New York staycations and vacations alike can take on many forms, but if it’s world-class R&R you’re after, staying in anything other than the best luxury hotels in NYC isn’t an option. And let’s face it, no one does decadence quite like Gotham. From the best rooftop restaurants and high thread count bedding to the best spas in NYC, these hotels will tuck you away in sheer elegance each night.
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From delicate decor and top-notch service, The Mark keeps guests at the height of luxury. Spacious suites come standard with every oversized, marble soaking tubs; famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichte, whose The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges sits on the ground floor, will pack a personal lunch for a posh picnic in nearby Central Park. And you’ll be cruising there in style on one of the hotel’s custom-designed bikes, naturally.
Sitting squarely in one of the city’s most desired areas to live and visit, a recent renovation has ushered this classic hotel into a feet of excellence. Indulgence comes in all forms from the opulent lobby to the spectacular room-views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Catching an evening show on Broadway? Arrive there in style with a personal driver who will transport you in a Mercedes GL350 or Maybach.
Manhattan makes way for Paris at the Baccarat, where senses are immediately taken over by up by stunning views, extraordinary art collections, pleated silk walls, and the sophisticated flavors of afternoon high tea. Suites keep the contemporary Parisian decor alive, each one dripping in Baccarat crystals. (Watch out, P. Diddy!) Top it off with a visit to Spa De La Mer for a 90-minute Miracle Broth Facial and pure bliss will officially be reached.
Overlooking Columbus Circle and boasting incomparable views of Central Park, Mandarin Oriental looms high over Manhattan and keeps guests at the city’s epicenter. Aside from floor-to-ceiling views of the park, Hudson River, and the iconic city skyline, rooms feature sleek decor and access to a full spectrum of five-star amenities. Try the Spa Suite where you and your partner can hole up in in your own private Oriental-themed wonderland.
Tucked away on a cozy, tree-lined street in the swanky Upper East Side, The Lowell embraces comfort and relaxation like no other. The 74 guest rooms are reminiscent to cozy apartments, outfitted with cushy sofas, fireplaces, stocked bookshelves, and private terraces. During the Fall and Winter months, take advantage of the Warmth & Wine suite where couples can snuggle fireside with a bottle of wine, charcuterie and cheese trays, and a decadent breakfast for two.
Nearly all of the loft-style guest rooms (twelve-foot ceilings!) at the Hyatt subsidiary’s first NYC hotel include landscaped terraces and private outdoor spaces. And after a long day exploring nearby attractions like the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue, and Bryant Park, call up your personal therapist (you heard us!) for a two-hour City Detox massage with green tea and echinacea without ever leaving your room.
Despite the name, it’s lavish European decor (not American-Indian) that transform the Iroquois New York into a luxurious, 1930s haven. The marble lobby has a “Clue” vibe, accented with antique grandfather clocks, dark wood observatories and leather-bound literary classics. Sample French fare at the hotel’s Triomphe restaurant before capping the night on a plush velvet chair in a dark corner of Lantern’s Keep, a speakeasy famous for some of the best cocktails in the city.
Opened in 1930 on Central Park’s famed eastern border, this elegant parkside hotel has been a luxury landmark for nearly a century. Even after its $100 million overhaul, which resulted in a Indian mural-lined Rotunda for tableside cocktails and updated guest rooms with Turkish marble bathrooms, the Old New York charm remains undeniable.
One of the few buildings in Manhattan covered in plants, this eco-friendly hotel is the definition of natural elegance. Each of the 229 exotic guest rooms offsets its rustic decor of reclaimed wood ceilings, potted plants and English ivy with modern accents like wrought iron and wood chairs, glass showers and leather headboards. Chef Jonathan Waxmahere plates—what else!—authentic farm-to-table fare at on-site Jams Restaurant.
Taking a timeout from the whimsical vibe at its other properties, the Viceroy Central Park salutes the 212 with city map murals and New York-centric reads. The nautical themed rooms come standard with rainfall showers, 24-hour in-room dining service and a Beats by Dr. Dre™ sound system. Take a trip to the Roof – one of NYC's most popular rooftop lounges — where once you plop down in one of the chestnut sofas with a handcrafted cocktail, you may never get up.
The futuristic W Times Square literally puts luxury at your fingertips with its signature WHATEVER/WHENEVER® button. One push on your phone is all it takes to be granted anything from late night food orders (Blue Fin and Dos Caminos are right downstairs) to sunset helicopter rides. The staff compares it to having your own "magic wand", meaning a stay here is like meeting your temporary Fairy Godmother.