Our pick of the best three hotels in New York for glorious Central Park views.
The elegant Pierre, built in 1930 by Charles Pierre Casalasco and a group of Wall Street financiers, towers on the eastern edge of Central Park. Designed to create “the atmosphere of a private club or residence,” it remains one of New York’s most coveted addresses. Indeed, it wasn’t designated a New York City Landmark for nothing: The top floors are modeled after a chapel at Versailles, while the Rotunda unites mythological figures with American icons like Jackie Onassis in Renaissance-style paintings. For the best views of the park, ask for a room facing west, or splurge and stay in either the Park Suite or the Tata Presidential Suite.
Few hotels in New York offer the convenience of the Mandarin Oriental, which sits high above Columbus Circle on the south-west corner of Central Park, occupying floors 35 to 54 of the Time Warner Center. Having won more awards than Meryl Streep, this is the place to go for exquisite service and one of the best spas in America. Rooms are organised based on their view – city, river, park – and decorated based on different moments in the day, like dusk and night. Suites overlooking Central Park are “sunrise rooms”. The hotel restaurant, Asiate, also offers a vista that will make you swoon, either from pleasure or vertigo.
Arguably the best view of Central Park accessible to travellers can be found on the 33rd floor of the Carlyle, in the appropriately named Central Park View suite. So stunning a panorama that it’s been used for time-lapse photography of seasonal changes, it befits a hotel that is all but unsurpassed among hotels in New York. Opening, like the Pierre, in 1930 (what a year!), the Carlyle is an elegant masterpiece of marble and jazz, martinis and tuxedos. Woody Allen often plays in the café with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, but any night of the year is a celebration at this Upper East Side mainstay.