Making an entrance at the New York Palace
The Gilt Bar— where deals are made as well as signature cocktails
Gilt Restaurant — award-winning cuisine in a richly-decorated historic setting
The Madison Room— a masterpiece of Gilded Age architecture
A typically grand-sized Junior Suite
A boardroom like no other — in the Villard Mansion at the New York Palace
The New York Palace
A unique merging of a 19th century landmark mansion with a 20th century high-rise tower, that is today one of Manhattan's most historically significant and luxurious hotels.
The New York Palace Hotel began as a late 19th century residence for the successful financier Henry Villard. He hired the acclaimed architectural firm of McKim Mead and White to design his mansion. Their elegant detailing and sense of proportion made them one of the most sought-after architects of their time. Charles McKim designed the Villard Houses in Neoclassical Italian Renaissance style, modeled after the Palazzo della Cancelleria. Walls were adorned with marble, murals, gilded paneling, and intricate tile work. Ceilings were not just ceilings. They were of coffered walnut or they were barrel vaulted and heavily decorated. The crystal chandeliers further dramatized these rooms.
In the mid-1970s, the Archdiocese of New York, who owned the land and occupied the Villard Houses, gave its blessing to Harry Helmsley to construct a hotel on the same site as the mansion. The goal was to interconnect the hotel with the mansion so that the public could enjoy and experience this great historic landmark.The new tower was set back from the historic mansion so as to honor it rather than dominate it.
The new 55-story Helmsley Palace, opened in 1980 following an extensive restoration of the Villard Mansion. Documentation of the research and reconstruction of the Villard Mansion, designated a national landmark in 1958, are preserved n the archives of the Library of Congress.
The New York Palace opened in 1992 when new management took over the hotel. Between 2005 and 2007 additional improvements were made, These are referred to as the Mansion Rooms and include a grand ballroom, additional meeting rooms and event support functions.
Today the hotel offers 813 guest rooms and 86 suites. The guest rooms are planned to the greatest detail and feature an elegant blend of traditional and contemporary. Some rooms at the higher floors offer unbeatable views of New York City’s iconic buildings such as nearby St.Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Signature tower suites are contemporary and fitting to the modern Manhattan lifestyle.
The original main dining room of the Villard Mansion is now the highly-acclaimed GILT restaurant. The culinary precision and artistry of Chef Justin Bogle and his culinary team. Bogle have earned GILT the high honor of two Michelin Stars. This historic and highly decorated space has been given a touch of 21st century glamour by reknowned French designer Patrik Joulin. The GILT Bar with its a striking oblong-shaped cocktail bar, is located in the former VIllard music room, a grand two-story space with a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The New York Palace’s historic Madison Room, also located in the the Villard Mansion, provides a glamorous and elegant private dining space.
Images courtesy of the New York Palace
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by The New York Palace
New York Palace
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