If you want to experience a getaway in the luxurious high rises of New York City, look no further. Our inspectors have determined that these 10 hotels meet the lofty standards of the AAA Five Diamond® designation.
Baccarat Hotel New York
28 W. 53rd St.
AAA Inspector 592: I could have skipped the trip to Versailles and just come here. The crystal-infused flamboyant design is something to behold.
Ultra high-end contemporary luxury reaches its American zenith with this storybook destination from the fabled 250-year old French glass company. Service is top-notch and its decor is fit for royalty. Baccarat crystal chandeliers sparkle as they chime overhead and exquisite stemware overflows with champagne in the lounges, all of it creating rich pleasures for the senses. Lavishly ornate artisan woodwork, sculptures, white marble, custom moldings and rich details are in all the rooms and suites, creating simply grandiose interiors. The in-house lounge and bar are lively and attain high marks for atmosphere. Service is refined and enthusiastically engaging, managing to confidently keep aloft the flamboyant perception of extraordinary luxury befitting royalty. The cellar swimming pool, lined with a wall of most comfortable cabanas, is subdued but nifty in design. It will come as no surprise if the the well-traveled might view the minimalism and restraint of other contemporary hotels as being simply passé after an opulent stay at the Baccarat.
AAA Inspector 592: Years from now, when we look back to the New York City of the 2010’s we’ll surely remember this plush Soho hotel which characterized that gilded time.
With stellar views of the city from the higher floors, this bastion of contemporary luxury features swanky modern Italian furnishings, impressive artwork and marble bathrooms. Guests will be pampered by the doting staff at the pool on a rooftop terrace and sublime spa. The SoHo location puts you at the very heart of Manhattan's fashion culture, a short walk away from unique, world-class shopping opportunities and myriad fun restaurants and bars.
AAA Inspector 592: Finally! A bonafide lap pool in a downtown hotel, and lots of natural light...gorgeous.
This stunning property has a more masculine-feel than its sister, the gracious Four Seasons in Midtown. Rooms are streamlined, with superb hi-tech capabilities, yet retaining those classic comforts. Near the World Trade Center, Wall Street, Tribeca and a wide choice of stellar dining options, this property sits squarely in the middle of the contemporary action. The hotel embodies a 21st-century Manhattan design aesthetic, one which fuses a sense of tradition with a cool modern minimalism and delivers essential conveniences like a hotel services app, mobile room key and in-room tablet. The Four Seasons brand is once again self-assuredly at the forefront of the pack with this grand hotel.
Here you will find high luxury and fabulous art in a restrained, modern-minimalist style. All rooms feature fine wood finishes, high-tech accessories and marble-clad bathrooms with designer amenities. The beautiful suites here have all the fine finishes of the regular rooms but also feature the ultimate Manhattan luxury—extra space. The hotel smartly includes first-rate fine dining. Some suites offer guests designer kitchens and deep soaking tubs.
AAA Inspector 592: Wow! The lower lobby did not prepare me for the enchanting views of Central Park or Midtown that I could see from the main lobby and restaurant areas.
Expect rooms with contemporary luxury and cosmopolitan flair. Its location in the Time Warner Center affords proximity to high-end shopping, entertainment and some of the city's very best restaurants. Guest rooms are not overly spacious but are well designed and have a sophisticated style. The marble baths are roomy and sleekly outfitted with appealing enhancements. Eastside facing rooms have expansive park views, while westside rooms face the Hudson River with beautiful sunset views. These Hudson view rooms have a slightly different layout, include even larger floor space, and feature a window over the deep soaking tub to watch a panorama of colors descend nightly over nearby New Jersey.
A highly refined modernist style greets guests at this gleaming, glass jewel in the sky, which has become a new city landmark. Rooms are serene and light filled while the baths provide high luxury. The spacious rooms feature a custom-designed beverage center and a media hub integrated with curated art and designer furnishings, complemented by fine linens, aromatic scents and an oversize soaking tub. Facilities include an indoor pool and state-of-the-art 1,845-square-foot fitness center. This pet-friendly property donates all pet fees to animal charities. An underground parking garage is conveniently on-site. Carnegie Hall is across the street.
AAA Inspector 592: Ideal for an urban weekend getaway, the spa and fitness areas here are just about my very favorite in all of New York City. Truly exceptional.
Signature service from a uniformed staff is just one of the many sophisticated refinements at this grand Beaux Arts-style hotel located near Central Park in the very most prime Fifth Avenue district. The rooms have a comfortable modern style, with a multitude of controls that allow guests to adjust lighting or temperature without ever leaving the bed. The best-in-class spa, 24-hour accessible fitness facility, pool and rooftop bar have spectacular views that are not to be missed. The rooftop has an herb garden from which the in-house chef draws upon. The in-room entertainment system can be pre-programmed for specialty and international television channels of your choosing. Highly recommended.
AAA Inspector: With a beautiful ballroom, rotunda room and a glorious grand entrance setting; a fashionable wedding here is destined to be a New York social event.
White-gloved elevator operators add classic elegance at this most grand hotel. Rooms are traditionally decorated; bathrooms are somewhat compact but luxuriously appointed with fine quality amenities. Refined and sophisticated dining and public spaces make this a top pick for weddings and gala events. Proximity to Central Park, as well as to Fifth Avenue is second to none. The designer Yves St Laurent lived in the hotel for many years, using it as his New York residence. His photo now adorns the 38th floor on which he resided. Elizabeth Taylor was another prominent guest in-residence during her heyday.
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
50 Central Park S
Stellar traditional style and service, paired with contemporary technology are the hallmarks of this outstanding property, which stands majestically at the south entrance to Central Park. The concierges at this hotel are among the best in the city at snagging those hard-to-get restaurant reservations. The exercise area is exceptionally well designed and highly functional for any type of workout routine.
AAA Inspector: The history of New York literally pours forth here, and it is a must see kind of place even if just for a cocktail at the iconic lounge.
A New York landmark since 1904, this extraordinary property offers style at a grand level. When combined with contemporary luxury and attentive services, it is in a rarefied, supreme class altogether. This historic hotel was built by John Jacob Astor IV as a sister property to the Waldorf Astoria, just a few years before Astor went down with the Titanic. Today, guests can enjoy unlimited use of the private on-site health club and the sublime King Cole Bar is pure New York classic. Prime Fifth Avenue shopping is a few steps around the corner.
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