Phase one of the extensive renovation of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is now complete. In mid-November, the award-winning hotel debuted all-new guestrooms, suites, Club Lounge and a refreshed La Prairie Spa. Phase two of the reno will begin in January 2019 and is slated to be unveiled in Spring 2019.
“With the first phase completion of our reawakening, the unified vision throughout the hotel allows guests to feel as if they are visiting their very own townhouse in the heart of New York City,” said Winfred van Workum, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. “The creative reimagining of our guest rooms, suites, Club Lounge, and spa creates a heightened sense of place and serves as a gateway for travellers to experience the destination with ease and luxury.”
The newly-designed guestrooms feature custom-made furnishings blending Beaux-Arts classicism with contemporary flair, and a colour palette reflecting the soft tones and natural shades of Central Park accented with a pop of blush pink to echo the New York City skyline after sunset. Design details include custom carpeting inlaid with a Matisse sketch, Fornasetti wallpaper with cloud formations, and framed photographs from many of the world’s best-known artists as a tribute to New York’s fashion and cultural heritage.
In addition, a revamped honour bar celebrates the city by offering a private single selection single barrel bourbon developed in partnership by the city’s oldest whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery. It also contains goods from a variety of local brands including North Folk Potato Chip, Tumbador Chocolate and Brooklyn Pilsner. Local fashion illustrator Mats Meyer added a touch of Central Park with a custom illustration on the packaging.
True to the residentially inspired style of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, the 47 suites inclusive of five Specialty Suites—the hotel’s rebranded Presidential Suites—provide guests with their own pied-à-terre. The suites are arranged in a variety of updated and new configurations beginning with the Avenue View Suite category showcasing the bustle of the Manhattan streets down below, while the Premiere Park View Suite category provides a bird’s eye view of the park’s treetops. Custom furniture and artwork line the walls of all suites.
One of the renovations highlights is the addition of two Legendary Suites, each of which creates opportunities for living quarters up to four bedrooms. These townhouse-inspired luxury suites feature bespoke furniture, distinct amenities, expansive living areas, and specially-commissioned photography from highly-regarded artists.
La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa
The only one of its kind in the northeast United States, the renewed La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa unites Swiss precision with the exclusive serenity and matchless hospitality of The Ritz-Carlton. The six distinct treatment rooms are decorated with neutral wall tones, fleur-de-lis carpeting, and chandelier lighting. Drawing on the brand’s renowned products, the spa offers an extensive menu of facials, body treatments, and nail services as well as in-room indulgences. It also offers exclusive, unique treatments created with inspiration from Central Park and the hotel’s signature scent.
Situated on the second floor with views of Central Park, the Club Lounge’s revamp brings together dark wood-panelling with vibrant shades of green, beige velvet, leather and white Carrera marble accents. Guests will also enjoy new food and beverage enhancements, exclusive experiential programming and highly-personalized service from a dedicated concierge.
Beginning in January 2019, the second phase of the reawakening will encompass the lobby, lounge, bar, and restaurant. A new food and beverage concept connecting these three areas will be introduced in Spring 2019 with the unveiling of these spaces. The hotel’s Mezzanine Level will also be transformed into a new wellness and fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment and on-demand fitness programming.