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A recent flurry of hotel openings along one of New York City’s most famous addresses – Fifth Avenue, beloved window-shopping corridor and central dividing line between the city’s east and west neighborhoods – means couples planning a romantic visit to the Big Apple have more centrally located accommodation options than ever before. Ranging from boutique chic to five-star luxurious, these four new properties all offer big city ambience at a variety of price points.
Andaz Fifth Avenue Open since early July, this 184-room boutique property by Hyatt Hotels is a study in sleek modernism: loft-like rooms (322 square feet) are soothingly spare (some are even hypo-allergenic) with neutral décor and dramatic black accents, a comfy chaise, a king-sized bed, and 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows (shown above at left, courtesy of Hyatt Hotels). Bathrooms are done in eye-catching travertine marble with a strikingly modern bathtub. Located at 40th Street and Fifth Avenue, across from the landmark New York Public Library, Andaz Fifth Avenue joins sister NYC property Andaz Wall Street, as well as properties in London, West Hollywood, and San Diego. The hotel features 24-hour room service and a 24-hour gym, plus The Shop, a restaurant serving fresh seasonal cuisine based on ingredients from local farms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and The Bar Downstairs, serving small plates paired with local beers, boutique wines, and specialty cocktails, from $295/night.
The Chatwal New York It’s all about the glamour of a bygone era at this five-month-old five-star hotel located in a landmark Stanford White-designed building that was once home to the city’s Lambs Club professional theater organization. The newest luxury brand by hotelier Sant Chatwal (who also plans eponymous properties in London and New Delhi), it has 83 guestrooms and suites, ranging from Classic Guestrooms at 300 square feet to the penthouse Barrymore Suite at 4,500 square feet, featuring a modern interpretation of 1930s empire Art Deco décor by architect-designer Thierry Despont. Located on West 44th Street, just off Fifth Avenue, The Chatwal New York boasts an ornate lobby (shown at right, courtesy of The Chatwal New York) and original details, such as an 18th-century floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace that is now the centerpiece in the hotel’s signature eatery, The Lambs Club Restaurant, a collaboration between restaurateurs Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian and nightclub impresarios Will Regan and Jeffrey Jah, from $695/night.
The Setai Fifth Avenue (www.setaififthavenue.com) The most recent property to open (in early November), this luxury hotel/condominium complex resides in a striking new limestone skyscraper that dominates the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street. Built by Italian developer Bizzi & Partners and managed by Capella Hotels and Resorts (which has 11 other luxury properties around the world, including ones in Los Cabos, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; and Telluride, CO), it features 214 rooms and suites on the lower 30 floors and 184 condominium residences on floors 31-60. Rooms (at 383 square feet) and suites (at 859 square feet) are light-filled and spacious, designed with a sleek ambience in luxe materials such as Italian walnut and rosewood and Calacatta marble (shown at left, courtesy of The Setai Fifth Avenue). The second level is home to Chef Michael White’s Al Fiori restaurant, serving sophisticated and inventive Italian cuisine, while the lobby level holds The Bar on 5th, which features hardwood floors and a cozy fireplace, from $595/night.
The Strand Hotel NYC (www.thestrandnyc.com) Offering the most vibrant and eclectic décor of the neighborhood’s newcomers – not to mention a fabulous rooftop bar with a direct and up-close view of the Empire State Building (shown at right, courtesy of The Strand Hotel NYC) – this 18-month-old property is located on West 37th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Strand features 177 rooms and suites with neo-classic design in a palette of gray, ivory, and lavender, accented by unique upholstered pieces and vintage fashion photographs. The newly opened The Strand Restaurant features a modern American small-plate menu, while the aforementioned Top of the Strand is a cozy perch perfect for sipping a martini and enjoying the view year-round as it features a retractable glass roof, from $259/night.
For general trip-planning information, see our New York City Travel Guide.