Guide to New York

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Guide to New York

New York City – home to 8.5 million residents, nearly 60 million annual visitors and endless tropes about its energy and attitude. What does all of this add up to? In my opinion, if you become bored in New York, you are not doing it right. The city is a must-do pilgrimage for nearly everything under the sun: world-class museums and art galleries, groundbreaking theater productions, a constantly evolving culinary scene, luxurious spas and scores of five-star hotels. Here, we focus on Manhattan, but don’t discount the outer boroughs. Each borough has its own vibrant culture and identity and could merit its own destination guide.


Tata Suite, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
Located on the 39th floor of The Pierre, this 1,980 sq ft two-bedroom suite offers sweeping views of the city and Central Park. The well appointed decor includes a silver-leaf dining table and formal living room with Murano glass chandeliers. If traveling with a group, you are able to rent the entire 39th floor to form a six-bedroom compound.
From $20,000 per night. To book, contact Sanela Mrkulic, director of guest relations, +1 212 940 8437, or book online at

Guide to New York

Royal Suite, The Plaza
A private elevator whisks you from New York’s tourist-filled streets directly into the foyer of this 4,500 sq ft sanctuary, where you can enjoy views of Central Park and the Pulitzer Fountain. This lavish suite has classic decor throughout – even in its fitness room, with Technogym equipment, and master bath, with 24K gold-plated fixtures. Whether you’re having dinner in the formal dining room or cocktails in the living room with grand piano, your private butler will organize it all from the chef’s kitchen.
From $30,000 per night. Book online at or call +1 212 456 5220

Presidential Suite, The St. Regis
The crown jewel in one of New York’s most iconic hotels, the Presidential Suite at The St. Regis is an opulently decorated 3,430 sq ft apartment-style suite. It has a living room, formal dining room, wood-paneled library, full kitchen, two bedrooms and separate master suite with spa-style bathroom and private sitting area, all decorated in elegant neutral colors and sumptuous fabrics, topped off with beautiful crown moldings and Waterford crystal chandeliers.
From $35,000 per night. To book, contact Senih Geray, general manager, +1 212 754 4500,,