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The Palace's famous façade, originally constructed as a private mansion in 1882, twinkles among a sea of Midtown skyscrapers. The original building was made into a hotel in 1980, at which time the 55-story hotel tower was added to make way for the 900 rooms.
Given its proximity to Midtown as well as Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden, the Palace gets both business travelers and its fair share of celebrities. It was also the main shooting location for the popular TV show Gossip Girl, which has undoubtedly raised its national profile and given it some local cachet.
Fans of "Gossip Girl" will appreciate that the show was filmed here. Celebrity guests appreciate the hotel's VIP Towers section.
The Palace was one of the main shooting locations for the TV show Gossip Girl. Management said the show typically filmed at the hotel one to two days per month.
Plenty of other celebrities, royalty, and well-to-do guests enjoy staying at the hotel, particularly within the VIP Towers section.
The Palace is across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's also just half a block to great shopping. The area is filled with corporate skyscrapers, but guests can escape to Central Park on foot in just 10 minutes.
The hotel is a quick two blocks from the 6, E, and V subway lines, and is three blocks east of the B/D/F/M hub at Rockefeller Center. It's about a 10-minute walk from Central Park. For the clothes-obsessed, shopping mecca Saks Fifth Avenue is less than a block away on 50th Street.
Depending on which airport guests choose, a taxi ride to the Palace can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Guests can save money by taking an airport shuttle.
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or LaGuardia is typically easiest and the least time-consuming. From JFK, it's a one-hour, $45 flat-rate taxi ride to anywhere in Manhattan. From LaGuardia, it's about a 30-minute, $40 metered cab ride to Midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls), and can take more than 90 minutes. Don't forget to tip your driver 15 percent to 25 percent.
To save some cash, try the group shuttles that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs. For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
The standard rooms, called Deluxe Rooms, are huge by New York hotel standards -- more than 360 square feet. These rooms can fit either a king bed or two double beds quite comfortably, along with armchairs and a , a large desk, a , and a minibar. Overall, the decor is sophisticated but not particularly exciting.
Tower Rooms, the VIP section of the hotel, were renovated in 2012, giving rooms an Art Deco look with classic brown and gold tones and luxurious touches such as marble bathrooms and classic Victorian furniture.
The Palace is divided between the Main House (Deluxe Rooms on floors 1 to 39), the Executive Level (same as the Deluxe Rooms, but they have access to the Executive Lounge on the 39th floor, which has perks including free breakfast and lunch, free Wi-Fi, modern meeting rooms, and extra business services such as printing and faxing), and the Palace Towers (the hotel's VIP section, with a separate , concierge, and elevators).
Spacious rooms, doting service, and a convenient location make the Palace a fine choice for families. Teens will love that Gossip Girl was filmed here.
Though the Palace mostly attracts business travelers or couples, the large rooms, extensive, and safe, convenient location make it a solid family pick. The hotel can provide cribs, high chairs, and strollers at extra cost, and the concierge was very child-conscious and well-versed in recommending babysitters, equipment rentals, and kid-friendly restaurants.
Furthermore, for plenty of preteen and teens, the Palace is probably the most desirable hotel in America. It was the main shooting location for the risqué TV drama "Gossip Girl".
The hotel is one of the very few in New York to include a Michelin-starred restaurant, in this case two-star winner Gilt. With enormous doors, carved ceilings, glittering chandeliers, and a modern sculpture in the bar area, Gilt is so visually stunning that the cuisine seems secondary. The bar is a popular spot, even among locals, and stays open late on weekends.
The hotel's other restaurant, Istana serves continental fare for all three meals, and seems to be most buzzing at breakfast. A piano player also performs in the lounge area throughout the week.
Easy packages, elegant spaces, and exceptional food for steep, but not outrageous, prices
One of New York's most visually stunning hotels, the 899-room New York Palace has a gilded, grandiose style that is a little gaudy but still fabulous enough to blow away the boutiques. With 899 rooms, this is an excellent, modern (and less uptight) alternative to its Midtown East neighbor, the famed Waldorf-Astoria. Huge rooms, a luxe spa, and a fantastic gym make the Palace a great value among luxury hotels.