Thursday, August 4, 2016
Best Luxury Hotels in New York City - Whether you're looking for old-world opulence, celebrity-studded party scenes, a fawning staff, or historic charm, you'll find it in one of New York's most luxurious hotels. To ensure that you can also expect the royal treatment, we slept on the high-thread-count linens, sipped the $18 cocktails, and befriended the famous -- it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
It could be said that no other New York hotel is as synonymous with luxury as the century-old Plaza, which received a $400 million renovation in 2008. Among the highlights -- a Rolls Royce to take you around town, a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, and your own hallway butler on 24-hour call.
This virtually flawless 88-room TriBeCa newcomer (opened in 2008 by Robert de Niro, among others) offers large, homey rooms, breathtaking design, and very attentive service. Even better: free Wi-Fi; free minibar snacks; and free Wii video games by request. Better still: an underground pool; a standout Japanese spa; a premier gym; and the new Locanda Verde restaurant.
In the same building as some of the city's best restaurants, and across the street from Central Park, the Mandarin's location is ideal. But it's the hotel's dizzying array of modern luxuries -- a 75-foot pool, one of the city's best spas, sweeping views from nearly every common area, and huge bathrooms with deep soaking tubs (even in standard rooms) -- that make this a true standout among the stars.
The Mark, an historic hotel built in 1927, re-opened in 2009 as one of the best contemporary luxury hotels in New York. The hotel's stunning interiors by France's premier designer are colorful and bold rather than gilded and stuffy, and there's a restaurant and bar from one of New York's most famous chefs. Comfortable, high-tech rooms and personalized service make it a great option for anyone who can afford it.
Donald Trump's first hotel in downtown New York has the attention to detail and hands-on service you'd expect from a Trump property, but the slightly hipper vibe and great SoHo location cater to a younger set. The exclusive, celebrity-filled Kastel bar and the pricey Quattro restaurant are the hotel's main features, but a spa and pool are forthcoming.