The Luxury Collection: Five Star Living

Luxury residences often aspire to offer the level of service associated with the most grand and elegant of hotels. Now that several of these iconic New York hotels have added actual apartments to their mix, it’s even easier for renters and buyers to benefit from that gold standard, often with extra-special touches.

The Pierre

At The Pierre, for example, residents of its 15 rental units, such as this two-bedroom apartment, enjoy such amenities as a dedicated concierge service, twice-daily visits from a maid and access to the hotel’s French restaurant Perrine and classic Rotunda for champagne and cocktails. The latter space, once the playground of Valentino Garavani and Jacqueline Onassis, has been reinterpreted by designer Daniel Romualdez for today’s boldface names. What further sets apart this hybrid hotel-residential experience is being able to call on a chauffeur-driven Jaguar XJL for travel around Manhattan.

Apt. 21, represented by Andres Perea-Garzon, and chef-prepared meals.

“It’s a luxury that you wouldn’t typically find in a rental apartment, plus it covers an especially large radius,” says Andres Perea-Garzon, the in-house listings agent for the residences.

So whether you’re in the mood for the Metropolitan Museum of Art or headed downtown to the Gansevoort Market, what better way to get there than ensconced in a sleek cocoon of leather and wood?

Here are some other too-die-for amenities offered by New York’s top hotels.

The Carlyle

Apt. 2601-2610, represented by Deborah Grubman, and Bemelman’s Bar.

Whether it’s a short jaunt to Central Park or a jaunty stroll down the city’s most rarified shopping street, Madison Avenue, The Carlyle is perfectly positioned to take advantage of Manhattan’s wonders — and for decades many New York celebrities have lived there. How delightful, then, for residents of its 51 private homes, such as this four-bedroom unit, who enjoy twice daily maid service, to come back in the evening — perhaps after indulging in a nightcap in the warm embrace of Bemelman’s Bar — and find that everything has been made just so: towels freshened, beds turned down, shades drawn for slumber.

The Plaza

Apt. 1101/02/06, represented by Charlie Attias, and The Plaza as seen from Central Park.

Perhaps no New York hotel is more legendary than The Plaza, which has served as the setting for more than a dozen movies, several plays, a classic children’s tale and many spectacular galas. Guests from around the world have basked in that luster, and now that the hotel offers 182 condominiums, including this eight-bedroom manse, residents live it every day. As did its celebrated guests before them, they enjoy iconic public spaces such as the bright and cheerful Palm Court or the dark clubby feel of the Oak Bar. One request: Ignore your inner Eloise and refrain from roller skating down the corridors.

The Ritz Tower

Apt. 14A represented by Gina Sabio and Sherri Balassone Esq.

Some luxury residential buildings, while not hotels, really do seem able to hold a candle to their peers. As might be expected, the Ritz Tower, a 108-unit co-op at 465 Fifth Avenue, offers white-glove concierge service, an elevator operator, daily housekeeping, an exercise room and storage facility on-site. But what really takes the, er, cake is that residents have the option to purchase from Chef Robert Curreri’s bistro-inspired lunch and dinner menu, offered from noon until 8 p.m. by the in-house kitchen. Once it’s delivered to their apartment, such as this three-bedroom unit (currently owned by legendary music producer, Clive Davis), they can settle back onto their own sofa, turn on the built-in Sonos system and enjoy their French onion soup and Atlantic salmon in their own private space.

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