Drawing stars, VIPs and the jet-setting elite, New York has no shortage of exclusive hotels just waiting to welcome them with open arms, and white glove service, of course. Paparazzi be warned, Luxury Attaché’s top celebrity-approved picks are now on the grid.
1 The Greenwich Hotel
As a Tribeca-rooted brainchild of Robert DeNiro, this one was an absolute no-brainer, given the homey hotel’s unflappable dedication to maintaining both haute boutique fashion and persona-non-grata status. Each of The Greenwich Hotel’s 88 rooms and suites are completely unique and cull authentic pieces from around the world; from Tibetan silken touches to hand-laid tile from Morocco to locally sourced retro sweets, it doesn’t take more than a moment to see that there’s far more at play here. With 24/7 in-room dining courtesy of Locanda Verde, as well as access to their private dining courtyard and the hotel’s exclusive drawing room to boot, celebrities young and old are able to indulge all the senses seamlessly. The clandestine Shibui Spa within, a zen oasis where celebs can really escape it all, takes The Greenwich Hotel to the next level.
377 Greenwich Street at North Moore Street
2 The Surrey
The Surrey is more than a luxury hotel, it’s an Upper East Side institution. Vestiges of old Hollywood glamour infuse the town-house inspired motif, as numerous celebrities--think JFK and Bette Davis--have come through The Surrey’s doors since its 1926 open. Famed Cornelia Spa as well as the iconic Cafe Boulud sweeten one’s stay, as does an unrivaled level of discreetly exceptional service that takes the overall experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Where else would a personal bartender come to a guest’s suite or salon to mix multiple rounds of cocktails while teaching a private mixology lesson? And that’s only the beginning. A private roof garden, premier patrons club and numerous exclusive privileges combine beautifully, making for a truly celeb-worthy stay.
20 East 76th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues
3 The Mercer Hotel
Haute hotels come and go, but the Mercer remains as the premier home away from home in the heart of SoHo. The frenzied paparazzi-laden streets outside are no contest for the luxuriously serene appeal of each and every loft-style room, of which there is a unique--and lean--set of 75. A favorite of such Hollywood heavy hitters as Kanye West and Leonardo DiCaprio, it doesn’t hurt that Jean-George Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen is right downstairs (providing 24/7 in-room dining) or that a host of other VIP amenities are ripe for the taking. Having a sister such as Chateau Marmont can’t be easy, but the modern meets chic Mercer continually remains a favorite of the rich and famous, rolling out a veritable red carpet, well, just about every day.
147 Mercer Street at Prince Street
4 The Crosby Street Hotel
Nestled on a cobblestoned street in the center of NYC’s most prized neighborhoods and utmost shopping destinations, is this 11 floor boutique hotel that packs a celebrity punch. 86 hyper-curated rooms and suites scream of Kit Kemp’s contemporary style, replete with floor to ceiling windows and soaring ceilings. Adding to the hotel’s appeal are the lush garden, private screening rooms and swanky Crosby Bar, making this the ideal destination for A-listers and the well-heeled traveling elite. A design stand-out to be sure, Crosby Street Hotel provides the ease of SoHo living with the exclusivity and white glove service celebrated by such silver screen starlets as Sienna Miller and and Julianna Margulies, just to name a few.
79 Crosby Street, between Prince and Spring Streets
5 60 Thompson
Clean lines, modern touches, and a cashmere-clad staff? Yes, that’s exactly what’s to be expected at this celeb-favorite. Luxurious amenities and the keen design sensibilities of Thomas O’Brien and Aero Studios make way for the uber hip Thom Bar and exclusive A60 poolside lounge, consistently drawing the VIP set from both near and far. It’s not uncommon to see the likes of the Jennifer Aniston or the Black Eyed Peas enjoying a well-shaken cocktail at the Thom, or the trend-setting jetsetters alighting on the hotel’s lobby. It truly is a unique blend of upscale appeal and downtown chic and gets even better when taking its scintillating downtown location into consideration. Kittichai, the gorgeous Thai-inspired mecca saddling up alongside the hotel adds even more flavor.
60 Thompson Street at Broome Street