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The four best hotels on Fifth Avenue combine easy access to amazing shopping (clothing boutiques, luxury flagships, world-renowned brands), attractions and dining along with superior accommodations and service. Book a room at one of these luxurious properties and you’ll be able to experience the best of what New York has to offer in one great location.
If you really want to take advantage of your stellar Manhattan location, get involved in one (or more) of The Peninsula New York’s Academy Programmes. What sounds like summer school of days past is actually an abundance of unique activities, workshops and tours that allow you to see the city’s lifestyle, culture and cuisine in ways you never could on your own. We loved the private Fifth Avenue Walking Tour and an In-Store Breakfast and Shopping Experience at Van Cleef & Arpels — but there are several others to choose from, including a Downtown Gallery Tour and an Air and Water on the Isle of Manhattan Excursion (let’s just say there’s a helicopter involved).
A New York classic, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York is the U.S. flagship for the luxurious Taj Hotel brand. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel had a $100 million renovation in 2009, which refreshed the property without taking away its classic (and loved) 1930s charm. You’ll still find the exquisite hand-painted murals — even in the fitness center — but guestrooms have been updated to include larger bathrooms (with separate tub and shower), a refreshed color palette of ivory and taupe, dark wood furnishings and maybe one of the most plush and comfortable beds you’ve ever slept in. A variety of large suites have kitchens, dining rooms and large terraces with jaw-dropping views of Central Park. Don’t check-out without experiencing The Pierre’s Jiva Spa, which pays homage to the hotel brand’s roots. The unique menu of services celebrates the ancient rituals, ceremonies, spirituality and heritage of India. Who couldn’t use a Sammardana Indian deep tissue massage after a long day navigating the concrete jungle?
Located next to the southernmost entrance to Central Park, The Plaza Hotel has been considered a standard of luxury for more than a century. Renovated in 2008, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property now bridges Old World charm with contemporary technology — our favorite example being the iPad that allows you to control the temperature of your room or suite, adjust the lighting, order room service and more. But not everything was given a modern-day look. You’ll still find Beaux Arts-inspired décor with spacious closets and custom Italian Mascioni linens and 24-karat gold-plated Sherle Wagner faucets. We loved the marble bathrooms, which are adorned with gold mosaic tiles on the wall in a leaf and floral pattern — a direct correlation to the hotel's proximity to Central Park. Take advantage of some of the incredible amenities on-site, such as the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa — the first of its kind in the United States — or the 8,300-square-foot fitness center, complete with an Olympic-sized lap pool and basketball court. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, refuel at Todd English’s European-style food hall, featuring a seafood grill, pizza station and more. If you want an experience that emulates the regal soul of this luxury property, transport yourself back in time by having afternoon tea in the ornate Palm Court.
Housed in a 1904 Beaux Arts landmark building that was originally owned by John Jacob Astor IV, The St. Regis New York is known for its great location at East 55th Street and Fifth Avenue — just minutes from big-name stores like Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue and attractions like Central Park and Lincoln Center. Exuding sophisticated elegance, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s lobby is bathed in Italian marble with a massive shimmering chandelier and gilded cornices. After shopping on Fifth Avenue, head to the famed King Cole Bar for a Red Snapper — the bar says it's the birthplace of the drink, commonly referred to as the Bloody Mary — and be sure to check out the 1906 Art Nouveau oil mural by Maxfield Parrish. Elegance carries over into the guest rooms, too, with silk wall coverings, feather-down comforters and Remède amenities in the bathrooms. And both night owls and early risers can take advantage of the 24-hour butler on each floor.
Many hotels share a beloved Fifth Avenue address, but not all are created equal.
A luxurious classic with an incredibly rich history, the St. Regis is without a doubt one of the best hotels on Fifth Ave. It is close to shopping, is home to the lovely King Cole Bar, and offers 24-hour butler service. Check out the special themed suites.
A modern pick is the Setai, a Fifth Avenue property with personal espresso machines in the rooms and a Michael White restaurant, Ai Fiori, that serves up divine pasta.
For movie lovers, a stay in the Plaza will bring back memories from films like Scent of a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, and Almost Famous. The location on the edge of Central Park is ideal for visitors that want to explore the cycle, picnic, or leaf-peep.