Private equity real estate firm Starwood Capital Group announced the opening of Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. The property is the first hotel and global flagship for the 250-year-old Baccarat crystal brand.
Located directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and steps away from Fifth Avenue's shopping, the hotel occupies the first 12 floors of the split level tower that rises 550 feet above West 53rd Street. The lower levels of the hotel are veiled by a 125-foot corrugated crystal-like curtain.
Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York has 114 guestrooms and suites, and a new French restaurant, Chevalier, overseen by Michelin-starred executive chef Shea Gallante. The Bar at Baccarat, just off the Grand Salon, has barrel-vaulted ceilings, a 60-foot bar and an outdoor terrace overlooking the MoMA. The hotel also has a 50-foot indoor pool, an elite fitness training facility and the first Spa de La Mer in the US.
Paris-based interior design firm Gilles & Boissier led the creation of the hotel's interiors, which combine Baccarat's French classic aesthetics with modern sensibility. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) served as architect for the 50-story tower, while New York-based designer and member of the Architectural Digest 100, Tony Ingrao, led the residential design. The tower's 60 private residences are accessible through a separate entrance and have access to all of the hotel's amenities. Decorator Stephen Sills created the setting for the street-level Chevalier, which also has its own separate entrance.
Key design elements include: a four-foot high fireplace that represents the furnaces in the company’s manufacturing facilities at Baccarat France; and a 20-by-25-foot wall adorned with more than 2,000 of Baccarat's iconic glasses, the Harcourt. Each custom-sized glass was laid horizontally, and lit by an LED light to create a 24-hour light show.
The hotel's interiors were conceived by French design duo Gilles & Boissier, combining the classic elegance of a Parisian hotel particulier with the contemporary aesthetic of its midtown New York City location. Gilles & Boissier, alongside Starwood Capital's own design team, designed many of the hotel's furnishings, including commissioning several works from the Baccarat factories. Classic pieces were also curated from the brands' archival and contemporary collections for the public spaces and rooms.
Additional features include: the parquet wood flooring; woven rugs; hand-pleated silk wall coverings and stainless ribbed ceilings; mica-coated ceilings; and mirror and marble wall treatments. Seventeen custom chandeliers hang throughout the property – many suspended by rough cord rope – while one stand-out chandelier is made exclusively out of wood and hangs in the second-floor bar.
French curators Stephanie and Frederic Chambre assembled the hotel's art collection, which includes works from the 250 years of Baccarat's history. Commissioned original art and custom furniture from French artists Francois Houtin and Armand Jonckers can also be found throughout the hotel.
The property has 114 guestrooms and suites. Room categories include the Classic King and the Baccarat Presidential Suite. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting areas and custom jacquard linens by Mascioni. Hidden from the sleeping area by handpainted French doors, white marble bathrooms boast glass-enclosed showers with showerheads and exclusive amenities created for the hotel by Parisian perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.
A tablet equipped with technology controls all aspects of the room, including temperature, lighting and room service. There is a custom-designed Baccarat red enamel mini bar. Guests of the luxury suites have the added feature of complimentary La Mer skincare products and nightly salon services. All guests have complimentary use of the house car, a vintage Citroen, for transport within 15 blocks of the hotel.
Located at street level, the contemporary French restaurant Chevalier takes its name from Baccarat's creative director, Georges Chevalier. The restaurant references the original brasseries of Paris. The restaurant has a private dining room, La Cour, for up to 25.
On the hotel's second floor is the Grand and Petit Salons. The hotel's bar is inspired by the stables of Versailles.
A spa, fitness center and 50-foot indoor pool will open this April. Baccarat partnered with skincare brand La Mer to create Spa de La Mer, its first spa in the US. Designed to recall a European seaside retreat, it will have four treatment rooms. Adjacent to the spa, day beds in alcoves will surround the black-and-white marble-tiled pool. The walls surrounding the pool will feature the artwork of painter Francois Houtin. The forest scene will pay tribute to the woods near Baccarat's French-countryside factory. Meanwhile, the 24-hour gym will feature cutting-edge equipment and a staff of personal trainers.
Andrew Turner is the GM of Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York.
Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York is located at 20 West 53rd Street.
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