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The best hotels in Uptown feature lavish accommodations and impeccable service while being within close proximity to the sleepier side of Manhattan. Make your visit to New York that much more memorable by treating yourself to a stay at one of these Forbes Travel Guide-approved luxury hotels.
You won’t have to worry about how to get around Manhattan if you stay at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York: The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel has a fleet of SUVs and Mercedes-Benzes to take you around town free of charge. As if that wasn’t a big enough reflection of The Donald, Trump bought the entire block to ensure unobstructed views of Central Park from his hotel — you’ll see it through ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms and suites.
His daughter Ivanka led a renovation of the accommodations in 2010 which included a color refresh of eggplant, aubergine, silver and gray, contemporary New York photography and in-room technology such as a 55-inch flat-screen high-definition television with a Blu-ray player. Suites are decked out with features such as separate living and dining room areas, Schonbek crystal chandeliers, European-style kitchens and massive spa-like bathrooms. Speaking of spas, The Trump Spa New York is the perfect place to wind down with a soothing full-body massage, customized facial or cozy herbal body wrap. Ivanka also led a $8 million renovation of the spa that was unveiled in 2012.
You won’t have to step foot outside the hotel to enjoy one of the best dining experiences in New York City since two world-class restaurants from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten are onsite: Five-Star Jean Georges and the more casual Nougatine. Although the menu changes seasonally at Jean Georges, a signature seven-course tasting menu is available all year and ends with the chef’s famous molten chocolate cake, which is like a gooey, slightly under-cooked brownie. Nougatine also doubles as the hotel’s bar, where you can take in sweeping views of Central Park while sipping on a signature passion-fruit whiskey soda.
While it may be a throwback to the grandiose hotels of yesteryear, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park takes care of all the needs of a modern-day traveler. Guest rooms at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel feature king-sized beds, flat-screen televisions and spacious desks in case business trumps pleasure. A wonderful amenity that all guests can utilize is the private Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, which features complimentary Wi-Fi access, private check-in and checkout, complimentary food and beverages throughout the day and concierge and butler services just in case you don’t feel like packing yourself. If you’re really looking to relax, book a Total Escape package at the La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a 3.5-hour experience that includes a choice of one of three types of massages, a signature La Prairie facial, manicure and pedicure.
Occupying floors 38 to 54 of the Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York features impressive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Columbus Circle, midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and Central Park. For the ultimate experience at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, book the 2,640-square-foot Presidential Suite on the 53rd floor, an Asian-inspired home away from home equipped with a living and dining area, study and gourmet kitchen.
If cooking is not an option, we recommend the three-course prix fixe lunch menu at the hotel’s Four-Star restaurant Asiate. Served Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m., the menu has a selection of seasonal dishes such as butter-poached halibut and roasted beet salad. If it’s a Mad Men-style lunch you’re after, there are over 1,300 bottles of wine on the wall to choose from to accompany your meal.
You can’t stay at this luxury hotel without checking out The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, one of only two Five-Star spas in the city. While you can choose from a variety of facials, massages and body treatments, we suggest opting for one of the signature services that includes a private therapist consultation with specialists trained in traditional Chinese medicine in order to determine your current state of well-being.
For a retreat of a different kind, head to MObar on the 35th floor, a chic cocktail lounge and playground for well-heeled Manhattanites.
For low-key accommodations with all the luxury and charm of its more ostentatious Four-Star peers, The Lowell offers 72 cozy guest rooms and suites furnished with handpicked art and antiques and — in some cases — wood-burning fireplaces and ivy-laced terraces overlooking the cityscape. A separate seating area and small kitchen truly make stays here feel more like a temporary pied-à-terre than a Manhattan hotel — unless you are staying in the 2,000-square-foot Penthouse. This opulent pad features three bedrooms and bathrooms, four private terraces, a dining room, six flat-screen televisions, five telephones and more. If you’re looking to celebrate the glamour of old New York in this 1920s landmark building, dine in celebrated The Pembroke Room for breakfast, weekend brunch, or (our favorite) afternoon tea.
Its ideal location on Fifth Avenue isn’t the only charming aspect of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, the U.S. flagship for the opulent Taj Hotel brand. If you’re looking for the best views of Central Park, book one of the larger suites that along with spectacular views feature kitchens, dining rooms and large terraces. Despite a $100 million renovation in 2009 that brought larger guest room bathrooms, a new color palette and the addition of in-room spa services from its Jiva Spa, we’re thrilled that The Pierre still retained much of its 1930s charm.
If the picture-perfect Central Park location doesn’t reel you in, the service, amenities and style of The Plaza Hotel will. This New York institution, with more than 100 years of history, blends Beaux Arts architecture with contemporary conveniences in one luxurious package. Expect a regal bedroom — designed in a way that matches the rest of the hotel’s rich style — alongside an iPad in your room to help control temperature, order room service and control the lighting. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s bathrooms will also make you feel like Manhattan royalty with mosaic tiling on the wall with floral and inlaid leaf designs and exquisite 24-carat gold-plated faucets.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée is just blocks from fantastic New York attractions and fits perfectly into the swanky, residential Upper East Side where it resides. From the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, you’ll be one block from Central Park and a quick jaunt to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And while you’re in a prime New York spot, you may not want to leave your luxe accommodations decked out with European furnishings, silks and plasma televisions. Grab a suite with a glass-enclosed atrium terrace for your own New York rarity — private (almost) outdoor space.
Step into a different era at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. The Art Deco style here will transport you to 1930, when the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel opened, just as much as the uniformed elevator operators ready to take you to your floor. Legendary interior decorator Dorothy Draper originally designed the space, including the refined lobby covered in black and white marble. Her original touches are seen throughout the rooms and suites but have been updated by distinguished designers like Alexandra Champalimaud. Along with this understated elegant style, the posh hotel's location gives you ample access to Central Park and all it has to offer just steps away.
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