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Not only are the best hotels near Central Park conveniently located within walking distance to one New York City’s top year-round attractions, but the properties are also known for having the most luxurious accommodations, extraordinary amenities, attentive service and — let’s not forget — killer views. If you’re looking for the entire package, book a stay at one of these Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels.
1. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. The 52-story Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is situated at the crossroads of Broadway, Columbus Circle and Central Park — an entire block, just to ensure that its guests will forever have unobstructed views of city’s most famous green space, located just steps away. We suggest booking one of the rooms overlooking Central Park (such as the 950-square foot Executive Park Suite), complete with10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal gazing. If you’re not up for a jog through the park grounds, one of Trump’s SUVs or Mercedes-Benzes can take you for a spin around the perimeter.
2. The Peninsula New York. Even if you’re not into shopping on Fifth Avenue, The Peninsula New York is located only a few blocks south (a five-minute walk) of Manhattan’s historic Central Park, where fountains, sculptures and perfectly paved paths are at your disposal. While the luxury Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel isn’t known for boasting the best views of the famed park (amazing cityscapes, however), your guestroom is equipped with a convenient map of jogging routes so you can see take in all the beauty (and maybe a glass of wine and a bite at one of the full service restaurants) up close.
3. The St. Regis New York. A short walk or jog from The St. Regis New York will get you to the southeast entrance of Central Park — right near the zoo. If you decide to take in one of the concerts, plays, or film festivals hosted in the park (most of which are free), allow the luxury Five-Star hotel to pack you a gourmet picnic to complete your experience. You can even get dropped off in the St. Regis New York’s house Bentley, a free service available on a first-come, first served basis. For the ultimate experience, book a room in one of the Designer Suites like the distinguished Dior, signature blue Tiffany, or the exotic Orient. The trio may be distinctive in décor, but each one boasts an ample living room with decorative fireplace and views facing New York’s world-renowned Central Park.
4. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Residing in verdant Central Park South, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park couldn’t get any closer to the beloved stretch of green. The Deluxe Parkview rooms are closer to the top of the 33-story luxury hotel and offer a better view, but if really want to an unparalleled experience, book the 1,900-square-foot Central Park Suite. Located on the third floor, this pamper palace boasts one bedroom, one and a half bathrooms (including a marble soaking tub and separate shower), a dining room that seats eight and a killer view overlooking the park — arguably the best view in the entire luxury Five-Star hotel.
5. Mandarin Oriental, New York. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, New York is located directly across from the southwest corner of Central Park. The landscapes at this luxury hotel are really what make a visit worthwhile — the property has unparalleled and unobstructed views of the park through its huge floor-to-ceiling windows. As you would expect, the higher floors offer the most breathtaking panoramas of Manhattan and Central Park — especially at sunrise and mid-day.
6. Four Seasons Hotel New York. Located just two blocks away from Central Park, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel New York is a great place to stay when you’re looking to take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities (from kayaking to horseback riding and everything in-between) the park has to offer. The tallest hotel in Manhattan, the luxurious property offers some of the most impressive views in the city. Almost all the rooms at Four Seasons Hotel New York have amazing city and park views, but The Royal Suite and The Presidential Suite have a 180-degree view of either Central Park to the north or the city to the south, and the ultra-luxurious Ty Warner Penthouse Suite (located on the 52nd floor) offers unparalleled 360-degree views.
7. With its superb location and historic charm, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel feels like classic New York City. Located across the street from Central Park, the Georgian-style building is filled to the brim with elegance, from hand-painted murals to Indian artwork (a nod to Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces), and the stunning Grand Ballroom is truly a sight to be seen with its hand-painted silver and gold ceiling. Guest rooms at the Five-Star hotel feel sophisticated but never stuffy, outfitted with soothing ivory and taupe tones and accented with just the right pops of coral and light blue. When you're ready to explore the city, attractions such as shopping on Fifth Avenue are mere steps from the hotel's front door.