Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave., at Gramercy Park New York, New York 10010 USA
A completely over the top, bold design and an impressive art collection make this luxury property from boutique hotelier Ian Schrager really stand out. The building has a storied history—famous guests have ranged from John F. Kennedy to the Rolling Stones—and the celebrity allure remains today, probably because of how downright fabulous this place is.
Gramercy Park is a private, gated park but hotel guests are granted access; ask an employee for details.
With velvet accents, studded leather, and some very red drapes, rooms are bursting with pure decadence. Colors are bold and comfort is a priority in these luxurious spaces.
Generous in size, with marble countertops, bathrooms have big walk-in showers and many have soaking tubs.
This lobby is downright dramatic--and it is excellent. The design is loud and the space is elaborate, with a large chandelier and a fireplace. The lobby is known for its incredible art collection, which has included contemporary works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Maialino, Danny Meyer’s Roman trattoria, has always been extremely popular. The hotel also has a pair of exclusive watering holes—the Rose Bar and the Jade Bar—that are favored by a stylish (and occasionally famous) set of patrons.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Drinks and cocktails are pricey. This much flash isn't cheap, folks.
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood next to Gramercy Park, this hotel offers easy access to Union Square and the east side on foot. Subway access is available at 23rd Street (6 train) or at Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W trains).
Since Danny Meyer first opened Gramercy Tavern (4-minute walk) in 1994, it has been one of New York’s most consistently praised dining experiences. Reserve a table in the dining room or take advantage of the space set aside for walk-ins at the tavern (try for a seat at the bar). Spanish food is served from an open kitchen at Casa Mono (4-minute walk), a tight-on-space but big-on-flavor restaurant from chef Mario Batali. For a casual plate of quality pasta (and maybe some oysters to start) grab a table at Tarallucci e Vino (8-minute walk) near Union Square.
Pete’s Tavern (5-minute walk) has been around since the 1860s, and is a great place to grab drinks with friends. If you’re craving cocktails instead of craft beers, sample the signature drinks at Dear Irving (5-minute walk), a cocktail parlor with intimate nooks for small groups.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This property has a distinct perspective on what a luxury hotel should be: ridiculously decadent and very different from home. We love the bold design, the velvet accents, and the genuinely captivating art collection. Plus, the dining is fabulous from early morning cappuccino to late night bites at Maialino.
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