On a recent visit to Virtuoso’s New York City offices, the Virtuoso Life editorial team settled in for the week at The Towers, the 176-room hotel-within-a-hotel on the top 14 floors of midtown’s Lotte New York Palace. After days packed with planning meetings and hotel scouting trips, we all appreciated returning to our quiet retreats above the buzzing city. Here are five things we loved about our stay:
“I loved the residential feel of my Tower Executive Suite [pictured above], with its proper entry foyer, separate living area, and huge bathroom – I’m a sucker for double sinks and a separate tub and shower, and there’s even a bidet,” says Virtuoso Life editorial director Elaine Srnka. “The simple-to-use bedside tech panel lets you easily operate the drapes to take in the incredible views – or turn off the lights and shut out the city completely. The suite can connect to an Executive King room, making it a great option for families.” (King rooms start at 465 square feet, an impressive stat for NYC standards.)
Breakfast at Villard.
“It’s hard to overstate the decadence of starting your day in the Gold Room,” says Virtuoso Life senior editor Justin Paul of the historic Stanford White-designed dining room. “Put the cell phone away, order the fruit plate or avocado toast, and plan on enjoying a full pot of coffee with the New York Times amid the vaulted space’s three stories of gilt ceilings, wainscoting, and walls.”
For those mornings when breakfast needs to be a bit more on-the-go, the hotel’s Pomme Palais Bakery stocks an assortment of sweet and savory croissants (made on-site), sandwiches, and, to save for later, pristine tarts, cakes, and macarons.
Staff greeted us by name, made sure our preferred newspapers were delivered to our rooms, and gave us extra Molton Brown shower gel when we fell in love with the scent. “On my first day, I asked my housekeeper for ice, and for the rest of my stay, my ice bucket was never empty,” says Melanie Fowler, Virtuoso Life’s art director.
Our Towers rooms looked directly over the neo-Gothic spires of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Virtuoso Life associate art director Korena Bolding Sinnett woke up before dawn to capture the morning light in the photo above, while assistant editor Rebecca Ratterman enjoyed the twilight vistas: “I loved the nighttime views of the cathedral and the city’s glittering lights,” she says.
Upon arrival, Towers guests are whisked through the Lotte New York Palace’s bustling lobby and into a private check-in space. “The Towers’ dedicated lobby and check-in desk are a great – and quiet – place to land after the jaunt from the airport through Midtown,” says Virtuoso Life managing editor Marika Cain. “Plus you feel like someone special going through that little side door into the private lobby.”
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.