Too many business trips can make you long for the comforts of home. (How long can you subsist on turndown chocolates and mini-bar scotch?) Thank goodness for Alex. New York newcomer The Alex Hotel boasts designer pads you’d be keen to call your own. Flat-panel TVs, nightstands on wheels that turn into writing desks, and label-conscious kitchens with Sub Zero fridges and Gaggeneau stoves distinguish the Zen-inspired suites. Ring for the “business cart” to bring on the fax/printer/scanner. Or call for sashimi from the trendy lobby restaurant, Riingo. Expense your stay from $269 per night. (212) 867-5100,
— Elaine Glusac