An ideal base for anyone who needs retail therapy or a dose of nature. The hotel is just steps away from Central Park and landmark shopping options such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
A whopping 299 rooms are available. Each has traditional elements such as Louis XIV-style furniture, wainscotting and crown molding. It’s a bit stuffy if you're used to modern and minimal aesthetics but it's elegant nonetheless. The 1,700-square-foot Bottega Veneta Suite, named after the Italian furniture giant and built in 2006, was an immediate hit with guests. The suite encompasses two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a living/dining area with a fireplace. It's a cozy place in which to nestle on cold winter nights. The 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite looks like a lavish, New York apartment. It features two large bedrooms, three and a half baths, formal dining room, large kitchen and an English manor–like library. The suite also has spectacular views of Fifth Avenue. I don't think they can be beat.
The lobby is as luxurious as one would expect with crown molding, marble and gold throughout. Much of the original fixtures were refurbished and are still in working order - such as the antique letter box.
Eating and drinking
Adour Alain Ducasse is a Michelin-starred restaurant on the main floor of the hotel. The world-renowned chef oversees innovative, contemporary French dishes using seasonal and fresh ingredients. The back of the dining room is separated like the banks of the River Seine. I prefer the Rive Gauche over the Rive Droite.
Savor an Afternoon Tea or a light lunch at the more casual Astor Court. The King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary (circa 1934) and still boasts great signature cocktails.
The 24-hour fitness center is bigger than most hotels and offers a number of treadmills, elliptical machines and cycling machines. And the Remède Spa is a dream destination for anyone wanting pampering.
Service is impeccable, just as it was in the golden days. Porters are available to help you with your bags and the staff are extremely professional and helpful.
Who stays there
European aristocracy, celebrities and anyone with cash to spare.
You won't find a deal here as discounts don't apply. The best time to stay here is after the holidays, when rates go down a bit. Good luck getting a lower rate on the Presidential Suite or the Bottega Veneta Suite.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Large rooms
- Excellent service