PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
WHEN A CRYSTAL GLASS MAKER TURNS ITS HAND TO HOTELS, EXPECT TO BE DAZZLED BY THE LIGHT FIXTURES AND THE ARRAY OF DRINKING PARAPHERNALIA IN YOUR ROOM
It should come as no surprise that the first things you notice at the new Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York are the spectacular chandeliers hanging from the ceilings of the bar and restaurants. That’s what you would expect from the 250-year-old crystal glassware company’s first foray into hotels (it is being called the “House of Baccarat” by its owners). But even the mini-bar seriously impresses. Instead of just a small fridge filled with small bottles, in each room there is a red-lacquered cabinet that opens to reveal four different Baccarat crystal glasses to go with your drink of choice. The hotel, positioned opposite the Museum of Modern Art, features 114 rooms, a 24-hour gym and the first La Mer day spa in the US. It is to be followed by more Baccarat hotels opening in Rabat, Morocco in 2016 and in Dubai and Doha in the coming years.