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Where to Stay in NYC: The Top 4 Luxury Hotels in New York City

If you're getting a ride from the airport to New York's most elite hotels, you might as well ride with the best. Nothing says "I've arrived" quite like pulling up in a limo or antique Roll Royce. Where should you tell your driver to go? We've listed the top 4 luxury hotels and their plush amenities below.

The Plaza

The Plaza opened in 1907 and has since been featured in many famous films, such as North by Northwest and books such as The Great Gatsby. A Rolls Royce takes you around town, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service and in-room dining, and your own hallway white glove butler on 24-hour call, twice daily housekeeping, iPad to control lighting and temperature in the room, 24-carat gold plated facets and white marble vanities.

Biggest luxuries: The Royal Plaza Suite – a three bedroom, three and a half bathroom suite comes complete with a grand piano, 12-person dining room table, a luxury library, state-of-the-art kitchen with Viking appliances, and en-suite gymnasium with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Gramercy Park Hotel

The only hotel in the city with a key to Gramercy Park, the Gramercy Park Hotel also boasts a rotation of artwork from New York City artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring decorate the hotel walls with slashes of primary colors and pulsating imagery. Humphrey Bogart was married on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, and Babe Ruth and Bob Dylan are an example of the range of clientele that once wandered these halls.

Biggest luxuries: The entire hotel is a work of art designed by Julian Schnabel; however, the Drawing Room, located on the hotel’s top floor, is not to be missed. With over 4,400 light bulbs, this luminous art installation – and other celebrity sightings – often leaves guests star struck.

Waldorf Astoria New York Park Avenue Hotel

Waldorf Astoria

The hotel where Marilyn Monroe lived, Ella Fitzgerald preformed, and Conrad Hilton wrote was “the best of them all,” the Waldorf Astoria features custom interior decorations and carefully curated antiques and artwork. There’s a discreet entrance (off 50th or via their underground parking garage) for celebrities and esteemed guests as well as private residencies occupying the top floors.

Biggest luxuries: It’s all about luxury experiences here! Meet with a celebrity makeup artist to provide an in-suite consultation and makeup application before your night out in the city, take a 30-minute private gondola ride in Central Park, or even visit a denim factory in SoHo for a tailored, made-to-order pair of jeans.

Baccarat Hotel New York

Baccarat, the 250-year old French crystal maker, believes that customer service means “the best that can be done, not the best that one can do.” Guests are surrounded by breathtaking chandeliers hanging from lavish vaulted ceilings, silver-leafed paneling, and pleated-silk walls. Located directly across from the Museum of Modern Art, guests are pampered with La Mer products, oversized flat-screen televisions concealed within smoked mirrors, and state-of-the-art speakers with Bluetooth connectivity.

Biggest Luxuries: Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool anytime of the year. The 4-foot deep rectangular pool and Jacuzzi is surrounded by daybed cabanas with scented towels.

When reality sets in and you're finished enjoying complimentary La Mer cream and lounging by the indoor pool, continue your relaxing vacation to the very end by gliding to the airport with us. We'll keep the ambiance of exclusivity while getting you to your gate on time.

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