The Classic New York City Guide
Laced with history and patina, there’s good reason that New York City is often cited as America’s crowning jewel. Here, some of its most iconic spots.
The Carlyle35 E. 76th St., Upper East Side | 212.744.1600
Open for business since 1930, The Carlyle is just a few blocks from Central Park and Museum Mile. And you can’t check-out without stopping for a drink in Bemelmans Bar, which has murals painted by Ludwig Bemelmans, the author of the Madeline series. This is one of the best hotels in the world in terms of service, décor, comfort, and amenities.
The Gramercy Park Hotel2 Lexington Ave., Gramercy Park | 212.920.3300
Not only is this opulent and over-the-top hotel decked out with pieces from Basquiat, Warhol, and Botero, but it’s also adjacent to the magical Gramercy Park, which is only accessible—via key—to residents of the neighborhood (and, as luck would have it, guests of the hotel). The Baroque vibe is theatrical and fun, and there’s an on-site Italian restaurant (and bakery) from Danny Meyer that makes room service a treat.
The Lowell28 E. 63rd St., Upper East Side | 212.838.1400
This luxurious Upper East Side hotel is rare for NYC, with rooms so plush and inviting that you’ll be tempted to stay indoors rather than leave to explore the city. This is even more true now that it has Majorelle and Jacques, its new restaurant and bar respectively, and an elegant Club Room–all of which are the result of a recent renovation. Michael Smith designed the re-envisioned spaces and most of the rooms in his classically elegant style. It's more of a home away from home than most of its buzzy counterparts.
The Mark25 E. 77th St., Upper East Side | 212.744.4300
Here, you’ll get access to New York fantasy life, from 24/7 exclusive access to Bergdorf Goodman, Laduree macaroons at the bedside, custom bikes for touring the city, and Jean Georges Vongerichten-crafted picnics to go (he runs the The Mark’s restaurant). The rooms themselves are gorgeous; revamped by Jacques Grange, the interiors are sleek, and just a little splashy.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park50 Central Park S., Midtown | 212.308.9100
This beloved Ritz-Carlton outpost in Midtown has recently undergone an extensive renovation, and the results are breathtaking. Staying in the elegant yet inviting updated suites and guestrooms feels like settling into your very own Manhattan townhouse, complete with soaring views over Central Park. The feel is still very much classic New York, with all the amenities you'd expect (amazing beds, beautiful bathrooms, a ridiculously chic bar), though what really sets this location apart is the luxe spa, La Prairie.
The Four Seasons New York57 E. 57th St., Midtown | 212.758.5700
Completed in 1993, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons building was one of the most iconic additions to the New York skyline in the '90s; at 54 stories, it's also one of the tallest hotels in the city. Despite its location just steps from Madison Avenue in the most bustling part of Midtown, it feels like a quiet reprieve. If you're feeling baller, inquire about the Ty Warner penthouse on the top floor.