The St Regis
It’s hard talking about The St Regis New York without it turning into something of a history lesson. The place is 110 years old in September and we can’t fail to mention it was created by one of America’s wealthiest men – John Jacob Astor who would die just eight years later onboard the Titanic – or that it was home to stars like Marlene Dietrich and Salvador Dali, or that the King Cole Bar was where they invented a drink called the Red Snapper – you know it as a Bloody Mary.
Like the rest of the hotel, the famous King Cole Bar – still with the Art Nouveaux masterpiece by Maxfield Parrish looking on imperiously from behind the bar – has received an update and is now under the watchful eye of famed New York chef and restauranteur John DeLucie.
We love that while the 18-storey French Beaux-Arts style hotel has seen a dramatic redesign of guestrooms and suites – textured fabric walls and marble titled entryways are a feature, while a nod to its heritage comes in the form of New York City photography in every room – it still retains several features from the original 1904 build. That’s the thing with a hotel like this you see, people love the high-spec finish and the fantastic service, but it’s the history that they will always come back for.