The Crystal Palace
Baccarat Hotel: NYC
Having just flown in from sunny St Barts, I was looking forward to a few days hitting NYC’s museums and shops – and most importantly – staying at the newly opened Baccarat Hotel. The Baccarat is a crystal dream, fully kitted out with Baccarat glassware, from breakfast-ware (or even toothbrush holder!) to nightcap and everything in between.
Yes, it was a dream, the Baccarat Hotel is exquisitely designed by Paris-based designers Gilles & Boissier. It has been designed with the perfect mixture of European flamboyancy, with every corner and ceiling elaborately decorated with Baccarat’s 252 year old French crystal brand. It is a crystal fairytale, tastefully put together to pass the muster with any lost Parisians straying in.
The attention to detail is overwhelming. Each room is laid out with signature Baccarat mini-bars, equipped with gleaming whisky tumblers and champagne flutes.
The hotel lounge and bar have been designed with an opulent mix of contemporary furniture with the likes of fur covered chairs mixed with the most elaborate crystal chandeliers that would not go amiss in Versailles. Distracted in every corner by the most beautiful Baccarat lamps, one can not but admire the striking blood red giant rose orbs placed perfectly on the long tables in the salon, sitting underneath the most stunning chandeliers known to mankind and amongst a dreamy array of rainbow shades of Baccarat champagne flutes.
The bar is the perfect romantic date venue. Stocked up with the most beautiful array of Baccarat crystal that it yearns to treat yourself to a new set of champagne flutes. Even the beer glasses are Baccarat, bringing a touch of class to the humdrum!
The staff at the hotel are kind, friendly and assertive to every need, creating the perfect mixture of all home comforts. Not to forget the elegant swimming pool and high tech gym next to the Le Mer spa.
The hotel has brought to life the Baccarat brand in such a perfectly sophisticated manner. It is a beautiful way to celebrate a historic brand and to live and breathe the brand for a few contemporary days of luxurious crystal bliss. 5 stars to you!