Forget the minimalist block-style exterior. You have to look past that aesthetic to see why this hotel has been crowned one of the city’s see-and-be-seen hot tickets. For starters, the rooms don’t skimp on perks – you can take a monsoon shower, grab a gym pass and scan through unlimited Sky sports and movies. The Dakota has a Midtown Manhattan vibe, particularly so at the Grill, with its exposed brickwork and coal-fired rib-eyes and filets. Afterwards, slip behind the grand velvet curtains and into the secret Champagne Room. Chin-chin, big yin, as they say in Scotland.