When a 258-year-old French crystal company opens a hotel in New York City, you can be sure to expect luxury and elegance coupled with excellent service. The entrance, lobby, hotel bar and even the elevators are adorned with crystal, dark wood, brilliant white marble and deep red accents. The striking attention to detail has a contemporary feel while preserving the ornate Baccarat style, glassware of royalty.
Located in the heart of midtown, the hotel is a sleek and sexy experience. Ideal for a stay in New York, it’s close to Times Square and Broadway but far enough from the crowds and the noise to be a sanctuary in the city. The entrance and lobby forgo flamboyant pretension for a more intimate and welcoming space that feels like an exclusive private club.
The staff at the Baccarat are professional and engaging, happy to offer information about the city, the hotel or the lavish décor. While the property is within easy walking distance of Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Broadway theaters, a dedicated house car service is also available.
These features are especially useful if you have kids. You’re close to the big attractions so you don’t need to hop in a cab or take the subway and the house car can get you to destinations that may be slightly farther away. There’s also a package for families that includes early check in and late check out.
The rooms are gorgeous with some design choices that stand out as particularly unique. It’s these interesting touches that make the hotel so memorable. Instead of a simple pen stamped with the hotel logo, you’ll find a white feather quill. The glassware in the bar is Baccarat crystal of course, tucked into a red case that contrasts well with the rich wood. The television is behind a wall mirror across from the bed and is only visible when turned on. The beautiful and spacious shower has a window to the rest of the room, but a sleek sliding partition provides privacy. All these features combine to make the accommodations exceptional.
For those checking in with kids for a family getaway, ask about the complimentary roll away bed and free in-room movie.
While there are myriad choices to eat in NY, a meal in the Grand Salon is delight for the senses. The lounge features plush seating, sparkling crystal, parquet floors and bright red roses. The hotel's Two Michelin-starred Culinary Director Gabriel Kreuther provides an innovative menu that updates regularly and emphasizes new ingredients and flavors. The half lobster conchiglie pasta is fantastic as is the pairing of caviar and champagne. Indulge the kids at breakfast as well and get the Ricotta + Lime Pancakes. Afternoon tea service, one of the hotel's signature offerings, is also not to be missed. In addition to traditional, vegan and gluten-free options, a children's Petit Prince tea is also available.
The Bar is one of the most stylish in New York. The black and white checkered floor, décor and lustrous seating has a classic cocktail bar feel. The design echoes the overall hotel but manages to stand out with its own personality. Vaulted ceilings and gorgeous chandeliers would be at home in a palace, but the long bar, burgundy walls and dim lighting combine for a sultry, New York aesthetic.
The hotel’s pool is large and, like most everything else at the hotel, enhanced by distinctive design choices. Instead of bland tile the walls are adorned with mirrors and airy fabric. The checkered floor of the pool has a classic look reminiscent of The Bar upstairs. You can relax poolside on comfortable day beds tucked into private alcoves. The water is heated and the perfect temperature for kids as well for a taste of resort life even if the weather is cold. Guests will also appreciate the recently-opened 53rd Street Boutique, the celebrated crystal brand’s newest store on the lobby level showcasing lighting, barware, deco, and gift items.
The gym is surprisingly large and well designed. There are plenty of treadmills, bikes and machines for cardio. Additionally, there is a full set of free weights in neat, precise rows. If you follow your own routine, there is a separate room for yoga or Pilates. The space is kept exquisitely clean by helpful and courteous attendants.
The skincare brand La Mer opened the first dedicated spa in the U.S. at the Baccarat Hotel. The experience feels delightfully effortless. Everything you need is provided seemingly before you ask. The lockers are simple to use, the robes are ridiculously soft, and the facilities are gorgeous. The spa has a wide range of treatments and rituals to choose from including facials, deep tissue massage and hot stone therapy.
The Baccarat Hotel is magnificent. Old world style and modern opulence combine with unique and thoughtful design choices to make this stand out from other luxury hotels. It’s an ideal destination for your next overnight in New York.
Things to do nearby when visiting with your family:
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is a delightful experience and a great spot for adults and kids alike. Where else can a server take your order, belt out the best live rendition of a Disney song or show tune you’ve ever heard, and then drop off your appetizers without skipping a beat? The food is tastier and more sophisticated than typical diner fare. The MC’s are funny, full of energy and they keep the entertainment going constantly. The singing wait staff will blow you away with raw talent. If you’ve never been you have to go!
Museum of Ice Cream
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to jump into a giant pool of sprinkles? Now you have your chance. As you explore the different spaces and installations, you’ll get the chance to interact and play in unique and surprising ways. The vibrant exhibits are pure fun and yes, there is plenty of free ice cream!
American Girl Store
More of an experience than a store, you can spend the day here making memories. Shop for dolls, accessories, outfits and books. At the salon, kids can join their dolls to get matching hair styles, mini-manicures and ear piercings. There is a café with kid friendly options and of course custom birthday packages.
Aladdin on Broadway
The Broadway production of Aladdin has the story, characters and songs you love alongside some new surprises. You may wonder how it’s possible to capture the manic shape shifting hilarity of the genie on stage, but this genie absolutely nails it. The extended and updated “Friend Like Me” brought down the house with a well-earned standing ovation. It’s the first I’ve seen one before intermission! The production manages to capture the charm of the movie on stage for the wide-eyed younger audience members, complete with a Broadway magic carpet ride. Go see it and be ready for some new surprises.