The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The sight (and, it must be said, smell) of carriage horses greets you as you enter this 33-story, limestone-fronted building on the southern edge of Central Park. Transformed from the St. Moritz Hotel in 2002, it has a laid-back, town house feel (tasseled damask curtains, fringed armchairs) and is known for its beyond-the-call-of-duty service, complete with multilingual staff and an award-winning concierge team (every single one is a member of the Les Clefs d'Or organization). The 259 rooms and suites—some of the biggest in New York City—are done up in taupe and pale rose tones and come with damask curtains and seven pillow choices; bathrooms are outfitted with deep soaking tubs and Asprey amenities. Afternoon tea (served daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Star Lounge is a must. And for the ultimate indulgence, book a treatment at the La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa.