Baccarat Hotel New York sneak peak ahead of March opening

On 53rd and Fifth and located directly by MoMA in Midtown Manhattan, the new BACCARAT HOTEL New York which will feature 114 rooms and suites hotel will occupy the lower levels of a 50-storey Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed skyscraper. Interiors are by Paris-based designers Gilles & Boissier, and any concerns that they might overdo the bling in their efforts to express the aesthetic of the crystal brand should be abated.

Intended to resemble Parisian pied-à-terres, bedrooms and suites are finished mutely in a palette of champagne, ivory and platinum, with cashmere throws and soft lighting adding an extra touch of comfort. Bathrooms will be finished in white marble, and amenities are from Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Furniture here, and throughout much of the hotel’s common areas, has been custom-made for the property.

Leisure facilities look promising too. The hotel will feature America’s first La Mer spa, which will incorporate four treatment rooms and stand beside a basement pool intended to resemble a sunken ballroom. Cabana-style daybeds will be embedded into the walls and the room’s Japanese paper walls have been hand-painted with forestry scenes by French artist Francois Houtin.

As for dining options, the Baccarat Hotel New York will feature a French-style brasserie by Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante, best known for his work at the city’s Cru, at the helm, expectations are high. A vaunted bar, inspired by the stables of Versailles and laden with heavy Baccarat chandeliers, should attract heavy foot flow from New Yorkers eager for cocktails after visiting whatever big-bill exhibition might be showing next door.