Staying in The St. Regis New York had been a dream of mine for years. Strolling on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, it’s tough to miss, so I learned early on that this hotel was one of the crème de la crème properties in Manhattan. At 18 stories, the landmark was once the tallest building in New York City. The St. Regis is a brilliant example of French Beaux-Arts architecture with its grand spaces, ornate doors and windows, and elaborate moldings. It’s one of those gorgeous, historic structures that draws you inside, even if you can never afford a room there.
I’d been to the King Cole Bar – the storied lounge in the hotel – on more than one occasion, but never did I think I’d have the opportunity to spend the night there. And never did I think I’d have the chance to spend a night in the Royal Suite – undeniably the most spectacular hotel room of my life and an unforgettable evening that flew by in the blink of an eye.
While the Royal Suite goes for thousands of dollars per night, The St. Regis New York offers plenty of smaller, less expensive rooms (still pricey, but in the $1,000 range). No, this hotel isn’t for the average getaway to New York City, but it is for the special occasion in New York City – a milestone birthday, wedding anniversary, or a significant accomplishment. I also want to add that because the hotel is part of SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest), there is the opportunity to use points to upgrade a room or possibly even book a free night here. I highly encourage it. 🙂
What should you expect at The St. Regis New York? Well, even if you don’t land in the Royal Suite you will get the royal treatment, this I can promise you. There are nice hotels, fancy hotels, cool hotels, unique hotels, and I’ve stayed in them all. But The St. Regis is another beast. And a luxurious one at that! Sure, you can expect the seasoned staff to fawn over you a bit – it’s par for the course. But you can also expect to feel like a celebrity for the 20 or so hours that you hang out here. Yes, even while you’re sleeping, you’ll feel like a million bucks! And then there’s this…..
You’ll get your own personal butler at The St. Regis New York.
Every room category includes a personal butler. What do said butlers do, exactly? The butlers can help you unpack, see to it that your clothing is pressed and your shoes are shined. They’ll fetch coffee, tea, water, or whatever you need, and all with the press of a phone button marked “Butler.” There’s a daytime butler and an overnight butler, so you’ll have this level of service around the clock. And, they are friendly, unassuming, and lovely! Does a butler catering to every whim seem over the top, if not self-indulgent? It does. But at The St. Regis New York, it’s a tradition that’s been around since 1904 when hotel founder John Jacob Astor IV started the service. Butlers used to be all men, but today, many are women. If you stay here, it’s part of the deal.
Butlers aside, The St. Regis New York drips with luxury– from the cozy beds to the high thread-count linens to the remote-controlled window treatments, miles of marble, sparkling clean interiors, and Laboratoire Remède toiletries stocked in the sumptuous baths. Some rooms feature fantastic city views to boot. The Royal Suite, where I stayed, is my apartment times two, maybe three. I could’ve easily hosted a guest. Besides a sprawling living room and bedroom, there’s a dining room, kitchen, half bath, a large entry foyer and a walk-in closet. And if that’s too much for you, smaller suites are available. 😉
The food and drink at The St. Regis New York are excellent too.
I dined in Astor Court, a sophisticated restaurant off the lobby, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I tore through a steak in the evening and finished off an omelet for breakfast the next morning. The service here made me feel pampered as well. During dinner, I could hear the shenanigans taking place in the King Cole Bar. It was an interesting juxtaposition – the civility of Astor Court and the pomp and circumstance in the bar next door. My waiter told me that it was a slow night for the King Cole Bar, and usually, it’s “quite the scene.” Read more about this legendary drinking den in this blog post.
The St. Regis New York sits in an ideal locale, at 55th and Fifth Avenue, only four blocks to Central Park and near all the shopping and attractions in Midtown. You’ll never want for anything should you stay here, except someone to pay the bill.
For more details on this hotel, read my review of The St. Regis New York in The Telegraph.
In life, there are some things worth saving up for, and for travelers who love luxury and New York City, one night in The St. Regis New York is at the top of that list.
St. Regis New York
2 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
I review hotels for The UK Telegraph. All rooms and meals are complimentary.
Also, the Plaza Hotel, and one night at the Crosby Street Hotel, another favorite of mine. Plus, this midtown hotel is way cool and near Madison Square Park. And an exhibit at The Peninsula, and afternoon tea at Baccarat.