As the fashion capital of the world, style and luxury are integral elements of New York’s past, present and future. The beauty and utility of immaculately conceived design can elevate the style of any luxury hotel to new heights. Here are our favourites, the most stylish luxury hotels for a luxury holiday in New York renowned for their breath-taking design and inspired concepts.
The Mark Hotel, Manhattan
Originally constructed in 1927 in the Renaissance Revival style, The Mark Hotel located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is the self-proclaimed “most boldly lavish hotel” in New York. The Mark Hotel’s enviable location within minutes of New York’s main attractions, galleries and restaurants has undoubtedly helped cement its reputation as one of most admired hotels in New York. Re-opened in 2009, the property benefited from the expertise and vision of world renowned French designer Jacques Grange whose clients range from Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld to Caroline, Princess of Monaco. Gracefully respecting the Old World architecture of the original building, to achieve the completely fresh and unique feel inside, Grange worked in collaboration with his partner Pierre Passebon.
The combination of several commissioned artistic works, sophisticated materials and simple pared-down furniture in the communal areas is further evident across each room and suite. With furnishings of ebony, sycamore and nickel, fine Italian linens, and marble bathrooms, the rooms and suites are the epitome of chic. Elsewhere, The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges once again features expert design by Jacques Grange and an innovative restaurant menu. Whilst the lively Mark Bar is an ideal meeting spot on Madison Avenue with a reputation for its signature cocktails.
At The Mark Hotel, Grange’s approach to artistry, intimacy and eye for detail all come together to create a superb luxury experience.
The William Vale, Williamsburg
Located in the heart of vibrant artistic Williamsburg, The William Vale is an art-infused property that reflects the feel and energy of the neighbourhood around it. Designed by architects Albo Liberis, this 22-storey hotel is home to a contemporary rooftop bar, the longest pool in New York and features an elevated 1,393 square metre park for complete and utter relaxation.
Inside, complementing the building’s impressive architecture Studio Munge’s subtle interiors and white marble are contrasted with metal black accents. The private open-air balconies easily accessed from each room via a sliding door convey the desire of Studio Munge to create living spaces which effortlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors. All 183 pet-friendly rooms and suites are complete with L’Occitane bath products, luxurious FRETTE linens, and Brooklyn Roasting Company espresso machines.
However, in addition to providing luxury within, The William Vale is also fully integrated with the local community. With commissioned artwork produced by Brooklyn artists, and an ever changing cultural calendar of events and activities, The William Vale seeks to strengthen the relationship between travellers and local residents for an authentic experience in one of New York’s most exciting neighbourhoods.
The New York EDITION, Flatiron District
Located in the landmark Metropolitan Life Tower, Ian Shrager’s New York EDITION, blends clean lines, neutral palettes, and contemporary artwork for discerning travellers who cherish simplicity. Shrager’s vision was to create a space which feels like you are staying in the guest room of a private home, as opposed to staying in the guest room of a hotel. To achieve this feel, the lobby was designed to include a 9-metre-long hand-forged steel fireplace to provide warmth both psychically and symbolically. Jean-Michel Frank inspired coffee tables and chairs, Christian Liaigre floor lamps, and fabrics in soft tones of oatmeal, silver and white can also be found in the lobby to create a feeling of cosiness. One of the most interesting features is undoubtedly Yabu Pushelberg’s signature spiral staircase leading to the hotel’s Clocktower restaurant. Michelin-starred Jason Atherton’s Clocktower restaurant is a collection of five unique rooms. Contemporary artwork, dramatic lighting, and lush velvet seating makes this restaurant the perfect environment for indulging in delectable meals at a leisurely relaxed pace.
Elsewhere, the spacious rooms of the hotel continue the sleek contemporary feel felt throughout. Here, the design respects the building’s historical bones but is unquestionably residential exuding sophisticated elegance.
The Whitby Hotel, Manhattan
Celebrating the best of British design, and inspired by the fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, The Whitby Hotel is a luxurious property in upper midtown Manhattan. Designed by Kit Kemp, who with her husband, Tim, owns ten well-regarded hotels in central London and New York under the Firmdale umbrella, Kemp has carved out an impressive reputation with her unique approach to design. The Whitby, complete with sumptuous materials, elegant furnishings and historic pieces is a meticulously crafted mélange of colour, texture and patterns produced in collaboration with Christopher Farr.
Kemp’s colourful style is suffused across the hotel’s sixteen stories and is apparent in all 86 individually styled rooms and suites – boutique by New York standards. Each guestroom boasts a king size bed and floor-to-ceiling windows; some include private terraces complete with views over the city’s formidable skyline. Bathrooms are beautifully designed in granite or marble, complete with double basins, a walk-in shower and RikRak by Kit Kemp luxury bath products.
Located on the ground floor and open-all day, The Whitby Bar is a colourful, vibrant airy room with high ceilings, warehouse style windows and doors leading through to a quintessentially British orangery with an American twist and courtyard.
Perfect for every occasion and with an enviable Manhattan location The Whitby Hotel, is an exceptional choice for a luxury stay in New York. Visit our New York page, to find out more about our luxury holidays to New York.