Old-world grandeur in Long Island
269 Rooms /16 Suites
Celebrating more than 140 years of luxury on Long Island, The Garden City Hotel is the area’s longest-operating property, and its most prestigious. A $35 million refurbishment completed in 2015 enhanced the hotel from the front façade all the way through the more than 300,000 square feet of interior space. Interior designer Marcello Pozzi reimagined the originally formal and traditional backdrop into a striking, contemporary classic.
An atrium enlightens The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden on the lower level; coffered ceilings heighten parts of the 30,000-square-foot event space while Murano chandeliers, Carrera tile, mahogany flooring, custom-made Italian furnishings — many covered in soft, supple leather — contribute to a sumptuous setting.
Set in charming Garden City, the hotel’s location offers easy access to Manhattan, JFK and LaGuardia airports and to Long Island’s major entertainment venues, like the Nassau Coliseum, Jones Beach Theater and the Westbury Music Fair. It’s also down the road from Long Island’s biggest mall, the upscale Roosevelt Field.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The Garden City Hotel sits on seven landscaped acres amid gracious mansions, just a short walk from quaint village boutiques and Restaurant Row and across the park from the Long Island Rail Road.
• The lobby is lined with original artwork for viewing and purchase from local arts organization Indiewalls.
• If you only have a New York minute to spare, the Red Door Spa offers three 25-minute tension-tamer massages focusing on either sore muscles, tired feet or a weary scalp.
• Splurge for a club-level room on the ninth floor, which affords extra privacy with keyed elevator access as well as plenty of perks, like continental breakfast, afternoon charcuterie and cheese, plus all-day soft drinks and snacks served by the fireplace in the cozy wood-paneled Club Lounge.
• Chef Ari Nieminen serves the finest farm-to-table fare at Polo Steakhouse, sourcing the best fresh fish and 28-day dry-aged steaks. He grows herbs and chili peppers and makes his own tomato jam, all onsite.
Things to Know
• The chic Polo Lounge and clubby Polo Steakhouse, with its tufted, red leather chairs, reflect an era when Gold Coast bluebloods raised and raced horses (at Belmont racetrack) and played polo (in Westbury).
• A traditional British afternoon tea attracts fans — with a special menu for little princes and princesses — each Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
• The 7,000-square foot lower-level complex houses the fitness center with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a glass wall overlooking the heated indoor pool (which has access to an outdoor patio).
• Pets are welcome at the Long Island hotel with their own special amenities like treats upon arrival, plush beds and pet sitting or walking available on request.
• All rooms measure 392 square feet, are decorated in soft gray and white with wainscoting and moldings, and have a king or two double beds.
• Accommodations feature a 42-inch HDTV, G-Link Obsess docking station/connection device, safe, mini-fridge and Keurig coffee maker.
• Amenities include daily turndown service, Plush Luxe Dreams pillow-top mattresses, a Luxe Dreams pillow menu, Frette robes and slippers and a daily newspaper.
• White bathrooms boast Carrera tile floors, fragrant Gilcrest & Soames products and either a bathtub (Deluxe Doubles) or shower, behind etched glass doors (Deluxe Kings).
• The historic hotel’s Polo Steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as a legendary Sunday brunch with a massive raw bar featuring locally caught seafood.
• A three-course prix-fixe menu featuring seasonal ingredients is available at lunch and in the early evening for dinner. Your meal could include spring pea soup, grilled rainbow trout with lemon and thyme potato gnocchi and a rustic strawberry and rhubarb tart.
• The Polo Lounge serves up from-scratch cocktails and small plates, often featuring live entertainment.
• The Garden City Hotel’s wine list features the best from Long Island, Bordeaux, California’s central coast, Mendoza and more.
• The Patio Bar (open seasonally) is an outdoor landscaped oasis for drinks and tapas or for a glass of wine sipped on an Adirondack chair positioned under a tree.