Gold Standards: Central Park Suite
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
At the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, if you do not find a suite to your liking, the hotel might create one for you. When a royal family from a Persian Gulf state asked to have a suite reconfigured for their stay this summer, the hotel redesigned the space in 10 days for convening majlis-style, with cushioned chairs set at the periphery of the room and facing inward. The reconfigured suite also featured an entirely new color scheme. "It was heavy on the gold," says Cynthia Chung, the Ritz’s director of diplomatic sales.
Since then, the space has been transformed again, into the Central Park Suite, which features a public holding area before the foyer—a first for New York suites. While the significance of this space might be lost on the visiting movie star or hedge fund manager, for the head of state it is essential. "It performs a vital function," says vice president and general manager Dan Flannery. "It makes it a perfect dignitary suite."
If the holding space does not excite the diplomatic set, maybe the bedroom will. "Women get weak in the knees when they see our beds," says Aziz Bendriss, the hotel’s director of housekeeping. "We use 700-count Egyptian linens and oversize 26-by-26-inch European pillows; the bedclothes alone cost $23,000."
To make the most of the views of the eponymous park across the street, the Central Park Suite also is furnished with a book on local birds, and a telescope.