A classic Midtown pick

212 Rooms / 47 Suites

Originally the site of the landmark St. Moritz Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers some of the city’s most luxurious and elegant accommodations. The 33-story Emery Roth building features 259 rooms (including 47 suites) and a majestic lobby filled with Samuel Halpert’s art. Expect a classic, traditional style — think club-like wood furniture, gilded frames and dark marble tables. And even though it’s located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at the corner of Central Park South and Sixth Avenue, the hotel feels notably intimate and private, ideal for leisure travelers who seek out Old World charm.  

The hotel recently saw the début of Auden Bistro & Bar led by chef Mark Arnao. Designed by The Rockwell Group, the restaurant boasts wood paneling and red leather banquette seating for a clubby, sophisticated vibe. The new American cuisine, meanwhile, champions simple, local and sustainable fare, with offerings like steak frites and a warming capon and vegetable stew. A narrow bar connects Auden to the hotel’s Star Lounge where you’ll be able to enjoy classic tipples from Norman Bukofzer who has tended bar at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park for many decades.

The luxurious and thoughtful amenities set this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel apart from other hotels in the New York City area, from the Asprey’s Purple Rain toiletries in the bathroom to the half-bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label stocked among the mini-bar offerings. Guest rooms come equipped with CDs to enjoy, and the front desk has a selection of Oscar-winning and New York City-centric movies for guests to borrow. Many park-facing rooms even have telescopes for bird watching and admiring the foliage. And although it’s a compact space, we love the treatments at the Four-Star La Prairie spa located on the second floor: it’s hard to top the caviar manicure performed with you lying on a bed, glass of champagne by your side.

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