New York, United States

Park Lane New York

Price per night from$478.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD478.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Start spreading the views

Setting

In Manhattan’s heart

Soaring over Central Park, Park Lane New York has shared its ‘Billionaire’s Row’ address with some of the city’s most prestigious hotels since the Seventies. A 2022 top-to-toe makeover by the top design talents at Yabu Pushelberg, however, gave this tired skyscraper a much-needed reboot. Its whimsical look now stands in playful contrast to its stuffier neighbors, and a fresh trio of eating and drinking venues further dial up its contemporary cred. What haven’t changed are the hotel’s showstopper views over the Manhattan skyline. They are best enjoyed while rubbing shoulders with the New York glitterati who frequent its rooftop lounge terrace – a lofty feature unique to Central Park South.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

610, including 91 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £323.96 ($419), including tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night prior to arrival and an additional resort fee of $56.22 per room per night prior to arrival.

More details

Most rates don't include breakfast.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair accessible and several room types have been adapted for guests with mobility issues.

At the hotel

Concierge, fitness center, business center, free WiFi, charged valet parking. In rooms: 55-inch TV with select free content, bathrobes and slippers, minibar, steamer, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

With somewhere in the region of 20 room types, offering various configurations of views, beds and sizes, you’re sure to find the right one for you. We particularly loved the one bedroom suites thanks to their mix of Central Park and city vistas.

Packing tips

Don’t go to the bother of bringing your own lotions and potions, bathrooms come with wonderfully scented Le Labo toiletries (which might just find their way into your suitcase).

Also

If exercising in Central Park doesn’t appeal, the hotel’s high-tech gym comes with a Peloton bike and Lululemon Mirror system with hundreds of guided workout programs on demand.

Pet‐friendly

The hotel welcomes two furry travel companions weighing less than 40lbs (sorry, no felines) per person at a one-off charge of $250 a stay. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.

Children

There are lots of rooms with connecting configurations and couches in the studio suites can be outfitted as small beds. Babysitting can also be arranged through the concierge (with a four-hour minimum).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nothing comes close to a seat on the terrace with Central Park stretching out before you. Tables here are, unsurprisingly, by reservation only.

Dress Code

Evenings at Darling demand some serious New York chic, dahling.

Hotel restaurant

Behind the hotel’s trio of dining concepts was Scott Sartiano, restaurateur and founder of celebrity-magnet Zero Bond members club. The more casual Rose Lane is the lobby bar-restaurant, serving up healthy breakfasts and wood-fired brick-oven pizza in art nouveau-inspired surroundings and outdoor settings. But the stand-out dining spot is rooftop restaurant Darling, with its full-on glitz-tastic interiors and spectacular park and city views – the only of its kind in the neighborhood. And then there's the elegant Park Lane Café.

Hotel bar

Each of the three restaurants includes a bar where you can perch and watch while staff whip up your perfectly crafted cocktail. Darling comes alive at night thanks to throbbing DJ sessions and its place-to-be reputation among in-the-know locals.

Last orders

All three venues close at midnight, with Darling open until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Room service

You can order food in-room from the Park Lane Café's menu during opening hours, there's also a 'caviar hotline' for round-the-clock roe.

Location

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Address
Park Lane New York
36 Central Park South
New York City
10019
United States

The hotel overlooks the southeast corner of Central Park in Manhattan's swanky Upper East Side.

Planes

It’s about a 25-minute drive from LaGuardia Airport if you get lucky with the traffic, but clogged roads can easily double that. From JFK Airport, which has more international connections, you’re looking at least 45 minutes.

Trains

It’s a 10- to 20-minute drive to Penn Station, the Amtrak hub, which offers rail connections along the East Coast, including to Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, DC.

Automobiles

Even some native New Yorkers balk at the idea of driving around Manhattan, so we recommend leaving it to the professionals i.e. catch a cab. If you insist on your own wheels, the hotel does offer valet parking at $67 a night for standard cars and $77 for larger vehicles.

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’re staying smack dab in the center of the Big Apple, the only problem is deciding how much you can squeeze into your stay. A stroll around Central Park is perfect for clearing your head while you’re choosing, or even better a jet-lag busting jog around the Pond. If splurging is high on your agenda, Midtown Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue shopping is a couple of blocks away, and retail mecca Bloomingdale's just a little further. Two of the city’s top museums are an easy stroll away, too. The Museum of Modern Art displays works by Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, to name a few. And fans of design would be mad (pun intended) to miss the Museum of Arts and Design, barely half-a-mile from the hotel. Of course you have the Theater District and its numerous Broadway shows within walking distance, too. New York newby or veteran visitor, you never tire of just exploring these quintessential Manhattan streets and staying at Park Lane New York puts you right in among them.  

Local restaurants

With so much choice on your doorstep, hitting up the concierge for recommendations can cut out a lot of umming and ahhing. One nearby eatery getting a lot of attention is Quality Bistro, a swish French-American brasserie. Top-notch cuts of steak and great seafood sit at the heart of the menu, and its plush booth seating is housed in an airy conservatory-type space. If A-list spotting is your thing, nearby Nobu Fifty Seven is the place for ‘isn’t that so-and-so?’ dining. Plus, their innovative take on Japanese-Peruvian fusion still hits all the right notes. For a more earthy NY experience, locals’ favorite J.G Melon guarantees some of the city’s best burgers in a laid-back old-school Manhattan setting. 

Local cafés

Located next door to Carnegie Hall, Inès is an easy-to-stroll-by cafe with understated interiors and great coffee. They source their Brooklyn-roasted beans from Devoción, who claim to be the world's only direct-from-the-farm coffee company. Their almond croissants take some beating, too. There’s a good reason you’ll often find a line snaking out of Bibble & Sip. It’s a coffee-shop-cum-bakery with an emphasis on the latter, serving up a cornucopia of oven-fresh treats. Don’t leave without trying the Earl Grey cream puff. 

Local bars

You’ll find speakeasy-style bars all over the city, but Tanner Smith's is the best in Midtown. Its main bar is styled like an early-20th-century New York drinking house, with twee teapot cocktails alongside a more serious selection of craft beers. Their excellent bottomless brunch is often accompanied by live music, too. With its colorfully creative mish-mash of styles, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more artfully eye-catching drinkery than the Whitby Bar. It’s not the place for a raucous night out, but perfect for cocktails and convos to the strains of live jazz.

Reviews

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Erica Cerulo

Anonymous review

By Erica Cerulo, Fashion-forward scout

For our tenth wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided a celebratory getaway was in order; but, after a year spent weaving through too many airports, dealing with too many rental-car hijinks, and having to change one roadside flat tire, we longed for an excursion that offered the sensation of escape without the burdens that can bring – a destination without the journey, if you will. For us, that meant a weekend at the Park Lane New York hotel in Uptown Manhattan. Sure, it was only a 45-minute train ride from our Brooklyn apartment, but it felt a world away.

Climbing the subway stairs and making our way to our new home-from-home with our weekenders slung over our shoulders, we felt so carefree. And I realized that this is exactly the sort of location people picture when they come to New York for the first time. Set on Central Park South – just down the block from the Plaza – the hotel’s mere address makes tourists’ eyes go Kevin McCallister wide as they take in the sights, sounds and smells: roasted nuts and clip-clop carriages, among more city sensations. Entering the lobby of this post-war building (which was revamped in 2022), you immediately see that visitors come to this storied locale from far and wide for all kinds of trips. There were couples decked in US Open merch, families readying for the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival, and trios of women fresh from outings to Bergdorf Goodman, just around the corner.

Check-in was a breeze, and as we made our way up to our city-view room we clocked the interior details, which pay tribute to what counts as NYC’s woodlands (well, sprawling parkland) just outside its door. With design nods to topiary shapes and bunny statues on display, I had begun to suspect that the iconic Alice in Wonderland statue 15 blocks north of here had made it onto the mood board. The rooms carried the theme through, with an owl adorning the drapes and a squirrel painted on the credenza, but with plenty of marble and black-and-white bathroom tile for the design to feel modern and grown-up too.

We didn’t dwell on the details for too long – after all, we had an early reservation at the 47th-floor bar-restaurant Darling to kick-off our fêting. Here’s where I confess that I feel like I buried the lede by not telling you about the rooftop sooner. Shaded by a striped awning, the open-air terrace has north-facing views of Central Park. Now, I don’t mean glimpses of a slice of the park from certain angles; I mean sweeping vistas of the entire thing, and well past it, up to the Bronx. Heck, we could see the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium across the East River. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, these might have been the best city views I’ve witnessed in my 18 years living here. The proof is on my camera roll.

Once my husband and I got our gaping under control, we ordered a round of Watermelon Smash bourbon cocktails and a seafood tower. Given its spectacular setting, Darling needn’t exert too much effort on anything else, but our server was warmly upbeat, and the crab legs were so hefty I needed to dig their meat out with a knife. 

Though evening dining and drinks are an open-to-everyone scene – non-guests can make online reservations – breakfast is a guests-only affair. There’s a buffet bar with a choose-your-own-adventure spread of hot and cold standards (pro tip: heartily pair up the prosciutto and melon), and the beverage station included the makings of mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, with mini bottles of prosecco and Ketel One at the ready. Also waiting were those gobsmacking views, now bathed in morning light.

From then on, we had a whole Upper East Side day planned: beating the Sunday crowds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, splitting a schnitzel and Viennese desserts at the recently remodeled Café Sabarsky, meandering down Madison Avenue and across 72nd Street to visit the Central Park Dance Skaters, then dipping into Bemelmans Bar for a drink and jazz piano before heading back to Park Lane to change for dinner. The next day, we had an equally classic Upper West Side excursion: an hour or two in the Mignone Hall of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History and an alfresco lunch at Hummus Place, a standby – that still holds up – we’ve patronized since we were New York newbies. If it wasn’t time for us to head back to our home borough, we might have caught a movie at the single-screen Paris Theater and followed it up with the tasting menu at Indian Accent.

I’m still kicking myself for not checking out the concert schedule at Carnegie Hall. To be able to catch a performance at that legendary venue and tuck into pre-show Persian kebabs and saffron-rose rice pudding at Nasrin’s Kitchen – all within just four blocks of your hotel bed – well, that’s what staycation dreams are made of.

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