m88 The property was already sold by Starwood Capital Group in February to China’s Sunshine Insurance Group. 53rd St – and the first ever Baccarat Hotel is at last welcoming well-funded guests.
. After a few delays, as well as the usual real estate dramas, that vision has now been realized in glass and steel on NYC’s E. And should you possibly have occasion to forget where you are, the lobby is graced with a 20 x 25 wall of 2000 dramatically lit Baccarat Harcourt glasses.
As you may have already imagined, this is not a competitor to The Ace and The NoMad.
Drama, indeed. But this hardly need spoil a millisecond of the oh-so-glamorous experience.
As for the room rates, well…if you have to ask, this probably isn’t your hotel.
All this good taste extends, naturally, to the hotel’s gastronomic Chevalier restaurant, helmed by hot young Michelin starred chef Shea Gallante, and lorded over by Le Grenouille’s legendary Charles Masson. Rather, it will be unceasingly locked in battle with the nearby Four Seasons, Viceroy and Park Hyatt over all that financial bigwig dosh and all those free-flowing oligarch rubles. To wit, hand-pleated silk wall coverings, stainless ribbed ceilings (for those who occasionally look up from their smartphone screens), parquet floors, marble wall treatments, and (count them) seventeen custom designed Baccarat chandeliers, all of it designed to veritably drench guests in la vie luxe.
Apparently, someone at Baccarat looked hard at one of those extravagant chandeliers a couple of years ago, and saw a hotel. Parisian designers Gilles Boissier (my, even their name sounds expensive) have crafted a veritable paragon of contemporary opulence, with knowing nods to the baroque-mod aesthetic sensibilities of the mothership
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