The Baccarat Hotel New York is the first hotel and global flagship for the more than 150-year-old Baccarat crystal brand. It is owned by China-based insurer Sunshine Insurance Group and managed by SH Hotels & Resorts. The Forbes Five Star hotel comprises the first 12 floors of the split level structure that rises 550 feet above West 53rd Street, directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and moments away from Fifth Avenue’s famed shopping. The lowest levels of the hotel are hidden by a 125-foot wide corrugated crystal-like curtain that shines both inside and out.
The hotel’s furnishings were designed by Gilles & Boissier, a Paris-based interior design firm that combines Baccarat’s French classic aesthetics with a fantastical modern sensibility. The 50-story skyscraper was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with residential design by Tony Ingrao, a New York-based designer and member of the Architectural Digest 100. The tower’s sixty private units will have access to all of the hotel’s facilities and will have their own entrance.
For the public areas and rooms, classic pieces from the companies’ archives and current collections were gathered. Beautiful parquet wood flooring, woven carpets, hand-pleated silk wall coverings, steel ribbed ceilings, mica-coated ceilings, and mirror and marble wall treatments are among the other highlights. Seventeen handcrafted chandeliers hang around the property, several of which are strung by rough cord rope, while one standout chandelier sits in the second-floor bar and is built entirely of wood. Stéphanie and Frédéric Chambre, two French curators, curated the hotel’s art collection, which spans more than 250 years and includes pieces from major movements. Throughout the hotel, commissioned unique paintings and one-of-a-kind furnishings by famous French painters Francois Houten and Armand Jonckers can be found.
Each of the 114 guest rooms and suites at the hotel seems like a little heaven. The large Classic King room category is followed by the Baccarat Suite, the hotel’s “pièce de résistance”. All of the rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting spaces, and Mascioni bespoke jacquard bedding. White marble bathrooms have glass-enclosed showers with enormous showerheads and bespoke toiletries made for the hotel by Parisian fragrance Francis Kurkdjian, which are hidden from the sleeping area by hand-painted French doors.
All features of the room, including temperature, lighting, and room service, will be controlled by a tablet using cutting-edge technology. Baccarat crystal stemware is housed in a custom-designed Baccarat red enamel mini bar for upgraded in-room wine and cocktail experiences. A button labelled “Champagne” on the phone handset allows guests to request a bottle of their favourite vintage to be delivered to their rooms, complete with characteristic Baccarat fluted glasses. Guests staying in the premium suites will receive complimentary La Mer skincare items as well as evening salon services. Guests can also utilize the house vehicle for transportation within 15 blocks of the property for free.
Guests may experience Chef Kreuther’s French-inspired cuisine concept during the day and evening on the hotel’s second level. Chef Kreuther’s food has been profoundly steeped in his Alsatian ancestry and classic French culinary technique throughout his distinguished career since he hails from the French province of Alsace. His culinary approach is guided by an unrelenting dedication to perfection and filled with deliberate workmanship and luxury—qualities that are synonymous with the Baccarat brand, both as a hotel and as world-class artisans, whose storied factory is located near Kreuther’s boyhood home.
Light breakfast cuisine, all-day dining options, afternoon tea, weekend brunch, and drinks are available in the Grand Salon. Handcrafted cocktails, aperitifs, excellent wines, and a light nibbles menu are served in the hotel’s bar, which is inspired by the stables of Versailles. Guests can also meet on the neighbouring seasonal Le Jardin patio, which has a view of MoMA. Guests will be served beverages from a kaleidoscope of more than 15,000 pieces of mixed-and-matched Baccarat crystal stemware around the hotel.
Baccarat has teamed up with La Mer, the world’s most distinguished skincare brand, to open the tiny Spa de La Mer, the company’s first spa in the United States. The four treatment rooms, which are designed to resemble a beautiful European beach hideaway, entice tourists and locals seeking invigorating treatments and relaxing respites. The prestigious Forbes Five Star and AAA (American Automobile Association) Five Diamond Awards have been bestowed upon the Baccarat Hotel New York, as well as the Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide Seal of Approval for successfully completing and maintaining verification on more than 360 global health security standards.
Baccarat Hotel New York reimagines the elegance and perfection of the legendary French crystal maker into a luxury lifestyle hospitality brand.
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