New York is one of the busiest and greatest cities in the world. Bustling and full of life, you’ll never experience anywhere like it. It’s home to every kind of shopping under the sun, from affordable thrift and vintage to high-end designer brands that are known the world over. There is also the world’s best culture on your doorstep, with everything from Broadway musicals and plays to avant-garde theatre and epic concerts. There’s also a thriving comedy scene and some of the best food in the world. It figures that the world’s most exciting city would have some of the fanciest hotels on the planet. We’ve pulled together a list for you, just in case you fancy blowing your budget. Go for it, BUCKiTDREAM-er. You only live once!
The Four Seasons, located on East 57th Street, opened its doors in 1993 and has earned its spot as one of the most luxurious hotels in New York City. Guest rooms are priced from $950 per night, but if you’re feeling especially flush, you can rent the Ty Warner Penthouse from $50,000 per night. With its bronze-clad bay windows and aromatherapy infinity bathtub, you might end up staying there and ignoring all the rest that the Big Apple has to offer! You can also treat yourself to a cocktail in their famous Ty Bar or pop down to the spa for a massage.
If you want a taste of classic New York, you can’t do better than The Plaza. Opened in Midtown in 1907, it is a truly iconic New York landmark, having featured in many books, films, and even songs. If you can’t afford a room, it’s worth visiting The Plaza’s gorgeous and tasteful bar for a glass of champagne or some afternoon tea. It is also home to the world-famous Warren Tricomi hair salon and beauty spa, so it’s the perfect place for a spot of pampering in the city.
Like The Plaza, The Pierre is a gorgeous slice of classic New York history. Located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and East 61st Street, its fabulous décor and tastefully decorated rooms will prove the perfect place for any discerning traveler. As well as being a world-famous hotel, it is also home to a triplex penthouse apartment, which sold for $44 million in 2017. Once home to financier Martin Zweig and his wife Barbara, the penthouse has stunning views of Central Park as well as gorgeous and authentic architectural features.
If you want to stay in a more modern venue in New York City, there’s no better choice than the Mandarin Oriental. Opened in 2003 in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, the Mandarin Oriental is sleekly decorated and gorgeously appointed. As well as hotel rooms, it houses 64 condominium units used for permanent housing. Its award-winning spa has Oriental tea rooms as well as specialized treatment rooms with private facilities. It’s the perfect place to escape despite being in the middle of the city.
The Carlyle is a unique hotel on the corner of Madison Avenue and East 76th street that is fabulously decorated in the distinctive art deco style for anyone who dreams of being a flapper. It became famous for being a residence of President John F. Kennedy, who owned an apartment there in the fifties and sixties until he died. If you’re a fan of jazz, the Café Carlyle is the ideal place to sip a perfect cocktail and enjoy the music of some of New York’s best-known performers. The Carlyle is like going back in time, but with all the trappings of a modern luxury hotel.
The Mark Hotel is located on East 77th Street and is a chic location for anyone looking to explore Manhattan. Mostly decorated in a monochrome style, The Mark is incredibly sophisticated. As well as offering gorgeous décor, The Mark has a range of luxurious services available to guests. If you want to splash some cash without the stress of hitting the shops, the concierge can organize you a personal shopper from Bergdorf Goodman. You can also visit world-famous hairstylist Frederic Fekkai in his salon in the hotel.
If you’re a spa junkie, The W on Lexington Avenue is a must-visit. Home to the world-famous Bliss spa, it is the best place to go for top-shelf facials, massages, and a range of beauty and wellness treatments. You can also splurge on some of the well-known Bliss beauty products, including body creams and other skincare. The W’s Whiskey Blue bar is also a throwback to old-style sophisticated lounges decorated with mahogany and dark leather. It’s the ideal spot to people-watch while sipping a Manhattan.
If you fancy a luxury hotel that’s a little bit different, The Iroquois is the perfect place for you. Located on West 44th Street, it’s a charming and small hotel that lives up to the luxury of its larger neighbors. Its boutique nature is reflected in the cozy and intimate décor in the rooms, featuring sheer curtains, velvet headboards, and large beds. If you’re exhausted from exploring the city, sit back for dinner in its restaurant Triomphe, which offers some of the best French cuisine in the city.
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