The wisteria-draped perimeter is your first clue that Loews Regency New York Hotel is an atypical Manhattan lodging option. Ivy leaves and white blooms climb and coil upwards to a twinkle-lit canopy that surrounds the hotel’s 61st and Park Ave. setting. The fantastical effect provides a mesmerizing greeting. Closer inspection reveals Loews attention to detail; this magical Eden masks temporary scaffolding (erected for routine maintenance) that surrounds the building. Soon to be dismantled, this fleeting and beautiful effort to surprise and delight is a Loews signature, carried throughout the luxury hotel and its swank The Regency Bar & Grill restaurant and state-of-the-art Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa.
Further enchantment captures the eye once inside the hotel’s high-ceilinged entrance and its Lobby Lounge where an art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms seemingly floats across an expansive wall. Helms’ Brise de Printemps features 438 handcrafted dogwood flowers in various stages of bloom, echoing the verdant Central Park flora found just around the corner.
Loews Regency New York Hotel has defined Park Avenue hospitality from the moment it opened its doors in 1963. Built by Robert “Bob” and Lawrence “Larry” Tisch, the hotel reclaimed its prominence in Midtown Manhattan when it reopened on January 16, 2014, following a one-year, $100 million renovation. The brand – grounded in family heritage and dedicated to delivering unscripted guest moments – continues to be family-owned; within its portfolio are 27 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada in major city centers and resort destinations. This, it’s Park Ave. gem is the hospitality company’s flagship hotel, and it is everything a visitor to New York City might desire: glamour, luxury, and location.
As ideal for families as it is for the business people who routinely pledge their allegiance, the Art Deco-inspired hotel features 379 guestrooms and suites of varying styles and sizes. Luxe amenities include Frette linens and bathrobes, state-of-the-art technology including smart televisions with movies-on-demand, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and electronic window shades. Individually designed with their own unique charm and character, the Terrace/Atrium Suites range from 950 square feet to 1,350 square feet and are perfect for family stays. Three out of the four suites offer larger terraces, with the fourth offering its own private atrium.
For a quintessential New York experience, reserve one of the hotel’s six incredibly stylish and spacious Signature Suites, ranging in size from 700 to 1,550 square feet, and imagined by New York City’s finest design talents. Each features varied views over Central Park, Park Avenue, 61st Street, and the New York City skyline and each has its own character and aesthetic that transports guests to a New York state of mind.
The Uptown Bohemian Suite, designed by Meyer Davis Studio Inc, is inspired by the eclectic aesthetic of SoHo and the clean lines of Chelsea. The Bespoke Suit draws its inspiration from New York City’s vibrant fashion industry. Rottet Studio designed two The Grand Suites, inspired by cultural icon Marilyn Monroe. The Glamour Suite is an interpretation of what might have been Marilyn’s Park Avenue pied-a-terre, while the Pop Art Suite plays off her immortalization by pop artist Andy Warhol. Haynes-Roberts, Inc. designed the Classic 1970s Apartment with a sophisticated aesthetic inspired by the glamorous apartments of Milan from the 1970s. These Signature Suites are anchored by the Nate Berkus Apartment on the 21st floor, a 1,000 square foot oasis of style and comfort with a formal living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and balcony.
Furthering the classic New York vibe is The Regency Bar & Grill, once, and still currently, the hotel’s pinnacle location for the New York ‘Power Breakfast,’ a concept introduced in 1975 during the New York City financial crisis when Bob Tisch began inviting leaders from the public and private sectors to the restaurant to discuss city recovery. The power breakfast forever changed how business was conducted, ending the era of the three-martini lunch in favor of morning meetings. Over the years, the Power Breakfast has become a signature of Loews Regency and still stands as one of the most iconic dining experiences in Manhattan, offering both locals and hotel guests the perfect people-watching opportunity. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner featuring American-fare with market-fresh ingredients, served in a sultry, Sinatra-esque environ where Manhattans and martinis are de rigeur.
The hotel’s 10,000 square foot beauty flagship, the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, is another favorite of both locals and guests. Its namesake haircare pioneer has coiffed the manes of some of the world’s most famous names, and he has created an eponymous line of products that are featured in each hotel guestroom. Offering an unparalleled level of sophistication, the salon and spa offer a comprehensive wellness experience, including its 1,700 square foot fitness facility featuring a medley of Peloton spin bikes and elliptical machines.
Following a year unlike any other, Loews Regency New York seeks to create unmatched experiences for guests via a number of special programs. For any two-night (or more – book two nights and receive a third free) stays booked direct, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Loews will donate to DonorsChoose to help fund local area school projects for the 2021-2022 school year. DonorsChoose.org is an online non-profit that makes it easy to help teachers and students in need by allowing people to donate directly to local public-school classrooms.
The “Loews Loves Families” program offers perks for children of all ages across Loews Hotels nationwide, from cribs to crayons, to night lights and family activity guides. And Loews’ maxim, “Welcoming You Like Family” is well-illustrated by each team members’ intuitive ability to care for guests as if they are family.