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Gramercy Park Hotel • New York City, NY USA

A key to the park in an idyllic enclave

Gramercy Park Hotel - Exterior

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Gramercy Park Hotel, fabled Bohemian hangout of yesteryear, has been totally revived by the legendary Ian Schrager. The unique decor orchestrated by artist Julian Schnabel features checked Moroccan tile, swirls of patterned carpets, red velvet curtains and Italian stone fireplaces. The work of renowned contemporary artists including Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Damien Hirst complement the mix. And a plus for guests, keys to the idyllic private Gramercy Park across the street are available.

Unlike Schrager’s past projects, the watchword here is maximized rather than minimal. Gone is modernist architectural fantasies and its replacement is opulent and spacious everything. The uniqueness of the lobby decor is carried through to the 185 guest rooms and suites. The large rooms have differing layouts and each one has a unique color scheme inspired by the paintings of Raphael. Opulence reigns with imported hand-tufted rugs, deep rose velvet drapery and mahogany window enclosures. Photographs, artworks from many cultures and carefully chosen period furniture complete the tableaux. Other touches that will impress the upscale guest are premium bedding including feather mattresses, 400-thread count Italian linens, and down comforters and pillows. Mahogany bathrooms boast Corian basins, soaking tubs and marble countertops. Flat-screen televisions, CD and DVD players, and MP3 docks are featured in guestrooms.

Gramercy Park Hotel - Guest room

For dining, Wakiya, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, offers a fresh style of Chinese cooking. The popular Rose Bar touts a wood-burning fireplace and a walnut bar opposite a custom-designed pool table. In Aerospace, the hotel’s health club, cardiovascular equipment is available 24 hours a day and personal trainers are available by appointment. The Aerospa offers massages, muscle wraps, and a plethora of other beauty and therapeutic treatments.

Gramercy Park Hotel - Rooftop

Available only to hotel guests and select members is the Private Roof Club and Garden, an original and unique indoor and outdoor space, with a retractable roof 16 stories above the city.

Gramercy Park Hotel
Location:2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, United States 10010; 40 minutes from JFK, 30 min from LaGuardia.

Luxury style: Downtown types with a taste for the finer things, celebrities, cosmopolitan tourists. The larger than average guestroom size make this a good family choice, as does access to the park.
What we’ve heard: Comfort is a big plus here. And many kudos for afternoon drinks on the roof terrace.

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St Regis Hotel • New York, NY USA

Legendary landmark of elegance

St Regis New York - Exterior

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The St. Regis Hotel has stood as an oasis of refinement and hospitality in the heart of midtown Manhattan since its opening in 1904. A Beaux Art landmark, the St. Regis has been awarded the highest accolades in the hotel industry, the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Award.

These high commendations originate from the St. Regis’ commitment to dedicated and incomparable service. There is a residential atmosphere personified by the unsurpassed butler service and careful attention to detail in every aspect of the guest experience. In the tradition of residential hotels who also host longer term guests, the St. Regis can count among its former residents, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

St Regis New York - Guestroom

Guest rooms at the St. Regis feature opulent furnishings and soothing color schemes with every detail considered for the guest’s comfort. Rich textures, silk wall coverings and period furniture continue the luxe environment. High tech amenities are skillfully integrated. Especially noteworthy are the suites at the St. Regis, spacious and each one individually designed.

St. Regis - Lobby

The St. Regis New York
Location: Fifth Ave at 55th Street – New York, NY 10022; 40 minutes from JFK, 30 min from LaGuardia.

Luxury style: The ultimate in personal attention–celebrities, royalty, tycoons, intenational men (and women) of mystery, jetsetters.

What we’ve heard: One of Manhattan’s most special experiences is a drink in the King Cole Bar. The bar features a three-part mural by Maxfield Parrish which was executed in 1904 and originally graced the Knickerbocker Hotel.  It was moved to the St. Regis in the thirties.  This year the paintings were restored to their original radiance, removing decades of grime, cigarette smoke and more than one carelessly poured martini.  Also noteworthy at the bar is its claim as an originator of the bloody mary, called a ‘red snapper.’

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The Carlyle • New York City, NY

A cocoon of traditional elegance and discretion

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The Carlyle Hotel, a seemingly ageless grande dame of New York’s Upper Eastside, has hosted dignitaries, celebrities and business leaders since its opening in 1930. These high-profile guests relish the Carlyle’s cocoon of privacy, guarded by a discreet staff skilled in hospitality arts that are rarely practiced today. Enveloped in a cozy and tranquil residential environment, the guests also enjoy top notch dining and refined entertainment. Historic ‘regulars’ at the hotel included Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana. The Carlyle itself is mum on any of the guests, even years after their residence.

The hotel is ideally located a block from “Museum Mile” with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum blocks away. Besides a stellar location, The Carlyle offers three dining options and one bar. The Carlyle Restaurant serves Greek cuisine with regional American ingredients. Cafe Carlyle features live jazz performances. The Gallery restaurant serves complete English teas with tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. Bemelmans Bar features Art Deco style with glass tabletops and a black granite bar.

The Carlyle - guest room

Guest rooms at the Carlyle Hotel feature hardwood floors, antiques and original artworks. Bedding includes down duvets and 440 thread count Egyptian cotton linens designed by Rivolta Carmignani. Bathrooms feature telephones, makeup mirrors, bathrobes and slippers.

The Carlyle - Guest room

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
Location: 33 East 76th St at Madison, New York, NY; 40 minutes from JFK, 30 min from LaGuardia.

Luxury style: World-weary celebrities aiming to avoid the paparazzi, ex-presidents, people falling in and out of love, exiled princes and connoisseurs of privacy and discretion.

What we’ve heard: Magical and memorable experiences at the Carlyle are High Tea in the Gallery and an afternoon aperitif in the Bemelman’s Bar with its whimsical mural by Ludwig Bemelman, author of the famed Madeline series and former Carlyle resident.

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