And now, an article that I wrote that was never published…until now!
NYC is the grand dame of USA cities. It’s known for grandiose hotels with fabled guests, storied restaurants, and rooms that have been documented in every movie from Plaza Suite onwards. However, there is a new wave of hotels that promises to make the old guard up its ante. These hotels are sparkling, swanky, and still deliver on luxury. Here’s the latest and greatest of where to rest your head in the city that never sleeps.
The Park Hyatt – the most anticipated opening of the year in NYC, or perhaps of the last few years. The luxurious Park Hyatt brand is world renowned for its elegant design, superior service, and incredible restaurants, but with the new flagship location in NYC, it may have well outdone itself. It’s located conveniently in midtown with a modern Christian de Portzamparc design, iphone chargers in every room, and a mini bottle of Krug in the mini bar. That’s right…Krug. Expect rainforest showers in every room, a 25th floor indoor lap pool, and – if you are interested – a breakfast at one of the hotel’s restaurants, The Back Room, that include Dom Perignon champagne, a Beluga caviar bagel, and foie gras toast. Start spreading the news – upscale in midtown is here to stay.
The Refinery – The 1920s meets the 2000s in this small boutique hotel. Located just steps from Bryant Park, it takes advantage of its central location with a summertime rooftop bar that lets imbibers take a break from the city mayhem and relax in the open air. It also offers stark black and white dramatic furnishings and locally created art, wifi, air conditioning, and a communal fitness room. Enjoy the seasonal fare at the hotel’s Parker and Quinn restaurant or enjoy Koreatown, only a few steps away from the hotel. Best of all, sit in your elegant room and enjoy a view of Manhattan.
The Viceroy – Hello, blue skies! Only a block away from Central Park, The Viceroy blends modern conveniences with the stately history of the city – after all, it’s right near the glitzy jewelry stores on 5th Avenue! Each room has luxury linens, espresso machines, and flat screen TVs. Enjoy nightly complimentary cocktails in the bar, and indulge in American fare at Kingside, a restaurant by celebrated chef and “Chopped” judge, Marc Murphy.