A former flophouse may not sound like the ideal honeymoon hotel, but The Marlton Hotel makes up for its shady past with serious style.
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this red-brick building has hosted some of the most amazing writers and artists of its day. Jack Kerouac wrote Triestessa here, and he met Neal Cassady, the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in On The Road here, too. Julie Andrews, Maggie Smith, Mickey Rourke and Andy Warhol's would-be assasin, Valerie Solanas, all called this home at some point.
Now - after being redesigned by the mastermind behind Manhattan's Bowery Hotel, Sean MacPherson - the fleapit hostel has been reinvented into a 107-room hotel with a Parisian guesthouse feel. Think herringbone wood floors, rich leather chairs, oak panels and brass faucets.
A roaring fire welcomes you into the open-plan lobby, where low sofas, mismatched chairs, shabby chic tables and nicotine-stained mouldings instantly take you in.
During the day creatives take a perch and conduct their business from there, whilst at night the bar and restaurant transform into a buzzing meeting point for the young, beautiful and successful.
The rooms themselves are made for those happy to compromise on space but unwilling to give up style. (The cushy beds take up the entire room.)
Bathrooms and wardrobes are likewise compact; but marble basins, surrealist hand-shaped bedside sconces, modern light fixtures, full-length wall mirrors and high ceilings make it all very beautiful indeed.
WOW FACTOR: The hotel's restaurant - Margaux - is a popular celebrity haunt. John C. Reilly sat next to us at dinner when we stayed, and New York's top fashion designer Olivier Theyskens is said to be a regular, too.
The Marlton Hotel; 5 W Eighth Street, New York, USA; Doubles start from £150 per night; www.marltonhotel.com