The Upper East side has a reputation for posh living for a reason, and the neighborhood is home to some of the city's oldest and swankiest hotels.
It could be said that no other New York hotel is as synonymous with luxury as the century-old Plaza, which received a $400 million renovation in 2008. Among the highlights -- a Rolls Royce to take you around town, a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, and your own hallway butler on 24-hour call.
An elegant, historic hotel across the street from Central Park, the Pierre offers a taste of grand old New York to those staying in any of its freshly renovated guest rooms that come complete with Frette linens and Molton Brown toiletries. The large staff is white-glove formal; guests aren't even allowed to push the elevator buttons themselves. Come September, Le Caprice, a hot London restaurant, will open its first stateside location within the hotel.
The historically discreet host to artists, presidents, and local and international celebrities since 1930, the Carlyle is a classic example of old New York luxury: white-gloved elevator operators, a special concierge vestibule, martinis at Bemelman's Bar, and dinner performances by such stars as Woody Allen and Judy Collins.