The Setai Fifth Avenue

  • Jack Smith

From the ice cave in its Auriga Spa to the mattresses in its guest rooms, the new Setai Fifth Avenue is built to pamper. The former—an 8-by-10-foot chamber where guests rub themselves with chunks of ice—is Manhattan’s first. The latter—Duxiana mattresses that cost $12,000 apiece—promise to be "the most comfortable you’ve ever slept on," says general manager Guenter Richter.

The Setai, which opened in November and is managed by Capella Hotels and Resorts, is as soothing to the eye as it is to the body and soul. The 60-story, limestone-clad exterior blends understated elegance with a singularly New York sense of the vertical. The interior, done in subtle shades of chocolate, is accented with dramatic design elements such as a massive, milky white, teardrop-shaped pendulum in the lobby.

Ai Fiori, a Mediterranean restaurant from Michael White, sits above the lobby on the Setai’s second floor. Upstairs, the hotel’s 214 guest rooms and suites offer ample space—most are more than 700 square feet—and include three penthouse suites awash in white marble. Large bathrooms add to the indulgent ambience with rain showers, deep-soaking tubs, and mirrors inset with plasma TVs. The Setai Fifth Avenue, 212.695.4005, www.setaififthavenue.com

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