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The Most Historic Hotels in New York City  


Step back in time when you stay in the most charismatic and historical hotels in New York City. 

The Big Apple of today is the epitome of modernity with its shiny silver high-rises, flashing billboards and unparalleled culinary scene. You might think there’s nothing left for history buffs to explore, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. New York is proud of its historical roots and has carefully preserved many of its older buildings and landmarks. Surround yourself in the city’s rich heritage by staying at one of the most historical hotels in New York City. Here are our favourites.  

The Plaza is a New York icon 

In 1907, The Plaza Hotel flung its doors open to the world and has remained one of New York City’s most iconic hotels for more than 110 years. Located at 768 Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, the hotel overlooks Central Park and offers access to Manhattan’s best attractions. This chateau-inspired hotel has hosted countless opulent dinners, balls, weddings, films and performances. There have been many celebrities, world leaders, dignitaries, royals, wealthy elite, designers, artists and other famous visitors staying here. 

The hotel’s storied past is evident throughout, from the marbled and red-carpeted entrance to the crystal chandeliers, gilded accents and coffered ceilings. The unique suites are elegant and ultra-luxe. Choose between traditional or contemporary suites, all with breathtaking views, some with outdoor terraces.  

The dining options at the Plaza are also magical, with breakfast, afternoon tea and sumptuous canapés and cocktails served under a spectacular stained-glass dome in The Palm Court. There’s also the Champagne Bar or Rose Club, offering breakfast and light snacks, flutes of champagne, fine wines and caviar amid ritzy surroundings. Alternatively, try the delicious in-room dining options. For absolute indulgence, drop into the Guerlain Spa or the Warren-Tricomi Salon for some royal pampering.  

Art Deco glamour at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel 

The Carlyle is a glamorous Art Deco-style hotel that’s been one of the city’s most recognisable buildings since it opened in 1930. Named after Scottish essayist and philosopher Thomas Carlyle, this hotel has been a staple location of famous and elite guests, who come to stay, play and entertain in style. Famous guests have included Princess Diana, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Michael Jackson, plus so many more. In addition, all the US presidents since Harry S. Truman have stepped foot in this hotel. 

You too can enjoy the hotel’s opulence and comfort in one of the beautifully appointed rooms and suites. Choose between the fit-for-royalty rooms in a modern Art Deco style or traditional English style. Admire views across the beautiful city with large windows, hardwood floors, marbled ensuites and all the mod-cons needed to make your stay enjoyable. Enjoy delicious New York-inspired meals at Dowling’s at The Carlyle, where eye-catching art adorns the walls. Visit The Gallery for afternoon tea, drop into Café Carlyle for dinner and a cabaret show, and step back in time at Bemelmans Bar for cocktails. After exploring the city, return to the hotel for a session at the fitness centre, or be pampered at the spa or salon.  

Starstruck at Lotte New York Palace

Contemporary luxury meets timeless elegance at Lotte New York Palace. Conveniently located on Madison Avenue and 50th Street, the hotel rests directly across from the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This stunning hotel comprises of two sections: the heritage Villard Houses ‘Palace’ section and the modern ‘Towers’ section. Since the hotel opened its doors, it has been graced by famous guests including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Barack Obama, just to name a few.  

The hotel Villard Houses’ interior is resplendent with marble floors, rich wood panelling, glittering chandeliers, gilded fittings and corniced ceilings. The hotel’s rooms and suites are elegantly appointed with traditional features in the Palace section, and contemporary decor in the Tower. All rooms are glamorous with stunning views, some even overlook St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Dine and drink surrounded by architectural splendour at the Villard Restaurant and the Gold Room, or hark back to the days of brandy and cigars at the exquisite Rarities salon. Enjoy a cheeky cocktail at Trouble’s Trust bar, indulge with pastries at Pomme Palais bakery or opt for in-room dining if you’d prefer to stay in.  

After a busy day exploring New York City, why not surrender yourself to some rejuvenating treatments at the iLa Spa, where you can enjoy a massage, do some yoga or experience a sound healing treatment? You can also drop into the fitness centre for some exercise or prep for a night on the town at Cedric Salon. 

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