A perfect perch alongside Fifth Avenue right next to Central Park and close to shopping magnets like FAO Schwartz, Barney's and Tiffany & Co.
Kitted out with Turkish marble baths, flat screen televisions, Bose iPod docks and gargantuan comfy king size beds, the guest rooms have a great new style but some bemoan the lack of "soul". I think it depends on whether you like formality.
Quite grand with lots of upholstered sofas and an English drawing room feel.
Eating and drinking
One of the hotel's centerpieces is an outpost of London’s Le Caprice restaurant. I haven’t been yet but friends have enjoyed the power lunch scene and dishes like a delicious smoked haddock and poached quail egg tart and prime New York strip steak - although it’s probably best to dine there if you are in town on an expense account.
A lovely Jiva spa.
So far service has been what you would expect from a five star hotel but again some bemoan the lack of soul.
Who stays there
European royalty, Fortune 500 execs, older celebs.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- A bit soulless