New York City’s Hottest Hotel Launches

Heading to New York this year? How about staying at a brand new luxe hotel! At The Hotel Explorer, we get you all the latest buzz from the world of hotels, so that you can make an informed choice. Take your pick from art deco rooms to an Istanbul-hotel that offers luxurious hammam treatments at its spa or escape to an eco-friendly hotel in the city of skyscrapers. Reading about these hotels, we are thinking that long flight ( from India) is worth it!

Baccarat Hotel


Crystal Elegance: Baccarat Hotel New York

Baccarat Hotel, West 53rd St., NYC model rooms, May 2013

Baccarat Hotel, West 53rd St., NYC model rooms, May 2013Right now, all eyes are on the weeks-old Baccarat Hotel, which lets locals escape to Paris without leaving Midtown. The debut stay from the storied French crystal company, now owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts founder Barry Sternlicht, the hotel combines 114 Art Deco-inflected rooms; chandelier-hung salons; a bar inspired by Versailles’s stables; and a modern-French restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante and former La Grenouille host Charles Masson. A 50-foot black-and-white marble-lined indoor pool and spa from Creme de la Mer will open soon.

Room Tariff: Starts from $775

The New York EDITION

Centrally located on 24th street and Madison Avenue, The New York EDITION (from $725) sits directly across from New York’s iconic Madison Square Park. Originally built in 1909 as the headquarters for The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the historic 41-story clock tower is an iconic New York landmark. The New York EDITION will feature 273 guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of the city as well as a 2,900 square foot restaurant, located on the landmarked second floor and outfitted with mahogany wood paneled walls and specially curated art. The hotel will offer approximately 2,100 square feet of versatile meeting and event space, an intimate lobby bar; and a 1,650 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center and spa located on the 39th floor.

Room Tariff: Starts from $725

1 Hotel Central Park

In July, Sterlicht continues his hospitality re-entrée with 1 Hotel Central Park, the second spot from his new sustainability-minded concept. (The first opened in South Beach in late March, with Brooklyn next.) The 229-room eco-conscious escape designed by AvroKo allows blissful remove from urban grit and grime, with a three-story living wall, reclaimed rustic-chic materials and all-organic everything, plus an on-call Tesla, monthly farmer’s market and high-impact volunteering opportunities organized by local nonprofits.

Room Tariff: Starts from $549

The Renwick

Finally, there’s the writerly retreat The Renwick (from $479), which reimagines historic artists’ studios and apartments originally designed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral architect John Renwick in 1928. Once home to creatives and intellectuals of all kinds — John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann all slept here — the Midtown East hotel will open in August with 173 artfully appointed loft-like rooms and a restaurant from a to-be-announced starchef.

Room Tariff: Starts from $479

Marmara Park Avenue

Marmara Park Avenue

Turkish Delight: Guestroom at Marmara Park Avenue

As the flagship Manhattan outpost of an Istanbul-based brand, the 128-room Marmara Park Avenue brings some international swagger of its own to the city, offering Turkish tinges like wines from a celebrated vineyard in the country’s Anatolia region and hammam treatments at its spa. Evoking the feeling, spirit, and spontaneity of the world’s most storied metropolis, The Marmara Park Avenue is New York City, inside and out. Occupying a richly historied 21-story building that dates back to 1927, The Marmara Park Avenue is an up-and-coming landmark defined by a subtle elegance that uplifts the ordinary.

Room Tariff: Starts from $550

(Inputs from NYC & Company)