There are certain hotels in New York that make you feel like you’ve somehow ended up in the middle of a storybook, and the Ritz-Carlton Central Park is one of them. This isn’t a hotel that you want to walk through quickly just to get to your room. It’s one that you want to savor and experience, from the moment two men in top hats open the door and guide you to the lobby. Immediately, you’re surrounded by warm wood and cool marble, an enveloping experience that feels worlds away from the drab concrete sidewalk that you just left behind.
The service is friendly and courteous, but there is an air of formality to the common areas. The main congregating area is the Star Lounge which is on the first floor just off from the lobby. Elegantly-dressed guests and locals mingle on the luxurious green and beige furniture, sipping cocktails from legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer. Those who feel inclined to visit the bar, located just around the corner from the lounge, would be well-served ordering The Central Park Cocktail. The hotel’s signature drink was inspired by the nearby park, and is as light and refreshing as a stroll through The Ramble.
The room décor, which is much lighter than the downstairs lounge, is understated and comfortable. Turn-down service is offered nightly, and a full in-room dining menu is available 24-hours a day (The club sandwich on toasted sourdough is a must-try). But let’s be honest, the most-impressive feature of these rooms are the outstanding views of Central Park. Looking out over the iconic city landmark from just across the street gives you a whole new perspective on the sprawling green space, and some rooms even come equipped with telescopes to help you examine it more closely.
After a day of taking in the greenery and a night spent relaxing in the wood-paneled lounge, take advantage of the in-room breakfast served from 6am until 11am. It’s the perfect end to your New York fairy tale.