1 . The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

New York, New Jersey

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While The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park may be the first New York luxury hotel on our list, it certainly won’t be the last Ritz-Carlton to grace our coveted Top 10 pages. In fact, you’ll find its sister property, Battery Park, just a few spots down on this same list!

We know what you’re thinking: How does a single chain manage to claim not one, but two spots on a list highlighting the best of a city as big as New York? By offering the quintessential cosmopolitan getaway, of course! While other hotels boast about addresses near New York’s lush, inner-city oasis, the Ritz-Carlton New York opened its doors in the very heart of Central Park. Bask in the sunlit warmth of the Club Lounge as you admire this famous square’s vibrant green canopy and bustling pathways. Then, get out and experience it for yourself – a brief elevator ride and a short stroll will have you at its gates faster than you can say “New York City!” But that’s not all this New York luxury hotel has to offer; there’s also the exclusive La Prairie spa, where worldly concerns are banished at the hands of Swiss-trained specialists. And with dining venues like Chef Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Market and the swank Star Lounge both on site, culinary delights and expertly-mixed cocktails are always close by.

Address

50 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019

Fun facts

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park was featured on Travel + Leisure’s list of the World’s Best 500 for 2009.

Highlights

Central Park is home to two skating rinks, a public pool, a zoo and a weather station housed within the historic Belvedere castle.

2 . Four Seasons Hotel New York

New York, New Jersey

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Sandwiched between two of New York City’s most recognizable streets, the Four Seasons Hotel New York doesn’t take such good fortune for granted. In fact, everything from its luxurious suites to the Four Seasons Spa is a celebration of the hotel’s location at the intersections of Park and Madison Avenues.

New York residents like to play it cool and honestly, we can’t blame them. With so much diverse culture, rich history and indulgent luxury packed into so few square miles, it must be hard to find something – anything – to get excited about. So when a New York City hotel registers on the radar of Manhattan elite, we’ve found it’s best to take notice. Maybe it was the Four Seasons’ collection of guestrooms and suites, which despite their seriously high-end design are surprisingly plush, that caught their eye. Then again, it could have less to do with the sleeping spaces and more to do with the dining venues, including the latest culinary offering from celebrated chef Joël Robuchon. If business brings you to the Big Apple, Studio Suites add the luxury of home offices to their contemporary décor and open-concept floor plans. And if convenience is something you crave, what could be more so than a soaking tub that fills in 60 seconds or less? Unless, of course, we’re talking about Four Seasons room service, which transforms your accommodations into New York’s most exclusive dining room!

Address

57 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022

Highlights

Select Four Seasons New York guestrooms and suites feature furnished terraces with views of Central Park and other NYC landmarks.

Fun facts

The opulent Ty Warner Penthouse includes its own lobby, living room, master bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows and four glassed-in balconies.

3 . The Waldorf Astoria

, New York

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Our No. 3 spot is recognized the world over for its attentive service and gracious hospitality, so much so in fact, that its name is practically synonymous with the words “luxury hotel.” With even its Art Deco-inspired interiors taking home their share of accolades, it was only a matter of time before The Waldorf Astoria was granted landmark status.

Luxury may come standard at this New York hotel, but don’t mistake expected for bland. Art Deco touches are prevalent features throughout The Waldorf Astoria, from the vaulted ceilings that crown its gilded lobby to luxury suite fireplaces sporting polished marble faces. While museum-quality art and décor bring an air of refined elegance to this New York City hotel, the combined effect stops just short of stuffy. For all its rich brocades and traditional canopied beds, The Waldorf Astoria is not without its modern amenities. Even the Historic Suite plays host to a discreetly placed flat screen TV! With four restaurants, three lounges and a world-class spa all occupying the Waldorf Astoria’s prestigious Park Avenue address, you’ll struggle to find a reason to leave. The finest food in all of New York can be found just beyond The Waldorf Astoria lobby and inside Peacock Alley, a Big Apple establishment famous for its gourmet small plates and equally impressive social scene.

Address

301 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022

Highlights

Equal measures historic and dramatic, Waldorf Astoria venues like the Basildon Ballroom and John Jacob Astor Salon offer stunning spaces for your New York City meeting or event.

Fun facts

The Waldorf Astoria’s Towers Suites have housed royalty and dignitaries alike, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

4 . The New York Palace

New York City, New Jersey

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The busy streets of Manhattan may seem like the last place a princess would choose as her kingdom, but there’s more to this New York borough than meets the eye. With its impeccable service, opulent grandeur and prestigious Madison Avenue address, The New York Palace has everything you’ll need to hold court over this magnificent city!

Even the queen would be content to hole up in a Palace suite for a day or three. Inside, plush beds piled high with pistachio green pillows invite you to dive in and linger. Outside, the unmistakable turrets of St. Patrick’s Cathedral remind you that you are, in fact, in the very heart of New York City. A few floors up, the Royal Suite occupies prime NY real estate and includes perks like a marble bath masquerading as a French boudoir and expansive windows that frame the NYC skyline like a priceless work of art. If ever an occasion called for the princess treatment, it would most surely be your wedding day. Touted as one of the most romantic hotels in all of New York, The Palace transforms your celebration into a sophisticated affair. Let’s face it: Aunt Muriel’s cross-stitched handkerchief is a thoughtful memento, but we’d trade it for the historic Villard Mansion in a heartbeat!

Address

455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022

Related Onsite Offerings

Concierge, wireless Internet, full-service business center, laundry services, room service, nightly turndown service, in-room safe and complimentary weekday delivery of The New York Times.

Highlights

GILT, the hotel’s signature restaurant, lives up to its name with gilded ceilings and exquisite modern cuisine.

5 . Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

New York, New Jersey

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While the Statue of Liberty keeps watch over Ellis Island, Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park keeps its eyes – err, windows – trained on this American icon. Call it crazy, but the constant presence of Lady Liberty herself certainly inspired us to freely explore New York City. Chances are you’ll have the same inclination, thanks to our No. 5 luxury hotel!

Let the Ritz-Carlton’s Discover Downtown NYC package serve as your humble guide as you bask in the glow of one of the world’s ultimate lifestyle destinations, where award-wining restaurants like the Ritz-Carlton’s own 2 West spring up among some of the world’s most recognizable sights. Simply swipe the included Lower Manhattan Museum Pass at one – or all – of its 19 partner attractions for a whirlwind introduction to the Big Apple. Or, page through the included guide book for do-it-yourself tours of NYC’s more historic haunts. You’ll be doubly thankful for the Ritz-Carlton New York’s fully renovated guestrooms and suites, especially its exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club collection. In the meantime, the hotel’s Prada Beauty Spa will have you back on your feet and ready to hit the city streets in no time. And a Statue of Liberty done up in chocolate is a tasty conclusion to your NYC getaway!

Address

700 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019

Highlights

In-room amenities include Frette linens, featherbeds, feather duvets, down pillows, deep soaking tubs, bathrobes, flat screen TVs, fully-stocked mini bars and evening turndown service.

Fun facts

Global Traveler Magazine included The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park on its list of the Top 10 Hotels in the United States.

6 . The Peninsula

New York City, New Jersey

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We’ve found just the thing to sweep you off your feet this holiday season. While it’s not exactly tall, dark and handsome, The Peninsula is an oasis of peace, tranquility and good taste – in New York City, no less. We’re confident you’ll find plenty to be cheerful about at our No. 6 pick!

As the holiday season comes to a climax and Fifth Avenue retail fever reaches its peak, it’s easy to feel like the true spirit of the season is all but lost. It’s precisely times like these that make The Peninsula such a find, times when this New York City dwelling becomes less of a hotel and more an island of respite in the midst of Manhattan. Lose yourself in your en-suite marble bath, where a cloud of sweetly-scented bubbles doubles as a lookout over the city skyline. When the last of the bubbles dissipates, dial up room service for another slice of heaven, this time in the form of The Peninsula’s own New York-style cheesecake. You may come in with intentions of hiding out for the weekend, but chances are you’ll only last a few hours before you feel the itch to venture out and explore – especially with the likes of Central Park, the Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art just beyond The Peninsula’s doors!

Address

700 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019

Getting there

The Peninsula’s signature restaurant, Fives, takes its name from its location at the intersections of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Highlights

Celebrate your wedding the Peninsula way. Nothing adds luxury and exclusivity to your big day like New York City’s most prestigious event venue!

7 . The St. Regis

New York City, New Jersey

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Five stars, five diamonds – if it’s been awarded, chances are our No. 7 spot has claimed it. If you’re looking for a New York City hotel with gracious service and world-class refinement, look no further than a historic hotel bearing an equally prestigious Fifth Avenue address.

Once the highest hotel in all of New York, the modern-day St. Regis lives up to its lofty design. Exquisite details like the lobby mail chute, circa 1904, preserve the hotel’s turn-of-the-century charms and take you back to the days when a salon was a formal gathering space, rather than a place to highlight one’s hair. A few floors up from the lobby, silk wall coverings and antique furnishings add depth to guestrooms done up in icy shades of blue and gray. And while we thought it impossible, suites with names like Dior and Tiffany take the St. Regis luxury experience to even greater heights! The St. Regis name is best known for exceeding expectations and Aficionado is just the latest manifestation of the St. Regis’ pursuit of perfection. Choose your passion from a list that caters to nearly every taste, then sit back and enjoy as the St. Regis acts as your New York City guide. Even if your vacation brings you far beyond the Big Apple’s reach, chances are Aficionado will be there to greet you with everything from exhilarating polo matches to flawless wine dinners!

Address

Two E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022

Highlights

The Bottega Veneta Suite showcases the signature touches that made this high-end design firm a household name. Intrecciato leather pillows, hand-carved Venetian glassware and cashmere throws are just a few of this NYC suite’s more indulgent features.

Related Onsite Offerings

The St. Regis New York is within walking distance of Central Park, Fifth Avenue shops and exceptional NYC nightlife.

8 . Trump International Hotel & Tower

New York, New Jersey

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Rising up over Central Park’s lush greenery in all its 52 stories of sleek and stylish glory is our No. 8 pick, Trump International Hotel and Tower. With a makeover in the works, it seems the sky’s the limit for this New York City luxury hotel. After all, $30 million brings home a considerable bit of swag!

If you thought Mr. Trump was elitist, wait until you see the New York City outpost of his Trump International Hotel. Contemporary guestrooms and suites feature the convenience of full kitchens, with granite countertops and polished wood finishes that will turn your own cooking space green with envy. If you find yourself forgoing the stove in favor of gourmet fare, you’re in for a treat; the culinary genius behind Jean-Gorges is one of only five New York City chefs to be awarded a trio of Michelin stars. Fortunately for you, his international cuisine lives up to the accolades! The grass is greener on the other side may be a cliché, but with renovations slated to begin in January of 2010, those tired words really ring true at Trump International Hotel. We’ll have to wait for the unveiling along with the rest of the world, but for now we’ll busy ourselves with dreams of burnished metals, crystal chandeliers and extravagant fabrics!

Address

One Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Highlights

A Trump Attaché is assigned to each Trump International Hotel guest to provide business and leisure needs.

Fun facts

Trump International Hotel & Tower is New York’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel with a matching Five-Star restaurant.

9 . Hotel Plaza Athenee

New York, New Jersey

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Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, our No. 9 spot has the style to match its fashionable address. If the hotel’s extreme makeover – it recently unveiled a selection of renovated guestrooms and suites – inspires personal transformation, you’re in luck. Barney’s of New York and other Madison Avenue mainstays are a short stroll away!

If you thought the Big Apple didn’t have much to offer on the family vacation front, Hotel Plaza Athenee will be the first to change your mind. Here, Children’s Packages begin with the deluxe comfort of a two-bedroom suite – a stylish yet spacious accommodation that allows for pillow fights without jeopardizing the peace and quiet parents crave. A gift bag chock full of NYC goodies – a miniature taxi, the must-have Yankees hat and passes for four to the Central Park Zoo – ensures an action-packed getaway. And at Hotel Plaza Athenee, turndown service brings milk and cookies – not exactly the traditional chocolate or mint, but we don’t think you’ll mind. Thanks to recent upgrades, the Hotel Plaza Athenee experience comes seriously enhanced. En-suite marble baths – already luxurious – were treated to indulgent add-ons like deep soaking tubs and dual sinks. Perhaps it was the prevalence of amenities built for two or something else entirely; either way, we think these suites are perfectly suited to New York City getaways!

Address

37 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10065

Fun facts

Arabelle and Bar Seine, the Hotel Plaza Athenee’s onsite restaurant and bar, were featured in the second to last episode of the popular Sex in the City television series.

Highlights

Sought-after New York City attractions like Central Park, the Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are just a few block’s from Hotel Plaza Athenee.

10 . Hudson New York

Hudson, New York

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Our No. 10 pick may be last but few would dare describe it as least on our list. The imaginative work of Philippe Starcke – best known for blurring the lines between indoors and out – makes the Hudson New York an NYC destination firmly rooted in the 21st century.

As you step off the bustling Manhattan streets and into the Hudson New York, a glass tunnel backlit in a startling shade of chartreuse ushers you in – or at least it would be startling, if the end destination weren’t so stunning. Inside this inspired tunnel, an escalator gives way to an equally exquisite NYC hotel lobby, where clinging ivy tendrils frame an atrium-like glass ceiling. Such greenery, noticeably out of place in the otherwise minimalist lobby, adds a bit of whimsy to the Hudson New York’s otherwise grown-up décor. Those dazzled by the lobby will be equally impressed with their Hudson New York guestroom or suite, stylish spaces that transcend time and place – or is it transport? With floors flown in from Africa, walls paneled in exotic Makore woods and bedside lamps that flicker on to reveal Picasso-like paintings by Francesco Clemente, these New York City dwellings lend a worldly air to every stay.

Address

356 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019

Related Onsite Offerings

Hudson New York guestrooms and suites feature Egyptian cotton linens, plush down duvets and bath amenities from agua by Korres.

Highlights

With its generous square footage, modern décor and expansive terrace, the Hudson New York penthouse is everything a high-rise dwelling should be.

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