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New York Palace

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Photograph: Bruce Buck
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Photograph: Bruce Buck
Midtown East
Modernity literally meets tradition here: A sleek 55-story tower cantilevers over the landmark 1884 Villard Houses—the connected, courtyard-facing brownstones, commissioned by railroad tycoon and financier Henry Villard, were designed by McKim, Mead and White to look like a single Italian Renaissance mansion. In September 2013, the New York Palace officially unveiled the results of a $140 million rolling renovation that introduced six new bars and eateries—including a sleek cocktail lounge beneath the revamped gilt- and marble-bedecked lobby—and updated all the guest rooms. Rain showerheads, custom-made rosewood headboards and handpicked art now enhance many quarters. Accommodations range from understated luxury in the original building, where many west-facing rooms overlook St. Patrick's Cathedral, to a more contemporary, residential style in the Towers. Occupying the hotel’s top 14 floors, these premium rooms and suites have a separate check-in and exclusive perks such as a private bar. The Palace is now home to James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef Michel Richard's first NYC restaurant, which stretches over several opulent rooms of Villard's old residence, including his dining room and parlor. The top toque also helms a casual café and patisserie, Pomme Palais. Rooms: 909.
Venue name: New York Palace
Address: 455 Madison Ave
New York
10022
Cross street: between 50th and 51st Sts
Venue phone: 212-888-7000
Website: http://newyorkpalace.com
Transport: Subway: E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St
Price: $395–$800 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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