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| By: Rachael Weir

Mandarin Oriental Singapore in the harbor

Destination Spotlight: Singapore

Considered one of the safest cities in the world, Singapore offers an eclectic mix for visitors. Situated on an island at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore (officially the Republic of Singapore) is a city-state. For centuries, its location made it a natural meeting point on sea routes, which was a popular destination for Arab dhows, Portuguese battleships, Chinese junks, and Buginese schooners.

Today, Singapore is "The Lion City" with its name coming from the Sanskrit words "simha" (lion) and "pura" (city). Modern Singapore was founded in the 19th century by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. After being ruled by various nations, Singapore became an independent country in 1965. 

Travelers to the city-state will find an array of multi-cultural influences, as well as preserved pieces of the country's colonial and wartime past. Visitors interested in history will want to take a walk along the heritage trail for a real trip through time, while visiting monuments, museums, and memorials along the way. 

Throughout the year, Singapore hosts a variety of events including the Singapore Jazz Festival, Neon Lights: a three-day event with music, creative workshops, and art installations, as well as Asia's largest outdoor beach party ZoukOut.

Visitors to the city may want to begin the day at the Botanic Gardens for tai chi amidst rainforest trees, check out a cricket match at Padang, or step back to colonial days at the Supreme Court. Sentosa Island is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, the Sri Mariamman Temple showcases the city's spiritual side in Chinatown, and the Chinatown Night Market is a known for stalls filled with red lanterns, Chinese calligraphy, and traditional clothing. For those that like to shop, Orchard Road is the spot for designer fashions and the latest electronics, Demsey Hill is a haven of antique stores, and Haj Lane in the Arab Quarter has bold textiles and tailored dress shirts. 

5. Andaz Singapore

Rooftop pool at Andaz Singapore

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms and suites, Andaz Singapore is a modern urban retreat. The rooftop outdoor pool has incredible views, there are four dining options including Alley on 25 with a street-dining-inspired menu on the 25th floor of the hotel, and the destination bar Mr. Stork on Level 39. For visitors with a love for sweets, Pandan puts a spin on Singapore's national cake, the pandan chiffon. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full American breakfast for each guest daily in Alley on 25, $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity. 

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4. Fairmont Singapore

Fairmont Singapore

Home to one of Asia's largest spas, the Fairmont Singapore provides an idyllic location in the heart of downtown. Featuring 15 distinctive restaurants and bars, guests can choose from a variety of dining options from casual to fine dining, authentically local or international. Set at the crossroads of the central business district, world-class shopping and entertainment, the hotel is located above the City Hall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, $50 food and beverage credit, per room, per stay, and complimentary internet access.  

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3. The St. Regis Singapore

Grand Deluxe King Room at The St. Regis Singapore

Home to one of Asia's finest private collections, The St. Regis Singapore offers unsurpassed luxury, with signature St. Regis Butler Service available any time of the day or night. The landmark property is situated at the crossroads of the embassy district, prime shopping along Orchard Road, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Guests can relax at the Remede Spa, dine at Brasserie Les Saveurs, LaBrezza, or Yan Ting, and sip a cocktail at the Astor Bar. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily and a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

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2. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Soaking tub at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

This luxe city resort is located amidst a tranquil setting with 15 acres of lush gardens and a large free-form pool. Guest rooms and suites at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore are situated within three distinct wings. Family-themed rooms are available with an array of dedicated family-focused amenities, plus there are 11 restaurants and bars. Singapore's first Chi, The Spa is located within the hotel, and the designer shopping malls along Orchard Road are steps away.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, $100 USD Hotel Credit per room, per stay valid for food, beverage, and spa (excludes room service and minibar), Welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit in room. Subject to availability at time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out until 4 PM.  

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1.  Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Bay Suite at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Showcasing Marina Bay and skyline views, Mandarin Oriental Singapore has a prime waterfront location with an outdoor swimming pool, private cabanas, and contemporary wet deck. There is a wide range of dining options on-site including Morton's the Steakhouse, Teppan-Ya, MO BAR, and Cherry Garden. While [email protected] has an exclusive setting for cocktails and sunset views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE: Guests booking the 5 Star Signature Package rate will also receive daily international breakfast buffet for two at Melt Cafe, $100USD Food & Beverage or Spa Credit, oner per room, per stay (except Morton's Steakhouse & Teppan-Ya), welcome chocolates, and WiFi. Based on availability at booking, a room category upgrade (upgrades are up to City Suite tier), and subject to availability at check-in/check-out: early check-in and late check-out.  

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| By: Rachael Weir

Rated as one of Chicago's best hotels by Forbes Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure, and U.S. News and World Report, The Peninsula Chicago offers traditional Asian hospitality in a city known for its welcoming ways. Recently introduced, the Z Bar is the hotel's new rooftop terrace and lounge providing views of some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. Young guests are greeted by Peter Bear, a costumed character in the classic Peninsula Page uniform, who has been known to bring treats to guest rooms. Plus, there's the BMW house car providing guests with chauffered service in a two-mile radius of the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading below the photo. 

Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago

Guests of The Peninsula Chicago receive exclusive experiences only available to Peninsula guests via the hotel's "Keys To The City" program. Currently, the program provides hotel guests with exclusive access to culinary experiences at the Michelin starred Smyth restaurant, a glass of wine at the City Winery, or a VIP Pass to skip the entrance line at The Art Institute of Chicago. Read more below the photo. 

Exterior of The Peninsula Chicago

Featuring high-end accommodations along the Magnificent Mile, guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Chicago feature state-of-the-art technology and picturesque city views. One of the hotel's unique accommodations is the Water Tower Suite. Offering 2,561 square feet of space, the suite provides views on three sides of the building--to the North, East, and South. Read more below the photo.

Water Tower Suite at The Peninsula Chicago

Capable of being blocked off from the rest of the hotel for added security and privacy, the Water Tower Suite offers two bedrooms, as well as room to receive guests. There is a marble reception area capable of accommodating up to 10 visitors, as well as a living room with a home theater, dining room for six, and adjacent pantry. There's also two marble bathrooms, a powder room, and two dressing rooms. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily at The Lobby Restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay (excludes gift shop items, spa products, parking, not valid on room rate, no cash value).

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| By: Rachael Weir

As two world leaders meet this week, it seems like all eyes are on Singapore, and we're taking a closer look at the three Singapore luxury hotels where the two leaders will be meeting and staying.

Today, President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting at the Capella Singapore. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

The historic resort is known for a colonial facade and contemporary Asian design. Located on Sentosa Island, the luxe island resort is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore, and is set amidst 30 acres of land offering lush landscaping with roaming peacocks, spa, golf course, and stylish pools. The conference rooms overlook the South China sea, and the property offers four restaurants including a luxurious Chef's Table, Cassia with modern Cantonese cuisine, The Knolls with a gourmet Mediterranean menu, and Bob's Bar offering a setting reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1950s and 60s. 

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While in Singapore, President Donald Trump is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Providing a resort-style setting, the property is nestled amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, steps from the designer shopping malls, quaint noodle stalls, and antique shops along Orchard Road. Read more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Guests can meander through landscaped gardens, experience luxurious pampering treatments at CHI, The Spa, or relax poolside. While dining options include Waterfall Ristorante Italiano with authentic cuisine, NAMI featuring fine Japanese dining, and Shang Palace with traditional Cantonese cuisine. 

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Nearby, The St. Regis Singapore is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Known for its timeless elegance and legendary St. Regis Butler Service, the five star hotel is located steps from the infamous Orchard Road and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Read more about the property below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The St. Regis Singapore

The coveted location is located in the heart of the city's shopping and diplomatic districts, with bespoke amenities such as Signature Bentley Transfers, a tropical spa pool, and St. Regis Concierges. The hotel is home to one of the world's premier art collections, as well as the exclusive Remede Spa. Plus, the property offers an array of epicurian experiences including Brasserie Les Saveurs with contemporary French cuisine, Yan Ting with authentic Chinese dishes, and Shinji by Kanesaka providing a Japanese culinary experience. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking Central Park from the 39th floor, the Presidential Suite at The Pierre Hotel New York provides a prestigious location with one-of-a-kind Manhattan views. Within the suite there's a spacious living room with custom cabinetry, plush upholstered armchairs, fireplace, 40-inch wall mounted TV, and a Bang & Olufsen home theater system. There's an executive work desk in a section of the room, a full bar, and Murano glass tables and floor lamps. Plus, sound insulated windows with blackout draperies and sheers. Continue reading below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Pierre

Adjacent to the living room is a luxurious dining room with a silver leaf table set underneath a Murano glass chandelier providing seating for eight guests. The private pantry kitchen has additional access from the entry foyer, and includes a two-burner stove top, stainless steel refrigerator, microwave, and bar sink. Within the dining room there is an additional large screen TV, making it easy to convert the dining room into an executive retreat. 

The Presidential Suite features two bedrooms. The master bedroom showcases an ultra-luxe king bed with an organic mattress enrobed in silk and brocade pillows of silver and gold. Windows are adorned with silk sheers and floor-to-ceiling brocade draperies, there are copper lamps on both sides of the bed, a slipper chaise lounge at the foot of the bed, and an in-laid desk at the corner of the room. The second bedroom has two custom twin beds, spacious closets, and an adjoining bath with a marble shower, vanity, and bathtub. Read more below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Bedroom at The Pierre

Italian chocolate marble and porcelain tiles line the master bathroom, which features dual vanities,  and a shower with marble seating, ceiling rain disk, and wall shower heads and steam. There's a soaking tub with city views, and a wall of mirrored closets. The Presidential Suite includes a full American Breakfast at Perrine or via Room Service, direct pricate phone number to the Concierge Team, 24-hour white gloved elevator attendants, and a Jaguar house car (subject to availability). Continue reading below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Bathroom at The Pierre New York

The Pierre Hotel New York is the U.S. Flagship property of Taj Hotels. The iconic property along New York's Fifth Avenue offers an exclusive setting with a legendary afternoon tea, unique dining experiences, Domonique Salon, and a Life Fitness wellness center. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Designed by the famous Giorgio Armani himself, the Armani Hotel Milano offers an exclusive retreat in the heart of the city's famous fashion district, Quadrilatero della Moda. Embodying the brand's design and lifestyle philosophy, the property offers a unique "home-away-from-home" experience for guests with luxurious comforts and one-of-a-kind services. There's a Lifestyle Manager on-site to provide personalized custom services from the moment of the reservation through departure, as well as constant hospitality during the entire stay. Read more below the photo.

Welcome lounge at Armani Hotel Milano

Situated within the historic Manzoni 31 building, the property is the second location under the Armani Hotels & Resorts banner. Accommodations feature modern styling with every aspect selected by Giorgio Armani for its sculptural, aesthetic, and sensual qualities. In-room amenities include iPads to control room automation services, lounge chairs, butler stations, flat-screen TVs, and coffee and tea making facilities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Milano Suite at Armani Hotel Milano

The hotel's lifestyle and design philosophies are carried throughout the property into the Armani/SPA with a glass roof on the top floor of the hotel with six treatment rooms, couples' suite, personal fitness sessions, steam and sauna experiences, and a relaxation lounge. Read more below the spa photo.

Spa at Armani Hotel Milano

For dining, the stylish Armani/Ristorante on the seventh floor was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2015. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine infused with international influences in a setting that is contemporary and elegant. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring one-of-a-kind views of Lake Geneva, the Bellevue Suite at Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva provides guests with a private haven to enjoy the scenery of one of the world's iconic cities. Furnished in understated elegance, the suite includes personal butler service, a VIP champagne welcome, fresh flower bouquet, basket of fruits and mineral water, a selection of homemade mignardises, and evening canapes with cognac and porto. Continue reading below the photo of the Bellevue Suite. 

Bedroom of the Bellevue Suite at Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

There's a private balcony for guests to relax, as well as two bathrooms within the suite, one with a bath and the other with a hammam and Italian shower. Deluxe sizes of Penhaligon's toiletries are provided, as well as a selection of international soaps, plus bathrobes and slippers. For technology, there's an LED TV with 50 satellite channels, AT&T direct access facility, a Logitech iPod docking station with an integrated digital clock, and a DVD player is available upon request. Read more below the photo of the Bellevue Suite's living room. 

Bellevue Suite at Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

The Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva is a historic boutique hotel poised on the edge of the lake. Combining British charm with Swiss hospitality, the Red Carnation Collection hotel offers the Windows Restaurant with a gastronomic experience and views of Mont Blanc. Traditional British Afternoon Tea is served in the Observatory, and the Leopard Bar has live music and cocktails.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feel of a 17th century villa with an enchanting Georgian staircase that welcomes guests to the lobby, Italian marble floors, and a glistening chandelier. Providing an urban setting with a chic and serene environment inside its walls, the luxury hotel recently unveiled the Elysian Salon and completed renovations at The Spa at Belmond Place. Learn more about what's new at the hotel below the photo of the Elysian Salon. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

Focused on creating a unique style for every client, the Elysium Salon is located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Featuring a luxurious setting for haircuts, coloring, specialty treatments, wedding and special occasion hair, as well as makeup applications and lessons, the salon adds to Belmond Charleston Place's exclusive amenities. Since launching her career in the hair and makeup industry in 2001, Salon Director of Elysium at Charleston Place, Charlotte Belk--a South Carolina native, has been focusing on traditional cuts, natural & dimensional hair color, as well as specialty services. Read more below the Elysium Salon photo. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

In addition to the Elysium Salon, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place recently completed renovations. The newly transformed environment offers a tranquil setting with a clean and crisp color palette, and a more seamless connection to the mineral swimming pool. The men's and women's locker rooms were refreshed to provide a more relaxing mood, and there's a variety of new products and treatments available for guests including TaTa Harper's 100% natural line of beauty products from Vermont, anti-aging hand and feet products by Margaret Dabbs, Lafco Reed diffusers and candles, and FarmHouseFresh goods. Read more below The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place photo. 

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place mixes Southern charm with timeless elegance, steps from the city's historic sites, shopping, and restaurants. There's award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, modern gastronomy at Palmetto Cafe, and gourmet pub fare in Meeting at Market. Plus, there's upscale shopping boutiques within the hotel and a rooftop pool. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

What's better than shopping at the Fendi flagship boutique in Rome? Staying above the store on the third floor of the Maison's home, Palazzo Fendi, which is now the Fendi Private Suites. Providing a stylish and elegant setting in the heart of Rome, the world's first Fendi hotel is steps away from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, and just a short walk to the Pantheon, Vatican City, and the Piazza Navona. Read more below the photo of the Corner Suite at the Fendi Private Suites. 

Corner Suite at the Fendi Private Suites

Offering seven designer suites, the exclusive property features a one-of-the-kind retreat. Guests are immersed in the elegance of the Fendi world, which offers a highly sophisticated setting with the ultimate level of privacy. Situated within the historic noble home of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family that was transformed into the Fendi headquarters in 2005, the property provides a distinctive location on the Via dei Condotti, with accommodations that combine Roman elegance mingled with refined juxtapositions of contemporary design. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite at the Fendi Private Suites. 

Deluxe Suite at the Fendi Private Suites

Guests can choose from seven suites at the property, including the Palazzo Suite with a separate master bedroom and living area, Karl Lagerfeld's original prints of Rome's fountains, and a bathroom with Carrara marble walls. Designed by Fendi Casa architects, the Deluxe Suite boasts two one-of-a-kind views of Via del Corso and Via Tomacelli with large windows, images from Lagerfeld's "The Glory of Water" series, and a headboard adorned with a fur masterpiece. While the Corner Suite overlooks the corner of Largo Goldoni and Via di Fontanella Borghese with a bed dressed in Fendi Casa’s Makò cotton satin bed linens, limited edition furnishings, and original Lagerfeld photographs. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the ancient city of Verona, Palazzo Victoria provides a quintessential Veronese setting infused with contemporary design and modern amenities. Located directly on the main street of Corso di Porta Borsari, the luxury hotel is steps from the Arena. There are a variety of elegant shops and restaurants to explore nearby, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe. Continue reading below the photo.

Exterior of Palazzo Victoria

Designed in typical Veronese style, the hotel has an inner courtyard and an original Zen garden. Throughout the property there are social spaces designed for guests to gather, such as an area with a pool table and the large contemporary lobby. There are ancient Roman remains that can be seen under the hotel, and within the building there are medieval frescoes and furnishings by renowned Italian designer Gaetano Pesce. Read more below the photo.

Lobby of Palazzo Victoria

The hotel's 74 guest rooms and suites combine modern conveniences with the refined atmosphere of the city's palaces of Verona. Age-old remains, marble, warm colors, and ancient techniques combine with incomparable views of the historic city. Continue reading below the photo.

Guest room at the Palazzo Victoria

For dining, Borsari 36 provides a gastronomic journey with a show kitchen, a window in the floor featuring views of Roman remains below, and air filled with the aromas of olive trees, fresh flowers, rosemary, sage, and basil. The chef-prepared cuisine is a modern interpretation of classic Italian traditions, including fresh grilled meats off an open barbeque, and either homemade pastas or artisinal dried pasta by Verrigna. 

Just outside of Verona begins the Valpolicella wine region which stretches west to Lake Garda. Renowned for classic reds that pair well with the region's hearty cuisine, the area offers a variety of vineyards to visit, as well as rustic osterie and family-run agriturismi. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 NYC Hotels for the Holidays

From iconic holiday movies to tree lighting ceremonies, New York City offers a magical setting for celebrating the holidays. Whether it's a girls shopping weekend in the city, trip to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a family vacation for Christmas, New York City has a variety of luxury hotels for sleeping, celebrating, and relaxing after exciting days of shopping, Broadway Shows, ice skating, viewing window displays at the department stores, and basking in the glow of holiday lights. Here are five of our top picks for holiday trips to Midtown Manhattan. 

1. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza New York

Celebrating 110 years, The Plaza Hotel offers a historic location on Central Park South. This year, the property is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with special room packages, a Kevin Look-A-Like Contest, 90s Throwback Menu to honor Home Alone 2 at Todd English in the Food Hall, as well as a Home Alone 2 Photobooth Experience starting December 1. 

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2. The Lotte New York Palace

Holidays at The Lotte New York Palace

Set at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, The Lotte New York Palace offers an iconic setting steps from Rockefeller Center. Wake up with a view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from the Cathedral Rooms, ice skate under the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, and see the one-and-only Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and dine at the hotel's recently opened VILLARD Restaurant. 

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3. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route on Sixth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers an idyllic Midtown location. From the "Fairytale In the City" packages which includes a renowned themed breakfast at the Saks New York flagship store and a carriage ride through Central Park to decadent Christmas Day and New Years Eve Dinners, this luxury hotel provides an elegant base for celebrating the holidays in NYC. 

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4. Four Seasons New York

Holidays at the Four Seasons New York

Designed by famed architect IM Pei, the Four Seasons New York is a modern-deco landmark. Located along "Billionaire's Row" between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the hotel is steps from Madison Avenue boutiques and the Central Park skating rink. Festive Holiday Brunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Garden, there's an annual tree lighting ceremony to benefit Toys for Tots (November 30, 2017), and a New Year's Eve Soiree at Ty Bar. Offering recently renovated guest rooms and suites infused with natural light and park views, the hotel has a Rolls-Royce house car for short trips within the city, less than 12 rooms per floor for a residential feel, customized in-room technology, and the L. RAPHAEL Beauty Spa. 

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5. The Pierre Hotel New York

Suite Living Room at The Pierre Hotel New York

Overlooking Central Park, The Pierre Hotel New York is across the street from the park, and a short walk to the upscale boutiques and restaurants along Madison and Park Avenues. Offering a signature Afternoon Tea with fresh-baked scones and petit fours created daily by the in-house pastry team, special children's amenities, and Perine, a French-American restaurant, the property has a variety of amenities for guests of all ages.

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