If you’re planning a no-expense-spared trip to the Big Apple, you’ll find no shortage of luxury. And as these lavish hotels prove, decadence comes in all shapes and sizes.
Known for its vibrant dining scene, first-rate entertainment and world-famous shopping, New York City spoils its inhabitants. Visitors can indulge, too, at the city’s finest hotels, where luxury surprises and delights. Enter one, and there’s a chance that you’ll encounter a 64-arm crystal chandelier, an “anything goes” delivery service and beautiful private art collections. Here are the best luxury hotels in New York City.
The 112-year-old Plaza epitomizes New York luxury. Beyond the gilded lobby – complete with a priceless glass chandelier – are five dining and drinking venues, all serving gourmet-standard food and typically posh cocktails. The hotel’s famous Palm Court is an aspirational destination for afternoon tea; if you reserve a table under its outstanding stained-glass ceiling, you’ll want to sip your brew of choice as slowly as possible. Meanwhile, rooms are adorned with unique wallpapers and 24-karat gold fixtures and come recommended by fictional guests, including Eloise and Kevin McCallister.
The W New York introduces a contemporary, plugged-in brand of luxury – one that includes a Farewell Kiosk where guests can print their boarding passes and apps capable of unlocking room doors. Even private helicopter tours are available at the touch of a button. There are endless attractions right on the doorstep, too, from the theaters of Broadway to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Central Park and Radio City Music Hall. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax in your guest room or suite while taking in panoramas of the Big Apple, or visit The Living Room, which pays tribute to the history of Times Square.
Expect over-the-top grandeur from this hotel, inspired by the 250-plus-year-old French crystal brand of the same name. In addition to nearly 15,000 pieces of Baccarat stemware and fixtures, the Baccarat Hotel is home to the USA’s first dedicated spa by skincare brand La Mer, and a luxury car service is available for local journeys. Rooms appear like something out of a fairytale – thick vine illustrations twist across the walls, and crimson roses sit on marble countertops, contrasting with the snow-white Mascioni linens that line the pillowy king-size beds. Don’t leave without taking a picture of the dazzling 64-arm Baccarat chandelier in the hotel’s Grand Salon.
Fueled by a fitness-focused ethos, Equinox Hotel offers top-tier personal training and community-driven workout classes. A sprawling 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-meter) fitness center, indoor lap pool, futuristic cryotherapy chambers and neon-hued SoulCycle studio (of course) are just a few pieces of its wellness-driven jigsaw. However, the rest of the hotel has equal appeal for those in search of relaxation – the rooms feature midnight-blue furnishings and ensure an uninterrupted night’s sleep with sun-canceling blackout blinds. Jaume Plensa’s giant disembodied Westworld-style head surveys the marble rooftop bar, conjuring up a cinematic sci-fi setting for sunset drinks.
Parker New York is situated a stone’s throw from MoMA and seeks to evoke the same sense of delight with soaring ceilings, regal white columns and polished floors. On the rooftop, you’ll find an indoor pool with striking city views, while the basement’s gym is brimming with state-of-the-art equipment. Rooms stick to a minimalist fusion of amber-toned cherry wood and expansive king-size beds, but the real treat lies within the witchy depths of the spa. Dotted with a collection of curiosities like birdcages and leather-bound books, its old-worldly setting is perfect for deep-tissue massages and tailor-made facials.
History has been kind to The Lowell Hotel, bestowing it with a luxurious identity that has helped it flourish over the years. You will find onyx statuettes shouldering golden globes, enchanting Grecian paintings and a healthy scattering of flora bursting out of Asian-inspired vases. The gilded decor continues into the rooms, which are dressed in metallic tones and antique furnishings – each one also contains a kitchenette or a marble-topped pantry stocked with treat-filled Dean & Deluca gourmet tins. When you aren’t busy getting lost in the bucolic maze of nearby Central Park, you can tuck into saffron risotto in the French-and-Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Majorelle.
An opportunity to gaze at the gilded levels of The Beekman’s famed atrium is reason enough to stay here. Illuminated by a skylight nine stories above, each level is supported by Victorian wrought-iron railings and covered in decorative details, such as dragons and sunbursts. Rooms are draped in old-school frills and finery, complete with fringed lampshades lighting craft-cocktail minibars, bespoke leather headboards bookending king-size beds and sliding barn doors opening out onto marbled farmhouse-style bathrooms (stocked with exclusive D.S. & DURGA toiletries). Slide into a suede booth in the Temple Court restaurant, where esteemed chef Tom Colicchio cooks up sensational seasonal dishes like Maine lobster with chanterelle mushrooms and tarragon.
A patchwork of exposed brick, chocolate leathers, honey-colored wood and mosaic tiles adorns the warm lobby of The Ludlow. The glass ceiling of the indoor garden and courtyard lets light flood in and features hanging plants and Morrocan lamps. The old sign of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is still etched on the wall – a nod to the experimental Lower East Side club and theater that used to occupy the space. Brunch and bloody marys can be devoured under the Medieval chandeliers of French bistro Dirty French. Ranging from snug studios to the expansive penthouse with endless views of the city skyline, rooms are kept classic with golden fixtures, Victorian-style rain showers and violet armchairs cloaked in faux-fur throws.
Set in the heart of the storied NoMad district, Mondrian Park Avenue is minutes away from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden. After catching an event, you can crash in rooms with tiger-stripe flooring and a luxurious blend of caramel furnishings and burnished copper decor. Recline on pillow-top mattresses with a tipple from the locally curated minibar, and catch a show on the 55-inch LCD smart TV. Continental breakfast and morning bellinis await in the eclectic art-lined walls of restaurant Cleo, while you can tear into flatbreads among cow-print poufs, vintage skis and Mongolian cushions on the alpine-themed Mondrian Terrace.
Though located in a century-old building, the cool New York EDITION specializes in “new luxury for a new generation.” Creator and Studio 54 legend Ian Schrager fills the Flatiron property with custom Le Labo amenities in a scent exclusive to the hotel, black-and-white photography by renowned fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky and other glamorous features. At the center of the hotel is its Michelin-star restaurant, The Clocktower, which boasts a billiards room, a bar gilded in 24-karat gold and contemporary British cuisine.
Opened by a distinguished New York family in 1904, The St Regis New York is a Big Apple icon. The pampering here (no doubt on par with the kind Colonel John Jacob Astor IV received himself) is legendary, as is the St Regis butler service that comes with every lavishly decorated room. If you do want to lift a finger here, you can use it to hold a bloody mary at the King Cole Bar, where the drink was invented in 1934.