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The St. Regis New York opened in 1904 and its sweeping Beaux-Arts style, classical facade and ornate interiors embody the turn-of-the-century design made popular during the Gilded Age. At night, the outside lights up in as much a metaphoric sense as a physical one; prepare to be swept away by old-world beauty if you arrive at night.
What the lobby lacks in size, it makes up for with frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, marble floors, the original front desk and brass details. The marble staircase that runs from the lobby to the 19th floor came at a million-dollar price tag — and that was in early 20th-century dollars.
The St. Regis New York was owned by wealthy socialite John Jacob Astor IV and originally designed by the Trowbridge and Livingston architectural firm. It was the tallest building in the area when it was opened 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 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel has been a New York landmark since the 1980s, when it was completely renovated and restored to its former glory.