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    New York whimsy

    Take a tour through Manhattan's disparate districts, and you'll encounter a dizzying array of architectural, social and cultural contradictions found in few other U.S. cities. Many of those contradictions are mirrored in the borough's newer -- or, in some cases, reimagined -- design-oriented hotels. Pictured here, the two-story "living room" lobby at the Paramount Hotel.

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    A private terrace at Madison Avenue's Roger.

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    New York whimsy

    The Sky Lobby at the James SoHo.

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    The push of a button enables Yotel's 170-square-foot "cabins" to switch between "lounge" and "bed" modes.

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    New York whimsy

    The lobby at the Roger sports a posh-meets-"That '70s Show" vibe, complete with a parquet floor, leather stools at its smallish bar and a couple dozen framed, black-and-white photos of luminaries such as Nancy Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Freddie Mercury on its lobby shelves.

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    Firmdale Hotels opened Nolita's Crosby Street Hotel in 2009.

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    New York whimsy

    Rooms at the NoMad Hotel all feature individual artwork as well as chairs inspired by 1930s-era design, 14-foot ceilings and claw-foot tubs that overlook Broadway below.

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    New York whimsy

    The Garment District's Refinery Hotel features 197 rooms with exposed beams and 12-foot ceilings and railroad-tiled bathrooms.

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    New York whimsy

    The 124-room St. Giles Hotel New York-the Tuscany reopened late last year with a look that's slightly less splashy and a little more whimsical.

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    New York whimsy

    The signature cocktail at the Crosby Street Hotel is the Tiger's Eye, a mix of Stolichnaya, cinnamon, lemon juice, pear puree, Heidsieck Champagne and star anise.

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    New York whimsy

    Most of Yotel's 669 "cabins" feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering real intimate exposure to the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood below.

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    New York whimsy

    The 597-room Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan, which was built in the 1920s, this fall will reopen Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe nightclub 61 years after it was shuttered.

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    The 197-room Refinery opened in May in the Colony Arcade building, which was built in 1912 and served as a hat factory until the 1980s.

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    New York whimsy

    The 124-room St. Giles Hotel New York-the Tuscany sits on a relatively quiet block of East 39th Street in Murray Hill.

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    New York whimsy

    The Roger hotel connects to the 19th century Baptist church next door via an underground catacomb.

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    New York whimsy

    The 168-room NoMad Hotel is housed in a fin-de-siecle Beaux Arts building at the corner of Broadway and 28th Street.

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    New York whimsy

    The Crosby Street Hotel, situated on a quiet cobbled street, features an elevator notable for having a picture-collage tribute to the local neighborhood dogs.

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    The 114-room James SoHo was designed to combine the industrial vibe of Tribeca with the artistry of SoHo, featuring dozens of works strictly from local artists throughout the property.

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