Conde Nast Gold List 2012 Honors NYC Hotels

Comparable to the Oscars to the hospitality industry, Conde Nast has announced their Gold List 2012: The World’s Best Places to Stay.  On this prestigious list are a number of luxurious New York City Hotels:

The Carlyle

Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

Four Seasons

The Peninsula

Trump International Hotel & Tower

St. Regis

Mandarin Oriental

Andaz Wall Street

The Plaza

The Ritz-Carlton – Midtown Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton New York offers all the elegance and charm of a private home in the heart of New York City. This award-winning luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan features 259 lavishly-appointed guestrooms, including 47 suites, and The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge experience for guests seeking a heightened level of luxury and privacy. Unwind with striking views over Central Park, or step out the doors to enjoy all the adventures that New York City has to offer. The Ritz-Carlton is one of the most famous hotels in the city, and for good reason. Close to the cultural and retail vanguard, the hotel offers a cosmopolitan experience with the ambiance of a private home on Central Park.

Features and Amenities

Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton boast a bevy of amenities. You’ll find exclusively made 400 thread-count French Pratesi sateen linens, feather duvets, feather beds and your choice of pillows, as well as oversized marble bathrooms with seep soaking tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers. Bathrooms boast lighted make-up mirrors, custom made scales displaying both pounds and kilos, luxurious Etro bath amenities and your choice of terry-waffle or sateen cotton bathrobes. Rooms offer mini-bars featuring premium wines and spirits, as well as televisions and CD players, multi-line cordless phones, wireless internet, data ports and fax hookups and in-room safes large enough to accommodate your laptop. You’ll also find DVD players and a library of films, as well as overnight laundry and dry cleaning service and complimentary morning delivery of the newspaper of your choice. In park view rooms, you’ll find telescopes and bird watching books; in the Central Park Suite, you’ll sink into 800 thread-count Egyptian satin bedding. In all specialty suites, you’ll find state of the art Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems.

Hotel amenities include multiple dining options, an on-site fitness center, the Ritz-Carlton Lounge, a peaceful retreat where guests can enjoy light are and cocktails while overlooking Central Park, a full service multi-lingual concierge, limousines available upon request and valet parking. Dining options include BLT Market, run by celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel. BLT Market provides the perfect meal for any season with breakfast and dinner available in the dining room or outdoor patio at our restaurant in Central Park. The menu rotates seasonally, focusing on the freshest ingredients sourced from farmers’ markets with particular attention to unusual, wild and locally grown items. BLT Market also highlights seasonal fish, meats and cheeses from local purveyors.

There’s also the Star Lounge, a welcoming, social venue featuring The Ritz-Carlton hotel’s legendary New York bartender, Norman Bukofzer, who offers guests a personal and warm mixture of cocktails and conversation. The lounge also features daily afternoon tea, cocktails, and light fare into the late hours. The Star Lounge also serves its world-famous afternoon tea.

The Ritz-Carlton also features an otherworldly spa – La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, where you can replace worldly concerns with a world of comfort. Escape to the La Prairie spa in Manhattan, where Switzerland’s first stateside spa inspires renewal. The spa features six treatment rooms, men’s and women’s steam rooms and every relaxation and beauty-related need from travel therapy and facials to energetic body treatments.


As the oldest landscaped public space in the country and one of New York’s most celebrated attractions, Central Park has a rich history.  These 843 acres are located in the heart of the city, between 59th Street on the South side and 110th Street to the North, and from 5th Avenue on the East Side to Central Park West (8th Avenue) on the West Side.  In the mid 1800s, prominent New Yorkers knew that if New York was to be a great city, it needed a great public space, and so the city began acquiring land.  The park opened in the winter of 1859 and New Yorkers have been ice skating and showing off their wheels (once carriages, now roller blades) ever since.  Today, Central Park boasts two skating rinks, a public pool, a zoo and wildlife center, numerous ball fields and even a weather station in its historic Belvedere castle.  The park is a gathering spot for picnics and concerts, and even hosted a visit from the Pope in 1995.  Central Park is a beloved stretch of green, providing relief from the concrete canyons, and offers recreation, people watching, exhibits and events befitting the greatest city in the world.

The Ritz-Carlton’s Midtown location makes it the perfect jumping off point – no matter what you want to do in the city, you’re close to it. Many of the city’s greatest museums are within walking distance from the hotel, including the MOMA, the Frick Collection, the Museum of Art and Design and more. You’ll also find that Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall aren’t far away, nor is the famous Ed Sullivan Theater. New York landmarks near the hotel include Bryant Park, which is about ten blocks south, and Columbus Circle, which is about ten blocks north. You’re also not far from Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall (home of the Rockettes!) nor the wonders of Central Park, which include the carousel, the zoo, the pond and Wollman Rink. If shopping is more your speed, try saying this one ten times fast: Barneys, Bulgari, Burberry and Bottega. Or Cartier, Chanel, Chopard and Chloe. Perhaps Valentino is your favorite? All of the city’s best luxury stores are located along upper Fifth Avenue, and the Ritz-Carlton puts you right there. Subways abound in Midtown, so the area is a great jumping off point to get just about anywhere, whether you’re heading uptown, downtown, or even to Brooklyn.