Come winter, this big city puts on a festive face. Here are three great places to get in on the glitz.Nestled at the corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue, The Plaza hotel (theplaza.com) is the epitome of Manhattan style. The iconic landmark has been home to many a traveling dignitary and celebrity alike, including the literary exploits of a mischievous child named Eloise. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the holidays, ring in the new year, or steal away for Valentine’s Day.
The luxurious Louis XV French-style rooms at The Plaza feature old-world charm in a contemporary setting. From 24-karat gold Sherle Wagner sinks and fixtures to iPads that control the room’s temperature and print boarding passes, everything is first class.
Immortalized on the silver screen in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, The Oak Bar at The Plaza offers martinis and a view of Central Park along with Everett Shinn’s original murals of the iconic park on the walls. The stylish Rose Club on The Plaza’s second floor features an epicurean menu of lighter fare and cocktails, with live jazz on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The St. Regis New York (starwoodhotels.com) offers holiday story time in front of the spectacular Thornwillow-decorated Christmas tree and giant toy soldiers throughout the season. The hotel’s Tiffany Suite features a dining room created to resemble a signature Tiffany blue box complete with namesake china and silverware. The elegant 1,700-square-foot suite overlooks Fifth Avenue. While at the hotel, sip cocktails under Maxfield Parrish’s mural of Old King Cole at the aptly named King Cole Bar.
Celebrate the season in SoHo at The James New York (jameshotels.com). Located on the corner of Thompson and Grand, it features custom-designed furniture in spacious corner rooms with wraparound views. Dine on wholesome yet modern American food, from Bronx-style veal to buttermilk fried chicken at celebrity chef David Burke’s Kitchen.