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December 04, 2016

2 Hotels To Stay At Next Time You’re In NYC

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena

Envelop yourself in a comfortable cocoon — and catch sightings of New York’s skyline — when you stay at the city’s two uptown properties

The Peninsula

Located a few minutes away from New York’s famous landmarks, The Peninsula offers a sanctuary in the city. You walk up the few carpeted steps to its quiet reception, to be enveloped in its plush ambience. Interestingly, the 23-storey luxury hotel is housed in a Beaux Arts building and has undergone several renovations since it first opened as the Gotham Hotel in 1905. In its present-day avatar, the property merges contemporary fabrics, furnishings and technology with the many classical design and architectural elements.

The hotel boasts rooms and suites that are endowed with state-of-the-art technology that can be accessed at strategic locations. And you will discover that sleep comes easily in their embrace.

An appointment at The Peninsula Spa will rejuvenate you with its signature rituals — like Sattva by Simply Peninsula. Combining classic Ayurveda with contemporary massage techniques, they gently aid the body’s healing process. And in the serenity of the treatment rooms, under the gentle ministrations of the therapist, you will find yourself lulled into a mood of relaxation.

For indulgences of another kind, spend some quality time nursing your favourite drink at the Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace which offers panoramic views of Fifth Avenue and the glittering skyline of Manhattan. If its location has not already given you a high, choose to unwind over its signature cocktail, the Ning Sling, a fresh creation that features Hendrick’s Gin and fresh mint leaves, shaken with lychee and passion fruit juice. The cocktail is bound to warm the cockles of your heart. Bonus: if you still feel cold, you can wrap yourself up cosily in a blanket! The staff will swiftly get you one.

The Pierre

From the doorman, to the front desk, the elevator, and beyond, experience the renowned old-world hospitality of the Taj Group when you stay at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, located at 2 East 61st Street at the intersection of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, facing Central Park. A room with a view of the iconic location will make your stay all the more special. A jewel in Manhattan’s crown, almost every nook and corner speaks eloquently of its history. Built in the early decades of the last century, The Pierre boasts of a stately neo-Georgian exterior. Its interiors are lavish, especially in The Rotunda where the curved walls and high ceilings are covered with paintings.

The decently sized rooms are packed with luxury. And, open the doors of its suites — of particular note, the Grand Suite — to waltz into another era, of elegant living. Home to many long-term residents, these spaces with their attractive furnishings and both ornate and simple furniture make for a pretty perfect picture.

Visitors opine that The Rotunda is the signature room of the hotel. Famous trompe l’oeil murals are the work of award-winning American artist Edward Melcarth. Influenced by the Renaissance painters, particularly Tintoretto and Veronese, his work is infused with romantic themes that are echoed in the pastoral setting he created here. The sculpted male and female heads above the entrances to The Rotunda and Café Pierre, as well as the mythological masks, are his creations.

Meals at the ground-floor Perrine woo a gourmand. The afternoon tea service conjures up the best of scones and pastries — classic offerings that are served in the traditional way. And for those who wish to relax with refreshing coolers, jazz and cocktails, Two E Bar/Lounge must find a place in your day’s appointments. The neoclassical room that serves as a lobby lounge during the day turns into an art deco bar when the sun goes down. Or for a greater degree of intimacy, opt for a private dinner on the terrace of the Getty Suite — and make the world your oyster. Recreate romance with style!

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