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Lotte New York Palace

  • Hotels
  • Midtown East
  • price 3 of 4
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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  5. New York Palace (Photograph: Bruce Buck)
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Time Out Says

5 out of 5 stars

Nothing says a quintessential stay (or staycation) in NYC like a night at the Lotte New York Palace. One of the most renowned hotels within the tri-state area, a night of luxury in this reinvented Madison Ave gem is favored upon, if you can swing it.

Built in what was the formerly known as the Villard Mansion, this historic hotel breaths the upper crest of New York society. As you walk to the front doors of this grand hotel and through the picturesque courtyard, guests are awash in the traditional elegance of decor reminiscent of the early 1900s. Lush carpets and gold filigree fixtures greet you as you walk soundless across the marble lobby to check in and make your way to your hotel room.

While this hotel does have the bones of the past, all of the rooms have been placed in the future. Guests are greeted with the classical music the moment they walk into their room, with a personalized greeting scrolling on the flat screen television. Marble countertops and walnut furnishings line the walls of the spacious room; with views that look out onto the the city skyline (note: if you stay during the holiday season you have a spectacular view of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree). When you find the time to sink into your lavish hotel bed you just might never leave it again. Each of the rooms have been outfitted with a control panel installed on the bedside table. Guests are able to control the room temperature, lights, curtains, television, and the ‘Do Not Disturb’ all from their cozy bed. Talk about living the life.

Once you do get the idea to leave your room, whether for a meal or to take in the sights, your first stop should be the Villard restaurant. Part of the original Villard mansion, the food is almost as delightful as the restaurant’s surroundings. With true works of art adorning the wall and the ceiling, one would feel as if they are dining in the Louvre. If you are able to dine in this fabulous venue for breakfast, order the classic American breakfast of eggs benedict for the table, a simple meal to take in the lavishness that is the Villard. If it’s a pre-dinner drink that you desire, check out the exclusive 25-seat salon, Rarities, off the lobby strictly reserved for hotel guests. Beholden to the name, Rarities, only serves the rarest of priceless fine wine and spirits.

Life in the Palace Hotel is something that can’t be described to the fullest until one actually experiences what this jewel of Fifth Ave can offer it’s guests. So make sure to book an unforgettable night at the Lotte New York Palace; you’ll never forget it.

TIME OUT TIP: If you are looking for a dinner with a quiet but elegant atmosphere, look no further that The National, located just a few blocks away at 50th and Lexington Ave. Order “The Ugly Burger”, a pickled jalapeno burger with smoked paprika fries on the side - a very hearty meal for a very hearty city.

Written by
Hannah Streck

Details

Address:
455 Madison Ave
New York
10022
Cross street:
between 50th and 51st Sts
Transport:
Subway: E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price:
$395–$800 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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