Christmas in New York is the most wonderful time of the year. Unofficially starting with the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree on November 30th, the Big Apple gets a festive makeover for the holiday season with bright lights, bustling Christmas markets and twinkling shopfront displays. If you’re looking for your own fairytale in New York this Christmas, we’ve rounded up our favourite places to stay during the festive season…
Situated on New York’s stylish Madison Avenue, The Carlyle is within walking distance to some of the best designer boutiques in the city, making it the perfect base for a spot of Christmas shopping.
With a strong Art Deco influence introduced by the hotel’s first decorator Dorothy Draper, it has been meticulously maintained, from its black and white marbled lobby to the Art Deco motifs found in the hotel’s speciality suites. Offering aristocratic elegance and ultimate comfort, the 124 guest rooms are furnished in classic Louis XVI style and the 64 suites are lavishly appointed and distinctively furnished.
Blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Frick, The Carlyle is within easy reach of what is commonly referred to as ‘’Museum Mile’’ as well as one of New York’s most visited landmarks: Central Park.
From romantic horse-drawn carriage rides to long winter walks; Central Park transforms from a lush green picnic space to a winter wonderland in December. With a considerable drop in temperature at this time of year, the crisp winter air and the frost-bitten trees make a walk through the park the perfect way to escape the Christmas shoppers in the city. For a typical New York Christmas activity, scope out Wollman Rink located just a 15 minute walk from The Carlyle in Central Park. Considered to be one of the best ice skating rinks in the city, Wollman Rink welcomes New Yorkers and tourists alike who lace up their skates for a picture-perfect winter experience.
The Bryant Park Hotel
With a Santa-red interior and a distinct boutique vibe, The Bryant Park hotel is an effortlessly cool resting spot for couples looking for a stylish Christmas in New York. Located on the southern edge of Bryant Park at 40 West 40th Street, it is moments away from arguably the best Christmas market in the whole of New York; Bryant Park Winter village.
Described as Midtown Manhattan’s very own winter wonderland, Bryant Park’s green area transforms for the holidays housing a Christmas market, pop up eatery and New York’s only free admission ice skating rink. Offering the ultimate festive shopping experience right on the Bryant Park Hotel’s doorstep, the Winter Village Christmas market is home to a wide range artisanal boutiques selling everything from decorative goods and apparel to delicious eats and more.
After spending an evening on the ice or working your way through many of the Winter Village food vendors, you’ll retire to your room at the Bryant Park Hotel to find 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, a marble bathroom with deep soaking tub or shower, luxury bathrobes and slippers and a leather panelled queen bed.
If you’re in the mood for a nightcap, the in-house Célon cocktail bar and lounge, which is designed for a mature, sophisticated audience, offers an extensive cocktail and champagne menu. Taking inspiration from the warm hospitality of Morocco, this Mediterranean-style lounge provides the same level of service you can expect in a fine dining restaurant and offers the perfect desert oasis in a cold, wintry city.
Lotte New York Palace
Lotte New York Palace is New York City’s largest luxury hotel. Sitting in the heart of Midtown just minutes from some of the city’s most prominent restaurants and attractions, it gracefully blends the landmark Villard Mansion with a contemporary 55-story tower. Combining old world elegance with modern day luxuries, Lotte New York Palace offers 909 rooms and suites, each outfitted to reflect an upscale residential feel.
Following a renovation in 2013, the hotel introduced four distinct food and beverage venues from a high-end drinking salon that houses some of the world’s finest wines and spirits, to a Parisian-inspired twist on a classic New York Bakery. This focus on fine food extends to the holiday season where guests can make the most of their weekend by indulging in a long, leisurely brunch at VILLARD. Featuring such menu items as lemon mascarpone pancakes, seasonal fruit plates, eggs benedict and banana & bacon beignets, brunch is complemented by a number of signature cocktails to start the day with a festive flair.
As an Official Partner of this year’s world-famous Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes®, Lotte New York Palace is offering an exclusive package, allowing guests to benefit from outstanding accommodations just steps away from the iconic Radio City Music Hall. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes® package includes up to 25% off accommodations, up to 25% off show tickets, in-room Rockettes® souvenir and complimentary food & beverage voucher for the show. For more information visit the Lotte New York Palace website.
With a host of Christmas activities available throughout the hotel, from readings of holiday classics around the hotel’s gingerbread house, to cookie decorating and seasonal spa packages, Lotte New York Palace is the perfect escape for couples and families alike.
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel has set the standard for luxury and high quality service since it first opened its doors in 1907. Ideally situated on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, it boasts an extraordinary portfolio of refined experiences including a world-class retail collection and medical and fitness center.
Each of the 282 guest rooms are timelessly elegant and extremely spacious. Including a sitting area, sumptuous bed linen and oversized bathroom with mosaic floors and 24ct gold plated Sherle Wagner fixtures; they are the perfect sanctuary to unwind after a day exploring. For a touch of true luxury, the hotel also offers 102 suites, including the legendary One of a Kind suites which deliver unrivalled grandeur and comfort. Each has been meticulously designed; taking inspiration from the iconic history of The Plaza and feature such luxuries as a private elevator, separate library, fully equipped fitness room and white glove butler service.
For over 100 years, The Plaza has been the New York hotel to see and be seen in. Welcoming a number of notable guests from John Lennon to Jackie Onassis, it has also served as a film set for such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Sleepless in Seattle and most recently, The Great Gatsby.
For December 2017 the hotel has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; one of the best-loved films set at The Plaza. Available from November 1st to January 31st 2018, the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York anniversary experience gives film fans the chance to live like Kevin McCallister, witnessing some of the film’s most memorable moments come to life.
Those looking to stay at The Plaza can get the full Home Alone 2 experience with an overnight stay, complimentary in-room ice cream sundae cart delivered by a personal butler, a branded backpack, t-shirt, express passes to the Empire State Building and copy of the anniversary edition Home Alone 2 Blue-ray. There will be a one-of-a-kind photo experience which will allow fans to ‘’be Kevin’’, experiencing his journey throughout the movie, and in a nod to Kevin’s love of cheese pizzas, The Plaza’s Todd English Food Hall will be taking guests back to the ‘90s, putting unique and upscale twists on household favourites from 25 years ago.