The only sign visible from New York’s Central Park reads “ESSEX HOUSE” in giant capital letters, 460 feet over the gilded row that is Central Park South. The building beneath it opened its doors in 1931 and the sign went up the following year. And though it’s hard to imagine warm feelings for 10 illuminated red letters on a 60-foot-tall steel lattice, the Essex House sign is as essential to the New York City skyline as the Chrysler Building or the clock tower at 1 Madison Avenue. And across nearly 90 years, the Art Deco-inspired Essex House has lost none of its cachet — to locals and out-of-towners attracted to its peerless location and five-star glam. In addition to 392 hotel rooms and 119 suites, the Essex House tends to 185 exceptional residences, including our very grand home of the day, Apartment 909.
Spanning 1,388 square feet, Apartment 909 is a showpiece. Freshly renovated, it manages to feel thoroughly modern while staying true to its elegant backstory. The building’s coveted “09” floor plan features a split layout, with each generous bedroom graced by a view of Central Park and a spa-inspired ensuite bathroom; the master gets a superb Juliet balcony. Between the bedrooms is a great room with a beamed ceiling, hardwood floors, and a second, bigger Juliet balcony. The kitchen, sleekly dressed in glorious cuts of Calacatta marble, features appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele.
Naturally, Essex House residents get the same white-glove treatment as Essex House guests, including 24-hour doorman/concierge service, 24-hour valet parking, a fitness center and spa, access to a business center, and 24-hour in-room dining via the hotel’s well-loved Southgate Bar & Restaurant.