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Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Address 20 West 53rd Street; NY 10019
between Fifth and Sixth Avenue
Neighbourhood Midtown | See on map
Subway 5 Av-53 St [E, M], 47-50 St-Rockefeller [B, D, F, M]
Telephone +1 212 790 8800
Website http://www.baccarathotels.com/
Price Standard rates from USD 899

Swarovski might be better known crystal maker but Baccarat is the more exclusive. And The Baccarat Hotel , taking up the first 12 floors of the 50-storey SOM-designed tower across from MoMA , is a showcase for the kind of sophisticated affluence and understated extravagance you’d associate with the French brand. As brilliantly as the crystals – and there are many – shine, it never crosses into bling-territory.

All 114 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms, hardwood flooring and are elegantly decorated in neutral colours with custom-made furnishings. They also come with Fauchon-stocked minibars and state-of-the art technology such as tablets with apps for mood lighting, temperature and room service, and, of course, panic buttons on the phone for ordering champagne. If the 400 square feet of a Classic King isn’t enough, size up, all the way to the Baccarat Suite with 1,800.

Other perks include use of the chauffeur-driven vintage 1970 Citroën DS. Guests can ride it for free – within a 15-block radius of the hotel. Of greater use is the 24-hour gym, fully equipped and decently sized, and, from May 2015, the spectacular, marble-tiled 55-foot swimming pool and its La Mer spa. La Mer is also providing the bathroom amenities for those staying in the suites; your eyes may be watering from the room rates but your skin will be glowing.

Those not checking in can still take advantage of Michelin-starred Shea Gallante’s Chevalier restaurant, accessed directly from the street, for a gourmet brasserie meal, or head into the impressive Grand Salon or the adjacent Petit Salon for a cocktail. Like the rooms, drinks are expensive but, served in authentic Baccarat glassware, you’ll at least get a sense of what high luxury tastes like.