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Ten luxury hotels worth the splurge: New York Palace Hotel

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Recommended by Senior Producer Toby Streett

A tasteful blending of old-world decadence and 21st-century New York style, the New York Palace Hotel is known for its great location, exceptional service, and mixing of European-style architecture with sleek, modern amenities.

“It’s in a prime Midtown location, minutes from the Theater District, across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” says Senior Producer Toby Streett, who stayed at the Palace while attending a black-tie charity event. “I’d recommend the Palace to anyone looking for a taste of luxury in the heart of Manhattan.”

The Palace incorporates several 19th-century mansions built by financier Henry Villard with a contemporary 55-story tower that contains the hotel’s 809 rooms and 88 suites. The glass-covered tower soars above the courtyard—the original carriage entrance to the Villard Mansion—which was renovated to include design elements from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals. There’s also a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and two restuarants—the bistro-style Istana and the brand new, fine-dining restaurant Gilt.

The hotel’s spacious rooms feature oversized marble bathrooms, comfortable beds, terrycloth or micro-fiber robes, and high-end toiletries. Those who really want to spoil themselves can book Executive Club accommodations that include use of the Executive Lounge, full breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and evening hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and desserts. Rates start at $525 and range up to $15,000 per night for the Penthouse Triplex Suites

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