This 52-story luxury tower has the impeccable star-studded Jean Georges restaurant at its base. The imperious chandelier-hung marble lobby is a perfect melding of Manhattan glitz and European grandeur, and the modern, minimalist guest rooms with spectacular Central Park views are sleek yet surprisingly understated.
On Columbus Circle, across the street from the Time Warner Center and overlooking Central Park, this is one of the premier power corners of Manhattan. Lincoln Center and the Museum of Natural History area to the north, signature shopping of Fifth Avenue to the southeast, and Times Square and Broadway Theaters a few blocks away. Columbus Circle is a major subway hub if you don’t want to walk or take cabs.
After a $30-million design renovation overseen by the boss’ daughter, Ivanka in September 2010, the property has an extra strut in its stride. Brash New York confidence – floor-to-ceiling windows, high-speed elevators, hi-tech amenities, and Dedon furniture by Philippe Starck on the terrace, are offset by subtle European touches: chandeliers, marble floors, and impeccable attention to detail from friendly, uniformed staff.No half measures.
The 6,000 square-foot fitness center includes a heated indoor lap pool (guests can get boxing and swimming lessons) and state-of-the-art spa offering everything from nutritional consultations to massages, herbal wraps, body glow treatments, manicures, and pedicures. You can have treatments in your room on request. While the concierges are superb, register for Trump Attaché, a programme that documents your requests and tastes to ensure you don’t have to even ask on your next visit.
Dramatic Central Park views and high ceilings aside, the hotel’s 176 rooms and suites feature numerous modish amenities such as 55-inch televisions, Blu-ray players, iPod docking stations and Blue Lounge The Sanctuary charging boxes for all electronics. Most rooms come with small European-style kitchens for in-room dining, and all have marble bathrooms. You get signature Trump mattresses from Serta on the beds. Opt for the two-bedroom suites which have the best Central Park views.
What to say? Master chef Jean George Vongerichten’s three-Michelin-starred ground-floor restaurant is your dinner, serving the master chef’s impeccable French cuisine from a seasonally changing menu. They do the in-room dining service too. Expect meringues instead of After Eights on your pillow.
Don’t miss signature cocktails on the al-fresco Terrace adjacent, which features the menu of the second in-house restaurant, Nougatine, Jean-George’s more casual, sleekly-upholstered bistro. The Trump Kids program provides special activities for little ones, swimming lessons on request and suites have “Kids in the Kitchen” options: a William Sonoma cookie baking gift basket that comes with a Trump apron.