Baccarat Hotel New York

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.Baccarat street

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?Baccarat bed

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.Baccarat Bar

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.Baccarat poolBaccarat-Terrace-1

When you need sparkle in New York, the Baccarat Hotel is the perfect choice! Our clients are spoiled beyond belief!

 

It’s the St. Regis New York!

The iconic St. Regis Hotel is a favorite of mine and many of my clients; in 2014 the hotel undertook a 90 million dollar renovation. The classic Beaux Arts architecture exemplifies a traditional New York Hotel, built in 1904 by John Jacobs Astor IV, the great grandson of the country’s first multi-millionaire. All the rooms are grand and the 24-hour butler service is an exceptional amenity. A style and service of another era, when these services were de riguer, the St. Regis is grand no matter which room you reserve. If you haven’t stayed, you certainly would recognize the stately exterior. St. Regis EntranceMy suite, with large-scale windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking Fifth Avenue could have hosted a grand cocktail party had I not been rushing off to Italy, next time! Location is perfect – in the best mid-town shopping and dining neighborhood; a brisk walk from Central Park and MOMA is a block away.

The Dior Suite

The Dior Suite

Old King Cole Bar

Old King Cole Bar, St. Regis Hotel

Don’t let the description of classic iconic hotel make you think they don’t employ ipod surround sound speakers, modern amenities, and a gym with private trainers and yoga & Pilates on request. The St. Regis New York embodies classic architecture, modern sensibilities and is host to the legendary King Cole Bar. The famous Maxfield Parrish mural is a prime draw, but stay for the exotic drinks and small plates.

In the day, Salvador Dali could be spotted in the King Cole Bar with his pet ocelot. Sophisticated and stylish, it is also a marvelous people watching perch. For over a century, it remains as one of the most stately cocktails spots. I have a New York walking map listing perfect posh places to plop for tea or cocktails and the King Cole Bar is one of my favorite haunts, truly timeless.

Table 55 King Cole Bar

Table 55 King Cole Bar

Exclusive to the King Cole Bar is Table 55 – Nestled in a private corner of the bar beneath the watchful eye of Maxfield Parrish’s Old King Cole Mural, this is the only table with access to an exclusive chef’s custom designed menu and a bespoke wine list from the hotel’s coveted cellar. Expertly curated tableware from Christofle and Bernadaud complete the stylish dining experience. Reserve with us!

For a decadent lavish New York sojourn, highly recommend the St. Regis Hotel, stay in the lap of luxury! Sophistication and modern sensibilities in New York.