No trip to New York is complete without a stroll along the iconic section of Fifth Avenue known for its lavish department stores and swank designer boutiques.
For visitors who wish to spend much of their time browsing or buying around Fifth Avenue, the following hotels are just as tony as their opulent environs – and all put you within a 10-minute walk of the myriad offerings that line the stretch between 49th and 59th streets, including department stores Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue; designer boutiques Gucci, Prada and Versace; luxury-goods retailers Bulgari and Fendi; jewelers Tiffany & Co and Cartier; high-end toy emporium FAO Schwarz; and that temple of high tech, the Apple Store. And when you (and your credit cards) have had your fill of high-end shopping, there’s much more to see at nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Central Park.
The magnificent St. Regis New York oozes opulence, from its personal butlers to its Beaux-Arts details. The storied hotel is also noted as the residence of famous personalities like Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Walters, Marlene Dietrich and Salvador Dalí, who all lived at the St. Regis at some point. Fashionistas will swoon over the Designer Suites inspired by couture house Christian Dior and high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co., whose swank Fifth Avenue store is a two-minute jaunt from the hotel.
Sleek sophistication pervades every corner of the Shoreham boutique hotel, which boasts minimalist decor and modern art by celebrated names like the late Jeremy Blake. Cool, tech-oriented design elements like embedded TV screens in the lobby that showcase interactive video installations may have guests hankering for some new chic gadgets of their own. Luckily, the perpetually hip Apple Store is only a five-minute walk from the Shoreham.
An iconic landmark, the Warwick New York Hotel was built in the 1920s and still retains the glamorous feel of this era. You can even stay in the apartment of the Warwick’s most debonair former resident, Cary Grant, which has been transformed into the Suite of the Stars. Luxe touches can be found throughout the Warwick, from the gorgeous chandelier dripping with crystals in the lobby to the marble bathrooms that feature signature bath products by Bulgari in the suites. Incidentally, luxury goods retailer Bulgari is just a six-minute walk from the Warwick.
Luxury is the focus at the New York Palace, where guests are surrounded by opulent furnishings fit for royalty. Pamper yourself like a king or queen with a hot-stone massage or other treatment at the hotel’s top-notch spa. Or create your own photo shoot in front of the New York Palace’s ornate exterior, which has served as the perfect backdrop for TV shows that include Gossip Girl. Fans of the series can even pick up the same headband that style icon Blair Waldorf wears for a cool $800 at swank department store Henri Bendel, which is a seven-minute stroll away.