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When you travel to New York City, your best bet is to stay in one of Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star hotels. Luxurious accommodations and top-notch amenities are married with superior service, ensuring your stay — whether for business or pleasure — is seamless. Book a room at one of these top-of-the-line Five-Star hotels:
1. Four Seasons Hotel New York. The tallest hotel in Manhattan, Four Seasons Hotel New York boasts some of the best views in the city. Take in to-die-for vistas of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape from the 500- to 800-square-foot guest rooms, which are roomier than your average New York City apartment. The rooms come with plush seating areas, spacious marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and — if you’re lucky — a furnished terrace. Take a class or work out on your own in the sprawling 5,000-square-foot gym (open 24 hours) then reward yourself with one of the signature facial, body or nail services at the Four-Star Spa at Four Seasons New York. If you’re looking to take in some of the local color, the hotel’s convenient Midtown location is in proximity to the famous Fifth Avenue shopping district.
2. Mandarin Oriental, New York. Thanks to its elevated location on floors 38 through 54 of the Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York offers amazing views of Columbus Circle, Midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and Central Park. On our last visit, we felt like VIPs when the staff greeted us at the front of the luxury hotel and escorted us up to the 35th-floor lobby. With features such as a high-tech entertainment system, separate living room areas and luxurious marble bathrooms with rain-style showers and heated toilet seats, you may never want to leave your room — especially if you book the 2,640-square-foot Presidential suite. While room service is always an option, there’s also Asiate (one of our favorite spots for a business lunch), the Lobby Lounge and MObar when you’re looking to wet your whistle into the wee hours of the night. Work off a little of the debauchery in the gym or take a dip in the 75-foot lap pool. Don’t miss the Five-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, where you can unwind with a variety of results-driven holistic services (massages, body treatments, facials, nail services) in a serene setting that feels miles away from the concrete jungle just outside.
3. The Peninsula New York. Located in Midtown Manhattan in the midst of the tony Fifth Avenue shopping district, The Peninsula New York blends Eastern traditions with the luxuries of a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. Boasting some of the most spacious bathrooms in all of Manhattan, beautiful linens and bedside controls to regulate everything from the temperature to the television, the guest rooms and suites provide all the comforts of home and then some. In lieu of a kitchen, dine at Fives restaurant and have a cocktail at Salon de Ning, the trendy rooftop lounge that nods to 1930s Shanghai. Relax in the sauna or take a fitness class in the hotel gym, located within the Five-Star Peninsula Spa New York. For a little motivation to get through your cardio workout, the sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of Fifth Avenue should help. Book an appointment for one (or more) of the indulgent spa services, including facials, wraps and a slew of massages that target specific problems. If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t miss The Peninsula New York’s 22nd-floor pool and sun deck — a rarity among New York hotels.
4. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. With 400-thread-count French sateen linens, feather duvets and a selection of seven pillow types, beds in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park easily lull you to sleep. Get to dream land a little faster by stepping into the oversized marble bathroom for a pre-bedtime bath in the deep soaking tubs. After a long flight or too much indulgence in Star Bar, detox with one of the jet-lag therapies or myriad other services at the La Prairie spa on the second floor. We suggest the Parkview rooms, which are outfitted with telescopes for bird (or people) watching. But for an up-close look at the city, venture outside of your room; do your sightseeing in style by taking one of the Five-Star hotel’s on-call Bentleys or limos for a leisurely drive around Central Park.
5. The St. Regis New York. Opened back in 1904 by wealthy socialite John Jacob Astor IV, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star St. Regis New York has always been considered a luxury pioneer. With gilded cornices, Italian marble, glittering chandeliers and an impressive sky-like ceiling, old-school opulence has a serious presence throughout this Beaux Arts landmark New York hotel. Guest rooms and suites are decked out with silk wall coverings, antique furniture, Italian marble floors and deep-soaking tubs in the bathrooms (our pick is the gorgeous robin-egg-blue-colored Tiffany Suite from the famous jeweler). Grab a Red Snapper (Bloody Mary) and light bite in the legendary King Cole Bar or opt for a more formal dining experience in the elegant Astor Court or Four-Star Adour Alain Ducasse restaurant and wine bar. While the gym may not be the largest, it’s open 24 hours, allowing you to squeeze in a workout any time you want. Also available 24-7: the signature butlers appointed on each floor to take care of your every request.
6. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. You can’t miss the iconic 52-story black-glass building that is Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, home to 167 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Rooms are done up as only Trump could do, complete with European-style kitchens with china, crystal glassware and Christofle serving trays; marble bathrooms; and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park and city. World-class chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has made Trump New York a foodie destination with his two eateries, Nougatine and Jean Georges, a Five-Star restaurant that ranks among the top in the city. After Jean Georges’ seven-course tasting menus, hit the well-equipped gym (it stocks sneakers in case you forget yours at home) or do laps in the 55-foot heated indoor pool. The newly revamped Trump spa is an urban respite, offering everything from advanced skin care treatments by celebrity skin specialist Sonya Dakar, to a host of massage and body therapies and nail treatments. Above all else, Trump New York extends unmatched service — even compared to other Five-Star hotels. Need proof? Its complimentary house car service will take you anywhere in Manhattan, the concierge team speaks just about every language you can think of and even man’s best friend is welcome to live it up in the New York City hotel.
7. The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. The Pierre combines two things extremely important in a top-notch New York City hotel — a great location and a commitment to luxury. The marriage of those two qualities results in this classic property, complete with hand-painted murals, Indian art (a nod to the Taj hotel in Mumbai) and an impressive $100 million renovation to update its guest rooms and public spaces. Rooms feeling like a soothing respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, swathed in tranquil neutral tones of ivory and taupe and accented with just the right pops of coral and soft blue. The first-floor eatery, Sirio Ristorante, feels cozy and romantic, serving up palate-whetting plates such as Mediterranean branzino and saffron risotto, and the hotel's Two E Bar and Lounge is a go-to spot with its weekly live jazz. Top top it all off, The Pierre puts you within easy walking distance to some of the area's best attractions, including the high-end shopping on Fifth Avenue.
8. Park Hyatt New York. Escape the bustling streets of Midtown Manhattan as you enter Park Hyatt New York’s oversized custom-made bronze double doors. The property, which opened in August 2014 on 57th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, serves as the brand’s flagship hotel. Occupying the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper, the hotel mesmerizes with its beauty (hand-woven custom carpeting), unbelievable cuisine (The Back Room at One57) and breathtaking views (25th-floor pool).