- The Baccarat Hotel in New York is regularly celebrated as the best hotel in the city, if not the world, ranking at the top of major lists of elegant five-star luxury accommodation and hospitality.
- The hotel is owned by the French fine crystal brand of the same name with common areas and guest rooms bursting with high-end light fixtures, glassware, and chandeliers.
- I spent a night there to see if the property lived up to its chic hype and can confirm that the hotel is a glimpse of opulence at its best, though it still manages to feel refined and welcoming.
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The Baccarat hotel is repeatedly hailed as the best hotel in New York, if not the world, ranking at the top of the most important lists.
Almost every square inch of the intensely stylish property is a luxury study. Common areas, bedrooms, and even elevators drip into the crystal of prominent chandeliers and glassware from the namesake French brand.
After spending a night there, I can guarantee it is opulence at its best, although it manages to feel refined and never pressured.
Of course, you can’t be declared the best by being alone, and I felt a mixture of high expectations as well as a fair amount of skepticism before my visit. I have stayed and reviewed a lot of luxury hotels, would this one really be different?
In short, yes. Baccarat makes the art of luxury, with a striking palette of rich wood, white marble, touches of ruby red and, of course, plenty of crystal. All of this is complemented by impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail.
I’ve stayed in an entry-level Atelier King, which, even in low season, starts at $ 745 a night for around 380 square feet. Some might balk at the price, but those are not the people who stay here. Baccarat is favored by well-heeled wealthy travelers, business leaders and, in my imagination, James Bond.
The price doesn’t just give a room in Midtown, but rather an overall indulgent yet elegant, stylish yet tasteful yet unpretentious welcoming experience.
At first glance, it’s almost perfect. But even luxury hotels have a few caveats.
Here’s what you need to know before you splurge.