By Tatiana Makarevich
Nestled in midtown Manhattan, five-star New York Palace is set to wrap up a $140 million, property-transforming renovation.
The New YorkPalace, a hotel-within-a-hotel, is a majestic monument to luxury that echoes The Palace’s historic VillardMansion and elevates traditional opulence to the new heights for the modern-day VIP. The splendor extends to 822 rooms and 87 premier suites offering breathtaking vistas of the city and over-the-top amenities.
Occupying the hotel’s top 14 floors, The Towers is one of most the distinct elements of The New York Palace and ensures guests receive exclusive, personalized service of the highest level. The Towers section from floors 41 to 55 adds another 176 rooms and suites and acts as its own luxury hotel with private lobby and elevators.
Retaining rich interior design inspired by the 19th century, The Towers Lobby boasts art deco screens, warm lighting, and a sophisticated color palette. Wood grain paneling with silk fabric insets and warm-toned carpeting and fabrics infuse a rich and welcoming atmosphere to the newly refurbished lobby.
Comfort remains key, attested to by additional rainshowers in many of the rooms, repurposed wood features over guestroom doors, and valances and sliding partition doors in The Tower Executive suites.
“We wanted to tip a hat to the rich, historic feel of the Villard mansion, but The Towers rooms and suites will also have a contemporary feel”, said Steve Henry, BAMO’s principal in charge on the project. “Our goal is to give guests the sense that while they are walking into a modern setting, they quickly understand that this is a timeless design.”
Inspired by the urban fabric of New York City, the Metropolitan Suite, a two bedroom, two and a half bath suite, features a quietly sophisticated blue-yellow color palette, mimicking the streaming taxis below and serene sky above. The ever-elegant second bedroom includes butterflies flying toward the window amidst a black and white photo collection of gorgeous New York City images.
The revitalized accommodation has been updated with all feasible contemporary comforts, including Creston touch-screen user interfaces that control all of the room’s high-tech features, iPod docking stations, and television systems that can synch with computers or even personal Netflix accounts. The guests will be thrilled to have an onscreen menu of the hotel’s amenity offerings, including spa rejuvenation and delicious in-room dining menus.
The triplex, 5,000-square-foot Jewel Suite by Martin Katz resembles an expansive private residence, replete with valuable art deco work that reflects the richness and glamour of the early 20th century modernist design. The guests can immerse themselves in the brilliant jeweled artistry of Martin Katz in an impressive setting of breathtaking beauty and grandeur. The distinctive Jewel Suites showcase the exclusive Martin Katz jewelry designs on the walls, as well as floating ‘jewel boxes’, which stress the uniqueness of each jewel and unveil the sculptural harmony with the chandelier.
Each bedroom features the jewels theme in opulent, high-end furnishings to maximize the experience amidst subtle romantic elements. The penthouse-styled walls of glass and dramatically embellished fireplace serve as the room’s focal point. The exterior Jewel Suite terrace features a lovely garden, where the guests can have a private dinner or breakfast and, afterwards, relax in the elevated spa boasting spectacular views of Manhattan.
The stay at the Jewel Suite by Martin Katz will provide guests with “The Ultimate Proposal” package that includes a private consultation with Martin Katz for the creation of a custom-designed engagement or wedding ring. This perfect offer starts at $50,000 per night, based on custom jewel pieces.
Guests of the Palace’s new Champagne Suite will immediately notice a dramatic light fixture of multicolored hand-blown glass in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The three-story suite, which encompasses eight rooms, six bathrooms, and one terrace, is aptly named because it has a rustic wine cave, and boasts a private rooftop deck with a raised hot tub overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
The suite’s opulent setting emphasizes the contemporary interior elements by blending stone tiles and sleek furnishing with the ultra-modern crystal pendant lighting. Subtle pops of chardonnay grape with ecru color and amber tones, commissioned specifically for the Master Suite, create a textural complexity. Should you wish to further immerse yourself in the luxury, explore the oversized outdoor terrace, featuring a custom-designed spa, where drinking champagne and enjoying the NYC stunning panoramic views is not only welcomed but encouraged. The spectacular Champagne Suite’s rate is $25,000 per night.