Looking for a taste of classic New York? Look no further than the corner of W. 54th and Avenue of the Americas. That’s the address for the luxurious Warwick New York Hotel where history and modern sensibilities merge seamlessly for a timeless experience. From its inception, Warwick New York hotel was designed to serve those doing business as well as those seeking leisure and romance. Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst for his mistress, Hollywood star Marion Davies, in 1926, the 36-story tower was touted as one of the tallest apartment hotel buildings in the world at the time. The style that made it acceptable to Hearst's elite friends is evident still. Admire the intricate carving in the clock by the reception desk, the height of the ceilings, the spaciousness of the rooms and the size of the marbled bathrooms.
Decades later, Paramount Pictures used the Warwick for their stars filming in New York. James Dean, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley were frequent guests. Cary Grant was actually a resident and lived in the hotel for 12 years, and his suite is still available for today’s guests. When the Beatles came to the U.S. for the first time, they stayed at the Warwick — marking the beginning of Beatlemania in the U.S.
Today, Warwick New York is perfectly situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan, so guests may enjoy all the city currently offers. It is across the street from the newly revitalized Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and within four blocks of attractions like Broadway, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue shopping and the Rockefeller Center.
As the hotel prepares to celebrate its 85th birthday in 2011, it’s keeping its history alive in the opulent design of its new Premier Rooms and Suites,inspired by the old Hollywood glamour that Hearst and Davies would have enjoyed. The new rooms are enveloped in shades of platinum, champagne, beige and silver. The refined touch of rich fabrics complements the shimmer of antiqued mirror inlays, champagne silver-leaf coffee and accent tables, high-gloss ivory lacquer bedside tables and French Provencal chairs — which all combine to create an ambiance as timeless as it is elegant. Modern conveniences are thoughtfully incorporated, including one-touch dimming control for lights, wired and wireless Internet connections, multi-international power-port outlets, oversized electric safes, flat-screen TVs andHD LCD TVs in suites, along with an interactive multimedia system to allow connection for laptops, iPods and iPhones to the television. Upon request, a Wii console can also be delivered for hours of fun right in the suite.
Warwick New York Hotel is currently offering two tempting special offers for guests of its Premier Rooms and Suites. Through December 29, 2010, guests can choose from: 1) stay three consecutive nights in a Premier Room or Suite,and receive a complimentary fourth night, along with a complimentary daily breakfast and welcome amenity; or 2) stay three consecutive nights in aPremier Room, and receive an upgrade to a Premier Suite, along with acomplimentary daily breakfast, welcome bottle of champagne and an $85 credit for dining within the hotel. Either choice brings a new level of indulgence to an already “A list” experience.
In total, Warwick New York Hotel features 359 spacious guest rooms and 67 richly appointed suites, several with private terraces that offer breathtaking views of Manhattan and are unique locations for intimate receptions or private dining. And speaking of dining, the restaurant, Muralson 54, is also an experience not to be missed.
The restaurant draws its name from the original historic murals painted by the “dean of American illustrators,” Dean Cornwell, in 1937 on commission from Mr. Hearst. Immaculately restored, the rich colors of the art pulse with life amidst a palette of soft ivory, white silk, dark brown fabrics and ebony wood, all bathed in subtly tinted lighting. Murals on 54 is open for breakfast and lunch, and has drawn on an extensive culinary palette to design menus that appeal both to those on a tight schedule as well as guests who wish to linger.
After a hectic day, Randolph's Bar & Lounge is the perfect place to regroup. Designed to resemble a living room more than a bar, with inviting sofas, armchairs and large windows that overlook New York City's famous Avenue of the Americas, Randolph’s offers a delightful array of classic and seasonal cocktails. In fact, a guest from Russia recently exclaimed that the bar’s Moscow Mule was the most authentic version of the cocktail he had seen outside of his country. From a “Black Champagne” to a Macallan 21 year single-malt scotch, elegant spirits wait to be enjoyed, and a full menu is available for those who wish for a bite to eat.
Other amenities include a business center, fitness center and a staff that understands that gracious and personal service is a “language” enjoyed by all travelers. When the Warwick New York hotel was purchased in 1980, it became the flagship of Warwick International Hotels. The collection today includes more than 40 prestigious hotels, resorts and spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Bali, the South Pacific and Africa. That international sensibility will accommodate and put all guests at ease as they rediscover the wonders of New York City from the perfect starting point — Warwick New York Hotel.
For reservations or more information, please visit www.warwickhotelny.com, call 1-800-203-3232 or (212) 247-2700.