- Douglas Rogers, Destination expert
On West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues, across the street from Carnegie Hall and just two blocks south of Central Park. It’s a short walk south to all the action of Times Square, and you’re seconds away from cabs and subways to whisk you uptown or down.
Style & character
The One57 building – a 1,005ft-tall ziggurat of dark and light glass – is a sight in itself, the tallest residential structure in NYC. The exterior drama gives way to calm inside: soaring ceilings, polished marble floors, tall glass dividers, and soothing cream and brown tones in the patterned carpets and plush couches employed by interior designers Yabu Pushelberg. About 300 contemporary works of art line the walls (or, in the case of the glass mobile above the bar, hang from the ceilings), curated in a partnership with nearby MoMA . Our favourite space is the sun-drenched three-storey “aerie” on the top floors that houses a heated swimming pool in which underwater speakers play an exclusive soundtrack from Carnegie Hall.
Service & facilities
Instead of the usual check-in formalities, iPad-wielding staff in sexy black Narciso Rodriguez dresses and suits whisk you from the ground level to the third-floor lobby, radioing ahead to get your room key ready. They then escort you to your room via a different fleet of elevators. The Onyx Room is a vast ballroom with luminous white-onyx walls that can host receptions for more than 200 people, and the 13,000 sq ft Asian-inspired Spa Nalai on the 25th floor offers artisanal treatments in six luxe rooms.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Standard rooms, at 475 sq ft, are among the largest in the city, while Deluxes average 530 sq ft: you have space to roam. All have floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views from the higher floors. Why not go large with a north-facing Park Terrace suite, with sweeping views from the large outdoor terrace? Decor-wise, simple clean lines and subtle white and grey tones dominate, but with modish touches such as stone floors, designer rugs, low-slung Scandinavian-style furnishings and built-in mirror televisions. After a day in the city it’s a pleasure to come home to a walk-in rain shower and a marble soaking tub with signature Le Labo bath products. The 92 suites are for the big spenders.
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Food & drink
Executive chef Sebastien Archambault, formerly of Washington DC's famed Blue Duck Tavern, brings his talents to the hotel’s culinary programme. Expect superb farm-fresh New American fare at flagship fine-dining restaurant The Back Room at One57, where the raw bar includes several oyster and lobster options, and the main menu leans towards dry-aged steaks and lamb chops. Order classic cocktails with twists at the signature bar (under that glass installation) overlooking Carnegie Hall.
Value for money
You pay for quality and they deliver. Doubles rooms from US$795 (£480), excluding breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
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