can talk about New York and still not be written. The city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle, the place where dreams come true, it’s a destination brimming with expectations and its reputation is sure to follow.
The Baccarat Hotel is a legendary bolthole with VIP credentials. It is the first residence and global flagship for the legendary French crystal brand of the same name – its history stretches back over 250 years. The heritage label has been creating custom crockery for royalty, A-list stars and moguls since its founding by King Louis XV in 1764.
Bringing a taste of Parisian luxury with the Big Apple, one of the first things to note about the hotel is (unsurprisingly) the popularity of crystal, from ornate chandeliers to soft furnishings. . This is a sparkling hotel – and you’ll never want to leave.
Where is it?
Blink and you’ll miss it, the hotel is nestled between a library and a Brazilian steakhouse and a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Across from MoMA and a short distance from iconic Saks 5th Avenue, this is a downtown hotspot just walking distance from some of the best shopping in the world.
The five-star hotel emerges from the darkness with a subtle floral scent that’s an olfactory sign that you’re in the right place. As you walk in the door, you’re greeted by three stunning custom chandeliers set in glass that offer clues to luxury and drama.
Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and you hit the front desk. The hotel is located over 12 floors in a split-level tower on the legendary West 53rd and 5th Avenue.
Nearly 4,000 miles from the French capital, the gilded design draws inspiration from the home of the House of Baccarat with all the elegance and glamor you’d expect from a brand in its lineage.
The interior designers at Paris-based Gilles & Boissier put glamor and luxury at the top of the agenda. There are 17 custom chandeliers dotted around the facility that cast a magical glow around the building – a feat further enhanced by the glittering ceiling.
From the outside, you’ll immediately notice a prismatic glass facade that’s fit but modern, yet has a more traditional, opulent Baroque design on the inside. This duality runs seamlessly throughout the hotel.
All rooms are wood and molding just as a sign of refined 18th-century French interiors but with refined modern sensibilities and technology. One of them are electric blinds that form a privacy curtain over your apartment’s floor-to-ceiling windows, just to reintegrate the New York rooftops with the push of a button. The finest attention to detail is noticed from the handcrafted silk wall coverings, to the parquet parquet floors.
References to crystal are combined and reinterpreted in unique and endearing ways through sconce lighting, art and even fabrics. In each room’s fully equipped private mini-bars, the signature red Baccarat box is reworked in enamel and opens to reveal exquisite crystal housewares. There is also a fireplace that mimics a fireplace at the production facilities based in France. It is four feet tall, two-sided, and always on fire. In the lobby you’ll also find 2,000 of the brand’s most recognizable Harcourt glasses that create a light show in a unique display.
Although it has a boutique feel, there are 114 guest rooms and suites. Choose what’s most basic and nothing basic about it. The room types start with the Classic King and culminate in the luxurious Baccarat set.
In each, you’ll find custom jacquard linens and hand-painted French sliding doors that separate the bed from the bathroom – so you can take in the view in the shower if you want to that way. The oversized shower is a welcome post-employee addition to keep you refreshed and ready for your exploration of New York.
Pamper yourself with Baccarat toiletries with an addictive fragrance inspired by Rouge 540 (a collaboration between the brand and luxury perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdijan in honor of its 250th anniversary) by former players) combines jasmine and ambergris. Luxurious suites come with La Mer products.
Visit the underground spa that has a complete gym that puts Equinox to shame. It’s open 24 hours, you’ll never have to wait to bring your machine, and there’s always a personal trainer. Once you’re done with the cutting-edge equipment, head to the sauna or take a dip in the sunken ballroom in the black and white marble checkerboard pool, modeled on the bar above. You’ll feel like you’re in a relaxing paradise as you wrap yourself in a cozy robe and surrounded by Francois Houtin’s artwork depicting utopian gardens. No detail is left out to ensure you are completely Zen.
The hotel also plays host to the only Spa de La Mer (yes that La Mer) of the state. Treatments range from facials using groundbreaking massage techniques, to the most lavish hand massages imaginable. Two therapists work in sync to bring a sense of deep relaxation to your digits. It will set you back $755 (for 90 minutes, $495 for 60 minutes) for delight but if you have money to burn, use it. After a long flight, you can be better served with a deep tissue or Swedish massage that starts at $220 for 60 minutes.
Food and drink
If you don’t get the chance to dine in the Grand Salon, where two-Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther sets out on a French-inspired culinary program, you should at least go for a drink (or two) at The Bar.
You may have discovered the hotspot on your Instagram feed as it is a popular destination for the celebrity group and a haunting destination for New Yorkers looking to work their way up. through an extensive cocktail menu – all served in the most elegant crystal condiment, natch. The menu also details the largest champagne list in the country with over 250 references to choose from, which is why locals and visitors alike flock to the 60-foot bar. Well, that’s and the decor is as perfect as the picture. Taking design cues from Versailles with an association with historic American bars, this is a chic, romantic space minutes from New York with vibrant red velvet furnishings, mood lighting. and tailor-made artwork hanging on the wall.
If you don’t like sipping your bubbles surrounded by people, bring the coupe back to your room at the push of a button. The phones in each room come complete with an extensive champagne list on speed dial.
Although New York is famous for its brunch, if you have a taste for something from across the pond, you’ll be pleased with afternoon tea. For an experience away from home, enjoy the Prince of Wales menu. Baccarat has created crystal for royal households for generations, and this game addresses that with a typical British deal complete with three-tiered sweets of high tea essence. Ne supplement also includes vegan and gluten-free as well as Petit Prince tea.
A long, luxurious romantic weekend of debauchery at the Big Apple. Leave the kids at home.
Baccarat Hotel New York is located at 20 West 53rd Street. To reserve, guests can call 1-844-294-1764 or visit baccarathotels.com. Rates start at $895 per night.