Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2012

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Te Bar on 5th Soaring in excess of 60 stories above Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan between 36th and 37th Streets, The Setai Fifth Avenue features 157 guest rooms that are among the largest in the city (the majority at 700 square feet or larger), plus 54 apartment suites (starting at 954 square feet) and three penthouse apartments (1,900 square feet) that are ideal for longer term stays in the Big Apple. Six guest rooms (three each on the fifth and 11th floors) have private terraces. At approximately 15 feet by 20 feet, the terraces are stylishly furnished, and those on the 11th floor afford incredible views of the Empire State Building. The hotel units are complemented by an exceptional collection of condominium residences on the tower's top floors. Art is integral to the aesthetic experience, beginning with the tower's limestone-clad sculptural exterior, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates in the architectural partners' last great New York collaboration before the passing of Charles Gwathmey. Like its neighbor, the Empire State Building (just two blocks away), Te Setai's subtly crenellated crown is illuminated each evening. A cantilevered metal canopy marks the hotel entrance on Fifth Avenue and the residential entryway on 36th Street. Faceted windows protrude over the sidewalks in each of the guest rooms and add additional architectural 40 slmag.net interest while providing guests with a unique visual perspective on the bustling streetscape. The Setai's intimate lobby exudes a residential feel and is defined by contemporary artworks from established and emerging American and European artists; a signature sweeping staircase leading to Ai Fiori, a fine dining establishment from the Altamarea Group and Chef Michael White; and an inviting banquette and reception desk of backlit white onyx panels. One of the highlights of the art collection is "Naughty Boy" by folk art sculptor Mark Perry positioned just inside the hotel entrance. Other pieces of note include "Falling White," a teardrop-shaped installation by Santiago Villanueva suspended within the helix of the staircase; photographs by Peruvian photographer Cecilia Paredes; leading Italian Transavanguardia artist Sandro Chia; native New York City painter Priscilla Heine; and, Barcelona's Antoni Tàpies, considered the best- known Catalan painter of the post-World War II era. Each guest at The Setai is assigned a Capella Personal Assistant, who is at their disposal to assist with every facet of their stay. Kimberly Small, our designated assistant, called me 10 days prior to our visit to offer her services. Initially I thought I had everything covered in terms of planning, but after our first correspondence, I quickly realized that her expert insight

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