Its opening has been delayed repeatedly, but this time it’s for sure: New York’s Baccarat Hotel will open on March 2. And with further information and renderings of the property now available, fans of the 250-year-old French crystal company are likely to think it worth the wait.
On 53rd and Fifth and located directly by MoMA in Midtown Manhattan, the 114-bedroom hotel will occupy the lower levels of a 50-storey Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed skyscraper. Interiors are by Paris-based designers Gilles & Boissier, and any concerns that they might overdo the bling in their efforts to express the aesthetic of the crystal brand should be abated.
Intended to resemble Parisian pied-à-terres, bedrooms and suites are finished mutely in a palette of champagne, ivory and platinum, with cashmere throws and soft lighting adding an extra touch of comfort. Bathrooms will be finished in white marble, and amenities are from Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Furniture here, and throughout much of the hotel’s common areas, has been custom-made for the property.
Leisure facilities look promising too. The hotel will feature America’s first La Mer spa, which will incorporate four treatment rooms and stand beside a basement pool intended to resemble a sunken ballroom. Cabana-style daybeds will be embedded into the walls and the room’s Japanese paper walls have been hand-painted with forestry scenes by French artist Francois Houtin.
As for dining options, the Baccarat is making an effort right from the start to draw custom from the numerous luxury hotels already established in the area – from the Peninsula to Four Seasons and recently opened Park Hyatt New York, various high-profile hotels are already well-established here. Predictably, perhaps, the restaurant will be a French-style brasserie, but with Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante, best known for his work at the city’s Cru, at the helm, expectations are high.
A vaunted bar, inspired by the stables of Versailles and laden with heavy Baccarat chandeliers, should attract heavy foot flow from New Yorkers eager for cocktails after visiting whatever big-bill exhibition might be showing next door.
Rooms at Baccarat Hotel will cost from $899 (£595).
20 West 53rd Street