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If you are looking for the best luxury hotels in New York City, you can’t beat Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star properties. They offer top-notch amenities, fine dining, plush environs, killer views and superior service — the epitome of high living. Book a room at one of these superior Five-Star hotels.
From the gratis house car to the polyglot concierge team who converses in a multitude of languages, service goes beyond the ordinary at the 52-story Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. Of course, the 167 luxurious guest rooms and suites are equipped with Trump-like touches. Enjoy the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park and city; Donald Trump bought the entire block on which the luxury hotel resides to ensure nothing obstructs the vista. One of our favorite room amenities is the European-style kitchens, whose cabinets come stocked with china, crystal glassware and Christofle serving trays. If you don’t feel like cooking, head down to chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Five-Star Jean Georges restaurant or its casual counterpart, Nougatine. Before you check out, be sure to take a few laps in the 55-foot heated indoor pool and make an appointment at the newly revamped Trump spa.
Eastern traditions meld with contemporary luxury at The Peninsula New York. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is known for its upscale amenities and personalized attention to detail. On our last visit, we could not help but notice the immaculate guest rooms boasting gorgeous linens, spacious spa-like bathrooms and bedside controls to regulate everything from the temperature to the television. Opt for a suite and you’ll get access to one of the Mini Cooper S Clubman cars painted in Peninsula’s signature forest green. To get a taste of that Eastern tradition, go to Fives restaurant and order the Chinese breakfast — a tea egg, a steamed pork bun, rice porridge, stir-fried egg noodles and a sesame seed ball. Or head to Salon de Ning — the trendy rooftop lounge that draws inspiration from Shanghai’s 1930s golden era — for a refreshing Blueberry Sling. Summertime visitors won’t want to miss The Peninsula’s 22nd-floor pool (which is hard to find in New York) and sun deck. To take your lounging to another level, try an indulgent service at the Five-Star Peninsula Spa New York.
Located in a landmark Beaux Arts building, The St. Regis New York has history: Socialite John Jacob Astor IV opened it back in 1904. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel received a $100 million restoration back in 2006, but its old-school charm still shines through with opulent details such as Italian marble, glittering chandeliers, a sky-like ceiling and gilded cornices. For the ultimate throwback, try the afternoon tea service complete with petits fours and finger sandwiches. Those looking for something a bit stronger can grab a Red Snapper (the hotel’s version of a Bloody Mary) and light bites in the well-known King Cole Bar. A more formal dining experience awaits in the elegant Astor Court or Four-Star Adour Alain Ducasse. Guest rooms and suites also have a classic vibe with silk wall coverings and antique furniture, but they come with modern-day amenities like a flat-screen TV. Travel like one of the many celebrities who have stayed at the luxury hotel and book the Presidential Suite, featuring three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a walnut-paneled library and marble foyer. Even if you can’t swing the Presidential Suite, you’ll still feel like a VIP, since a signature butler is appointed on each floor.
Talk about luxury — when you stay at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, choose between its on-call Bentleys and limos to chauffeur you around the city. The type of room to stay in is an easier decision; we suggest the Parkview rooms, which have fun amenities like telescopes. The New York hotel emphasizes a good night’s sleep — each bed is dressed with 400-thread-count French sateen linens, feather duvets and a selection of seven pillow types. Before hitting the sheets, take advantage of the deep soaking tub in the oversized marble bathroom (or really pamper yourself with a treatment at the second-floor La Prairie spa). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Star Lounge also hosts a traditional afternoon tea. If cocktail hour is on the agenda, the best time to visit is when the hotel’s legendary New York bartender, Norman Bukofzer, is on duty and can mix up one of his signature martinis.
When it comes to first impressions, Mandarin Oriental, New York does it right. When we arrived, the attentive staff welcomed us at the entryway and escorted us up to the 35th-floor lobby. Occupying floors 38 through 54 of the Time Warner Center, the Five-Star hotel offers unobstructed — not to mention breathtaking — views of Columbus Circle, Midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and Central Park from every room. Aside from the view, the innovative guest rooms and suites are outfitted with a high-tech entertainment system and heated toilet seats. Inspiration for the suites (located at the corners of every floor) came from Manhattan residences. Snuggle up in your plush bed with a tome, the bedside reading program offers three complimentary books for you to take home. MObar is a great place for happy hour (every day but Monday) or for a pre- or post-dinner drink, such as the potent Asian Poire (Ultimat Vodka, sparkling sake, passion fruit puree, almond syrup, pear nectar). For a little sustenance, try Four-Star Asiate (a popular power lunch spot) or the comfortable Lobby Lounge. If fitness is on your mind, there’s the 75-foot lap pool (heated to 84F) and the state-of-the-art gym. Book a Thai yoga massage or a Vitamin Infusion facial at the luxury hotel’s spa, one of only two Five-Star spas in Manhattan.
An impressive 33-foot-high backlit onyx ceiling in the lobby (nicknamed “The Cathedral” by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) greets you at Four Seasons Hotel New York. The tallest hotel in Manhattan, the Five-Star hotel offers some of the most awe-inspiring views in the city. So try to get one of the coveted rooms with a furnished balcony. Roomier than your average New York City apartment, the 500- to 800-square-foot guest rooms come with plush seating areas and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs that fill up in just 60 seconds. For the epitome of luxury, reserve the $35,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse. It sits on the 52nd floor — the top of the building — and offers four glass balconies. The extravagant nine-room suite has a Thai silk canopy draped over the bed that’s made with 22-carat gold threads and a gold-colored-Chinese-onyx-filled master bathroom with a chromotherapy soaking tub and sinks carved out of rock crystal that are illuminated by LED lights.
Boasting both a pristine location and historic charm, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel oozes quintessential New York City. Located across the street from Central Park, the Georgian-style building is peppered with style, 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 undeniably cozy and elegant, too, outfitted with soothing tones of ivory and taupe and accented by pops of coral and light blue. Once you've experienced a good night's sleep, many of the city's attractions, including shopping on Fifth Avenue, are within walking distance of the luxury hotel.