoff, no need to leave the neighborhood: Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson--of The Park restaurant--have opened the...

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