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With nonpareil service, grandiose accommodations, world-renowned dining and prime location, the top hotels in New York City are in a category of their own. If you’re looking for the best, you can’t beat a stay at one of these Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star properties.
1. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. The Donald wouldn’t have his name on anything that wasn’t the epitome of luxury and class. Between the concierge that speaks almost every language across the globe to the complimentary car service (a Mercedes-Benze, no less) that will take you anywhere in the city, we feel that the service at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is unparalleled — even among Five-Star hotels of its class. A room renovation in 2010 (under the guidance of Ivanka Trump) brought forth a refreshed color palette of gray, purple and silver, Schonbek crystal chandeliers in the suites and technological updates like the iLive (a device that allows you to play your iPod through the surround sound audio system), a Blu-ray player and a 55-inch flat-screen TV. You won’t have to leave this luxurious Manhattan hotel to have an unforgettable meal in a Five-Star restaurant. Jean Georges — headed up by the legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten — is considered one of the best French restaurants in the world, so a reservation here is a must (as is the tasting menu boasting a medley of signature dishes like his lobster tartine).
2. The Peninsula New York. Maintaining the precision of Asian-Style service is a western environment is no easy task, yet The Peninsula New York manages to execute flawlessly. Taste for yourself at Fives — the luxury Five-Star hotel’s restaurant — with a traditional Chinese breakfast (tea egg, steamed pork bun, rice porridge, stir-fried egg noodles, sesame seed ball) experience. Spa aficionados and newbies will be impressed with the 35,000-square-foot Peninsula Spa (the largest hotel spa in New York), one of only two Five-Star spas in the city. The sanctuary boasts 12 treatment rooms (including a private couples suite) and incredible amenities such as aromatherapy steam rooms, saunas, ice fountains, experience showers (which you must experience), an Asian Tea Lounge and plush relaxation areas. While it’s hard to whittle down the service menu, we suggest you book one of the Peninsula Ceremonies like the Thai Inspired, which includes: a relaxing foot ritual, full body wrap, dry body brushing, full body exfoliation, Thai poultice body massage and a scalp massage. If you can find the energy afterwards, head up to the hotel’s popular rooftop lounge, Salon de Ning, boasting killer views of Manhattan and signature libation such as the Ning Sling, a potent mix of Absolut Mandarin, Soho Lychee Liqueur and fresh mint leaves shaken with lychee and passion fruit juices.
3. The St. Regis New York. From the lavish décor elements like Italian marble and glittering chandeliers to grabbing afternoon tea service in the elegant Astor Court (or a Red Snapper in the legendary King Cole Bar), The St. Regis New York is the ultimate Five-Star throw-back. The signature English-style butler service on each floor has been around since the luxury hotel’s opening back in 1904, but amenities like flat-screen TVs, a 24-hour fitness center and a Four-Star on-site restaurant like Alain Ducasse’s Adour (to-die-for seasonal tasting menus) keep this property evolving with the times. Still regularly visited by celebrities today (no doubt booking the three-bedroom Presidential Suite), this old-school Manhattan retreat is still on-point after all these years.
4. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. The killer location isn’t the only thing that keeps guests coming back to The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Central Park. We say it also has something to do with the white-gloved service (on-call Bentley perhaps?) and plush rooms and suites boasting amenities such as deep soaking tubs, Frédéric Fekkai toiletries, French sateen linens, and a choice of seven pillow types to ensure a good night’s sleep. If that doesn’t do the trick, the various jet-lag therapies at the second-floor La Prairie spa will bring you into the East Coast time zone in no time. When you get there, pull up a stool at the dark marble bar in the dimly lit Star Lounge — the Five-Star hotel’s watering hole — and order a signature cocktail like the Big Apple (chilled Van Gogh Apple Vodka, fresh apple puree, served “up”) from legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer, who according to hotel doctrine, can recall drink orders from a decade ago.
5. Mandarin Oriental, New York. The moment you’re ushered up to the 35th-floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, New York, the tone has been set for your stay — pure luxury. If you’re not lucky enough to book the grandiose Central Park View Suite, head on over to the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea, or the Four-Star Asian-inspired restaurant Asiate; both of which offer the same striking panorama of Central Park and the cityscape. Book yourself a block of time (literally) at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York. If you want to experience the best of what this Five-Star spa has to offer, book the VIP Spa Suite (reminiscent of an authentic oriental home) for your services, such as the signature Thai Yoga massage or the age-defying Vitamin Infusion facial.
6. Four Seasons Hotel New York. You don’t have to be sitting amongst the greenery of the Zen garden on the private rooftop of the $35,000 a night Ty Warner Penthouse to feel as though you’re living in the lap of luxury. The generously sized guestrooms at the Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel New York are roomier than most in the city (500 to 800-square-feet), thanks to architect I.M. Pei and a team of interior designers who created the space and décor with the guest in mind. As an added bonus, many rooms and suites feature terraces that offer sweeping views of the city skyline and Central Park. Retreat to the Four-Star Spa at Four Seasons for one of its signature treatments like the Big Apple Antioxidant: a full-body brown sugar and apple enzyme scrub, Vichy shower rinse and full-body massage with apple body butter.
7. The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. Perfectly positioned across the street from Central Park, this luxury hotel is a sure bet when it comes to accommodations in New York City. The Pierre's historic charm only adds to its luxury, complete with hand-painted murals and and a cozy Italian eatery, Sirio Ristorante, that's ideal for a romantic dinner for two. Guest rooms ooze comfort and sophistication, too, swathed in neutral tones and even views of Central Park. Suffice it to say, you'll feel right at home here.
The Waldorf Towers of The Waldorf Astoria is not only one of the top hotels in New York City but also in the entire world. 189 luxurious rooms and suites of classic elegance conveniently located just steps away from 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center. The Waldorf Towers offer its own exclusive private entrance at 100 East 50th Street with a smaller more intimate lobby. The rooms and suites are located on the top floor of building and offer panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan and some of the largest and most spacious accommodations out of any luxury hotel in NYC!! Each guest is escorted personally to their room or suite after check in. Guest rooms are lavishly decorated in classic elegance. Our guests feel as though they are staying in a "piece of history" as our hotel has catered to world leaders and high profile clientele for years. Each guest room features luxurious ultra comfort bed linens, towels and robes and one of the most comfortable mattresses ever. All guests receive personalized stationary, access to a private Fitness area in our Guerlain Spa as well as access to our Astoria Lounge serving a complimentary continental breakfast buffet daily. The Waldorf Towers also offers permanent residential apartments.