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When the landmark The St. Regis New York opened in 1904, owner John Jacob Astor IV wanted the hotel to compete with the best of Europe’s during the Gilded Age. The wealthy socialite succeeded, giving the New York hotel a striking interior and a historic, Beaux-Arts facade. Here are the words we’d to best describe the style of the luxury hotel:
1. Rich. The rich touches at the hotel make it stand out: The front desk is the original from 1904, with brass gates, and is often topped with vases of fragrant, fresh flowers. An old grandfather clock ticks away in the glamorous setting that features a million-dollar marble staircase with brass railings running from the lobby up to the 19th floor.
2. Luxurious. The design of the guest rooms carries out the goal Astor envisioned long ago that the hotel should feel like home. The rooms are incredibly luxurious, most with a soothing baby blue and white color scheme, with beds that might just be the most comfortable we’ve ever slept in. A fluffy white duvet, 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets and four overstuffed down pillows top the bed, making you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.
3. Old World. You will be transported to another era when you step into the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s Old World lobby. The gorgeous space features frescoed ceilings, Waterford crystal chandeliers, marble floors and beautiful brasswork.
4. Historic. The St. Regis New York has many historic details inside the hotel, but the building also made history itself. It was the tallest building in the area when it originally opened in 1904 and stayed above its peers in other ways. It was the first hotel in the city with air conditioning, heating and a telephone system. The St. Regis has been a New York landmark since the 1980s, when it was completely renovated and restored to its former glory.
5. Clubby. Two of our favorite spots in the New York hotel are the dimly lit King Cole Bar, where you’ll find the grand 1906 Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole perching behind the carved oak bar. Take a seat in one of the leather club chairs for a prime view. Or, if you’d rather have a more intimate tête-à- tête over a cup of tea, don’t miss the lovely Thornwillow at The St. Regis. Designed with comfortable reading chairs, writing desks and antique paneled cases stocked with embossed stationery and elegant softcover books, this boutique is the kind of bespoke hotel experience that you rarely see anymore.