The Best Spa Hotels on New York’s Upper East Side

Bliss out on the Big Apple’s Upper East Side at the best spa hotels
Bliss out on the Big Apple’s Upper East Side at the best spa hotels | Courtesy of Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York /
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but it’s also a city that knows how to spa – and we mean, really spa. Glamorous and well-heeled, the Upper East Side is the place to stay for the ultimate in pampering and wellness, right down to skin-caviar treatments and gym water infused with “wellness drops.” Follow our guide to blissing out on the Big Apple’s Upper East Side – as well as at a couple of honorary hotels in Midtown that are super handy for Central Park.

1. The Surrey


The Surrey
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On a residential street, just a block from Central Park, this hotel majors in the art of pampering. It has 190 rooms and suites – or salons, as the hotel likes to call them – with serene decor and posh Diptyque toiletries. You could head out – free rides are offered in the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz S-Series, and there are complimentary Bobbin bikes you can use to pedal around Central Park. But we say: bliss out in the hushed Cornelia Spa, where treatments include fab facials that conclude with a glass of bubbly and a mouthful of caviar.

2. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel


The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
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This classic New York hotel at 76th and Madison Avenue is an institution, awash with the trappings of tradition and opulence: think Louis XV lobby furniture and grand pianos. Rooms range in size and style, but all have sink-into super comfy beds dressed with Italian linen. A sparkly staircase leads to the Sense Spa – hinting at the glam 1940s-Hollywood-inspired space that greets you, adorned with chandeliers. The treatment rooms are beautiful snooze-inducing quarters, for reflexology and mind-blowing massages, while the adjoining Yves Durif Salon is a fine contemporary homage to Art Deco.

3. Lotte New York Palace


Lotte New York Palace
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Technically the location is Midtown, but it’s so close to Central Park – and we couldn’t resist including this luxurious address among our UES favorites. From its on-point Madison-Avenue location, just a block from Rockefeller Center, to its light-filled rooms with chic white furnishings and plush geometric carpets, this hotel whispers “sumptuous.” Spread between a 19th-century mansion and a sleek tower, rooms reward the effort, although for total relaxation, the Hästens Ultimate Sleep Suite includes a Hästens bed worth $200,000, the bed-brand’s accessories, including bathrobes and sleep masks; slip the pajamas and slippers into your suitcase – don’t worry you’re allowed to. While the spa has been stunningly revamped, how about booking a drool-worthy massage or face-changing facial to be performed in your room?

4. Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York

Hotel, Apartment

Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York
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As above, this place is in Midtown, a few blocks south of Central Park, but we felt it truly belonged in a list of NY spa stars. Lavish design and a stellar location opposite the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) are among the hotel’s considerable credentials, along with Baccarat crystal elements and minimal rooms swimming in white marble. Talking of swimming, slip down to the Spa de La Mer for some languid lengths in the slimline checkered swimming pool before submitting to a glamtastic Baccarat-inspired treatment surrounded by marine-themed ambient light and sound.

5. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Chain Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
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Talk about a facelift: the Ritz-Carlton reveals a gorgeous revamped exterior as you exit your taxi – all gleaming limestone and glamour. You’ll unwind the minute you enter the lobby, inhaling the refreshing signature fragrance en route to rooms awash with soothing neutrals – chocolate browns or rich creams. Book well ahead for La Prairie Spa if you want to guarantee that skin-caviar body-polish session or reviving foot treatment. Flex your muscles in the gym, and enhance your humble bottle of water with “health wellness drops” from the hydration station. Later, with Central Park so close, you can head out with a running map from reception.

6. Loews Regency New York Hotel


Loews Regency New York Hotel
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Check in for wall-to-wall indulgence at this grand Park Avenue landmark – you’ll be at home in its graceful, high-ceilinged apartment-style rooms, wonderfully peaceful despite the traffic-dense prime location. Jet-lag messed up your hair? Try a new “do” at the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa – it offers an only-in-Manhattan ‘‘Power Hour” in homage to the “Power Breakfast” at the in-house Regency Bar & Grill: what this means is three simultaneous services in a 60-minute slot. Now you’re ready to pose in the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center.

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