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A private mansion turned iconic New York hotel
One of the most well-known luxury hotels in the world, The Palace attracts everyone from tourists to business travelers, to celebrities (such as Orlando Bloom and Blake Lively) to politicians. Housed in a historic mansion, complete with a beautiful courtyard that looks out at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Palace exudes a luxurious, dignified vibe throughout its stunning spaces. Upon entry guests take in the grand stairway that leads to the hotel's elegant restaurant and event spaces, and rooms prove to be just as appealing, with sweeping views of the city (in many) and sleek decor. Yet though the hotel has a sophisticated vibe and never feels crowded, it is nonetheless lively -- particularly in the cafe during the day and in Trouble's Trust, the den-like cocktail lounge, at night.
Located in Midtown on Madison Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance of countless shops, restaurants, and sights.
Many tourists and business travelers choose to stay in Midtown during their trips to New York City as it is extremely convenient; there are numerous restaurants, shops, sights, subways, and businesses in the area. The Palace sits on Madison Avenue across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral, meaning that many of the rooms offer sweeping views of the historic church as well as the breathtaking city skyline. And of course Madison Avenue is known for its many shops where visitors can find some retail therapy. Rockefeller Center is just a five-minute walk away, and it's a 15-minute walk to the heart of Times Square.
Sleek, elegant rooms are wonderfully spacious and feature modern decor, technology, and bathrooms.
The rooms at the Palace are one of the highlights of the hotel. They feature beautiful decor -- picture plush white comforters, pretty accent pillows in purples and blues, and large mahogany work desks. Sleek bathrooms are stocked with high-end toiletries and have nice additions such as makeup mirrors and cozy robes. Modern technology includes large flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, but it is disappointing that the hotel charges a daily fee for Wi-Fi (except in the Towers Suites, which occupy the top fourteen floors of the hotel).
Guests staying in the Towers Suites come through the same building entrance, but once inside the lobby have their own private entrance leading to a separate check-in desk and elevators, which allows for a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel feel. All rooms in the Towers include free Wi-Fi, touch-screen control panels that operate the in-room curtains, lights, and technology, and sweeping views on the city; many rooms that are not in the Towers also feature gorgeous views of the city skyline as well as of St. Patricks Cathedral.
The hotel offers a long list of features; a full spa, however, is not one of them.
It is surprising -- and a bit of a disappointment -- that a luxury hotel of the Palace's size does not offer a full spa. The hotel can arrange in-room spa treatments, however, and otherwise the on-site features are extensive. A large fitness center is equipped with numerous cardio and weight training machines, as well as free weights and yoga mats (free fresh fruit is a nice touch). The business center is bustling with guests throughout the day, and numerous meeting rooms and event spaces are available. The hotel also features a renowned fine dining restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a French flair, as well as a cafe that offers pretty pastries and tasty salads and sandwiches throughout the day. The two cocktail lounges are popular post-work spots, and the hotel also offers 24-hour room service.
Easy packages, elegant spaces, and exceptional food for steep, but not outrageous, prices
One of the most recognizable and respected luxury properties in New York City, The Palace lives up to its hype. The 909-room hotel completed a massive renovation in 2013, and features numerous property features, including a large, modern fitness center, a fine dining restaurant, and two intimate lounges. Tourists, business travelers, and celebrities alike stay in its spacious, sophisticated rooms, and it's convenient Midtown location, across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and within walking distance of numerous sights, is also a major draw. The lack of a full spa at such a large hotel is surprising, however, and there's an annoying Wi-Fi fee for guests not staying in the Tower suites. Nonetheless, The Palace remains a grand New York icon; Tiffany stained glass windows and gilded ceilings remain from its days as a private mansion.