The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York
What We Love
- Tower rooms feel large, particularly by NYC standards, and suites are downright palatial
- Service is seamless
- Unwinding with an Impérial Relaxing Massage at the hotel’s Guerlain Spa
What To Know
- NOTE: The legendary hotel is officially closed for renovations, due to reopen in 2019 or 2020
- WiFi costs an extra fee per day
- The hotel is elegant in an old-fashioned way, so it’s not the best fit for travelers who prefer modern, buzzy digs
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Prewar grandeur. Part of the larger, landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Waldorf Towers feature elegant residential-style rooms and suites on floors 27 through 42 accessible via a separate entrance off Park Avenue. A stay also includes dedicated concierge service, free pressing of two items at checkin, and free breakfast at the Astoria Lounge. It’s no wonder every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover has checked in here for the night. While no two rooms are decorated exactly alike, each features Art Deco motifs and such grand design details as crown molding, curtains of rich, heavy fabric, antique furniture and plush King beds. A wet bar and kitchenette make it easy to host guests (or a party in Signature Suites, which also include a parlor with a dining table). If you’d rather unwind, have a soak in the oversize marble tub and employ the Ferragamo bath products, then have dinner delivered (promptly) by room service. We suggest the Waldorf salad, originally developed a century ago at the Waldorf Hotel, a precursor to the current Waldorf-Astoria. You won’t go hungry at the Waldorf-Astoria. The hotel houses three restaurants: the Bull & Bear steakhouse, Oscar’s Brasserie and Peacock Alley, which hosts a legendary Sunday brunch (there are more than 100 desserts, displayed around a giant chocolate fountain). Dial down the frenetic energy of the city with a massage treatment at the Guerlin Spa, then end the day with a Rob Roy at Sir Harry’s lounge, where the drink was invented.
In the Area
The property is within walking distance of two of the city’s best museums, the Museum of Modern Art and the Morgan Library & Museum, which have some of the world’s greatest collections of artistic, literary and musical works. For a Mad Men-style meal, slurp oysters on the half shell at nearby Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, buried in the historic train station’s subterranean depths. Take your plastic for a stroll along Fifth Avenue, home to such world renowned shops as Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and the Tiffany & Co. flagship. Afterward, head to 843-acre Central Park and the Loeb Boathouse restaurant for a glass of wine by the lake.