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50 Central Park S., nr. Sixth Ave. (Upper East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-308-9100 | www.ritzcarlton.com
FOOD24-hour room service
DRINKStar Lounge - clubby lounge, afternoon tea and cocktails
ROOMSPlush, classic furnishings loaded with brocade and silk; spacious closets; Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems; custom French linens; marble bathrooms
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 695
# OF ROOMS259
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMYes - open 24 hours
SPAYes - La Prairie at the Ritz
SUBWAY5th Ave.-59th St. (N, Q, R); 57th St. (F); 7th Ave. (B, D, E)
When the Ritz-Carlton took over the former St. Mortiz Hotel in 2002, they kept the classic 1930s take on luxury, preserving the handsome paneled lobby and brick façade–but they blasted away the quaint constraints of the early 20th century design with brand-new and ultra-plush accommodations. Each room is meant to feel like an (outrageously posh) private residence, complete with deluxe robes, 750-count custom-made linens by Pratesi, an expansive pillow library, and even homey touches like telescopes and bird watching guides for taking in the lovely Central Park views. For those venturing out of their rooms (though seriously–is there even a need?!), the second-floor Club Lounge offers park views and gourmet libations day and night, and the indulgent spa is one of the best in town.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other - for an ever-so-luxurious getaway; family - to take advantage of kid-friendly Central Park across the street; colleagues
WHY WE LIKE IT
Where to start…the rooms are fabulously appointed (though perhaps a little over-the-top opulent if you’re of the trendy minimalism school of thought) and amenities like the La Prairie spa are a treat. The service is flawless: walk in the door and they’ll already know your name; order room service and they’ll be knocking on your door before you hang up the phone; head out when it’s raining and you’ll be packed into a complimentary house car before you can say “I forgot my umbrella.” It’s no wonder this is a celeb fave.
AMENITY WE LOVE
The gorgeous bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate glass showers
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The fitness center and spa are a tad small. Otherwise, nothing.
GOOD TO KNOW
Rooms facing the interior have views of brick walls. If possible, book one of the park-facing rooms or upper suites (featuring glorious walk-in closets). The location is great–Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and Lincoln Center are all within walking distance. The Club Lounge level–a luxurious living-room style library/lounge offering drinks and nibbles all day–can only be accessed by an elevator key for paying guests, ensuring privacy. The concierge offers multi-lingual services. There’s a business center, limo service, and valet parking available. Pets up to 60 lbs. are allowed (for a fee). If you really can’t bring yourself to leave your divine room but still want to get a taste of the city, check out the Ritz’s tailored DVD library focused on Academy Award-winning films that feature Central Park.
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