An original cocktail of French grandeur and New York spirit, right in front of the Museum of Modern Art, a few steps from the very central Fifth Avenue.
The Baccarat Hotel in NYC expertly combines the continental art de vivre with the energy of the Big Apple. The leitmotif of the interior design project – signed by the international interior designers Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, with studios in Paris – is the prestige of Baccarat, the great fine crystal brand, which with this hotel has become a global brand of luxury hospitality.
A project that declares its goal right from the entrance, with the plaque “Baccarat – Maison fondée en 1764”, the year in which Louis XV granted Louis-Joseph de Montmorency-Laval to open a crystal factory, which has become the crown jewel of the high French craftsmanship. This concept has been applied by the designers to all the executive stages of the construction of the hotel.
On 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, the hotel occupies the first 12 floors of a skyscraper, with the facade clad in prismatic cut crystal-clear elements, up to 20 metres in height. The leitmotif – crystal – unfolds in the shared areas and in the 114 rooms and suites, where even the toothbrush holders in the bathroom are by Baccarat.
In the refined Grand Salon, a collection of the brand’s iconic pieces embellishes the large setting. Here, there are walls covered in Jouffre silk, boasting hundreds of folds descending from the high ceiling, under the light of an imposing 64-arm Baccarat chandelier, together with furnishings designed by Gilles & Boissier that pay tribute to the ancient art of cabinetmaking, interpreted in contemporary style.
Moreover, the Petit Salon boasts glass windows, smoked wood wainscoting and a large marble table with crystal bases. The Harmonie Room, the room for private events, takes its name from one of Baccarat’s best-selling items, the tumbler glass in clear crystal of unsurpassed design.
From the Grand Salon, we move to The Bar, counted among the best in the world, inspired by the stables of Versailles, with the wooden floor painted in a chequered black-and-white pattern and reddishpurple walls.
Sparkling environments, refracting lights with kaleidoscopic effects on the crystals, sumptuous and regal yet intimate atmospheres, in which guests live and breathe the sense of hospitality and a customized experience.
A discreet elegance also pervades the areas dedicated to wellness: a large heated swimming pool, surrounded on the sides by Côte d’Azur-style cabanas, and the Spa de La Mer, the first in the United States boasting the La Mer skin brand, precisely with four beauty treatment rooms.
The perfection of Baccarat crystals is the core protocol that excellently regulates the services provided to guests. Free Wi-Fi, a Baccarat red-enamelled minibar, high-level technology with televisions – artfully hidden behind the mirrors –, and tablets for the control of temperature, lighting and room service; not to mention the welcome upon arrival in the Petit Salon, with a glass of champagne.
In Baccarat crystal, of course.
Photography by Gianni Franchellucci – Written by Robert Paulo Prall