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Beaux-Arts beaut packed with opulent city institutions like the birthplace of the Bloody Mary
The St. Regis has been the standard-bearer for New York glamour since titan JJ Astor built it in 1904. The tower of glittering elegance got a multimillion restoration in 1991, retaining its Old World charms. From attentive butlers on every floor to a three-bedroom Presidential Suite that’s hosted heads of state and Dali, accommodations are as legendary as the storied King Cole Bar and best-kept-secret Thornwillow library lounge.
In the Area
From the corner of 5th Avenue and E. 55th St., guests have some of the world’s best shopping at their doorstep, with Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and FAO Schwarz a stone’s throw away. Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the MoMA are within walking distance, and Museum Mile stretches just north of Central Park a few blocks up. The upscale gastronomical opportunities in this area are outstanding: Per Se, Jean-Georges and Marea are all within a couple of blocks. Afterward, take in a show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is located in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle and is home to a 15-piece big band led by Wynton Marsalis.