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New York Palace Review
From the moment you enter the gilded gates of these connected mansions, originally built in the 1880s by railroad baron Henry Villard, you know you're somewhere special; there's a reason this is called the Palace. An expansive lobby with sweeping staircases, golden chandeliers, and arched colonnades gives way to standard rooms in the main section of the hotel that are nice enough, but ask instead for a room in the tower: either modern or classic, depending on the floor, they have more luxe decor and bathrooms, separate check-in, and more attentive service, with a dedicated concierge and a butler. Many of the guest rooms, as well as the 7,000-square-foot health club, have terrific views of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
If ever there was a dream-come-true wedding destination, this is it. The lobby, with its sweeping staircases, golden chandeliers, and arched colonnades, and the gorgeous courtyard, with its 15th-century Italian-style motifs, is what Manhattan sophistication is all about. The ballroom is a luxurious locale for a fête; for a small affair, triplex suites have private rooftops and views of Rockefeller Center.
- Address: 455 Madison Ave., at E. 50th St. Midtown East, New York, NY 10022 | Map It
- Phone: 212/888–7000; 800/697–2522
- Website: www.newyorkpalace.com
- Subway: 6 to 51st St./Lexington Ave.; E, M to Lexington–3rd Aves./53rd St.
- Location: Midtown East
- 811 rooms, 88 suites.
- Rate includes no meals.
- Credit cards accepted.
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