Pleasures abound for those fortunate enough to take full advantage of all that the luxury lifestyle has to offer. Whether it be fueling up the private jet for a jaunt over to Vegas, taking time off to take in the pleasures afforded on a plush megayacht, delighting in the delectable treats offered at one of the city’s many top-rated restaurants, or relishing in some retail therapy at some of our favorite shopping venues, the benefits of affluence cannot be denied. With amenities for both jetsetters and local residents, these three hospitality centers are ready to tend to your every whim. From a stay at the only Forbes five-star hotel in NYC to an afternoon in the sun in the middle of the bustling city, there is no limit to the flights of fancy that await when visiting one of these luxury hotels in the Big Apple.
Trump International Hotel & Tower New York
Demonstrating that what’s old is new again under the Manhattan skyline, the iconic Trump International Hotel & Tower New York—the only Forbes five-star hotel with a Michelin three-starred restaurant in New York—has been pushed to the next generation of luxury hospitality.
Emanating from the prodigious Trump pedigree, the Trump Hotel Collection took towering action by invigorating its flagship property with a $30 million renovation. Trump International Hotel & Tower has now been iced with the additions of stainless steel Sub-Zero appliances in the fully equipped European-style kitchens; custom furnishings; plush seating upholstered in velvets and silks; Schonbek crystal chandeliers; sumptuous décor throughout the rooms, suites, and hallways; and updated technology that includes ambient wall controls for the lights, curtains, and temperature, along with 55-inch HDTV flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray/DVD players.
Steps away from the most diverse selection of exclusive shops, dining, and entertainment in the world, Trump International ascends 52 glass stories that don’t only offer 167 newly revamped rooms and suites showcasing sweeping views of Central Park and the NYC skyline, but also a 6,000-square-foot spa and health club, Jean Georges restaurant that features contemporary international cuisine, and personalized Trump Attaché guest services.
Trump’s senior executives are business-savvy beyond their years, conceptualizing fresh designs that are finely in line with the iconic brand. New Trump faces, same illustrious story: Trump International Hotel & Tower brings an unparalleled level of exclusivity to the global compass of luxury hotels. — Diana Gdula
1 Central Park West
Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the epitome of opulence and The Surrey embodies the neighborhood’s luxury lifestyle through an incredible blend of tradition and technology. The hotel recently invested more than $60 million in renovations led by revered architectural and interior designer Lauren Rottet.
To enter the lobby, guests step through marble archways onto marble flooring. Limestone walls supporting coffered ceilings quickly surround them as they make their way to the hand-tooled leather front desk. Art is a central theme of the redesign, and it is expressed not only through remarkable paintings and photographs from respected names, but also through such unique elements as an antique Oriental carpet expressed in mosaic tiles.
Considering the various amenities offered at The Surrey, it’s no wonder that guests often find it difficult to leave. Delight in the James Beard-recognized cuisine at Café Boulud, or try out the new Bar Pleiades, located on the lobby level. While the Spa at the Surrey offers such personal rejuvenation options as dropping into an infinity soaking tub before an invigorating session of private yoga, if the spa is not your preferred mode of relaxation, the private roof garden, situated on the 17th floor, is ideal for an evening of romance with the city or a loved one. Lounge seating and sofas tucked away in corners and hidden behind manicured boxwoods will create the perfect setting for the ultimate getaway for hotel guests.
— Alejo Tenutta
20 East 76th St.
The Yard at Soho Grand
If you’re seeking solace in the form of summer sun, then your open-air pursuit comes to a prosperous end at The Yard at Soho Grand. A twist on the classic New York hotel restaurant inspired by Le Corbusier, The Yard has officially opened as the hautest urban oasis of the season.
The bar and dining area offers an epicurean collaboration that delights all palates with summertime fare. Sumptuous indulgences satisfy decadent diets with options like lobster rolls and Kobe beef hot dogs, while light and fresh desserts appeal to swimsuit-clad bodies. If feasting is not on the agenda for the day, opt to sit back and enjoy the scenery, bronzing that winter-washed skin while someone attends to your every whim. The outdoor lounge is designed to evoke good times spent with friends in an elegant backyard setting.
Entertaining bevies of trendsetters, Soho Grand guests and VIPs are invited to access The Yard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, after which time the doors swing open to the public. The powers that be know that society who suns together, sips together, so there is no reserve when it comes to doling out classic creations, fruity favorites, and pitchers, day-and-night, no matter what your clique’s potion. — Diana Gdula
310 West Broadway