By Thomas Lau
During these uncertain times when travel is taking a backseat, Baccarat Hotel remains one of the most stylish staycation choices. Located across from the MOMA, Baccarat Hotel embodies the luxuriousness of its namesake – you will definitely notice Baccarat crystal around this posh property.
Your enchanting experience begins at the entrance, where you will find hundreds of Baccarat Harcourt Glasses and dark lighting, before heading upstairs to the luxurious lobby where guests can enjoy cocktails, Afternoon Tea and other carefully crafted delicacies. The interior of this haute hotel, which includes 114 rooms and salons, was designed by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier. The space was stylishly designed with Baccarat crystal and their signature fiery crimson red. This elegant space offers 13 types of rooms and suites, starting from the Atelier King up to Baccarat Two Bedroom Suite, featuring three king size beds. Each and every room has its own distinct decorative design, all in fine Baccarat fashion. Let’s just say that you will feel like you are in your own private Parisian pied-a-terre.
The Baccarat mission is to make you feel like you are basking in refined beauty, from your spacious suite to the eclectic bar area. All of their world class and personalized services aim to make you feel like you are in your own comfortable home away from home – a very chic home. Guests can also be whisked away in the hotel’s own luxury house car which provides rides around Midtown in style. If you want to stay fit, Baccarat offers a luxurious indoor heated pool for year-round use. Their pristine pool is lined with cabanas inspired by the Côte d’Azur, providing a meditative atmosphere. Their 24-hour gym has everything you need to stay in shape, including top-tier equipment provided by professional Olympic suppliers.
After your workout, it’s time for a spa treat. Baccarat’s Spa De La Mer is the first spa in the United States dedicated to premium skincare brand La Mer. Spa De La Mer is a cozy spa with ambient light and sound inspired by the French Riviera. The spa provides facials, body services and massage with the best body care products.
Dining is another marvelous and mouthwatering experience offered by this unique and upscale property. Both The Grand Salon and The Bar have sweet and savory menus which look – and taste – even better in your surroundings. The Grand Salon serves everything from French pastries to, well, anything you might be in the mood for. Everything is prepared fresh by Two Michelin-starred Chef and Culinary Director Gabriel Kreuther. The Grand Salon is also decorated with Jouffre silk-covered walls and parquet floors, all beneath a remarkable 64-arm Baccarat chandelier. Next to The Grand Salon is The Bar. The Bar’s interior design was inspired by American long bars from previous decades. A mix of the glamorous ballrooms of hôtels particuliers and the royal stables of Versailles, Baccarat brings out the best of various places and times to create its own special New York vibe. Guests can sip and toast between crimson velvet and merlot walls and leather seats, all under glittering red Baccarat chandeliers. The Terrace also provides a private outdoor oasis.
Baccarat’s Afternoon Tea is definitely one of the highlights of the hotel. They offer some of the finest light bite selection from around the globe, paired with champagne or their extensive tea selections. They even have tea sommeliers who will ensure you pair your bites with the perfect tea. To experience this unique Afternoon Tea, the hotel requires advanced reservations. Get ready to stay in style at Baccarat and book a room, a tea, or a treatment – or all of the above!