Another bonus to a fab lobby: many become lounges when the sun goes down, the Delano even had the red rope out last time we were in town. JSG often picks hotels based on the nightlife, and why not? It's the perfect spot to relax, have a cocktail, visit with friends, and people watch. Plus, no pesky cab rides home, just head upstairs--always a plus if one member of the group is more of an early bird than the others.
Hotel lobbies are also the perfect meeting spot even if you're not a guest. Hotels are easy to find on a busy street, their doors are open to the public, and there's plenty of comfy seating, when you need a breather. They're also the perfect pit stop if you're about town because their ladies rooms are so reliable.
The front desk may be first place you go upon check in, but stop and take a look around, your hotel may have much more to offer.