Now, we’re big Peninsula fans. Actually, there aren’t many left in the world that we’ve yet to stay in and we know The Peninsula New York very well. But it’s easy to take this grande dame in the greatest city in the world for granted because the property is pretty much synonymous with New York City. We checked in again into our home away from home, just to make sure we loved it as much as the first time – which we did.
Not much has changed at The Peninsula New York since the first time we visited, but that’s for good reason – it’s everything a Peninsula hotel, and luxury property should be – discreet, classy and mind-blowing. There are some that will say it leans towards the old-school, and we can see why – but sometimes experience really counts and The Peninsula New York is far from stuffy. And besides, we hotel aficionados know that it actually takes a lot to keep the place looking so effortlessly sophisticated.
The location of the hotel is everything. Bang smack in the heart of NYC’s infamous shopping district and close to all the sites. And if you can’t sleep in the city that doesn’t, there’s so much foodie and nightlife treats just outside the front doors. And even indoors, you can choose between dinner at Clements (or try the weekend market brunch to cure that epic New York hangover), happy hour on the rooftop over the city at Salon de Ning or late night libations at the aptly named Gotham lounge.
When it was time to retire, we enjoyed our deep dark wood with neutral soft-furnished room, Fifth Avenue views and charming, on-point staff who catered to our every whim. To top it all off, an amazing candle-lit fireplace in our suite made it the perfect place to melt away from the madness (and Mad-men) of NYC.
|Perfect for||Fly into||Right on time|
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|While you’re Out There|
|Three blocks away is the retail mecca that is Bergdorf Goodman, the historic, high-end department store that first opened its doors to the New York City elite in 1899 – well worth the pilgrimage. For a full education, check out the 2013 feature documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, which features many testimonials from designers and celebrities.|
Photography courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels