#FirstClassFriday: Baccarat Hotel
One for your Little Black Book
When Baccarat, the legendary 251-year-old French crystal brand, moved into Manhattan, they brought with them more crystals than you could ever imagine. Think 17 custom-made chandeliers, 15,000 pieces of Baccarat crystal stemware, and a whole lot of luxe. But their 5th Avenue and 53rd Street address doesn't point to a crystal boutique; it's the site of a 50-storey hotel and residential project that quickly became the talk of the town when it opened in March this year.
Designed by Paris-based duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, the 114-room luxury hotel isn't one to hold back on the bling. Expect to find crystals everywhere — ranging from crystal tumblers to sconces.
Beyond the dazzling constellation of crystals, guests checking into the property can look forward to finding Maison Francis Kurkdjian amenities (La Mer, if you're shacking up at the suite) and treats from Fauchon. Needless to say, even the minibar glasses are Baccarat.
The hotel also houses the first La Mer Spa in the United States; Chevalier, a modern French restaurant helmed by executive chef Shea Gallante (of Ciano and Cru fame); and a bar that draws its inspiration from the royal stables at Versailles.
Baccarat Hotel. 28 West 53rd Street, New York
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