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#instagood A former Army-Navy YMCA building from the 1920's, the 162-room hotel recently went through an $80-million dollar facelift to restore the century-old gem to its historic grandeur, a block of a building with beautiful bones and original arched windows that stands proudly on West Broadway. But what looks like business on the outside, is total party on the inside. The posh pillared entrance, a double-door affair helmed by bell hops, opens onto a buzzy lobby that strikes all your senses. There’s the DJ-curated playlist pumping through the place morning and night. There’s The Guild Bar, a nine-seat stretch of people-watching where the inventive cocktails are as good-looking as the patrons. There are the intimate seating areas with velvet couches and curtained corners just begging to be touched and photographed. And then there are the somewhat surprising hidden gems, like the grandiose Grace Ballroom, a reincarnation of the original basketball court and its elevated running track, and the tongue-and-cheek portraits hanging in the lobby that demand a double take (you’ll know them when you see them).