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Staying at The St. Regis New York is a luxurious splurge, but it can certainly help make a trip to New York a memorable experience. Here’s a roundup of the things we love most about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. You can’t beat the personalized service. Each room is assigned a St. Regis butler who helps guests with everything from wake-up calls and errands to even planning a cocktail party. Butlers serve coffee and tea every morning, help guests unpack and are on call 24 hours through the bedside paging system or the E-Butler service — just jot off an email when you’re on the go and your butler will read it on a handheld device.
2. Location, location, location. You can’t beat the luxury hotel’s prime spot on East 55th Street at Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. You’re a short walk, cab ride or bus ride from the best the Big Apple has to offer: Central Park, Broadway shows, Lincoln Center, the Museum Mile and the Museum of Modern Art, and Fifth Avenue shopping at boutiques and department stores, including the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue.
3. The history. The hotel is a designated New York landmark with a history that dates back to 1904. The original owner, wealthy New York socialite John Jacob Astor IV, envisioned the hotel as a lavish retreat with residential flair. Astor actually died on the Titanic, but his dream lives on — the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel features an opulent marble staircase, Waterford crystal chandeliers, antique tapestries and Oriental rugs, elegant burnished bronze entrance doors, gilded gold ornamental ceilings in the lobby and plush Egyptian-cotton-lined beds, but still evokes a homey feel.
4. The King Cole Bar. Its claim to fame is that the hotel’s bartender, Fernand Petiot, was the originator of the Bloody Mary, but we love the New York hotel’s clubby cocktail den as much for the ambiance as we do for the cocktails. A large Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole graces the wall, and comfy leather club chairs offer prime spots for romantic tête-à- têtes. One word of advice, though — the bar can get slammed during peak cocktail hours, so it’s best to go before 6 p.m. or after 10 p.m. when service is more attentive and it’s easier to nab a seat.
5. The guest room décor. The design of the guest rooms carries out the goal Astor envisioned long ago that the hotel feel like home. The rooms are incredibly elegant, most featuring a soothing baby blue, pale gray and white color scheme and decorated with rich textures and silky, brocade fabrics that give the space a residential feel that’s unquestionably luxurious.