Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2016

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44 slmag.net Boredom in the Big Apple is not a word one would typically expect a visitor to banter about considering the city's myriad of sights, sounds and setbacks (frustratingly infinite traffic jams spring to mind). In fact, the frenetic pace and vast array of options can leave one feeling slightly harried by the end of their trip. With a little planning, choosing the right hotel in a primo location and cooperation from Mother Nature, it is very possible to fll a long weekend without ever flling the back seat of a cab. Such was the experience during our recent stay at Te Ritz Carlton. Steps from the front door of the 33-story 1930s building designed by Emery Roth, Central Park's horse-drawn carriages line Central Park South. Tis enviable location in the heart of Manhattan means that major attractions of the city are a short stroll away. Opened in 2002, the interior of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond property is akin to what one would expect when stepping across the threshold of a Park Avenue apartment belonging to a sophisticated savant. The reception area flows into Te Star Lounge, where the warm wood paneling and gilt accents are mirrored by the golden service of legendary New York bartender Norman Bukofzer (think Mel Brooks-meets- Gene Wilder). The elegant environs are further enhanced by a museum-quality collection of paintings, including examples from contemporary landscape artist Steve Hannock and post- impressionist NYC native Samuel Halpert. Te same ambiance is extended to the Auden Bistro, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Executive Chef Mark Arnao infuses the artisanal menu with dishes refective of his varied background and experience; he cites green curry chicken, sushi and foie gras terrine among his favorites to prepare. In the 259 guest rooms and 47 suites, dark wood gives way to soothing shades of celadon, taupe and pale rose executed in plush upholstery, brocade drapery and intricately textured carpets. Cloud-like beds are dressed in 400 thread-count linens, feather duvets and a choice of seven pillow types to ensure a perfect night's sleep. Spacious bathrooms are sheathed in marble and boast deep soaking tubs and a separate shower. Te Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park HOTEL CONFIDENTIAL Written by Abigail Hamilton

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