When our readers and friends ask us what our favorite season in New York City is, Autumn immediately comes to mind. Not only do we love the fashion choices that line up the windows down 5th Avenue, but also the memorable walks through Central Park as the foliage changes its colors. As the city that never sleeps, New York City becomes alive in the Fall, with new Broadway shows, art exhibitions and special events offering unforgettable experiences to locals and visitors alike. For the latter, finding an equally memorable, and unforgettable hotel in a city with over 700 of them can at times be daunting. Finding expert advice is always ideal to ensure a New York City visit like no other, and Luxury travel agency Protravel International has shared with us their advice for the best places to stay when visiting New York this season.
Protravel International is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation, and a select network of hotels which allows Protravel advisors to offer complimentary amenities to clients. When discussing visiting New York City in the fall, and the best hotel choices, Protravel International President Becky Powell tells us: “At Protravel, we pride ourselves on not only having unparalleled product knowledge for our clients but in having deep relationships with the hotels and restaurants we recommend, which translates to added value and personalized care for our discerning clientele. These one-of-a-kind properties each reflect what’s special about Manhattan,” says Powell. “There’s no place like New York in the fall and winter, and a stay at a unique hotel with lots of character adds to the enjoyment of the trip.”
Below are the Six Hottest New York City Hotel recommendations as picked by Protravel advisors, and as compiled by travel expert, Carrie Culpepper. We must admit that number 1 and 2 are two of our favorite hotels in New York City!
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The Baccarat brings back the design couture of the roaring ’20s with sparkling touches everywhere one looks. The location, right on 53rd Street, is a quick taxi ride away from some of the city’s most beloved tourist landmarks. Its restaurants (Grand Salon and the Bar) feature delicious French delicacies and prohibition-era style cocktails.
The staff of the luxurious 144-room hotel caters to guests’ every whim. Not only do they receive privileged amenities at the property, but the hotel’s vintage city car can also take them around in style up to 15 miles from the hotel. The Spa, which is world renowned for its skincare, offers unique treatments including facials and detoxifying massages and is the only hotel in the U.S. to offer a Spa De La Mer, one of the most exclusive spas in the world.
At The Beekman, old-world glamour meets modern luxury downtown with destination dining by two of New York’s famous restauranteurs. Famous Chef Tom Colicchio helms both Temple Court Restaurant and the Bar Room, and the Augustine, by Keith McNally, is a Brasserie-style restaurant that offers lighter French fare. The hotel pulls out all the stops for its guests with its Les Clefs d’Or Concierge Service, as well as a courtesy luxury Lexus house car, available upon request, dual-level fitness center, and valet parking. Moreover, 24-hour in-room dining is also available from Temple Court upon request.
Set within a high-rise building along “Billionaire’s Row,” an area of ultra-luxurious residences along 57th Street near Central Park, the Park Hyatt meets this level of luxury with its generous approach to high-end amenities. Guest accommodations are as modern as they are spacious, and guests love the attention to detail—the natural stone floors, the handpicked artwork, the custom furnishings, the fine Italian linens, the floor-to-ceiling windows. While visiting the City that Never Sleeps, guests especially appreciate the blackout curtains and the remote-controlled lighting and drapes, ensuring a sound sleep regardless of what is happening on the streets below.
In the heart of Midtown, the historic Peninsula, with its appealing blend of modern and timeless, is simply one of the best hotels NYC has to offer. Its Beaux-Arts architectural features and grand lobby staircase wow guests from the start and the recently renovated rooms do not disappoint either. The hotel went all-out on the spa, a 35,000-square-foot, tri-level gem that includes a glass-enclosed pool. The hotel’s lineup of elegant yet hip lounges is also a good bet.
Built in 1926, The Surrey once housed luminaries like Bette Davis and John F. Kennedy. Today its 157 salons and 32 suites ooze classic character and charm. Rooms include details such as hand-painted wardrobes, fireplaces, private terraces, and soaking tubs. For the best views, opt for a room on one of the higher floors, and for stepped-up opulence, the Grand Deluxe Salons are spacious and very well-appointed. Also of note is the hotel’s English garden, reserved exclusively for guests, and its restaurant, Café Boulud, which boasts award-winning cuisine and an 800-bottle wine program.
The Whitby abides by the philosophy that no request is too large and no detail is too small in order to provide a uniquely welcoming luxury environment. Owners Tim and Kit Kemp are intimately involved in the execution of the hotel to provide thoughtfully designed spaces, facilities, and amenities unlike anywhere else in New York City. Kit’s whimsical and critically acclaimed interior design throughout the hotel and its restaurants make it truly a standout. An onsite concierge team offers unrivaled insights into some of the city’s famous attractions and most well-kept secrets to ensure a true New York experience.