There are few places in the world that have the power to transport you to another time and place. Baccarat Hotel is one of those places. Set right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, this Parisian-meets art-deco inspired locale not only offers some seriously elegant accommodations, like a world-class Spa de La Mer and gourmet French-fare by Chef Gabriel Kreuther, a stay at Baccarat is an indulgent experience, worthy of a price point to match. The first hotel of its kind by the 250-year old Baccarat crystal company, from the moment you set foot in the crystal-laden elevator to your arrival in the glittering Grand Salon, a stay here will dazzle, delight, and ultimately leave you feeling like royalty.
What You Need to Know
Offering 114 boudoirs and suites, the lavish décor found in the common areas and generous amenities including Baccarat-branded toiletries and crystal accents in every guest room, the attention to detail and high-quality service are unparalleled. The stunning Grand Salon and Petit Salon are a great place to enjoy all-day dining and a cup of afternoon tea courtesy of resident reine du thé (queen of tea) Gabrielle Jammal whose tea-menu and programming are a unique offering to this hotel.
Just off the Grand Salon, a handsome barrel-vaulted bar featuring a kaleidoscope of Baccarat crystal stemware is a great place to post up with a martini or hand crafted cocktail of your choice.
Priding itself on all things wellness, the Spa de La Mer offers a bevy of signature rituals and massages as well as a 55-foot art-deco inspired marble swimming pool flanked by day-beds reminiscent of La Côte d’Azur. There’s also a fitness center open 24-hours a day.
Elegant, sophisticated, and refined at every turn, Baccarat Hotel is easily one of the most luxurious hotel offerings in the city. That’s not to say that it’s overtly stuffy. On first look, it's seemingly fancier than other five-star hotels of its caliber in the area, however this jewel-box setting with its gracious service and wait staff make this a comfortable experience without feeling pretentious.
Who Will Love It
Couples looking for a romantic getaway, business travelers with a generous expense account, and anyone looking for an elegant escape and jumping off point for exploring New York City.
Who Might Not
Families with young children. While children are welcomed, the hotel is best suited for adults for a variety of reasons including, most notably, the high-end furnishings and vast displays of Baccarat crystals at every turn.
The Grand Salon and bar area are well worth spending some time in. Whether it’s enjoying high tea or a five-star meal, the display of Baccarat crystal in these decadent spaces is a memorable part of the experience here.
There are several hotel perks including car service within a 15-block radius, free wifi and exclusive shopping experiences in Baccarat’s flagship store on Madison Avenue in midtown.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
While parking is not available on site, the hotel has partnered with a nearby lot and parking is available at an additional fee of $39 per day. Pool and spa are by reservation only and treatments can fetch upwards of $425 for a two-hour Swedish massage.
How to Get a Deal
The hotel offers a variety of special offers and discounts on their website, including every third night free for a limited time only.
In the Neighborhood
Directly across from the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and within walking distance to both Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, the hotel’s midtown locale puts it in close proximity to Times Square and theater district as well as some of the best restaurants in New York City.
With no traffic, Baccarat Hotel is about a 20-minute drive from LaGuardia Airport or a 30-minute drive from JFK. Both LaGuardia and JFK offer public transportation options, with an estimated travel time of 47-minutes via the Q70 bus to the F or R train from LaGuardia or 1:15 via the JFK AirTrain connecting to the E or F line.
The Bottom Line
A sophisticated stay for well-heeled travelers, Baccarat is perfect for those looking to be spoiled and indulge in some seriously luxurious digs while also being within walking distance to some of the best New York City has to offer.