Baccarat Hotel Opens in New York

By Paul Joseph

Baccarat, the world renowned French crystal maker, has officially opened its debut branded hotel in the heart of Manhattan, New York.

Part of the newly formed Baccarat Hotel & Residences, the hotel is housed within a split-level tower across from New York’s Museum of Modern Art in mid-town Manhattan and features 114 guest rooms and suites, plus six residences accessible through a separate entrance.

The lower levels of the hotel are concealed by an eye-catching, crystal-inspired 125-foot-wide curtain.

The hotel’s interior décor was designed by renowned duo Gilles & Boissier and boasts several pieces from Baccarat’s archives as well as newly commissioned work from the crystal experts.

Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, majority owner of Baccarat Hotel & Residences said, “We are so thrilled to bring to life the new ‘House of Baccarat’ – to take this legendary brand which has for centuries stood for perfection in crystal, and has never been compromised, to create its first modern lifestyle hotel masterpiece.

“I wanted to celebrate light, and to produce a hotel that glowed, and was shimmering, sensual, elegant but still functional, fun, comfortable, and not overly formal.”

Guest rooms feature tablet that controls services including temperature, lights and room service. On the phone handset, guests can press a dedicated button to have Champagne delivered to their room, served in Baccarat glasses.

Baccarat was founded in Paris, France in 1764.

By Paul Joseph