The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park debuted new guestrooms, suites, Club Lounge and a refreshed La Prairie Spa. Phase two of the renovation will begin in January 2019 and should be completed by the following spring.
The French design duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier of Gilles & Boissier acted as consultants for certain aspects of the redevelopment.
Inspired by New York City, the newly designed guestrooms have custom-made furnishings blending Beaux Arts classicism with contemporary flair. The color palette used reflects the natural shades of the park on the hotel’s doorstep, with a pop of pink said to echo the New York City skyline after sunset. Creamy ecru hues, custom carpeting inlaid with a Matisse sketch, and Fornasetti wallpaper of cloud formations can be found in the rooms, along with photographs from some of the world’s popular artists as a tribute to New York’s fashion and cultural heritage. There is also a revamped bar in the rooms.
True to the residentially inspired style of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, the 47 suites inclusive of five Specialty Suites (the hotel’s rebranded Presidential Suites) are arranged in a variety of updated and new configurations. The Avenue View Suite has view of the Manhattan streets, while the Premiere Park View Suite has a bird’s eye view of the park’s treetops. Custom furniture and artwork line the walls of all suites.
The two Legendary Suites are new to the collection, and can have up to four bedrooms. These suites have bespoke furniture, distinct amenities and living areas. They also have specially commissioned photography from various artists, many from New York and different fashion houses.
La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa was also renewed. Six distinct treatment rooms were renamed, and neutral tones now cover the walls, paired with fleur-de-lis carpeting and chandelier lighting.
Meanwhile, situated on the second floor with views of Central Park, the design of the Club Lounge infuses dark wood-paneling with shades of green, coupled with beige in velvet and leather fabrics and white Carrera marble accents.
When the second phase of the renovation starts in January 2019, changes will be made to the property’s lobby, lounge, bar and restaurant. A new food and beverage concept connecting these three areas will also be introduced in Spring 2019. The hotel’s Mezzanine Level will similarly be transformed into a new wellness and fitness center.
Winfred van Workum is the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.
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