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The best hotels near the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) offer equally impressive surroundings as the famed cultural institution — except you can touch, taste and experience all there is to offer. If you want to savor the best of both worlds, you can’t go wrong with one of these luxury stays.
With frescoed ceilings, marble floors and crystal chandeliers, there’s nothing modern about the lobby at The St. Regis New York. To add to the old-school charm of this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, you can still check in at the original front desk (complete with brass gates) from 1904. If you really want to feel as though you traveled back in time to turn-of-the-century New York, visit the small store in the cozy, wood-paneled cognac room (complete with a roaring fireplace and comfortable furniture) adjacent to the lobby and purchase some personalized monogrammed stationery (wish you were here, perhaps?) and bring back the art of hand-written correspondence. Despite its vintage heritage, this luxury property is all about keeping up with appearances. The St. Regis New York has gone through many facelifts — for the better — since opening its doors back in 1904, but it never lost its Beaux-Arts charm. Several of the guest rooms was reduced to make each room more spacious (a perk in New York City) and to add new amenities, including the designer suites, spa, gym, salon and business center. Astor Court, the New York hotel’s elegant bistro, was created during this time to resemble the original Palm Court from 1904. We suggest checking it out for the traditional afternoon tea service, complete with a mouth-watering variety of scones, finger sandwiches and petit fours. If you prefer a stronger beverage, the legendary King Cole bar serves up a mean version of a Bloody Mary known as the Red Snapper, which was created back in the 1930s.
East meets West in the middle of Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York. We have always been impressed by the pristine nature of this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and recent renovations (2008 to 2010) were undoubtedly a contributing factor. The Peninsula Hotels’ Hong Kong-based design team swept in and gave the guest rooms a refresh, to include a soft gray, taupe and gold color palette plus new furniture, carpeting, drapery and crisp linens from D. Porthault, a French luxury linen house. Suites received the added bonus of new living room furniture (buttery leather chairs) and sofas that double as full beds. Let’s not forget about the spacious bathrooms — among the largest in the city — outfitted with deep-soaking tubs, a flat-screen televisions and speakerphone technology for all of those multitaskers out there. Those who wish to stay in shape while traveling will love the state-of-the-art gym — located within the hotel’s Five-Star Spa — which provides quite the distraction from your workout with its floor-to-ceiling views of Fifth Avenue. Along with various classes, cardio and weight-training equipment, you’ll also have access to the lockers, steam room, showers and sauna as a hotel guest or local member. If you’ve worked up an appetite, you certainly won’t go hungry at The Peninsula New York. Fives — the hotel’s premier restaurant — offers contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a sleek and stylish contemporary atmosphere. We suggest the signature eggs Benedict (one of the best in the city), the Chinese breakfast if you’re looking to experiment, or one of the fish preparations such as the miso-marinated black cod with asparagus and shitake stir-fry for dinner. The more casual Gotham Lounge serves everything from traditional tea service to cocktails, while the rooftop Salon de Ning is the place to see and be seen while sipping bubbly and nibbling on shrimp cocktail.
The tallest hotel in Manhattan, Four Seasons Hotel New York is a work of art itself — and not just because it offers some of the best views in the city. The modernist interior is first identified in the lobby of this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, where you’ll be captivated by the 33-foot-high backlit onyx ceiling Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis nicknamed “The Cathedral.” Designer I.M. Pei’s sleek minimalistic touches are carried into the hotel rooms and suites as well — including the use of natural limestone that was used in his other project: the renovation of the Louvre in Paris. The luxury property offers some of the largest standard guest rooms in the city — 40 percent larger than average — and around half boast unobstructed views of Central Park or the cityscape. If money isn’t an object, the 4,300-square-foot Ty Warner Penthouse (one of the world’s most expensive suites) is yours for a cool $35,000 per night. Indulge in Italian caviar and bubbly at Calvisius Caviar Lounge, the newest addition to the hotel’s bar scene. If you’re in need of a detox (who wouldn’t be after all that decadence), visit the Spa at Four Seasons New York for one of its signature treatments such as the Therapeutic Massage (a blend of four different modalities) or the Big Apple Antioxidant Exfoliating Body Treatment.
As much a part of New York as the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty, The Plaza Hotel is a New York icon as much as it is a place to rest your head at night. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property has 282 guest rooms, 150 of which are suites with the largest overall square footage of any luxury property in New York City. On our last visit, we got a look at the ultra-luxurious three-bedroom Royal Plaza Suite (the hotel’s version of a presidential suite) overlooking Fifth Avenue and the Pulitzer Fountain. It’s safe to say we didn’t want to leave and with a dining room for 12, a great room with grand piano, plus a fitness room, a chef’s kitchen and a library, any guest who stayed here really wouldn’t have to. Another aspect of this hotel that really impressed us during their stay was the impeccable service. The staff seemed genuinely interested in maximizing our experience — and without an ounce of pretension — making it feel like a second home.
The New York Palace offers a prime spot near Manhattan attractions — steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and, of course, the Modern Museum of Art. Not only is the proximity perfect, the Midtown spot is historic as it was constructed in 1890 as luxury apartments and converted into a hotel in 1980. The splendor has remained today at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel with spacious guest rooms and suites that have comfortable furnishings along with marble and granite flooring in the bathrooms that are stocked with Molton Brown products and feature porcelain tubs and sinks.