After an extensive $140 million renovation overseen by architectural design firm HOK, the New York Palace hotel has unveiled 909 revamped rooms and now offers stiff competition in the Madison Avenue accommodations race.
We’re most excited about the rooms inside The Towers. At the hotel within a hotel, personalized amenities include Crestron touch-screen panels to control all the technology in your room, Maybach car service, a private entrance, reception and elevator bank. The Towers rooms and suites feel very private and luxurious, and recently, our room on the 46th floor had incredible views of St. James Cathedral and Fifth Avenue.
“The Towers in general are especially desirable because of the privacy and exclusivity of those 14 floors,” says general manger David Chase. “Because they were created for residential use, all Tower Corner suites feature gracious entry foyers with large hall closets and powder rooms as well full kitchens.” With proximity to the best shopping destinations, the MoMA and Central Park you can’t beat this location.
Hungry? Try the fine-dining establishment helmed by Michel Richard—Villard Michel Richard—or the ground-floor bakery Pomme Palais with on-the-go offerings and counter seating, the noshing options are available in spades. Fancy a cocktail? Trouble’s Trust (named for the hotel’s onetime owner Leona Helmsley’s millionaire dog Trouble) situated under the lobby’s grand staircase offers creative concoctions as well as a vast selection of wines and beer. Want to catch a game? We suggest Tavern on 51 (where we took in the Kentucky Derby) with its old New York men’s club vibe that pays homage to the historic Henry Villard Mansion.
After dinner, we sought some respite at Rarities, across from Villard Michel Richard. An intimate 25-seat private bar and lounge is a discreet salon with pricey (think a $3,000 glass of cognac) hard-to-find spirits like a Balvenie 40-year scotch, a Pappy Van Winkle 15-year bourbon, Beluga Gold Line Ultra vodka and Casa Dragones’ Joven tequila. This is not your everyday bar but a special, members-only finance guy haven.
Below, the New York Palace’s general manager David Chase tells us about the most sought-after room at the property:
The most in demand rooms in the hotel:
“The Tower Corner Suites, located on floors 40 and above.”
What makes it so special?
“Their size and apartment-like layout, with expansive living rooms, oversized baths and closets, kitchens and separate sleeping spaces. Every room in The Towers has a wall of windows that provide breathtaking Manhattan cityscapes. Those on the southwest corner of the building are in particularly high demand over the holiday season as they look straight down onto the skating rink and the tree at Rockefeller Center.”
“Scarlett Johansson was photographed in our newly opened Jewel Suite by Martin Katz.”
Rate per night:
“The Executive suites are typically around $995 per night, Tower Corner suites, which are very large (1,200-1,600 square feet as a one- or two-bedroom suite), range from $1,500 – $2,400 per night depending on the season.”
Your personal favorite:
“The Tower Execute Suite is a perfect balance between our regular Tower King Rooms and our Tower Corner Suites.”
“Separate living and sleeping spaces, divided by sliding pocket doors, provide a perfect setting to combine business and relaxation.”
“The hotel has not just one, but four triplex corner suites, each with private elevators and massive corner roof top terraces with hot tubs. Each one of these triplexes also features working wood burning fireplaces making the New York Palace one of only two New York City hotels still offering this feature.”