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The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park - Hotel Review

The Jewel of the Crown

The 33-story The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The 33-story The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The intention is highly visible: hoist up a boutique hotel atop The Ritz-Carlton's luxurious collection of establishments by taking a 33-story building with a beautiful, historical façade overlooking Central Park and boasting 700 rooms. Strip it from its content and finish it with 212 guest rooms and 47 suites. The feel of the past stays on with paintings of Samuel Halpert among other traces of yesterday, and the addition of modern creature comforts — such as oversized (for New York) marbled bathrooms — is welcome.

The spacious guest rooms are entirely sound proof and lavishly furnished with custom-designed drapes and upholstery in taupe, pale rose and topaz tones, and guests have their choice of four different pillows. A telescope allows you to scrutinize in detail the superb view of the park. While indulging in the bath with the top-notch amenities, listen to the sophisticated Bang & Olufsen stereo (in suites) and, as you dry off in one of your two bathrobes, start the home cinema system by viewing the complimentary award-winning DVD with beautiful images of Central Park. Thirsty? The mini-bar suggests a half-bottle of Dominus; you got it: nothing but the best.

A spacious guest room at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park in NYC The Star Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park in NYC
Spacious guest room
The Star Lounge

Why would you ever leave the princely arrangement of your room? Maybe to visit The La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, the Swiss spa where relaxation and rejuvenation are the key words. Six treatment rooms cater to all needs, offering jet lag therapy, facials and time-compressed treatments for executives. For the ultimate in comfort and attention, relax at The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge (for Club Level guests only), where complimentary food and beverage presentations are served day and night and guests have access to Club concierges and butlers. At The Star Lounge, enjoy cocktails and conversation (or afternoon tea) at a traditional stand-up bar.

Lost with your computer? Call the "technology butler," a première in the cyber world available in the Business Center or simply hook up your laptop via the ADSL line in your room for a nominal daily fee. If you think it's difficult to imagine a more comprehensive cocooning, you're wrong. Allow the guest relations manager to make a "pre-call" to avoid the check-in chore. As your taxi — or your stagecoach should we say? — pulls up to the curb, a manager will whisk you to your room without having to stop in the onyx-paved lobby.

Your wallet allowing, it's easy to pretend in this jewel of The Ritz-Carlton crown that you are — at least for your stay — royalty.

The Ritz Carlton New York,
Central Park

50 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
212-308-9100 | Reserve with Booking.com for the best rate!
www.ritzcarlton.com

 

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(Updated: 08/10/12 CT)


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