The St. Regis New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Midtown East, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • On Fifth Avenue, 4 blocks from Central Park
  • 9 subway lines within 4 blocks
  • Elegant, spacious rooms and bathrooms
  • Small but world-class Remede Spa offers massages and salon services
  • 24-hour butler service and room service
  • Les Clefs D'Or concierges

Cons

Bottom Line

The grand, century-old St. Regis is known for its extraordinary service -- rivaled only by that of the Plaza -- but the hotel has many other outstanding features, including 229 elegant rooms with great amenities; a world-class spa, and a great location on Fifth Avenue. While it lacks the pool and Central Park views of the Mandarin Oriental, a famed Bloody Mary at the King Cole Bar more than compensates.

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 Scene

Built in 1904, the 229-room St. Regis, combines historic details -- Beaux Arts architecture and butlers on call 24 hours a day -- with modern amenities -- blazing-fast Internet and flat-screen televisions that rise from the foot of the bed via remote control.

Ceiling art in the lobby
Ceiling art in the lobby

It's hard to find fault with the St. Regis. There are hotels, and then there are Hotels -- iconic, epitomizing structures that are more than the sum of their rooms and amenities. In a hotel, you sleep, and maybe eat or log a few miles on the treadmill, in order to work and/or play in New York City. A Hotel, however, is a different stay. It's a destination within a destination, a place where those who can afford to stay there experience a special slice of the city, and where those who can't afford it visit anyway.

The St. Regis, along with The Plaza, the Mandarin Oriental, and just a few others, is a New York Hotel. It's a place worth visiting even if you can't afford to stay there (and these days, darling, who can, really). At the least, splurge on a Bloody Mary in the legendary King Cole Bar, supposedly the first place stateside to serve the tomato juice and vodka concoction.

Built in 1904 by John Jacobs Astor IV, the great grandson of the country's first multi-millionaire, the St. Regis is, like The Plaza, a Beaux Arts landmark. Translation: even the front desk is gold and shiny, and even the standard guest rooms, not just the ornate lobby, have elaborate chandeliers.

Yet, even with all that shines, the St. Regis, especially its guest rooms, are slightly more understated and homey than The Plaza. Likewise, the hotel's 24-hour butlers go above and beyond to assist guests. They wear tails and white gloves and anachronistic charm on their sleeves, but they also help with any and all modern conundrums, say hooking up your iPod to play through your room's surround sound system. Whether you're working or playing in the city, this is a top luxury pick.

 Location

On Fifth Avenue, four blocks from Central Park, the hotel is situated in a tony section of Midtown East amongst high-end shops and near numerous attractions.

While some portions of Midtown East are all business and moneymaking, further north, it's all about spending money. The hotel sits in the middle of the city's high-end shopping district on Fifth Avenue, sharing the block with pricey shops like Bottega Veneta and Takashimaya.

While the St. Regis is quite close (just four blocks away) from Central Park, it isn't right on the park like its East Side neighbors, The Plaza and The Pierre, or as close to it as the Mandarin Oriental (just a block away on the west side of the park).

Other attractions within easy walking distance include the Museum of Modern Art (one block away), Radio City Music Hall (6 blocks away), Rockefeller Center (8 blocks away), and St. Patrick's Cathedral (5 blocks away). Hotel guests who want to experience the subway can grab the E or V two blocks away at 5th Avenue and 53rd Street, and there are seven additional subway lines within four blocks. Aboveground, the St. Regis doorman effortlessly hails cabs for guests in front of the hotel.

 Airport Transportation

30 to 90 minutes from three airports.

New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting into town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to Midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 plus tolls and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses 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. Public transit is also available 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 stairways.

For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.

 Rooms

With crystal chandeliers, frame molding, and marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, coupled with personal fax machines, surround-sound speakers, and flat-screen TVs, rooms combine old-fashioned style with modern comforts.

The Superior Room
The Superior Room

Last remodeled in 2006, the hotel's rooms still feel quite fresh, thanks to a rich blue palette and silk-covered walls. They're also quite spacious, though not the biggest of the luxury bunch. Standard "Superior" rooms are 430 square feet, the same as the more modern standards at the Mandarin Oriental and slightly smaller than the 500-square-foot standard rooms at the Four Seasons.

Bathrooms in standard rooms are especially spacious with his-and-her sinks and plenty of marble floor space, along with their own flat-screen televisions. Sadly though, standard Superior rooms have shower/tub combos, albeit ones with brass fixtures. For a separate tub and shower, guests need to upgrade to a Deluxe or Grand Luxe room, or stay at the Mandarin Oriental, where even the least expensive guest rooms have separate, oversize tubs.

  • Custom down duvets rest atop Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Mattresses are nice firm Sertas, but they lack a pillow-top or featherbed
  • 32-inch Sharp Acquos flat-screen TV, which rises when beckoned by a remote control and DVD player
  • Surround-sound speakers attached to the room's ceiling
  • Wi-Fi for a fee
  • No less than five lamps, in addition to the ceiling chandelier with single-button on the control panel on the touch-screen phone next to the bed
  • iPod docking stations

 Features

A small but lovely spa, fitness center, business center, and an off-site pool for guests to use, but the hotel's biggest feature is its superior service.

Small but lovely Fitness Center
Small but lovely Fitness Center
  • Fitness Center features machine with personal TVs, as well as personal trainers, and private yoga and Pilates classes on request.
  • Remede Spa offers body treatments, massages, waxing, and facials, and renowned Laboratoire Remede skin care products.
  • 24-hour business center
  • Butler service and Les Clefs d'Or concierges.
  • The hotel doesn't have a pool of its own, but guests can use the pool at the Sheraton, located six blocks away, about a 10-minute walk.

 Family

A good, but not great, high-end pick for families with adjoining rooms, a kids' room-service menu, and a location that's close to Central Park

  • The hotel has a limited number of adjoining rooms.
  • Deluxe rooms can be connected to a Superior room, which offers two double beds.
  • Rollaway beds and cribs are available for free for guests 18 and under. A Deluxe room or larger is needed to accommodate a rollaway.
  • For even more space (at quite an additional cost), families can consider the two-bedroom St. Regis suite which also has a small kitchen area with microwave and a compact refrigerator.
  • Children receive milk and cookies as welcome amenities
  • Astor Court has a kids menu.

 Food

A historic bar, a beautiful tea room, and 24-hour room service. It's all lovely ... and expensive.

Breakfast at Astor Court
Breakfast at Astor Court

Astor Court serves American bistro fare in an opulent setting just off the hotel's equally opulent lobby. It's popular for breakfast and tea, but also serves lunch and dinner.

24-hour room service is also available.

 Drinks

At the legendary King Cole Bar, guests can enjoy both the famous Maxfield Parrish mural and a famed Bloody Mary.

The on-site King Cole Bar is legendary. According to legend, it was the first place in the country to serve a Bloody Mary, here called the Red Snapper. The bar also serves small plates.

Behind the bar, the famous Maxfield Parrish mural hangs. (Why are the courtiers in the painting laughing? Supposedly because the king has just passed gas.) Grab a seat in the small, dark woody bar if you can.

 Bottom Line

The grand, century-old St. Regis is known for its extraordinary service -- rivaled only by that of the Plaza -- but the hotel has many other outstanding features, including 229 elegant rooms with great amenities; a world-class spa, and a great location on Fifth Avenue. While it lacks the pool and Central Park views of the Mandarin Oriental, a famed Bloody Mary at the King Cole Bar more than compensates.

Things You Should Know About The St. Regis New York

Address

  • Two East 55th Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • New York City St Regis
  • St Regis Hotel New York
  • St Regis New York City
  • The St. Regis Hotel, New York

Room Types

  • Astor Suite
  • Bottega Veneta Suite
  • Christian Dior Suite
  • Deluxe Guestroom
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Fifth Avenue Suite
  • Governor Suite
  • Grand Luxe Guestroom
  • Grand Suite
  • Imperial Suite
  • Madison Suite
  • Orient Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • St. Regis Suite
  • Superior Guestroom
  • Tiffany Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 229
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown East, Manhattan
Address: Two East 55th Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022
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