The crystal company with 250 years of history in France is making history on New York’s tony West 53 Street with the opening of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences.
This is the brand’s foray into the lifestyle arena: The midtown glass tower with 114 guest rooms designed by French husband and wife team, Gilles and Boissier, is a paradigm of modern luxury with a prismatic glass facade and an array of opulent crystal chandeliers placed throughout the hotel to a dramatic effect.
The chocolate brown and beige decor extends throughout, and the Grand Salon is accented with velvety crimson rose floral arrangements, and inviting coyote chairs that guests can sink into as they sip tea. The bar is an ode to the past and present, with art spanning centuries gracing the walls above the bar and the white settees.
The restaurant, Chevalier, is named after longtime Baccarat creative director Georges Chevalier, and can be accessed via a dedicated entrance. Michelin-star awarded chef, Shea Gallante’s, goal in creating the menu is a “brasserie deluxe in a modern setting.” Gallante also lent his culinary talents to the Grand Salon where small bites can be ordered.
The rooms are similar to private Parisian residence, decorated with a similar beige and chocolate brown color scheme than the public rooms. No detail was spared to make the sleeping space feel like a home away from home.
The spa will be run by the the prestigious La Mer, and will be the first full-service spa opened by the company.
The service is top notch if not impeccable with friendly but able hospitality agents eager to serve.
Room rates start at $899 and you can access the hotel website here.