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When guests check into the BAC­CARAT HO­TEL & RES­I­DENCES NEW YORK it’s as though they are mov­ing into a gi­ant jew­ellery box. Crys­tal chan­de­liers jin­gle from the high lobby ceil­ings and thickly framed win­dows mask the sounds of 53rd Street. Beach ball-sized globes of red roses are placed through­out the ho­tel’s Grand Sa­lon (where pas­tries and tea are of­fered) and a hand­ful of mu­seum-like trea­sures guard en­try­ways. Most of these works (es­pe­cially the crys­tal knick-knack­ery) are de­signed by Bac­carat, a com­pany that dates back to Louis XV. Ob­jets d’art, in­clud­ing Ro­man busts and or­nate vases, are con­ser­va­tively placed in the ho­tel’s Parisian-style suites, with in­door and out­door light zon­ing in on the trea­sures. The ser­vice is just as inim­itable, with an air of roy­alty (Monaco, not Hol­ly­wood) cir­cu­lat­ing through the vents. A leisurely tour through guest rooms in­cludes a tu­to­rial on the many ameni­ties, in­clud­ing a cherry red Citroën house car with driver (avail­able daily), pre­mium in-room li­ba­tions and a heav­enly spa (which uses La Mer prod­ucts). Rooms are gi­gan­tic by New York stan­dards (the small­est suite starts at 645 square feet) and come with a wall-sized mir­ror that turns into a TV with the click of a Nexus 5 smart­phone, which also con­trols cur­tains, light­ing, tem­per­a­ture and more. Other stand­outs are the ho­tel’s har­le­quin-tiled lap pool and the art-deco-style bar— un­doubt­edly the coolest spot. It holds a se­ri­ous menu of cock­tails, which has at­tracted many artists and cu­ra­tors from the neigh­bour­ing Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. The sig­na­ture La Vie en Rose is served, of course, in a daz­zling crys­tal tum­bler. —E.I.

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