Baccarat Hotel & Residences
Does everything taste better when it comes out of a Baccarat glass? The answer is mais oui, particularly when it’s a welcome glass of champagne in the Petit Salon of this midtown Manhattan hotel. Thanks to Parisian designers Gilles & Boissier, everything sparkles at the Baccarat hotel, which celebrates the venerable French crystal brand in all the right ways: vases filled with red roses (red is the signature color of the brand), chandeliers everywhere, and a warm but polished staff that caters to the jet-setting clientele. In the Grand Salon, which is marked by a 22-foot ceiling and a 64-arm chandelier, guests can lounge in sofas and banquettes while taking breakfast, lunch, dinner, or midnight cocktails. (Until a new restaurant opens, all meals are served here—whatever you do, don’t miss the homemade croissants and truffled burger.) Next door at the 13-seat bar, with its remarkable collection of art, you’ll find hand-painted black and white wooden floors and soaring ceilings modeled after the stables of Versailles. On the basement level, guests can swim in the beautiful 55-foot lap pool, or indulge in a La Mer facial in the four-treatment room, jewel-like spa. The 114 rooms themselves are meant to evoke a stylish Parisian apartment, complete with paneled walls, four-poster beds, cashmere throw blankets, in-laid carpets, and white marble bathrooms with rain showers. And yes, brushing your teeth does feel more elegant you use a Baccarat glass.