Founded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French Crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years. Today, its evolution from luxury product to luxury hotel is embodied in Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, a newly built Midtown Manhattan glass tower. Baccarat has long defined uncommon beauty and the art of living and Baccarat Hotel is the ultimate realization of this art, conveying the timeless glamour, rarity and seduction of the French heritage brand.
The prismatic glass façade – directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art – recalls the radiance of Baccarat crystal, subtly reflecting and retracting light across its 5O stories.
The hotel’s 114 rooms and suites welcome guests with an array of lavish materials and an attention to artisanal detail that is synonymous with Baccarat. Paris design duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier created every piece of furniture for the soaring public spaces, as well as the 114 light-filled rooms and suites of the hotel. Weaving artisanal, custom Baccarat crystal elements throughout, they lavished attention on each surface, be it a sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceiling, silver-leafed wood paneling, pleated-silk walls or a monumental crystal table.
Their subtle, refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such accents as cashmere throws, polished-steel “mirrors”, custom crystal lighting and furniture accents, oversized desks and fully automated room controls. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover plush beds, and delicacies from Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. In the white-marble bathrooms, amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound. Guests staying in suites will enjoy signature La Mer skincare products and Baccarat votive candles.
Executive Chef Shea Gallante, who earned a Michelin star for his work at New York’s Cru, will lead the hotel’s elevated and imaginative culinary offerings, working in partnership with Restaurant Director Charles Masson, the man long responsible for the discreet charms of Manhattan’s haute French icon La Grenouille. Accessed through a private street-level entrance, the signature restaurant, Chevalier – named for longtime Baccarat creative director Georges Chevalier – will charm hotel guests, residents and locals with a sophisticated dining experience, offering Brasserie de Luxe in a modern French setting.
Gallante will also lend his talents to the small-plates menus of the hotel’s Grand Salon, a plush, platinum-and-champagne-hued social space on the hotel’s second floor. Beyond, at the 60-foot, barrel-vaulted bar, inspired by the stunning stables of Versailles, the darkly opulent aesthetic features crimson velvets, dark leathers and monumental Baccarat chandeliers, setting a daring, slightly seductive scene. Here, and at the adjacent French-style landscaped terrace, which overlooks the Museum of Modern Art, expert bartenders serve perfectly crafted classic cocktails in Baccarat crystal, making every night feel like a celebration.
Baccarat has partnered exclusively with La Mer to create the iconic anti-aging French skincare brand’s first spa in the United States. Secreted away below the hotel’s entrance and designed to recall the tented surfside beach pavilions of Biarritz, the intimate four-treatment-room spa beckons guests and locals who crave skin-soothing salves and revitalizing respites.
Lined with black and white marble tiles, the adjacent indoor pool suggests a sunken ballroom worthy of La Belle et Ia Bête. For the walls of the pool area, designers Gilles & Boissier drew inspiration from the forests that surround the Baccarat factory and the topiary mazes around the company’s original chateau. They commissioned Paris-based artist Francois Houtin, known for his detailed prints of whimsical gardens, to paint a black-and-white mural that will give guests the feeling of swimming in enchanted woodland.
The 24-hour gym across from the pool features cutting-edge equipment, with guests invited to engage expert personal trainers for more customized experiences.
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