Among its portfolio of 450 hotels and resorts, The Leading Hotels of the World boasts some of the finest suites imaginable. With a nod to savvy well-heeled travelers who know how to find the best value for the money, more than 300 Leading Hotels are participating in a program called Leading Suites, which offers top-of-the-line accommodations at remarkable savings of 20% and more – or with an array of tempting and pampering amenities.
While many travelers storm the beaches at the first warm rays of the sun, sophisticated insiders know summer is the best time to live the good life in the city. Crowds have thinned out considerably at the hottest galleries and museums, choice tables are easier to find at the tonier restaurants, theater tickets are a bit easier to come by. To make that super summer experience all the sweeter, several Leading Hotels in New York City are taking part in Leading Suites, tempting guests with new and newly renovated suite offerings at irresistible prices.
Sample life on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a choice of Leading Hotels. Hotel Plaza Athenee, recently renovated, is sporting a new spa in addition to its beautifully refreshed guest accommodations. Tucked on a quiet, tree-lined street, the hotel offers European-style suites with hardwood-floored living rooms and fully equipped kitchenettes – just in case you are overcome by a need to prepare a midnight snack. Chances are good that, with some careful observation, you might spot a well-known actor or author in the Bar Seine who has come here to enjoy the discreet and subtle atmosphere.
Dating back to 1927, the recently refurbished and re-opened Mark offers subtly, sinfully posh accommodations designed by legendary Jacques Grange – and cuisine from the culinary magician Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant has quickly become a favorite for neighborhood residents. Need to re-coif? There is an on-site Frederic Fekkai salon to help with that. If you’ve brought Fido along and he wants to go out for a stroll, one of the hotel’s obliging staff will most willingly take him out for his canine constitutional.
Another quintessential Big Apple pied-à-terre would be a suite at The Lowell. Entering the lobby, you could not be blamed for thinking you had inadvertently wandered into someone’s home. Someone with considerable quiet, family wealth. Some of the suites here boast hard-to-find wood-burning fireplaces, should the weather turn unexpectedly chill. Perhaps one of the better kept secrets is afternoon tea at The Lowell. This is indeed the perfect restorative pause after an intense morning of museums and afternoon of shopping along Madison Avenue.
Settle into a suite at the renowned Pierre – A Taj Hotel – across Fifth Avenue from Central Park. This Leading Hotel also emerged last year from a major renovation and re-design, and has brought with it a younger vibe. Its new restaurant Le Caprice – is a New York outpost of the London original, and has been well-received on the city’s somewhat crowded restaurant scene. Evenings are lively in Two East – the new lobby lounge where fashionable young – and sometimes not-so-young – professionals come to sample creative cocktails, network and display their Terpsichorean flair during the twice-monthly dance parties
Across the park you’ll find Trump International Hotel & Tower. What more is there to say? Occupying what was the former Gulf & Western Building, the hotel benefits from massive floor-to-ceiling windows giving on to Central Park, Broadway and Columbus Circle. Likely as not you will opt for dining in yet another of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s heaven-sent restaurants, but, just in case, most suites have fully equipped kitchens, should you feel inclined toward domesticity. With views like these, it can be a difficult decision.
Or try the sleek Alex Hotel, with interiors by David Rockwell, super-conveniently located in mid-town not far from Grand Central Station. Here Leading Suites guests are treated to breakfast every morning in the hotel’s stylish and intimate Riingo restaurant. Up in your suite, sleek leather sofas invite you to recline and relax while gazing out over the Manhattan skyline, as you sip and savor the welcome bottle of perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot that awaited you after check-in. The ideal prelude to an evening on the town.
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