The closest thing to a palace in New York, this 1907 French Renaissance-style landmark reopened in spring 2008 after a two-year, $400 million renovation. Although 152 rooms were converted into private condo units, guests can still check into one of 282 elegantly appointed quarters with Louis XV-inspired furnishings and white-glove butler service. The opulent vibe extends to the bathrooms, which feature mosaic baths, 24-carat gold-plated sink fittings and even chandeliers--perhaps to make the foreign royals feel at home. The propertys legendary public spaces--the Palm Court restaurant, the restored Oak Room and Oak Bar, and Grand Ballroom (the setting for Truman Capotes famed Black and White Ball in 1966)--have been designated as landmarks and preserved for the public. The on-site Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa is the French grape-based skincarelines first U.S. outpost. Rooms: 282.
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