Fodor's Expert Review The Sherry-Netherland

781 5th Ave., at 59th St., New York, New York 10022, USA See on Map

Julie Baumgardner

Staying at the Sherry-Netherland is like receiving an invitation to Balmoral—it’s a bit of an honor to sleep amid these well-manicured walls. The Sherry-Netherland is a prime Fifth Avenue residence, with 120 private homes filled with the last names that have turned the pages of history. Yet, there’s are 50 units that are rented as hotel rooms, each uniquely designed by its owner and offer a glimpse into what living in “a classic six on Fifth” might be overlooking Central Park. The Sherry-Netherland still has manned elevators, and twice-a-day housekeeping service (for residents and hotel guests alike). It’s been a long contender as “the best building” in New York for its old-world-meets-otherworldly charm.


The hotel offers suites (1 bedroom apartments) or rooms—one or the other. Of course, the differentiation in configuration is the view they face. Each unit is owned by someone in the building, which means the rooms’ decor vary greatly (although there is a style guideline, surely with the directives of ‘classical’). But this isn’t Airbnb for the 1%. No no, the Louis Sherry chocolates and the daily fresh flowers give away that this establishment offers those extra services not found in regular homes.


Perhaps there’s also a style directive that keeps these bathrooms on the traditional side (no spa-tile standing showers here!), but between the polished brass and green marble, it’s still quite a rich grooming experience, especially the plush monogramed robes.


It’s hard to imagine the lobby of the Sherry-Netherland as anything but its vaulted ceiling fresco from 1927 was just recently excavated and conserved. Look up, it’s a magnificent site—something more seen in an Italian palazzo than Fifth Avenue. While the building’s lobby is ornate and gilded beyond the eye can comprehend, the space has no markings of just what sort of residence lies here. It’s incredibly discreet (by intention).


Through the lobby and down a marble staircase is the gym, which looks quite like most apartment building gyms. Not enough machines or mats, but it beats going outside.


To think that the local downstairs cafeteria is Harry Cipriani. Well, this is certain no slop-house dining hall, but rather the very select New York outpost of the Venetian landmark, Harry’s Bar. Hotel guests receive no incentive to dine, but this is where “hotel breakfast” is served alongside the bankers and Trips power starting their days. The kitchen also provides in-room dining.


The bar inside Harry Cipriani serves a mean Manhattan. And the roster of classic cocktails.


Getting Around

Steps from the N/R/W train at Fifth Avenue.


In truth, there’s not very much that’s still good around here even if the dining establishments are iconic, really. David Chang’s Ma Peche (5-minutes) when it’s on, it’s on fire. Fred’s at Barneys New York (5-minutes) still has its good days, and Sarabeth's (7-minutes) can suffice. Rotisserie Georgette serves mainly one dish—roast chicken—that’s divine but don’t expect variety.


There is a Harry’s Bar (3-minutes) up the road on 59th street, but try the Oak Room (2-minutes) in the landmark Plaza Hotel instead.


There aren’t many opportunities to experience true New York wealth, especially in a domestic setting, and the Sherry Netherland is a tasteful glimpse of the grandeur.


Historical, Pet Friendly, Service
26 rooms, 24 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: 212-355–2800;800-247–4377

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