Old World on the East Side in a classic New York hotel.
Nestled amid Central Park and the Grand Army Plaza, this European style gem is a throwback to Old World charm, right down to its Gothic minaret looking down on the city below. When it opened in 1927, the press remarked that it was Italian in architecture, French in spirit and American in price. The lobby is modeled after the Vatican library and lavish with hand-loomed rugs, chandeliers and marble friezes taken from the Vanderbilt mansion. The wood-paneled elevators are still manned by white-gloved attendants in full uniform. The hotel has been a favorite haven for many a Hollywood star, from Danny Kaye and George Burns to Dean Martin and Jim Henson. Complimentary flowers and chocolate welcome each guest to the 50 rooms and suites. (There are also 100 apartments for permanent residents.) All are spacious and individually decorated. Some have fireplaces, and in the winter you couldn't want for anything cozier. Courtesy perks include Wi-Fi, shoe shine, mineral water and access to a nearby fitness center. Service is courteous and personalized for both travelers and the hotel's many permanent residents. Just off the lobby, Harry Cipriani is both kin to and interior duplicate of the famous Harry's Bar in Venice, adding to property's historic elegance.
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