The most popular treatment is the Harmony massage, designed to stimulate balance for the mind, body and soul through therapeutic acupressure.
This luxurious day spa, which has several locations nationally and internationally, is known for its deluxe treatments and glossy decor. The facility features fully stocked locker rooms, treatment rooms (complete with Vichy showers) and a retail store. Highlights include the Brazilian bikini wax ($70), the Triple Oxygen treatment ($160; Molly Sims is a fan) and the tension-melting Blissage 75 massage ($150). The venue also carries its own line of skin care, and bath and body products, as well as premier brands such as Remède, La Mer and Dr. Sebagh.
The service is friendly and courteous, but there is an air of formality to the common areas. The main congregating area is the Star Lounge which is on the first floor just off from the lobby. Elegantly-dressed guests and locals mingle on the luxurious green and beige furniture, sipping cocktails from legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer. Those who feel inclined to visit the bar, located just around the corner from the lounge, would be well-served ordering The Central Park Cocktail. The hotel’s signature drink was inspired by the nearby park, and is as light and refreshing as a stroll through The Ramble.
The room décor, which is much lighter than the downstairs lounge, is understated and comfortable. Turn-down service is offered nightly, and a full in-room dining menu is available 24-hours a day (The club sandwich on toasted sourdough is a must-try). But let’s be honest, the most-impressive feature of these rooms are the outstanding views of Central Park. Looking out over the iconic city landmark from just across the street gives you a whole new perspective on the sprawling green space, and some rooms even come equipped with telescopes to help you examine it more closely.
After a day of taking in the greenery and a night spent relaxing in the wood-paneled lounge, take advantage of the in-room breakfast served from 6am until 11am. It’s the perfect end to your New York fairy tale.