Crystal Palace in New York
This March, the legendary French brand Baccarat will open its first hotel and residential space in New York, an impressive tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Baccarat Hotel and Residences will be home to the first Stateside La Mer spa and Chevalier, the signature restaurant that will be helmed by executive chef Shea Gallante and restaurant director Charles Masson.
Designed by Paris-based duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, the petite and grand salons are spectacularly appointed with lavish treatments such as fur seating, pleated silk walls, silver-leaf wood paneling, and sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceilings. And grand chandeliers and crystal objets accent every space.
Just off the grand salon, the exquisite and perfectly Baccarat bar is exactly the kind of place you would want to take a first date to or celebrate an important anniversary. The stables at Versaille inspire the overall space, which has a rather magnificent 60-foot barrel vaulted ceiling. The wooden floors are painted black and white, complementing the bar’s three non-identical chandeliers. The walls are covered with art spanning from the 18th century to contemporary, all curated by Frédéric Chambre of the Paris auction house Piasa. And, yes, all drinks will be served in Baccarat crystal.
Upstairs, the hotel chambers are just as remarkable. First off, the room sizes are huge and there are Baccarat details everywhere: the bathroom tumblers, the sconces, and even the minibar glasses, which are housed in a red enamel receptacle.
For those who are inclined to indulge in cocktails or nibble on a little something before heading out, Fauchon treats will be available to guests in addition to a drawer that opens up to reveal a cutting board and basket filled with fresh lemons and limes.
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