What are the best hotels near the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

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The best hotels near the Metropolitan Museum of Art have just as much of a positive reputation as the famed cultural attraction, thanks to white-glove service, plush accommodations and blue-ribbon amenities.

Manhattan’s renowned “Museum Mile” is just a short cab ride or leisurely walk away from The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Alternatively, take advantage of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s on-call Bentley service and travel in style. After a long afternoon absorbing the sites, know that you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep with the option of seven different pillow types at your disposal. While the hotel’s main restaurant is currently undergoing a renovation, you can still enjoy a meal morning, noon (including an old-school tea experience) and night in the Star Lounge. Space is tight, to plan ahead if you’re bringing a crew — especially during the evening hours when patrons line-up for one of legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer’s potent cocktails like the Manhattan Sidecar. For a different type of indulgence — minus the calories — our editor’s love the Caviar Luxury package at the Four-Star La Prairie spa, a two and a half hour journey which includes an indulgent Caviar Massage followed by a Caviar Firming Facial.
 
From the moment you walk into The Lowell, you’ll be transported back in time, thanks to the building’s 1920s heritage and Art-Deco-style lobby with a marble floor so pristine, you can see your reflection in it. The evergreen vibe is also prevalent in the 72 guest rooms and suites (several of which have a wood-burning fireplace) which are decorated with beautiful art and antiques from days past. Modern-day perks include a small kitchen, complimentary high-speed Internet access and (if you’re lucky) a small terrace boasting stunning views of the Upper East Side. Don’t leave without enjoying a meal (we suggest afternoon tea), or cocktails in the celebrated Pembroke Room, a reflection of New York’s glamorous past.

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is as enchanting as you’d expect in the swanky Upper East Side, close to the Met. Originally designed by the legendary interior designer Dorothy Draper, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel opened in 1930 and still has the same Art Deco style, especially in the opulent lobby in white and black marble. While the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have been updated by some other well-known names in the design industry — like Thierry Despont and Alexandra Champalimaud — they still retain the same understated, but elegant, style.

A stay at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée will put you in perfect proximity to some of New York’s best attractions — that is if you can leave the rooms decked out with rich silks and fine European furnishings, not to mention the suites with glass-enclosed atrium terraces. But if you can make your way out of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s luxury, you’ll be a block to enormous and exciting Central Park and a pleasant walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you’re looking for a chic boutique hotel near the Met, make The Mark your home for your Manhattan stay. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel features artful décor in the lobby with both artwork and furniture from names like Vladimir Kagan, Karl Lagerfield and Mattia Bonetti. In the rooms, you’ll find a luxurious and tranquil escape designed by Jacques Grange. Not only are they specially designed, they’re high tech as well with free Wi-Fi, a Bang & Olufsen television and more. And the baths feature black and white marble with double sinks, a glass-enclosed shower and a television console inside the mirror.

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