Haute Holidays: Gramercy Park Hotel Holiday Celebration Package Offers Festive Tidings without the Midtown Masses

Although there is no place quite like New York City for the holidays, the overcrowding by eager tourists to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Tree or of the Saks Christmas window displays can sometimes be too much to bear. This year trade the traditional for an elegant escape that mixes festive fun with peaceful downtime (and a bit of bubbly) in one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods!

Providing a warm and welcome respite during the wintry months, it seems as though Gramercy Park Hotel was designed for the chilly season.  Featuring hand-carved fireplaces that beckon guests to curl up and linger, rich velvety décor, and an artfully decorated Christmas tree, the hotel offers the antithesis of hum-drum holidays; those eager to experience it can now book the Holiday Celebration Package.

 

The package includes:

Overnight accommodations in a choice of room or suite; select a Park View and enjoy the Victorian-inspired decorations of neighboring Gramercy Park

A bottle of bubbly to cheers the season – Guests can relax by the fireplace in Rose Bar with their complimentary Pierre-Jouet, or for those seeking to cuddle up in privacy, the champagne can be sent directly to the room

A unique holiday gift – The scent of Gramercy Park Hotel is one-of-kind and this year, the hotel is gifting one of its exclusively-designed, custom-scented Le Labo candles to each package purchaser

Breakfast for two daily, high above rest, at one of Manhattan top year-round roof-top restaurants: Gramercy Terrace

 

Rates begin at $775 exclusive of room taxes and fees. Offer is available starting this Sunday, November 20, 2011 until December 30, 2011. To make a reservation, guests must call the hotel directly at 1-212-475-4320 or toll-free at 1-866-784-1300.

Gramercy Park Hotel – Gramercy Park Hotels

Gramercy Park Hotel is an Ian Schrager masterpiece – a luxury boutique hotel with a haute bohemian sentiment. Located right on Gramercy Park, the elusive green space which allows entry only by key, the hotel reinvents bohemian for the 21st century, with an original combination of styles, with great pieces of furniture and artwork and the extraordinary use of color.

It is still the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, but honored and renewed in a glorious transformation. The lobby and public space of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City are a vivid and operatic feast of visual tension and art—an enlivening mélange of the “new” High Bohemia. Epic canvases dance around the highly textured rooms of rough plaster, Moroccan tiles, hand-woven rugs, and reclaimed lumber. Lush velvet, hand-carved lumber – attention to detail is an understatement.

Features and Amenities

The bold, individualistic spirit of the public spaces at the Gramercy Park Hotel is carried on into the 185 guest rooms and luxury suites here in Manhattan. The rooms are generously scaled and beautifully appointed. Each boasts its own unique layout,  with vivid Renaissance color palettes inspired by Raphael and distinctive collection of art and objects.

Imported hand tufted rugs with deep rose velvet drapery on custom bronze rods create a beautiful palette with the mahogany window enclosures and wooden blinds. Curated photographs and unique pieces of furniture inspired by a myriad of cultures and styles are juxtaposed with original creations by Julian Schnabel and Maarten Baas can be found throughout the rooms and the entirety of the hotel. The hotel also boasts an incredible penthouse, which features all of the above interior details with a full living room, dining area and separate bedroom.

The Gramercy Park Hotel isn’t only well known for its regal rooms, but also its bar and restaurant. Maialino is a new Roman-style trattoria from award winning Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. It serves lovingly prepared Roman-style cooking from Executive Chef Nick Anderer and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Rose Bar and Jade Bar are two of the most original and exciting public spaces in New York City. The Rose Bar, which is often frequented by the glitterati and literati of New York, is popular with celebrities, who can be found imbibing the bar’s signature cocktails and popping outside for smokes. These incredible candlelit spaces are unique atmospheres imbued with the same spontaneous, haute bohemian, eclectic, eccentric and edgy sophistication one would find in an artist’s studio or home. The soaring spaces offer an incredible collection of extraordinary and ordinary items put together with the flourishes of the artiste, including custom-designed furniture by Julian Schnabel and masterworks of the 20th century by artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, and Julian Schnabel himself. The bars at the Gramercy Park Hotel, much like the hotel itself, offer interior design that seems to hearken back to a more glamorous time period – a time when luxury and opulence were celebrated.

The hotel is also beloved for its rooftop garden, an original and unique indoor and outdoor space, with a retractable roof 16 stories above the city, that feels just like a private salon or drawing room offering personal comfort and the intimacy of a private home. The bohemian bustle of a gentlemen’s club, the lavishness of gentlemen’s clubs – it’s all captured here.

Of course, the hotel also offers a state of the art fitness center and a spa, as well as event spaces and meeting rooms.

Location

The entrance to the Gramercy Park Hotel is located on Lexington Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets. As mentioned, it borders the famous Gramercy Park, an island of serenity in the concrete jungle. Bordered by some of the city’s most beloved architectural achievements, Gramercy Park offers piece and quiet within the city’s heavily trafficked streets. It’s a place to read, a place to enjoy a cup of coffee – if you have a key, of course. The park is the legacy of one Samuel Ruggles, a visionary developer who bought the plot with the idea of recreating the delights of a London square – and echo a London square it does.

The Gramercy Park Hotel epitomizes the convenience of a downtown Manhattan location. It’s just a few blocks to Union Square, which boasts a Green Market three out of four seasons, and a holiday market come winter. The area is also a transportation hub, with six different train lines running through it. Walk up from the hotel and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Flatiron District, where you can shop till you drop. Walk down, and depending on direction, you’ll end up in Soho, the East Village or the West Village. No matter where you want to go, the Gramercy Park Hotel is an excellent starting point.