Lotte Palace New York: A Whole Lotte Luxury
Midtown is evolving and Lotte New York Palace is a stalwart of the city’s most iconic district, writes Susan Borham.
By Susan Borham | Published #69, Autumn 2017
The Lotte New York Palace, in Midtown East on Madison Avenue, is where the suited New Yorkers come to work in the high-rises that dominate the district. ‘Dull by day and dead by night’ was a phrase once used to describe the district, but that’s slowly changing with a proliferation of bars and fine-dining restaurants that bring some life to the nights. For visitors to New York, however, the attractions by day include famous skyscrapers the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and a lot of inexpensive food options including Japanese, Turkish, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Indian.
Lotte New York Palace is a great place to stay for designer shopping. Nearby Fifth Avenue is home to shopping icons like Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co., along with high-end fashion labels like Gucci and Versace. Just along Madison Avenue there are dozens of designer boutiques. The Museum of Modern Art is within walking distance. A somewhat longer walk away is the bustling entertainment and shopping hub of Times Square and the Broadway Theatre District.
Lotte New York Palace features 909 rooms; 176 of these are located in The Towers, the exclusive space occupying the top 14 floors of the 55-storey hotel. The main hotel’s Villard Mansion was built as an opulent private apartment complex in 1882 and now sits alongside The Towers. The Madison Avenue Courtyard that is the entryway to both buildings is a grand and dramatic entrance to the hotel’s spectacular and opulent lobby.
Luxury travellers will want to stay in the exclusive and spacious guestrooms of The Towers. With breathtaking, sweeping views of the city, The Towers are entirely private, with separate check-in and dedicated concierge, a separate elevator bank, and generous marble baths, nightly turndown service, free WiFi and butlers.
The Towers rooms and suites are said to be among New York City’s most spacious accommodations, with state-of-the-art technology, and many rooms have stunning views over St Patrick's Cathedral and the city skyline.
The breakfast options at Lotte New York Palace include the Villard Restaurant, offering guests and locals a full a la carte breakfast menu, described as New American fare. Pomme Palais, a bakery just off the lobby, offers sit-down or on-the-go espresso coffee, pastries, macarons, éclairs and fruit tarts.
The Villard Gold Room Bar is open daily, serving handcrafted cocktails, local beer and fine wine by the glass.
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