1. The Mark
With delicate decor and top-notch service, The Mark keeps guests at the height of luxury. Oversized, marble soaking tubs come standard in every spacious room. Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, head of The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges on the ground floor, will pack a personal lunch for a posh picnic in nearby Central Park. And you’ll be cruising there in style on one of the hotel’s custom-designed bikes, naturally.
2. Lotte New York Palace
Sitting squarely in one of the city’s most popular areas to visit, this classic hotel entered a new area of excellence after a renovation in 2015. Indulgence comes in all forms: from the opulent lobby to the spectacular in-room views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Catching a show on Broadway? Ask the concierge to arrange a private driver so you can arrive on the Great White Way in style.
3. Baccarat Hotel New York
The Baccarat gets its influence from Paris rather than Manhattan. As soon as you step inside the opulent lobby, you’re struck by the extraordinary art collections, Baccarat-crystal decor, pleated silk walls and overall sophistication. The extravagance continues in the suites: guests can order bottles of Champagne at the press of a button, revel in soft Italian robes, and make use of the exquisite Baccarat crystal stemware. Top off your stay with a visit to Spa De La Mer for a 90-minute ‘Miracle Broth’ facial to officially enter a state of nirvana.
4. Mandarin Oriental New York
The views from the Mandarin Oriental are, put simply, without equal. The best rooms offer sights out over NYC’s most iconic central attractions, from Central Park and Columbus Circle to the Hudson River and, of course, the skyline itself. The rooms make full use of those views with huge floor-to-ceiling windows – and the inside is pretty swanky, too. Smartly and tastefully decorated, the Mandarin has its own selection of top-tier lounges, restaurants and bars.
5. The NoMad Hotel
Housed in a stunning converted Beaux-Arts building, the NoMad combines modern sensibility with historic architectural magic. Dark wood, cabernet-red velveteen chairs and a library with a whimsical spiral staircase add grandeur to the lobby, while the rooms have a Parisian flair. Make sure to visit the bar for some of the best craft cocktails in the city and dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant.