The Central Park Story
Central Park in New York City’s Manhattan borough is a 843-acre public park and National Historic Landmark. Central Park is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. West 110th Street borders the rectangular park on the north side in Harlem, Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, West 59th Street in Midtown on the south end, also known as Central Park South, and Eighth Avenue or Central Park West on the Upper West Side. These streets bordering Central Park in New York City are home to some of the most valuable real estate, exquisite architecture, and luxurious hotels.
Central Park provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The park contains serene lakes and ponds, such as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and numerous monuments and statues like Egyptian obelisk Cleopatra’s Needle and Balto the sled dog. The Central Park Zoo is an attraction near many Central Park hotels, as well as the seasonal Wollman Skating Rink and Victorian Gardens amusement park. Delacorte Theater hosts the New York Shakespeare Festival, while Central Park Summerstage offers a series of free performances on Ramsey Playfield. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Central Park on Fifth Avenue. Lie out on the Great Lawn and admire the New York City skyline from the grass, or take in a view of Central Park from atop Belvedere Castle. Carriage horse and pedicab rides are also a great way of seeing Central Park in New York City.
Central Park Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, a Central Park hotel located on Central Park South, is a 33-story hotel featuring 212 guestrooms and 47 suites. BLT Market offers French-American fare while Star Lounge has cocktails and light fare. Features include business and fitness centers, La Prairie Spa, conference space, and Internet access. Rooms have flat-screen TVs with DVD players, marble baths, New York City and Central Park views.
Le Parker Meridien
Located at the bottom of Central Park, the 42-story Le Parker Meridien New York has 730 Scandinavian-style guestrooms with Internet access and DVD players. Restaurants include Norma’s for breakfast, Seppi’s for French cuisine, and The Burger Joint for American. There’s a penthouse pool with food and drink service, a 15,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with classes, and staffed business center with Internet access.
Park Central Hotel
Park Central New York Hotel is three blocks from Central Park and a block from Broadway. The hotel features a private health club, fitness room, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and 15,000 square feet of meeting space with state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities. The Lobby Lounge serves cocktails and Cafe New York has bistro-style American. Guestrooms have flat-screen TVs and video game consoles.
Warwick New York Hotel is across the street from The Museum of Modern Art and several blocks from Central Park. The 33-floor hotel offers 359 guestrooms and 67 suites, with marble bathrooms, high-speed wireless Internet, and flat-panel TVs. Murals on 54 features continental cuisine and Randolph’s Bar & Lounge serves cocktails and light fare. There’s 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and health, fitness, and business facilities.
Several blocks from Central Park in New York City, The Hilton Hotel New York features the Italian restaurant Etrusca, buffet meals at New York Marketplace, Bridges Bar for cocktails, and a Starbucks in the lobby. There is an 8,000-square-foot fitness and spa facility, business center, and multi-lingual hotel staff. This 46-story hotel offers 1,980 guestrooms with Internet access and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.
Comfort Inn Central Park West is one half-block from Central Park and one block from The Dakota building in New York City on the Upper West Side. The hotel offers complimentary continental breakfasts, free high-speed Internet access, newspapers, and an exercise room. The 90 guestrooms feature cable/satellite television on flat-screen TVs. Pets are not allowed.
Jumeirah Essex House
The Jumeirah Essex House On Central Park South is across the street from Central Park in New York City. South Gate Restaurant serves seasonally-inspired American cuisine and has more than 1,200 wines, while The Lobby Lounge offers light fare. Features include 11,000 square feet of function space, a fitness center and spa. There are 509 art deco-style guestrooms with flat-panel TVs, wired and wireless Internet.
The Peninsula Hotel
The Peninsula New York is located several blocks from Central Park in New York City. Fives Restaurant offers Mediterranean and healthy cuisine, Gotham Lounge serves afternoon tea and light fare, and the Salon De Ning Bar offers city views from the top floor and terrace. Other features include wireless Internet throughout the hotel, a fitness center with trainers, The Melange Salon, and 239 guestrooms and suites within 23 stories.
The St. Regis Hotel
The St. Regis New York is located on Fifth Avenue several blocks from Rockefeller Center and Central Park. The 229 guestrooms and suites feature Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and 24-hour butler service is available. Onsite dining includes Adour Restaurant serving French cuisine, Astor Court Bistro for international and American fare, and King Cole Bar. Remede Spa and a fitness center are also on site.
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel is a landmark luxury hotel, fixated at the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City. Built in 1907, the exquisite hotel features The Palm Court, The Oak Room and Bar, The Champagne Bar, and The Rose Club for dining, 26 shopping boutiques, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a ballroom, and health, spa, and fitness facilities. The 282 guestrooms have crystal chandeliers, TVs, and high-speed Internet.
Located across the across the street from Central Park on Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side, La Pierre A Taj Hotel features Cafe Pierre for continental cuisine, The Pierre Bar for light fare, a fitness center, and two onsite salons for spa and hair treatments. There is 18,000 square feet of meeting space that includes five conference rooms, business facilities, and wireless Internet access. There are 140 guestrooms and 49 suites.
The Helmsley Park
Located across the street from the bottom of Central Park in New York City, the 46-story Helmsley Park Lane offers 583 Asian-themed guestrooms and a multi-lingual staff trained in CPR. There’s a business center, 24-hour fitness facility and wireless Internet access in public areas. The Park Room Restaurant offers continental cuisine, the Garden Court Cafe serves market-fresh meals, and Harry’s Bar serves cocktails and martinis.