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When it comes to luxury accommodations, New York City remains unmatched. The City’s grand hotels all feature sumptuous suites, inspired amenities and stunning public spaces, along with the sort of exquisite high-touch service that will make any stay in NYC extraordinary. Below, learn more details about a select few, all of which have been awarded five-star honors from the . They include an art deco masterpiece once favored by Audrey Hepburn; the former home of a 19th-century railroad tycoon and its collection of ultra-rare spirits; and the 57th Street gem whose saltwater pool has an underwater playlist curated by Carnegie Hall.
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Among this luxe hotel’s enviable features is its 25th-floor saltwater pool, which offers City views and underwater speakers with music curated by nearby Carnegie Hall. The Park Hyatt’s public spaces are similarly culture oriented. The 57th Street hotel’s sleek design is complemented by 350 works commissioned from the Museum of Modern Art, including pieces by well-known luminaries like Robert Longo as well as up-and-comers like Jeffrey Okyere-Agyei, who once worked as a bellman at the hotel. Artwork provides access to the hotel’s 210 comfortably appointed rooms and suites as well: keycards feature pieces by artists.
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Guests who book one of the Peninsula’s 54 suites can access the hotel’s fleet of Mini Cooper S Clubman cars (chauffeured, natch), but that’s only one of this Midtown charmer’s luxurious features. Among the others are the delightful American fare at the hotel’s restaurant, Clement—the Fifth Avenue Weekend Brunch is a popular time to go—and the stylish and sophisticated interiors of the Gotham Lounge, which provide an enviable background for a drink. Salon de Ning, the Peninsula’s 23rd-floor rooftop bar, meanwhile, features two outdoor terraces, an intimate interior space and inspiring views of the skyline. The lounge, named after a fictional worldly socialite, has remained a favorite among locals and visitors since its opening in 2008.
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The Pierre is a New York City icon, its name practically a byword for luxury accommodations. Located just east of Central Park, the hotel, which opened in 1930, has hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and David Bowie. It’s easy to understand why it’s been a go-to for discerning types: the Pierre’s 189 guest rooms and suites are spacious retreats, with Turkish marble bathrooms, Etro bath products and stunning views. The art deco Two E Bar and Lounge often features Broadway performers, but the hotel’s décor is a powerful draw all on its own. Hand-painted murals, like the ones by artist Edward Melcarth in the Rotunda Room, date back to the Pierre’s earliest days.
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Guests of the Towers—those staying on the top 14 floors of the Lotte New York Palace—have access to Rarities, the hotel’s intimate cocktail bar, an invitation-only space with a secret entrance, 25 seats and, as its name suggests, a collection of ultra-rare wines and spirits. But that level of exclusive luxury is threaded throughout the experience of a stay at the Palace. Along with its more modern sections, the hotel comprises several buildings commissioned by railway tycoon Henry Villard and completed in the 1880s, which lend it an unparalleled—and authentic—gilded age glamour. For proof, look no further than the Gold Room, featuring classic cocktails, delectable shared plates and an auric-hued decor.
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Located at the southwest corner of Central Park, this hotel is positioned precisely at the junction of three of Manhattan’s biggest draws: the Upper West Side, with the Lincoln Center arts campus and award-winning restaurants within an easy walk; Midtown, home to Broadway theater and some of the world’s most famous arts institutions; and Central Park itself, one of NYC’s most beloved attractions. Of course the hotel is an attraction in its own right: its 176 suites and guest rooms feature enviable views of the park and Columbus Circle, and the hotel’s fine-dining establishment, Jean-Georges, is chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship location. Expect dishes that blend French, American and Asian influences in an experience that has earned raves from The New York Times and two stars from the Michelin Guide.