There are cities that look back and cities that gaze long but chief among the cities for looking up is that horn-honky, glass-gleamy, culture-cool megalopolis, New York City. "Look up," people advise, at the Chrysler Building and the Statue of Liberty. "Look up," people recommend, when you've just arrived at Penn Station or JFK and you want to jumpstart your career in theater, finance, literature, anything.
Perhaps, more than any other two words, those are the duo that should be printed on the back of ever "I ♥ NY" t-shirt. Look up, both at the towering skyline and at your possibilities. Look. Up.
We're looking down at the folded slice of oil-slicked pizza in our hand as we walk, Tony-Manero-in-"Saturday-Night-Fever"-style, through the always busy streets. We're looking down at the tickets in our hand, two passes to the big Broadway show. We're looking down as we search for the perfect patch of Central Park grass, where we plan to laze away a Sunday while we watch New Yorkers jog and toss a baseball and work out all the things they need to work out in order to participate in one of the go-go-go-iest places on the planet. We're looking down at the old paths walked by Lenape Indians and Dutch fur traders and the thousands of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, determined to forge ahead to a brighter day.
Text courtesy of New York Holidays
768 5th Avenue,
New York, 10019 United States of America
The Plaza Hotel is a luxury hotel on 5th Avenue, overlooking Central Park at the heart of New York City. This award-winning, exclusive Manhattan hotel boasts the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City, and offers unrivalled old-world elegance, within easy reach of JFK Airport.Guests can indulge in luxurious treatments at the Caudalie Vinothérapie hotel spa, workout in the LA Palestra gym and be pampered in the Warren-Tricomi Salon. Residents at The Plaza can enjoy Afternoon Tea in the hotel's iconic Palm Court after a day exploring the city sights nearby. The classic hotel offers exquisite and grandiose dining, including the Grand Ballroom and the legendary hotel Champagne Bar, as well as world-class boutiques. At the The Plaza Hotel, the refined guestrooms and suites envelop guests in sumptuous luxury. Rooms are inspired by Louis XV style of French decor, and bathrooms feature 24-carat gold-plated Sherle Wagner designed sinks. Guests enjoy 24-hr butler service and rooms include the latest in-room technologies, such as in-room iPads which allow residents to control the entire hotel experience.
28 East 63rd,
New York, 10065 United States of America
The Lowell is a luxury hotel in the centre of New York, ideally located on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East side, in between Madison and Park Avenues and just one block from Central Park. This stylish, traditional hotel is perfectly situated for shopping at the famous nearby department stores.At the state-of-the-art hotel gym, guests can enjoy a session with a personal trainer overlooking East 63rd Street, with complimentary fresh fruits and bottled waters. After a day around Manhattan, residents at the Lowell can relax with 24-hr room service. At night, visitors can dine at the Pembroke Room hotel restaurant, where classic American cuisine is fused with Asian and European flavours, or at the Post Room, voted one of America’s top ten steakhouses. At The Lowell, the luxurious guestrooms and deluxe suites are furnished with a king-size bed, an array of rich fabrics and opulent soft furnishings to create the utmost comfort. Most suites feature fully equipped kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and all are fitted with free WiFi, marble bathrooms and Bulgari welcome amenities.
400 Fifth Avenue,
New York, 10018 United States of America
The Langham Place Fifth Avenue is a 5-star hotel in New York. The luxury hotel enjoys an enviable location on the city’s emblematic Fifth Avenue, just steps from the awe-inspiring Empire State Building and the world-famous New York Public Library. John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport are 25 minutes away.The luxury hotel spa offers rejuvenating treatments and features the innovative Aqua Lounge. After a long day exploring the city, guests can visit the glamourous hotel bar to sample elaborate cocktails, vintage wine and delicious snacks, all to the accompaniment of relaxing jazz. Residents can enjoy French and Italian cuisine at the signature hotel restaurant and bar, Ai Fiori.Guestrooms at The Langham Place Fifth Avenue exude style and elegance, with black oak floors, onyx surfaces and walnut furniture. Rooms have Nespresso coffee machines and sumptuous Duxiana beds adorned with customised Pratesi linen. Bathrooms feature Turkish towels and amenities by Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze for Bottega. A personal assistant is available, and guests enjoy a complimentary pressing of five items upon arrival.
40 West 40th Street,
New York, 10018-2602 United States of America
A 4-star hotel in New York, The Bryant Park Hotel is housed in the incredible American Radiator Building, steps from stylish Fifth Avenue. The award-winning hotel overlooks Bryant Park and is a 10-minute walk from iconic Times Square. John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport are both under 30 minutes away.Guests can exercise in the state-of-the-art hotel gym, which features equipment by Cybex and LifeFitness, with personal trainers available upon request. The fully-equipped hotel screening room, designed by David Chipperfield, is ideal for movie screenings, premieres and business meetings. The underground Cellar Bar entices residents with music by the DJ and a selection of innovative drinks. The modern and spacious guestrooms at The Bryant Park Hotel feature Bose wave music systems and Obusforme sound therapy machines. Beds are adorned with down comforters and luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, and the Travertine marble bathrooms feature amenities by Molton Brown. At the hotel restaurant, guests can sample delicious fusion cuisine, combining Japanese dishes with authentic New York flair.
848 Washington Street,
New York, 10014 United States of America
The Standard is a modern hotel in Manhattan which sits above the famous High Line park. Located in the fashionable Meatpacking District, it rises 18 floors above the lower west side, offering stunning views of the New York skyline and mighty Hudson River. Originally an industrial district, derelict warehouses now accommodate fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars and clubs, whilst Greenwich Village and Chelsea lie nearby.Beneath the building, guests approach this design hotel through a series of stepped public spaces, where the trendy Biergarten Restaurants and popular urban park are located. The retro-chic interiors exemplify different style periods in an ode to 20th-century design. Be inspired to work out 24/7 before the surreal backdrop of downtown Manhattan, or visit the ultra-cool rooftop bar for a skyline cocktail. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the stylish guestrooms at The Standard, High Line offer breathtaking views across the Big Apple. Each room features an iPod dock, free WiFi and flatscreen TV. Modern classics furnish the clean, contemporary spaces, with separate areas for sleeping and sitting, where you can soak up the city that never sleeps, day and night.
44 West 44th Street,
New York, 10036 United States of America
Royalton is a hotel in the centre of New York City, steps from the world-famous Fifth Avenue and iconic Times Square. The 4-star hotel is minutes from Bryant Park and New York Public Library. John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport are under 30 minutes away, and the hotel offers valet parking.The legendary lobby welcomes guests into a luxurious haven, where steel and brass furnishings contrast with soft suede upholstery and leather walls, with a floor-to-ceiling bronze fireplace as the centrepiece. Residents can work out in the fully-equipped hotel gym, before indulging in a relaxing in-room spa treatment. Guestrooms at Royalton Hotel are urban retreats designed by Philippe Starck, and given unique twists from Charlotte Macaux. Every room is equipped with an iPad and bathrooms feature lavish Malin & Goetz amenities. The loft room boasts a working fireplace. At the hotel bar, guests can sample delicious dishes and exquisite cocktails made by world-class bartenders.
18 Ninth Avenue,
New York, 10014 United States of America
The Gansevoort is a luxury hotel in New York, just a five minute walk from 8th Avenue-14th Street subway station. Occupying an enviable address in Manhattan’s fashionable Meatpacking District, it is surrounded by trendy nightclubs, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.Guests will feel rejuvenated at the 5,000 square foot hotel spa, featuring 3 ambient infinity-edge hydro pools, a fitness centre and signature facials. The 45-foot heated rooftop pool, complete with underwater lights and music, provides a delightful dip with a backdrop of stunning views of the Hudson River. Guests can sample modern Chinese cuisine at the Toy Oyster & Sushi Bar or sip a refreshing cocktail at Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge.This 4-star hotel ensures the style and success of any function with its 14,000 square feet of event space. Hotel Gansevoort’s Provocateur allows guests to sample quintessential Manhattan nightlife, before returning to their chic and contemporary guestrooms to relax. Beautifully decorated with breathtaking views, ceramic floors, high ceilings, 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, free WiFi and iPod docks, they are an oasis of modern luxury in this world-famous city.
9 Crosby Street,
New York, 10013 United States of America
Mondrian Soho is a design hotel in New York, on the west side of Manhattan. It is located in SoHo, in a district where numerous bars, shops and galleries cover the narrow streets. John F. Kennedy International airport is just 20km away and on-site parking and limousine service are available.Inspired by the Cocteau film "Beauty and the Beast" and designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, this modern hotel seduces guests with its eclectic style. Guestrooms afford mesmerising views of Manhattan through floor-to-ceiling windows and feature marble bathrooms alongside Malin+Goetz products and iPads. The penthouse is the perfect venue for events, offering sweeping views of the city’s skyline. The hotel is also home to a 24-hour gym and in-room spa services can be arranged. When it comes to dining, guests at Hotel Mondrian Soho can visit Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, where chef Victor LaPlata tempts guests with Coastal Italian cuisine to be enjoyed in the magical surroundings of the 500 square-metre greenhouse inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence. As night falls, Mister H invites guests into its Chinese interiors in a nightlife space inspired by old New York.
201 East 24th Street,
New York, 10010 United States of America
The Marcel at Gramercy is a design hotel in New York's lower Manhattan. Located in the historical Gramercy Park neighbourhood, it sits within blocks of the Empire State building and Union Square. Madison Square Park and the vibrant Greenwich Village are a short walk away. The hotel is well-connected to the subway.The Marcel hotel brings urban chic to its desirable Gramercy Park location. A stylish hub for locals and visitors, the hotel has a growing reputation as a cool nightlife hotspot and dynamic eatery. The Marcel's informal hotel restaurant, 'inoteca is a lively Italian-style cantina serving organic Milanese dishes and select Italian wines. Custom-made beds, Italian Frette linens and down duvets provide luxurious rest, along with rainshower bathrooms and spa amenities by Lather. The retro-inspired rooms are also equipped with writing spaces, LCD TVs and iPod docks. Up on the Marcel at Gramercy hotel's 10th floor, guests are treated to complimentary tea and coffee, whilst the elegant terrace gives way to the striking New York cityscape.
500 East 62nd Street,
New York, 10065 United States of America
Hotel Bentley is a design hotel in New York. Overlooking the East River and 59th Street Bridge in midtown Manhattan, this chic hotel is an oasis of tranquillity whilst being close to the legendary 5th Avenue shopping district and Central Park. John F. Kennedy International airport is just 19km away.This modern hotel invites guests to unwind on a dark leather couch in the hotel lobby and enjoy a sweet treat and a cup of coffee in the Bentley Library Cafe. As night falls in the Upper East Side, guests can take in the panoramic views on the rooftop bar and choose from the wide selection of cocktails. The on-site business centre caters for those travelling on work. Sleek guestrooms at Hotel Bentley afford breathtaking city and river views. Marble bathrooms and 32-inch LCD televisions feature throughout, and touches of luxury include 250-thread count Frette linens, as well as bathroom amenities by Lather. The rooftop restaurant serves continental breakfast and Italian and American cuisine for dinner, complemented by a glass of wine and a magnificent 360-degree view of The Big Apple at dusk.
356 West 58th Street,
New York, 10019 United States of America
The Hudson Hotel New York enjoys a privileged location steps from Central Park. Surrounded by the sights of the city, it stands close to the Rockefeller Centre and Fifth Avenue, not far from the theatre district and Times Square. Easily accessible, the hotel is just a short distance from Grand Central Station and J.F.Kennedy International Airport.Interiors at this design hotel were styled by the renowned Philippe Starck. Showcasing international travel inspirations, they feature custom-made furnishings, African touches and luxury Egyptian linens. Technological touches include free WiFi and modern laptops.The hotel’s rooftop terrace is the ideal seasonal spot for soaking up the sun and drinking in the views, whilst the private park is a magical gem in the centre of the city. Guests can work out at the gym, enjoy a personal training session or borrow a bike to explore the city. As night falls, enjoy a creative cocktail under the hand-painted Francesco Clemente ceiling at the Hudson Bar and dine in style at Hudson Hall.Please note: This is a smoke-free hotel.
15 Gold Street at Platt Street,
New York, 10038 United States of America
Gild Hall is a luxury hotel in New York. Located on historic Gold Street, Gild Hall is minutes from the cobblestone streets of South Street Seaport and bustling Wall Street. Battery Park is nearby, where guests can catch the ferry to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty. JFK and Newark Airports are about 30 minutes away.At the 4-star hotel, guests can dine in the sophisticated restaurant, where comfort and class spread across two floors to create the ambience of an English tavern. The menu features traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Tucked away on the second floor is the intimate Library Bar, perfect for guests holding a private parties. Designed by Jim Walrod, guestrooms at Gild Hall Hotel are luxuriously decorated, with oversized leather-tufted headboards and bespoke wooden furniture, topped with rich flannel throws. Guestrooms feature LCD TVs, iPod dock and oversized terry-cloth robes by Frette. Bathroom amenities are by C.O. Bigelow, and the mini-bar is stocked with Dean & Deluca gourmet snacks.
125 West 45th Street,
New York, 10036 United States of America
Room Mate Grace is a design hotel in New York city centre. Enjoying an enviable location in Times Square, this stylish hotel is close to the Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park. LaGuardia Airport is just 9km away and John F. Kennedy International Airport is 21km away.The hotel’s indoor pool entices guests to unwind after a day of sightseeing and sip a cocktail at the bar. The sauna and steam room are further sources of relaxation, whilst gazebos offer an al fresco haven of tranquillity. As evening arrives, guests can visit the hotel lounge, where DJs heat up the night. Friendly staff are ready to help with booking cars, restaurants and excursions, and those travelling on business will enjoy the hotel’s meeting facilities. Modern guestrooms at Hotel Room Mate Grace have an avant-garde style with original lighting and feature free WiFi, flatscreen televisions, DVD players and air conditioning. Egyptian cotton linens and rain showers are present throughout. Guests can wake up to a continental breakfast before setting off to explore The City of New York.