Home to the famed Villard Mansion, a New York City landmark, the historic property boasts a longstanding reputation for exceptional quality and impeccable service. The hotel is located in the heart of Midtown just minutes from some of the city’s most prominent restaurants and attractions, cultural institutions and shopping destinations.
In the fall of 2020, the hotel debuted its Royal Suite Collection, consisting of eight one-of-a-kind suites ranging in size from 2,500 square feet one-bedroom to 5,000 square feet three-floor penthouse accommodations. As part of the unveiling, Lotte New York Palace also introduces four newly renovated suites designed by award-winning interior designers, ForrestPerkins which include standout offerings such as luxurious Hästens mattresses and Peloton Bikes available in suites.
The hotel gracefully blends the landmark Villard Mansion with a contemporary 55-story tower to offer an unprecedented 909 rooms, each outfitted to reflect an upscale residential feel. The Palace consists of 733 total guest rooms: 330 superior rooms, 113 rooms with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 230 rooms with a premier view of the Manhattan skyline, and 11 suites.
Furthermore, the Towers at Lotte New York Palace is among the most sought-after luxury hotels in Midtown Manhattan and form a separate distinct aspect of Lotte New York Palace on the top 14 floors.
The Towers house 176 spacious guest rooms and suites, in addition to its own stylish private reception area complete with a dedicated Les Clefs d’Or concierge team exclusive to Towers guests. With 100 Towers rooms, 22 Executive Suites, 7 Tower Suites, 39 Corner Suites and a variety of speciality suites, each room provides an unparalleled ‘home away from home’ experience for its sophisticated clientele.
Lotte New York Palace boasts a rich heritage leading back to 1882 when Henry Villard, one of the nation’s prominent financiers, commissioned McKim, Mead & White to create a residence of singular style. In keeping with the times, The Villard Mansion was conceived in the neo-Italian Renaissance tradition, after the Palazzo della Cancellaria in Rome and today stands as one of the most beautiful living tributes to the Gilded Age.
In the mid-Seventies, the Archdiocese of New York, owners of the land, cleared the way for hotel development. This enabled the famous residence to be accessible once again to lovers of art and architecture. Emery Roth & Sons, P.C started design plans with the intention to bridge the architectural gap between the landmark and the new hotel that would be joined to it.
The finished product resulted in a monolithic tower of dark bronze, reflective glass and aluminium that recedes from the rosy-hued Villard Mansion. The modern tower integrates with its environment as it mirrors the surrounding cityscape. When the hotel opened in 1980 as The Helmsley Palace, The Villard Mansion had been restored in preparation for a role as a hotel public space.
To return The Villard Mansion to its original grandeur, experienced artisans and craftsmen documented measurements and made detailed interior drawings of every room. Just as in an archaeological dig or historic reconstruction, floorboards were individually removed and labelled to enable exact repositioning after repair. All interior sections had to be re-laid in precisely the same pattern and positioned to reproduce the landmark-protected interiors.
The hotel’s world-renowned courtyard, the original Madison Avenue carriage entrance of The Villard Mansion, was redesigned during the hotel’s 1980 restoration to incorporate motifs from the flooring of several 15th-century Italian cathedrals. Today, pedestrians enter The Courtyard through tall iron gates to find a beautiful retreat from the busy Midtown streets. The Courtyard also serves as the entryway to Trunk Club, the innovative styling and retail service for men and women, which opened its New York clubhouse inside The Villard Mansion in 2015.
The hotel’s 2013 renovation also saw the addition of five distinct food and beverage venues from a high-end drinking salon that houses some of the world’s finest wines & spirits, to a Parisian-inspired twist on a classic New York bakery.
Inspired by the bygone era of opulent hotels in New York City, VILLARD’s “power breakfast” concept offers the architectural grandeur of the original residence with a focus on genuine warmth and engaging hospitality. VILLARD offers a New American 4 menu comprised of “farm house” breakfast fare. It encompasses two dining rooms within the historic mansion – The Gold Room and Bar and Gallery Room. The menu is inspired by classical cafes and bistros of Europe, using locally-grown and sourced eggs and dairy, meats, and home-baked breads and pastries.
Rarities is an intimate 25-seat salon that offers an exclusive and personalized drinking experience catered to New York’s elite. The reservation-only venue, accessed through a discreet entrance just steps from the hotel’s courtyard, features an eclectic and abundant menu of exceptional Champagnes, Prohibition-style bottled spirits, modern classics and a connoisseur’s wine cellar.
A cozy, subterranean cocktail bar and lounge tucked away under the grand staircase in the hotel’s lobby, Trouble’s Trust is the savvy theater goer’s ultimate destination for a pre or post show drink. In addition to a diverse range of beers and wines, the menu of hand crafted cocktails features cheeky concoctions like the “Pampered Pooch” and the “Queen of Mean,” that pay homage to Leona Helmsley and her pup Trouble, the bar’s namesake.
Accessed directly from 51st street, hotel guests and New Yorkers alike can slip into this sultry hideaway outfitted to evoke old New York. The curated collection of cocktails offers creative spins on specialty and vintage cocktail lists in addition to a comprehensive selection of wine and beer. The bar’s unique interior pays homage to the historic Villard Mansion through period details and landmarked elements like stained glass windows, juxtaposed with modern design touches.
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