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Douglas Rogers, The Daily Telegraph, January 14, 2015
The best romantic places to stay in New York, including the top hotels for couples, honeymooners and Central Park views, in locations including Manhattan and Brooklyn
Housed in a handsome 35-storey 1930s Beaux Arts building, it’s a wonderful merging of old world elegance and contemporary style. The twin columned building features 188 recently upgraded Art Deco-style rooms and suites replete with all mod-cons, some with stunning Central Park views.
You can dine on French haute cuisine and seafood classics such as lobster thermidor at elegant in-house restaurant The Carlyle Restaurant; while Bemelmans Bar, just off the lobby, remains one of the finest cocktail bars in the world. Opposite the entrance to Bemelmans is Café Carlyle, where you can dine, drink and listen to great jazz, including Woody Allen on clarinet every Monday night. Read the full review: The Carlyle, New York
Sophisticated and understated with just a touch of opulence in the lobby (marble floors, gleaming mirrors) to suggest its status. Designer Michael S. White’s subtle interiors include elegant silk drapes and rich mahogany furnishings.
The 47 suites and 27 deluxe rooms are designed like townhouse apartments or pied-à-terres, some with terraces and kitchenettes, others with real wood-burning fireplaces. The Pembroke Room on the second floor is one of the city’s best (and priciest) secrets, its plush, carpeted, somewhat old-school setting is ideal for a romantic pre-theatre dinner for two. Read the full review: The Lowell, New York
In the heart of desirable SoHo, but on a quiet street - no better combination. The glass façade and electric blue light at the entrance promises a flashy boutique hotel, but inside it’s all understated elegance, with dark wood, dark floors and subtle tones of grey, mauve, red and white dominating.
The 86 rooms in understated tones all have floor-to-ceiling windows. Get a Meadow Suite with a private terrace garden. The superb Crosby Bar and Terrace goes from serving English breakfasts and afternoon teas, to signature cocktails and burgers at night. Read the full review: Crosby Street, New York
A gorgeous merging of old world charm and contemporary style, from the vaulted ceilings, towering columns, and velvet drapes of the high-ceiling Salon lobby area which evokes classic European and Asian hotels, to the chic guest rooms and happening nightlife in the Grand Bar and Club Room restaurant.
The 353 custom-designed rooms and suites feature all mod cons and luxuries as well as CO Bigelow bath amenities. Walls are decorated with black-and-white Howard Greenberg Gallery photographs that celebrate 1940s and ‘50s New York. Read the full review: SoHo Grand, New York
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The 35th floor Sky Lobby is a sight to behold, giant floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the city and the park. Décor-wise, Asian accents - fresh orchids, exotic purple and gold tones – merge with retro elements such as Art Deco chairs and tiled walls in the Lobby Lounge.
The 202 guestrooms and 46 suites come in 11 different styles and sizes, all with Oriental accents. City View rooms looking out on the Manhattan skyline from the 38th and 39th floors come with Asian cherry wood furnishings, marble bathrooms, Fili D’Oro linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. Still, we prefer the Central Park View rooms. Read the full review: Mandarin Oriental, New York
Just across from the High Line Park in Chelsea’s thriving Gallery District the décor is “Collegiate Gothic”. Rooms, suites and public spaces are furnished with Victorian and Edwardian antiques and artifacts sourced from East Coast warehouses and flea markets.
Expect Tiffany-style lamps and rewired 1920’s dial telephones, and a great collection of plush Oriental carpets. All rooms have handsome hardwood floors and locally sourced furnishings. The king room and the suite are the most spacious, the latter coming with a decorative fireplace, a collection of classic books, and a spacious en-suite bathroom stocked with CO Bigelow amenities. Read the full review: The High Line, New York
In the leafy West Village, blocks from Sarah Jessica Parker’s front porch and some of the hippest boutiques, bars, and restaurants in the city. Filled with history – survivors of the Titanic stayed here while awaiting the inquest into the sinking in 1912 – the designers kept the worn historic look but added Bohemian chic décor such as stuffed animal heads, glitter balls and potted palm trees.
Couples should go for the pricier Captains Cabins which have en suite bathrooms, king or queen beds, Wi-fi, and i-Pod docking stations. The Jane Ballroom with its fireplace, mismatched couches and palm trees is like stepping into the pages of a Graham Greene novel. Read the full review: The Jane, New York
Décor handpicked by MacPherson, includes mosaic-tiled floors and chandeliers in the lobby, sheepskin throws in guestrooms, and ornate lamps and rugs personally sourced from Morocco, India and Indonesia.
Rooms range from tiny 195sqft pods, to spacious to 1,000sqft loft-style suites, some with balconies or private terraces. Rooms have dark-stained hardwood floors, white ceilings with exposed wood beams, Bellini Italian linens and exotic accents such as Indian silk rugs and black and gold handmade Moroccan lamps. The one to get: the Skybox Loft with 180 degree views. Read the full review: The Ludlow, New York
A hip 70-room hotel housed in a converted factory building dating from 1901 on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront with great views of Manhattan from the upper floors.
The 70 guest rooms feature 13ft-high original timber ceilings, over-sized windows to let in the light, radiant heat concrete floors, seasonally sourced mini-bar offerings and custom amenities by local artists. Many have floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and East River. The sixth-floor bar and terrace, Ides, with its sweeping Manhattan and Brooklyn views, is the place to be for a cocktail at sunset. Read the full review: The Wythe, New York
The style is Morocco meets the tropics, with elements of Europe and the Orient thrown in. Somehow it all works seamlessly. The free-flowing ground floor mimics a Tribeca loft, but instead of cold minimalism you get warm polished oak floors, comfy floral sofas, lush palms and Moorish tiles.
There are numerous guest-only communal areas including a carpeted Drawing Room and a secluded garden Courtyard that recalls a Riad in Marrakech. None of the 88 rooms and suites are alike, some, like the elegant white and cream-colored 325sqft Courtyard rooms channel classical Europe; others, such as 625sqft Studio suites with their private saunas are more Scandinavian in influence. Read the full review: The Greenwich, New York
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Special offer: Take to the skies above New York for a sightseeing tour of the city’s best loved sights, including Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty, during a four-night stay at the five-star Loews Regency from £985 per person. The price includes room-only accommodation and return flight from the UK. For more information call: 01737 336553, or see: telegraph.co.uk/newyorkfromabove .
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