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The best hotels in NYC are proof positive that no one does hospitality quite like New Yorkers. From chic boutique hotels to opulent luxury stays, here are some of the top hotels to catch some z’s in the city that never sleeps.
The first hotel from France’s eponymous, centuries-old crystal brand, the Baccarat is a sophisticated and refreshingly modish alternative to Midtown Manhattan’s more venerable high-end retreats. The Hotel’s opulent lobbies, extraordinary art collections such as 2,000 of the brand’s signature Harcourt glasses, Baccarat-crystal decor, and pleated silk walls are an epitome of luxury and sophistication. Guests can relish in the intricate architecture and design features while enjoying the indoor pool, fitness centre and on-site French restaurant Chevalier which is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York, offering a sophisticated fine-dining experience. The 114 guest rooms include sprawling windows, a luxe four-poster bed, a glass-walled shower and an extravagant take on the hotel mini bar. The Grand Salon earns its name through a palette of platinum and sparkling neutral shades, Jouffre silk-covered walls, parquet floors, and plush, high-backed banquettes. Here, drinks and dining complement social exchanges beneath a 64-arm Baccarat chandelier. Enjoy breakfast, with house-made viennoiserie treats served on crystal tiers, a full bar menu, coffee, tea and Alsatian-inspired cuisine from the new Culinary Director and Two Michelin-starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther.
The hotel’s interiors were conceived by French design duo Gilles & Boissier to combine the classic elegance of a Parisian hotel particulier with the contemporary aesthetic of its midtown New York City location. Gilles & Boissier designed many of the hotel’s furnishings. Classic pieces were also curated from Baccarat’s archival and contemporary collections for the public spaces and rooms. Additional features include: the beautiful parquet wood flooring; woven rugs; hand-pleated silk wall coverings and stainless ribbed ceilings; mica-coated ceilings and mirror and marble wall treatments. Seventeen custom chandeliers hang throughout the property–many suspended by rough cord rope–while one stand-out chandelier is made exclusively out of wood and hangs in the second-floor bar. French curators Stéphanie and Frédéric Chambre assembled the hotel’s art collection, which includes works from important movements over the more than250 years since Baccarat’s founding.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Each of the hotel’s 114 guest rooms and suites feels like a private pied-à-terre. Room categories start with the generous Classic King and ascend to the Baccarat Suite, the hotel’s “pièce de résistance.”All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting areas, and custom jacquard linens by Mascioni. Hidden from the sleeping area by hand-painted French doors, white marble bathrooms boast glass-enclosed showers with oversized shower heads and exclusive amenities created for the hotel. A tablet equipped with state-of-the-art technology controls all aspects of the room, including temperature, lighting, and room service. A custom-designed Baccarat red enamel mini bar offers delights from the French gourmet house Ladurée. On the telephone handset, a button marked “Champagne” allows guests to order a bottle of their favorite vintage to their rooms accompanied by signature Baccarat fluted glasses. Guests of the luxury suites will have the added feature of complimentary La Mer skincare products and nightly salon services. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the house car, a vintage Citroen, for transport within 15 blocks of the hotel.
CULINARY & COCKTAILS
On the hotel’s second floor, guests can enjoy Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s French-inspired culinary concept during the day and evening. Hailing from the French region of Alsace, Chef Kreuther’s cooking throughout his illustrious career has been deeply rooted in his Alsatian heritage and classic French culinary technique. His culinary approach is driven by an unwavering commitment to excellence and imbued with thoughtful craftsmanship and luxury—the same defining qualities synonymous with the Baccarat name, both as a hotel and world-class artisans, whose legendary factory is located near Kreuther’s childhood home. Chef Kreuther’s menus feature new dishes created exclusively for the property, along with several Alsatian signatures from his namesake Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant.
In the Grand Salon, light breakfast fare, all day dining selections, afternoon tea, and cocktails are offered. The hotel’s bar, inspired by the stables of Versailles, serves hand-crafted cocktails, aperitifs, fine wines and a light bites menu. Guests can also enjoy gathering on the adjacent seasonal terrace overlooking MoMA. Throughout the hotel, guests will sip drinks from a kaleidoscope of more than 15,000 pieces of mixed-and-matched Baccarat crystal stemware.
SPA & FITNESS
Baccarat has partnered with the ultra-prestigious skincare brand La Mer to create the intimate Spa de La Mer, its first spa in the United States. Designed to recall a luxurious European seaside retreat, the four treatment rooms beckon guests and locals who crave revitalizing treatments and soothing respites. Adjacent to the spa, luxurious day beds in alcoves surround the black-and-white marble-tiled pool, which suggests a sunken ballroom. The walls surrounding the pool feature the artwork of painter Francois Houtin who is known for his detailed prints of utopian gardens. The forest scene is a tribute to the woods near Baccarat’s French-countryside factory. Available to both hotel guests and residents, the 24-hour gym features cutting-edge equipment and a staff of professional personal trainers.
Considered New York’s most boldly lavish hotel, The Mark is all about old-world comfort, avant-garde design, and timeless New York style. The Mark, with its delicate decor and top-notch service keeps guests at the height of luxury, where they understand the true meaning of five-star travel experience. This boutique hotel is an iconic 1927 building transformed into a luxurious retreat by legendary designer Jacques Grange. It stands on the posh Upper East Side, off Madison Avenue, less than one block from Central Park where a convoy of high-end shops are a skip away. Each New York City suite and guest room at The Mark Hotel is a luxurious, serene retreat. Oversized, marble soaking tubs come standard in every spacious room. With award-winning famed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten looking after your meals and celebrated hair stylist Frédéric Fekkai taking care of your manicure and an up-do for a fancy night out on the town, a break at The Mark will leave you feeling enriched, relaxed, and energised.
Lotte New York Palace
Set in a landmark 19th century mansion and 55-story modern towers, this luxury hotel overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral has long reigned as New York City’s most iconic hotel. As guests walk to the front doors of this grand hotel and through the picturesque courtyard, they are awash in the traditional elegance of decor reminiscent of the early 1900s. Lush carpets and gold filigree fixtures are sure to greet them as they walk soundless across the marble lobby to check in and make way to the hotel room. Timeless elegance meets modern-day luxury in the Palace’s 733 guest rooms and suites, each a stylish and comfortable urban oasis. The Towers, on the other hand house 176 rooms and suites with luxurious rooms and suites offer unrivaled views of New York City, elegant work desks, custom furnishings and modern artwork. The famed hotel-within-a-hotel boasts a 7000-square-feet fitness centre and spa. The Villard, under Chef Oscar Granados serves sumptuous farm-to-table New American breakfasts and brunches in a gloriously ornate gilt-lined setting.