Drive Time: About two hours.
Conquer New York City in style at this esteemed luxury hotel along Park Avenue in Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East Side, where it’s an easy walk to Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue and more. The Regency recently refreshed its 321 guestrooms 58 suites with a sleek, classic look that accentuates the knockout views of the city. Amenities include Stan Herman bathrobes, Julien Farel anti-aging hair care and body products, complimentary shoeshines and daily newspaper delivery.
Though The Regency Bar & Grill is likely to be buzzing just about any time of day, don’t miss the power breakfast. Most mornings, the black town cars are lined up three-deep outside for this 40-year tradition. Inside, you can rub elbows with big names in finance, entertainment, media and politics. At night, don’t be surprised to find some of those same movers-and-shakers hanging out at the bar. For breakfast on the go, grab a cup of Milanese coffee and a delicious European-style breakfast sandwich at the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar.
Inspired by the power breakfast, French power couple Julien and Suelyn Farel have created their own “power hour” at the hotel spa, where guests can enjoy up to four simultaneous services in 60 minutes. The state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa combines traditional European services with cutting-edge aesthetic technology.
Prime Parking: Fall is the perfect time to experience Central Park, and you’re just two blocks away at the Regency. You can easily eat up an entire day exploring the Great Lawn, the Reservoir, Sheep Meadow and the rest of its 843 acres. Running in Central Park is an experience in itself. Book a 5K Fun Run online and join the crowd for an hour-long morning primer that takes you past Bethesda Fountain, the Mall, Strawberry Fields and other iconic spots. Part of an integrated system of four zoos and an aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Central Park Zoo is also must, especially for families.
October Rates: Starting at $735.
540 Park Ave., New York, New York, (212) 759-4100, loewshotels.com.
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