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The Park Hyatt New York, located in Midtown across from Carnegie Hall and a block from Central Park, wowed even the most jaded of hotel observers when it opened in 2014, largely because of its gorgeous rooms (designed by Yabu Pushelberg) and its distinctive ribbon facade architecture (envisioned by Christian doe Portzamparc.) Yet this being Park Hyatt, Hyatt’s top-tier luxury brand, the high-end touches don’t stop there. A personal attendant will greet guests at the entrance and whisk them up to the second floor lounge to do the check-in process.

The 210 guest rooms and suites start at a spacious 500sq ft, and have both rainfall showers and deep-soaking tubs as well Rivolta Carmignani linens, the use of iPad minis and Nespresso machines. A treatment room at the hotel’s Spa Nalai will most likely overlook Central Park while views of the Hudson River can be glimpsed from the spa’s reception area. Guests who opt to do laps in the large indoor swimming pool will be treated to music from Carnegie Hall via underwater speakers

The thoroughly British Firmdale Hotels first crossed the pond in 2009 to open the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho (their second NYC hotel, The Whitby, opened in 2017). Almost a decade later, the hotel, which sits off Soho’s main shopping thoroughfare, still feels like a fresh face, thanks in part to Firmdale’s design director Kit Kemp and her never-boring mix of patterns and prints. Each of the 86 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows letting in natural light, charming fabric-covered headboards and original artwork. 

Splurging for a deluxe one-bedroom suite on the upper floors will get you not just more space and more design elements to copy for your own home, but also jaw-dropping views of downtown. The Crosby Bar is a cosy place to take in a meal or afternoon tea (especially during the winter months) while the back patio during spring and summer is an idyllic respite from the city hustle.

Featuring Baccarat crystals in every room, the Baccarat Hotel and Residences is located in New York. Guests can relish in the intricate architecture and design features while enjoying the indoor pool, fitness center and on-site French restaurant. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room at the hotel is furnished with contemporary Parisian décor and offers a flat-screen TV, sofa and desk. Private bathrooms include a hairdryer, free toiletries, slippers and a bathrobe. An iron, coffee machine and safety deposit box are also provided.

A 24-hour front desk welcomes guests to New York’s Baccarat Hotel and Residences, which provides a personal host with every reservation. Additional amenities offered at the hotel include a spa and wellness center, laundry and concierge services.

The hotel is 100 m from Museum of Modern Art, 200 m from St Patrick’s Cathedral and 200 m from Radio City Music Hall. Newark Liberty International Airport is 12 mi away.

The small scale, quiet, and personalized feeling makes it worth the lack of extras.

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The Lowell is anything but flashy, tucked away on a quiet side street on the Upper East Side. And once inside, you’ll find an art- and antique-filled oasis, with nooks perfect for sinking into plush sofas and chairs while having a glass of wine by the fireplace.

The smallest rooms here are still a spacious 400 square feet, and all are designed by President Obama’s White House decorator Michael S. Smith. The color scheme is one of soft neutrals and pale blue, which complements the polished oak floors and wood burning fireplaces.

Located at the top of Time Warner Center, this hotel is a 2-minute walk from Central Park. It features a 75-foot indoor pool and offers rooms with panoramic views of Manhattan.

Every room at Mandarin Oriental, New York features floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can enjoy the 55-inch flat-screen TV. A mini-bar is included and a chocolate and bottle of water are provided each day.

The Mandarin Oriental, New York offers a full-service spa with a sauna and massage rooms. The spa features a Tea Lounge where guests can relax before or after treatment. The hotel also provides an on-site fitness center. New York City tourist information and ticket services are also available.

Restaurant Asiate, located on site, serves contemporary cuisine and has wall-to-wall views of Manhattan. The Aviary NYC bar from Chef Grant Achatz, provides an interactive journey for guests, where inventive cocktails and small food plates complement the experience. Adjacent to The Aviary NYC, The Office NYC, a speakeasy-style bar, offers classically-inspired food and cocktails.

Chontaduro is a new restaurant experience in Barcelona. A restaurant of latin flavors with emphasis on the tropical area of the Pacific coast. Where the mood is festive, the food is tasty and the vibe is welcoming.