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The lobby at The St. Regis New York personifies old-school glamour. The frescoed ceilings, marble floors and crystal chandeliers evoke turn-of-the-century New York. You still check in at the original 1904 front desk, complete with brass gates. Fresh flowers and an old grandfather clock complete the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s opulent entrance.
The lobby is pretty small, with just a handful of seats available, but the adjacent cognac room provides a cozy, wood-paneled area with a fireplace, sofas and chairs, a nod to the old library that occupied the space before the hotel renovations in 1988. The rich room also contains a small store where you can buy personalized stationery and have linens monogrammed, just in case you want to take a piece of that old-school glamour home with you.