Each year sees a few hot, highly anticipated hotel openings in New York City. In 2013, the 240-room Viceroy New York was one of those properties, officially opening its doors on October 9 and marking the first New York outpost for the Viceroy brand. The new hotel, seamlessly blending style and function, is located in the middle of bustling 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Of course, no hot hotel would be complete without a destination restaurant — here chef Marc Murphy (of Landmarc fame) is behind the warm and welcoming ground-floor restaurant Kingside (the New American menu features dishes such as beer-braised veal shortribs with a sweet onion purée and crispy Brussels sprouts), as well as room service and small plates in the forthcoming year-round rooftop bar and terrace The Roof, which will look like a luxury airliner.
While the restaurant and bar are attractions, it’s the amenities and attention to style that set this upscale hotel apart. A subterranean plunge pool, a cozy library stocked with New York-centric books and a vintage bar cart serving cocktails as well as handsome rooms full of wood, leather and brass light fixtures are all a luxurious escape from the busy Midtown streets. The city itself is also on display, with the skyline framed by floor-to-ceiling warehouse-style windows. There are many thoughtful little touches that make a difference here, from big mirrors with great lighting in the bathrooms to Illy coffeemakers, Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Sound Systems and smartphones in the guest rooms. Viceroy New York is a refined, slightly retro hotel with a masculine feel and up-to-the-minute technology.