If you’ve been following our Instagram account you’ll know TVG spent some time in New York last month, including a delightful evening at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.
Ritz-Carlton is one of the most famous brands in the world, synonymous with unrivalled luxury, and their Central Park location is a shining example of their operation. Outside of a gorgeous lobby and impeccable accommodations The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park has one of the best views of the park your holiday budget can buy.
Located at 50 Central Park South on the corner of 6th Avenue The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is about as close to the centre of park as you can get. Our King Room was located on level 10 of the 259 room 33-story property with two windows looking out over the expansive park. It was the first time I’d seen Central Park from such a commanding position and I made the most of it, sitting for hours on the window sill watching the world below. It’s one of the most sensational views I’ve ever experienced, if not one of the best in New York – an absolute bucket list item.
Unfortunately the epic panorama comes at a price, roughly $1300 AUD with current exchange rates. Whilst it may seem/definitely is expensive, this is the price one must pay for uninterrupted park views at any of the 5 Star Hotels in New York that offer them.
At The Ritz-Carlton Central Park the view is enjoyed from a stunning room, one of the nicest I’ve stayed in. Plush upholsteries and grand furniture blend with modern amenities and thoughtful decorative pieces to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. The mini-bar and oversized marble bathroom are both very well appointed featuring premium whisky, luxurious Asprey bath amenities and complimentary shirt collarbones (the first time I’ve seen this in any hotel).
Between the welcome macarons, the collarbones, the exclusive bedding, walk in wardrobe, multiple sound systems, quality mini-bar, stand alone suit rack and shoe polishing kit (they also have a complimentary overnight shoeshine service) the room was exceptionally appointed.
As I briefly mentioned above the Lobby Lounge is as lavish as one could imagine hosting both high tea and evening drinks. The adjoining Auden Bar and Bistro featuring legendary New York bartender Norman Bukofzer is a calling card in itself. Many guests stay at the hotel just to have Norman make them drinks, unfortunately he wasn’t behind the bar the evening I was there.
On level two is the hotel’s luxury day spa, La Prairie and the The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. Club Lounge access is complimentary for some bookings but is an option for all guests. I thought the Club Lounge was inferior to the rest of the hotel experience, especially when compared to InterContinental’s excellent Club offering. While the food was good, the service was lacklustre at best and the room was tired. At 8pm when we arrived there was no sign of any savoury food, with only desserts on offer. When I asked for some nuts to accompany my beer they were delivered in a paper cup and the following morning my girlfriend’s cappuccino was brought over spilled, burnt and undrinkable. Whilst these are small qualms they do impact your overall experience.
For the majority, spending $1300 a night on accommodation for a week in New York is out of the question, and I’m not even sure if I could afford it, I would. It is however certainly worth doing for one night, at least once in your life, and I can’t imagine it gets much better than the The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.