Glide into the lobby here and it's like making an entrance on a film set. Chandeliers, marble pillars and gold leaf are all over the place – some are Belle Epoque originals, more are reproductions. The rooms are large, with heavy doors and high ceilings. The historic Café New York, with its ornate frescoes and literary past is on the premises and worth a visit. The service is slightly erratic, with the occasional rolling of the eyes or whistle between the teeth. Any number of bars and cafes are within walking distance to the hotel, which is also very handy for public transport, with metro, tram and major bus lines all less than a minute's walk away.