Glass house wrapped in a brilliant crimson bow? Baccarat Hotel opened last spring by the legendary French brand; it’s first hotel and residential space in New York. Directly across the street from MOMA, the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed tower is an impressive addition to the NY skyline, the prismatic wall of glass facing shimmers in the night sky and is a subtle suggestion of the sparkling interiors.
The hotel is petite, with 114 rooms, a La Mer spa and a signature restaurant and posh cocktail bar. The lavish public spaces have become a go to spot for local New Yorker’s. Most of the small salons are designated for the hotel guests to dine privately, however the grand salon with walls of cascading pleated silk, silver leaf wood paneling, massive bouquets of red roses, and vaulted ceilings hung with immense crystal signature chandeliers is a gathering place for the chic cognoscente crowd. Flattering dappled lighting bestowed by Baccarat chandeliers cast a romantic glow in the sophisticated stylish lounge known simply as: The Bar.
Enter through an elegant, yet discrete street entrance, the friendly doormen quietly let staff know of your arrival – and deliver you to the slightly obscured elevator where you ascend to the 6th floor for check in. Staff awaits and efficiently escort you to your room, there is no lobby lingering, a good thing!
French style blended with a bit of a mid-town edge, the rooms are generous in size and pale in color with a spark of Baccarat red to remind you of the French provenance. I arrived after a long Italian jaunt and the pristine white room was a peaceful antidote to a long flight and the JFK grit. Room service was beyond prompt and quite delicious, a luxe brasserie menu. Dynamic nighttime views from my 7th floor suite of the New York skyline were just as enchanting as the sunrise – did I mention time zone fatigue?
The quiet halls have small-embedded niches with displays of the classic crystal, my room was near an elevator, however, the soundproofing was excellent, I didn’t hear a peep. Over the top lavish bath amenities are wrapped in a stunning box and resemble a gift box, fitted with exclusive toiletries by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
The Bar, with barrel vaulted ceilings and natural wood walls deliciously adorned in a pale red and of course, a flourish of chandeliers. Crystal clad French elegance, is that redundant? Black & white marble floors, cherry red walls of course and stunning Baccarat bling chandeliers – elegant, sophisticated – a bit of a dreamy Parisian landscape in the middle of Manhattan.
The 50 foot pool is a serene oasis with a sweet lifeguard – he told me he is there all day and generally assists guests, he had never been called on yet to save a life. The luxurious silver loungers, the size of beds looked like the perfect nap zone pre-theatre. Nearby is the first U.S. Spa de la Mer and a very professional training room.
When you need sparkle in New York, the Baccarat Hotel is the perfect choice! Our clients are spoiled beyond belief!