Location, Location, Location: The St. Regis Hotel in NYC & My Favorite Floor at Bergdorf’s

I will forever be loyal to The Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side in New York, but I admit there are times when a more central midtown location is preferable, especially for a quick trip.

Located at the corner of 55th Street and 5th Avenue, The St. Regis is within walking distance to all the NYC essentials, not to mention an absolutely beautiful hotel. (And by the way is a Marriott property for all the Marriott loyalists out there).

It was still pretty cold when I was there in April, but it was great being able to walk almost everywhere I needed to go or take a quick taxi or Uber ride.

On my itinerary was a classic NYC, all-American list of activities: a stay at the St. Regis, dinners at The Polo Bar (across the street from the St. Regis!) and American Bar, a walk in Central Park, shopping at Bergdorf’s, a visit to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and theatre tickets to the iconic Neil Simon play, Plaza Suite, staring two great American actors, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, The Music Man, staring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster about a small town in Iowa, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, a national treasure (obviously).

No trip to New York is complete without a visit to Bergdorf Goodman and my absolute favorite floor is the Seventh Floor: location of the iconic BG Restaurant and the luxurious home decor section.

Designed by Kelly Werstler, BG is the perfect spot for a ladies lunch with its Alice In Wonderland-type design and sweeping views of Central Park.

And the home decor section on the Seventh Floor is something you just have to see — they change the displays regularly and they are all stunning. When I was there in the Spring, it was all New Orleans-based artist, Hunt Slonem. On previous trips, London based designer, Kit Kemp, had a display, Dinosaur Designs was featured during another visit, and so on. They have the most beautiful things – antiques, estate items, tabletop accessories, paperweights, candles, mirrors, lamps, pillows, Christmas ornaments, stationary, and more.

Even if you buy nothing at all, it is worth a visit just to look around.

I ❤️ NY.

Great location on 55th and 5th
The St. Regis is the blue bubble icon on the map.
The King Cole Bar – Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when a bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary. The famed cocktail was created when Serge Obolensky, a well-known man about town whose penchant for vodka was in keeping with his aristocratic Russian background, asked Petiot to make the vodka cocktail he had in Paris. The formula was spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire Sauce, but since “Bloody Mary” was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the “Red Snapper.” While the name may not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did, and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the King Cole Bar.
Every room at the St. Regis has personalized butler service.

St. Regis Butler Service is a treasured hallmark of the St. Regis hotel experience, and has been for over a century. During your stay, you’ll enjoy the careful attention of a personal butler, who will assist you with everything from a perfectly pressed suit for an important business meeting to thoughtful last-minute gifts from local NYC boutiques – as well as luxury perks such as curated books for nighttime reading.

The Polo Bar is across the street from the St. Regis.
BG Restaurant
View of Central Park from my table.
Hunt Slonem designs
You also can’t miss the second floor.
Kit Kemp-designed plant based restaurant on the lower level in the beauty section
American Bar
Good night, New York.

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