New York’s Central Synagogue, built in the early 1870s and restored after several fires, is a remarkable example of Moorish Revival architecture. It’s a National Historic Landmark, with multiple stained-glass windows, massive chandeliers and intricate, colorful, floral and lattice stencil work. Come experience it for yourself when you stay at these hotels near New York’s Central Synagogue, bookable with Culture Trip.
The Concorde offers a prime Midtown East location across the street from Central Synagogue. Each of the 37 stories holds just four chic rooms, with glorious views from every corner. Deluxe one-bedrooms are the most popular, but every guest room has a deep soaker tub with views of the East River, Park Avenue or the city skyline. The one-bedroom with private terrace adds a kitchenette.
The most welcome sight for a weary traveler might be the red awning of the Hotel Elysee. Inside, you’ll find a warm welcome like no other, a comfortable room with floral wallpaper layered in yards of chintz. Your room may be fitted with an antique writing desk or an overstuffed sofa, but it will definitely hold a cozy chair, perfect for curling up to enjoy a good book. Every guest is welcome at the nightly wine and cheese gathering. Visit the book-lined lounge for a generous continental breakfast before heading off to see the town, or to Central Synagogue, a five-minute walk away.
From the moment you arrive on the red carpet, your every whim is the command of the incomparable staff of the St Regis. Butler service remains part of the promise made in 1904 by John Jacob Astor IV to exceed expectations for every guest. Under sparkling chandeliers, the traditional, luxurious furnishings invite you to enjoy every moment surrounded by striped silk wall coverings, gilded beveled mirrors and period antiques. Experience a champagne sabrage class – a St Regis ritual – or reserve Table 55 at the King Cole Bar for an exclusive chef’s tasting menu. The Bentley town car is at your service for a trip to Central Synagogue or any destination within a 10-mile radius.
Enjoy the height of elegance at Lotte, where everyone is treated like royalty. Little visitors can expect a gold crown and a teddy bear upon arrival. A favorite location for society weddings, the 733 guest rooms in the Palace offer views of St Patrick’s Cathedral, while the Tower provides honeymoons that dreams are made of. Suites and penthouses located on floors 40 and up offer the maximum in luxurious amenities, including butler service and dedicated Les Clefs d’Or concierge attention. Monarchs, diplomats and millionaires find a palace away from home at this centrally located enclave, three blocks away from Central Synagogue.
Not just a splendid location but an outstanding hotel as well, the Jewel is close to Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and both St Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Synagogue. Guests rave about the friendly, attentive service. Deluxe rooms have kitchenettes, while Superior rooms offer a terrace with views of the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. Contemporary decor and upscale amenities make for a comfortable and relaxing rest after a day, or night, on the town.
The original Pod 51 hotel has 348 rooms in eight room configurations, and something to please every budget traveler. Full pod rooms have a private bath with rainfall shower, while bunk pods share a bath – but each bunk has a dedicated television. Multiple shared bathrooms on each floor means there’s no waiting for a hot shower. All facilities are kept spotless by the dedicated staff. One of the best deals in New York, at one of the best locations – close to Fifth Avenue, Central Park and three subway lines. Drop in for a free tour of nearby Central Synagogue on Wednesdays.
Steps away from Central Park, the Lowell is waiting with a warm welcome. This classic 17-floor boutique hotel is exceedingly family-friendly. The Deluxe Junior Suites with padded headboards and plush furnishings have marble baths with soaker tubs, and cashmere throws to cuddle up in front of the wood burning fireplace or out on the private terrace. Central Synagogue holds Reform Jewish services weekly that are open to all, a 15-minute walk away.
The site of fashion shows, weddings and celebrations of all kinds, the Pierre has been making magic in New York since 1930. A European attitude to service is reflected in little touches like Etro bath amenities, a valet on call 24/7 and a Jaguar house car for jaunts around New York. Featuring a high tea that Town & Country called the best in New York, an elevator attendant to whisk you to an elegant suite and superb views of Central Park, the Pierre is hard to resist.
Contemporary but with a touch of whimsy, the Lexington is full of surprises – like the Norma Jean Suite, an homage to Marilyn Monroe who made it her home in the 1950s with her husband Joe DiMaggio. A vintage sunburst mirror reflects pops of lipstick red, while the terrace is decked out in vintage-style lounge chairs. The suite is completely updated for today’s star guests with a plush grey velvet custom sofa, iHome docking station, blackout blinds and PURE bath products. As in all Autograph Collection hotels each room is unique, which adds to the charm. A five-minute walk takes you to Central Synagogue, St Patrick’s Cathedral and, since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the Diamond District.
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