From the moment you enter the revolving doors into the imposing lobby - all sweeping marble staircases, brass handrails and mosaic-tile floors - you could have landed in Breakfast At Tiffany's or Sex And The City.

As well as being richly atmospheric, this Madison Avenue hotel - built in 1904 in the Beaux Arts style - has you bang in the centre of the Midtown district of Manhattan, just a few blocks from the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Fifth Avenue.

But this is one hotel in which you'll want to linger, thanks to the recent refurb by David Rockwell, which has brought this hotel up to scratch on modern luxury; the Broadway Diva Suite is a symphony of sumptuous animal print and gold detailing.

WOW FACTOR Looking up in the lobby at the 30ft Tiffany-style domed skylight, and realising that, yes, you are in New York.

FLIGHT TIME: 8 hours.

GO Double rooms cost from £233, B&B www.carltonhotelny.com while British Airways www.ba.com return flights start at £503.