The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
What We Love
- Ritz-worthy in-room extras like seven pillow selections and a choice of terry or sateen robes
- Custom-made, 400-thread-count Pratesi linens in guest rooms
- Award-winning La Prairie Spa to rub away the stress of shopping and sightseeing
What To Know
- Fitness center is open 24 hours a day
- WiFi is free in the Club Lounge but comes at a fee in rooms and suites
- Pets under 60 pounds are welcomed with designer carry cases, Burberry trench coats, and emergency vet service
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Uptown has its share of grand dame stays, but few claim the jaw-dropping views of this elegant aerie, rising smack dab from the middle of Central Park South. The Ritz has more the feel of a discreet residence than a hotel—there’s no sceney restaurant or bumping bar scene. Instead you’ll find sprawling rooms with oversize marble bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and DVD players and extras like packing/unpacking services (for Club level guests), 400 thread-count linens and custom Asprey toiletries. Kids are catered to with Bulgari baby bath products, cookies and milk at turndown, babysitting and toy store tours. On-site you’ll find upscale bistro Auden, which focuses on sustainable seafood, as well as the tucked away La Prairie Spa.
In the Area
Just across the street sits Central Park, with its grassy knolls, picturesque bridges and gurgling fountains. Or head south and you’ll find more than 150,000 photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art, not to mention its stellar French-American restaurant, the Modern. 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. No stay in Midtown is complete without a shopping spree along Fifth and Madison avenues—go for retail therapy at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and Fendi, to name a few.
How to Get There
The Ritz is always an excellent stay. My only frustration is that because it is a limited Marriott partner, it does not honor Marriotts’ most loyal customers with complementary upgrades, lounge access, and other amenities throughout the majority of the system. The rooms are comfortable and service top rate.
I ran the NYC Marathon this year so I decided to treat myself to a night at The Ritz before the run. Simply put, the service from the employees at The Ritz was absolutely perfect. I had previously emailed with some questions about the marathon. Upon checking in, the front desk staff engaged in conversation about the race I was even given an upgraded room due to Bonvoy status. Didn't even have to ask! They also said that they would like to leave a gift for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a wonderful "recovery bag" in my room upon returning from dinner. I also needed an early breakfast which was delivered promptly to the room at the time I requested. I desparately wanted to be at ease before my race and the staff at the Ritz did everything within their power to make it so. For that, I thank you!
This hotel is an old favourite but we hadn’t been there for 3 years. We were very disappointed by the recent refurbishment of the rooms. Previously they were warm and cosy with a sensible desk for writing/laptops etc. That has now gone to replaced by a giant and utterly pointless floor to ceiling mirror that precludes access to the power points on that wall. It’s really destroyed the atmosphere of the room. Presumably it’s there to reflect the sensational view of Central Park, but why not just look it the right way round out of the windows?