luxe - New York Palace
Written by Gregg Henglein
Few visitors to the USA’s unofficial capital city who have stayed at the Palace Hotel would rate another above it.
Its gated courtyard is regal, while majestic arches and an elegant, sweeping marble staircase exude class before your stay has even begun. Entry into the grand lobby invites you to luxury, from the sleek columns to the dazzling chandeliers overlooking the vastness.
While the first impression of the Palace is classical, its rooms have been perpetually modernised with respect to both amenities and styling. This is particularly true in the 55-storey glass-based tower – which offers one of the best views of the sparkling Manhattan skyline – arising from the core historic Villard Mansion that serves as the entry point. The largest rooms in the city reside within the gilded grandeur that is tended to by attentive staff, who maintain a low-key approach that keeps the near 900-room Palace feeling surprisingly private.
Dining includes the two-Michelin-star rated GILT Restaurant and bar, boasting exquisite modern American cuisine such as a delectable Tuna Wellington or venison topped with a spiced red cabbage brandy jus, amid a somewhat futuristic décor. Quite simply, the Palace’s reputation is well earned.
NEW YORK PALACE HOTEL
New York, USA
On the Outside
Location in Manhattan is of the utmost importance, and the Palace holds prime space. The hotel overlooks (well, if you’re up in the tower) the glorious St Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as the famed Rockefeller Center. In fact, if you come during the Christmas season, a music-accompanied light show is presented on the exterior walls of the Palace from Rockefeller Center at half-hour intervals. Shopping is abundant, with the hotel residing between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue, the city’s two main strips for high-end fashion and jewellery.