Fodor's Expert Review
The Ritz Carlton Central Park offers classic luxury in one of the best locations New York City has to offer. Sitting right at the entrance to Central Park, this hotel is a haven of romantic views, sumptuous interiors, and exceptional service; all within walking distance to many iconic sites.
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The rooms are decorated in a traditional, elegant style. Luxury fabrics and high-end finishes feel warm, welcoming--and expensive. Thoughtful touches like up to date magazines and contemporary technology help the rooms to feel like homely and modernized despite their old fashioned aesthetic.
Tip The park view rooms are the real stars of this property; gazing out makes you feel like you are floating above a sea of trees
Beautiful white marble dominates the spacious bathrooms. The kind of space where you could happily linger; feel like an old Hollywood star as you enjoy your luxurious tub, expansive mirror, and roomy shower. Ample counter space allows you to preen in style.
Stepping past the smiling doormen into the golden lobby is like stepping through a portal to Old New York. Immediately relaxing, the small space feels opulent yet friendly. Dimmed lighting, flickering candles, and classical music immediately soothe the soul. Their new signature aroma, inspired by Central Park and blended especially for the property by Antica Farmacista, fills the air; refreshing scents of mint, elderflower and strawberry linger delicately.
Tip There is little gift shop selling essentials, magazines and the aforementioned scent (50 Central Park) in a variety of products; should you wish to carry a little piece of the hotel home with you.
This La Prairie spa offers six peaceful treatment rooms where you can enjoy such extravagant treatments as their caviar facial. There are steam rooms in the locker rooms.
The gym is simple but well equipped with a range of machines, weights, and other props. Chilled towels, snacks, and soft lighting help to elevate the usually depressing hotel gym experience.
The Auden Bistro and Bar serves contemporary bistro food overlooking bustling 6th Avenue. The comfortable leather seating, dark wood, and contemporary lighting create a pleasing ambiance in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You Should Know Their upscale, seasonal menu comes at a steep price.
The bistro is linked to the more relaxed Star Lounge by a simple bar; often manned by legendary bartender Norman. The Star Lounge itself is a beautiful space in which to enjoy a cocktail; a timeless room which captures that magical essence of vintage New York.
Tip You can enjoy the Star Lounge at any time of day; it is a charming space in which to sip a morning coffee or enjoy their seasonal Afternoon Tea.
You are close to the N, R, W, F and the A, C, B, D at Columbus Circle are only a few blocks away.
Nobu Fifty Seven (4-minute walk), the sleek Japanese-Peruvian restaurant beloved by celebrities, is a perfect way to continue your luxury experience in a more contemporary setting. The iconic Monkey Bar (12-minute walk) offers classic American dining an old school club atmosphere; made particularly special by the surrounding wall murals.
The Oak Room at The Plaza (2-minute walk) sits just down the block and feels like an extension of the elegant Ritz style. King Cole Bar at the St Regis (8-minute walk) is another classic New York hotel bar with a beautiful mural; the perfect place to enjoy a Martini and people watch. The small space fills up fast so arrive early in the evening to secure a precious seat.