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“Roof-to-Table” fare will characterize the new space

The rooftop garden is on the 20th floor of the Waldorf Astoria.

New York just got a little greener.

With the help of the Horticultural Society of New York, the Waldorf Astoria New York is unveiling their new rooftop garden. The garden’s function is twofold, both intended to aid the surrounding environment while also providing ingredients for the hotel’s restaurants.

The garden is composed of nine planting beds, six trees, and potted plants that have all been growing since last spring. The plants were chosen based on the needs of the local bees that will be hard at work making “Top of the Waldorf Honey.”

Peacock Alley, Oscar’s Brasserie, and Bull & Bear Steakhouse, will all be featuring specialty dishes and cocktails based on the seasonal harvest. Executive Chef David Garcelon has been working with director of horticulture and public programs to manage and maintain the garden.

The official unveiling will occur on June 5th, with celebrity personality Tim Gunn planting the final item, a Sour Cherry Tree gifted by Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project.


Waldorf Astoria New York Announces New Rooftop Garden - Recipes

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Warm Glazed Potatoes with Caviar

herbal tapioca
Billecart Salmon “Jean-Georges” Brut NV – Champagne, France
*2012 Louis Roederer “Cristal” Brut – Champagne, France

fresh chili oil, crushed fennel seed, lime, basil
2017 Garemani Sauvignon Blanc – Santa Barbara, California
*2019 Domaine Huet “Le Mont” Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc – Vouvray, France

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2018 Bodega Chacra “Lunita” Pinot Noir – Patagonia, Argentina
*2018 Beaux Frères “Upper Terrace Vineyard” Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Oregon

spring peas, herbal comte infusion
2017 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, California
*2008 R. López de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Tempranillo – Rioja, Spain

almond crumble, pistachio ice cream, strawberry cream
2017 Donnafugata “Ben Ryé” Passito di Pantelleria – Sicily, Italy
*2016 5 Puttonyos Aszú "Red Label" Royal Tokaji - Hungary

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions

Eight Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Warm Watercress and Mint Salad

avocado, yuzu shallot vinaigrette
Billecart Salmon “Jean-Georges” Brut NV – Champagne, France
*2012 Louis Roederer “Cristal” Brut – Champagne, France

peas, mint, black pepper
2017 Garemani Sauvignon Blanc – Santa Barbara, California
*2019 Domaine Huet “Le Mont” Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc – Vouvray, France

sesame vinaigrette, shiso
2017 Trimbach “Réserve” Riesling – Alsace, France
*2011 Michel Redde et Fils "Majorum" Sauvignon Blanc – Pouilly-Fumé, France

ginger, soy-lime sauce
2017 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, California
*2008 R. López de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Tempranillo – Rioja, Spain

spring peas, beans, mushrooms
2018 Bodega Chacra “Lunita” Pinot Noir – Patagonia, Argentina
*2018 Beaux Frères “Upper Terrace Vineyard” Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Oregon

Yuzu Infused Strawberries

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2017 Donnafugata “Ben Ryé” Passito di Pantelleria – Sicily, Italy
*2016 5 Puttonyos Aszú "Red Label" Royal Tokaji - Hungary

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Warm Watercress and Mint Salad

avocado, yuzu shallot vinaigrette
Billecart Salmon “Jean-Georges” Brut NV – Champagne, France
*2012 Louis Roederer “Cristal” Brut – Champagne, France

sesame vinaigrette, shiso
2017 Trimbach “Réserve” Riesling – Alsace, France
*2011 Michel Redde et Fils "Majorum" Sauvignon Blanc – Pouilly-Fumé, France

spring peas, beans, mushrooms
2018 Bodega Chacra “Lunita” Pinot Noir – Patagonia, Argentina
*2018 Beaux Frères “Upper Terrace Vineyard” Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Oregon

Yuzu Infused Strawberries

coconut yogurt poppy seed sorbet, crispy meringue
2017 Donnafugata “Ben Ryé” Passito di Pantelleria – Sicily, Italy
*2016 5 Puttonyos Aszú "Red Label" Royal Tokaji - Hungary

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.


Inside the $1 billion restoration of the Waldorf Astoria &ndash the New York hotel being transformed into luxury residences

&ldquoThe greatest of them all&rdquo was how esteemed hotelier Conrad Hilton described the Waldorf Astoria, the palatial New York hotel that occupies an entire block on Park Avenue. It was the Waldorf that set the standard for luxury hotels as we know them today, with room service, reservation-only restaurants and rooftop happy hours all born within its &lsquoWaldorf grey&rsquo walls. Red velvet cake was created here too, as was the Waldorf salad, and it was the venue of choice for Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco&rsquos engagement party.

Archive photos of the Waldorf Astoria on Fifth Avenue

When the Waldorf opened its doors in 1931, it was the largest and tallest hotel in the world and its visitors as high-reaching as the suites they stayed in &mdash HM The Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor among them. The proof of the Waldorf Astoria&rsquos prowess lay not just in its star-studded guest list, but in the number of those guests who stayed far longer than their check out time. Cole Porter lived there for nearly 30 years, penning some of his most famous jingles on a Steinway & Son&rsquos piano gifted to him by the hotel. When he died in 1964, his apartment was taken over by none other than Frank Sinatra, who rented the space for a princely sum of $1m a year. It was also a (not-so) humble abode for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower.

While you could always stay at the Waldorf Astoria so long as your bank account allowed, it was first and foremost a hotel &mdash and although many took up residence, they were never, truly, residents. This is all about to change thanks to a $1billion restoration, which will transform the previously 1,400 guest rooms into 375 condominium residences and 375 hotel suites &mdash allowing you the opportunity to officially own a home at one of the most celebrated addresses in the world.

The Waldorf Astoria The Towers of Waldorf Astoria Residences

With its exterior and interior formally protected under New York&rsquos Landmarks Preservation Law, the Waldorf Astoria is a difficult building to refurbish. Developer Dajia US and architect Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill are behind the project, which will see the nearly 100-year-old property restored and updated for a contemporary audience. This involves, among other things, undoing a number of insensitive alterations from decades past, including replacing more than 5,000 windows with original profiles and colours, colour-matching the original &lsquoWaldorf grey&rsquo bricks to swap with former, non-matching replacements, and structurally reinforcing a number of terraces to provide access to them for the first time in the building&rsquos history.

The Towers of Waldorf Astoria Residences will be 375 private homes located above the hotel and designed by interiors mogul Jean-Louis Denoit. Balancing the building&rsquos Art Deco heritage with contemporary living, the designer aimed to capture the grandeur of the Waldorf Astoria in his designs, and that he did. A marble foyer sets the tone for what&rsquos to come, with solid custom-panelled interior doors fitted with bespoke antique hardware, custom cabinets manufactured by Molenti&C, and vanities topped with polished marble. In the bathroom, a Waldorf Astoria-inspired pattern adorns the tile mosaic flooring.

The Towers of Waldorf Astoria Residences

Each apartment is designed to be turnkey, and residents can want for nothing &mdash there is even the option of a fob front door key, which can be programmed to work at specific times of the day for heightened security. The only downside is perhaps the lack of customisability while there are bespoke elements throughout the property, the general design is fixed &mdash you will be given a quartzite countertop kitchen whether you want one or not.

Where you do have the freedom to choose is in the floorplan there are more than 126 possible layouts to select from, ranging from studio apartments to two spectacular penthouse suites located at the top of the hotel&rsquos towers. The majority of properties will be one- and two-bedrooms &mdash a decision based on market demand &mdash with prices starting from $1.7m for a studio and going up to $18.5m and beyond.

The Waldorf Astoria swimming pool The Waldorf Astoria

The price tag doesn&rsquot just buy you a home in one of world&rsquos most famous addresses, but access to a host of private amenities too, of which there are many. Along with the hotel&rsquos own restaurants, bars and 20,000 sq ft spa, residents can enjoy 55,000 sq ft of exclusive services, with each space once again designed by Denoit. There will be men and women&rsquos wellness lounges, each with its own sauna, steam rooms and private treatment rooms a private fitness centre, which will overlook a 25m swimming pool and an outdoor terrace two bars (The Presidential Bar and the Monaco Bar) a billiards room a games room a theatre a children&rsquos playroom and a library. These, along with two outdoor spaces, can all be privately booked for events, with staff, food and drinks arranged via the residential concierge.

The Winter Garden

&ldquoThe Waldorf Astoria was long called New York&rsquos unofficial palace, and that is partly because these were grand civic spaces accessible to any resident or visitor to the city they became the places that New Yorkers and people from around the world would come to celebrate the major moments of their lives,&rdquo Andrew Miller, CEO of developer Dajia US, said. &ldquoWe have taken enormous care in restoring these places and bringing them back to an aesthetic that in many cases haven&rsquot been seen for more than 50 years, because of all of the alterations that happened over time.

&ldquoThere is a very strong desire and commitment on the whole team&rsquos part to ensure that the Waldorf Astoria will reopen as the finest hotel in New York City,&rdquo Miller added, &ldquoand we aim to keep that title for many decades.&rdquo


Culinary Excellence Endures at the Waldorf Astoria NYC

Courtesy Waldorf Astoria and Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York Courtesy Waldorf Astoria and Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York

The iconic Waldorf Astoria New York hotel—world-renowned for five-star accommodations and premier amenities—is notorious for its impeccable standards whereby luxury and refinement reign supreme in all that it offers. This includes the property’s award-winning food and beverage program that has stood the test of time, making itself as relevant and revered today as in storied years past.

One need not be a guest of the hotel to partake in gastronomic pleasures at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Whether you’re staying at this prestigious Park Avenue hotel or are simply seeking a memorable dining experience in the heart of Manhattan, this haute hotel boasts two premier epicurean experiences that are a perennial draw unto themselves: Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse and Sunday Brunch at Peacock Alley. These two dining options are very different, but both deliver everything a patron would expect of fine dining in one of the world’s most illustrious luxury hotels.

Bull & Bear Steakhouse

Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse, the signature restaurant located inside the Waldorf Astoria New York, is home to one of the most historic and well-recognized bars in New York City. Here, Italian fabrics, leathers, dark wood, plush carpet, decorative mirrors and painted artwork lend an air of casual sophistication to the old-school lounge ambiance of this former men’s club. The signature bronze Bull & Bear statues stand behind the legendary bar as commanding reminders of the steakhouse’s significance to city’s financial sector and its rich history—ultimately serving as the location’s namesake.

“In the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes,” explains General Manager Gilbert Bolivar. “At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, now Bull & Bear Steakhouse, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow. In honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear. Over time, so many deals were struck ‘at the Bull and Bear’ where the gilded statues stood that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title.”

Mere steps away from numerous Fortune 500 companies, the Bull & Bear caters to sophisticated tastes. Bolivar notes, “Our food and beverage is top notch–everything is sourced as locally as possible, including ingredients coming from the hotel’s rooftop garden. Bull & Bear is also one of the only restaurants in NYC to offer real Satsuma Wagyu beef [Grade A-5 Black, “600” day grain fed, hand cut and aged 35 days] imported from Japan. We are constantly working to lead the food and beverage trends. We change our signature cocktails seasonally and our culinary team is always looking at ways to enhance our dishes. I continue to be my own critic and every day we look for ways to improve.”

And those efforts are paying off amid the modern marketplace, with Bolivar pointing out recent accolades, including a 4-star rating on Tripadvisor, Yelp and Opentable, and earning the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award. The New York Times also cited the restaurant’s mahogany bar as one of the world’s greatest. In his quest to continually curate exceptional dining experiences, Bolivar also shared that among the restaurant’s short term goals is achieving a 5-star rating on all platforms, “exceeding the expectations of customers daily.” This the restaurant will work toward one divine dish at a time.

For his part, Bolivar’s favorite item from this fairly traditional steakhouse menu is the 30-ounce Porterhouse ($62), a robust combination of a sirloin and a filet. In my own visit to the eatery, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to indulge in the 6-ounce Satsuma Wagyu New York Strip Steak ($115). Although the house recommends this superlative steak be served at rare temp, my personal preference (in line with recommendation on how to optimally prepare Wagyu steak), is to achieve medium temp to achieve the peak richness and flavor point. Sauce options for all of the steak dishes include peppercorn, bordelaise, béarnaise or Bull & Bear’s own steak sauce.

Baroque beef aside, I can also personally vouch for the restaurant’s Chilled Maine Lobster Cocktail starter—a half lobster served with a fine herb aioli ($29) Dover Sole Meuniere in brown butter sauce ($59) entree Parmesan Truffle Fries ($14) and the Lobster Mac & Cheese ($16). Of course, don’t miss the opportunity to eat a fresh, crisp and light Waldorf Salad ($19) at its birthplace. The Bull & Bear also serves the Waldorf Astoria’s Private Label Caviar (Gold Selection $100 Premium Selection $130). For dessert, you simply can’t miss with the New York Cheese Cake ($16), of course, served with an orchard fruit sorbet. Divine indeed.

Peacock Alley and Sunday Brunch

While the Bull & Bear is the quintessential venue for making high-octane deals and celebrating life’s good fortune, Peacock Alley is another popular place to “see and be seen.” This eatery’s scintillating Sunday brunch, held seasonally from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ($98/adult, $65/child), flows out of the restaurant’s various dining rooms into the Waldorf Astoria’s expansive main lobby—the promenade area that connects the once separate Waldorf and Astoria hotels. Today, the space is utilized to deliver a lavish power brunch like none other—one that that pays homage to the hotel’s culinary history as the birthplace of American breakfast staples like Eggs Benedict.

Executive Chef David Garcelon elaborates on the scope and significance of what has become a highly anticipated weekly affair: “I believe we are the only hotel in Manhattan with a full, gourmet buffet brunch. The buffet features over 100 meal options and is highlighted by a seafood station with shellfish, smoked fish and caviar, chefs preparing omelets, eggs benedict and carving beef wellington and, of course, a bountiful display from our pastry chefs around a molten chocolate fountain. I love our latest chef station that features one of our a pastry chefs making made to order ‘Baked Alaska Lollipops’ using Top of the Waldorf Honey Ice Cream, coated in meringue and browned with a blow torch.”

“While dining with us at the Sunday Brunch, you will be able to taste the best that New York has to offer while enjoying the legendary and renowned Waldorf Astoria New York lobby atmosphere,” states Julien Pierlas, Director of Restaurants who can be seen meandering through the dining rooms to meet and greet patrons tableside. “Then, you will be transported back in time as you listen to the pianist perform on Cole Porter’s piano while the harpist in the back room lulls you into a relaxed Sunday mood.”

Pierlas continues, “Our beverage program is also of the best out there. With specials like the Waldorf Buzz Beer made exclusively for us by the Finger Lakes’ own Empire Brewing Company, with the honey produced on the rooftop. In fact, many of the ingredients grown in the hotel’s rooftop garden are used in Peacock Alley specials, from daily dish specials to creative cocktails. Or, try ‘The Bloody Bunny,’ a twist on the original Bloody Mary, made with fresh carrot juice.”

I’ve had the pleasure of eating at Peacock Alley’s Sunday Brunch, and the bounty can overwhelm at first. One sumptuous station unfolds after the other, each with an allure all its own. Among other notable aspects of the buffet is the abounding raw bar replete with various types of caviar and accoutrements as well as clams, oysters, lobster and shrimp. Multiple soups, salads, breakfast fare, pasta dishes and a bevy of meat carving stations are among the other fine fare options rounding out the savory pageant of provisions. The sweet finish consists of more than 100 gourmet desserts displayed in delectable form. At this buffet, check your diet at the door and fully immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind experience.

Indeed, this is a brunch designed to be distinctive. When asked about future plans for Peacock Alley, Pielas replies, “Our goals are to keep food quality, food presentation and drink specials at such a high level, that guests won’t find it anywhere else.” Garcelon concurs. “Of course we want to continue to focus on quality and continuing to tweak the offering while maintaining the items that people love. We are very fortunate to have a large group of loyal New York guests who come on a regular basis.”

For over a century, the chefs of The Waldorf Astoria New York have been renowned for their culinary excellence. This heritage continues to be celebrated through Bull & Bear and Peacock Alley’s Sunday Brunch—two classic dining experiences that inspire patrons to slow down, soak in the scene and savor a life being well lived.

“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.


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Tour Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden

Get an opportunity to climb on top of a Four-Star hotel in NYC. The Waldorf Astoria New York hotel offers just that, with its now larger rooftop garden and amazing beehive sanctuary on the 20th-floor. If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, exploring the hotel’s deck is an exciting adventure.

Book a tour and partake in one of the exclusive beekeeping seminars with the pros and learn how the chef uses the honey in the Astoria’s kitchen. End your day with a Waldorf Buzz honey beer, exclusively made using nectar from the beehives you just toured by Empire Brewing.


Waldorf Astoria New York Announces New Rooftop Garden - Recipes

Condé Nast Traveler has revealed the results of its 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts brands.

10.12.20 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Honored in China by Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler has revealed the results of its 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand in China with three coveted property wins.

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announced the upcoming debut of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, a distinctive 400-room AAA five-diamond hotel in Dana Point, Calif.

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Hilton’s luxury resorts Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island are ready to welcome travelers to their slice of paradise with an enhanced promise of safety and wellbeing.

09.17.20 Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Reopens Terrace Dining With Exclusive New Eight-Course Tasting

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills announces today that its award-winning dining destination, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, is welcoming back guests with the reopening of its outdoor terrace on Oct. 1, 2020.

09.14.20 Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Unveils New Elopement Package

In true Las Vegas fashion, the award-winning and game-free Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas hotel has launched a one-of-a-kind wedding experience for couples looking to exchange vows in the heart of the city.

09.01.20 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Celebrates Top Accolades in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi today celebrates its recognition in the coveted annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list.

06.12.20 Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton Introduce Advanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Measures to Ensure Guests Enjoy a Safe Stay

Guests at the iconic sister properties, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton, will soon see advanced, hospital-grade cleaning measures put in place.

06.08.20 The Rooftop by JG at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Reopens with an Enhanced Look

The Rooftop by JG, the al-fresco dining hotspot located atop Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, will reopen on June 12 with new offerings and hours of operation following an enhancement renovation.

05.14.20 An Unforgettable Waldorf Wedding for Medical Heroes

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund hosted an unforgettable group wedding on May 1 in its Shanghai Club Ballroom.

03.04.20 Waldorf Astoria New York Returns: Global Icon on Park Avenue to Launch Sales of Luxury Condominium Residences

Today, the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York will officially launch the sales of the building’s condominium residences, The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria.

02.14.20 Forbes Travel Guide Awards Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills the Prestigious Five-Star Hotel Designation

Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its annual Star Rating list.

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Mayfair Park Residences, Dorchester Collection – London

The pool at the Mayfair Park Residences / ©Clivedale London

The first set of branded residences for the Dorchester Collection is located in the heart of London’s prestigious Mayfair, just off Park Lane. Created in collaboration with luxury developers Clivedale London, Maryfair Park Residences are a collection of fully-serviced (the nearby Dorchester Collection at 45 Park Lane provides housekeeping, 24-hour in-residence dining and grocery shopping), exquisitely stylish homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments through to a number of townhouses.

Its crowning glory however is its 12,000-sq-ft penthouse featuring its own rooftop pool and 5,000 sq ft of outdoor terraces. There are luxury amenities aplenty including a 10,000-sq-ft health club that incorporates a 65 ft pool, gym, sauna, steam room and two private treatment rooms.


Urban Apiary: The Waldorf-Astoria's Edible Rooftop Garden

You might dare to find a charming garden filled with honey bees on the most idyllic of countryside excursions, but high atop an iconic hotel on New York’s Upper East Side? A doubly delightful surprise!

The only thing better than a garden full of herbs and flowers is one that’s hidden in an unexpected place. And the rooftop of the Waldorf-Astoria certainly qualifies. We were surprised to recently find that not only does the hotel grow their own garden-fresh herbs and other greens, but they keep six bee hives abuzz as well!

As you can imagine, the hotel puts all this bee-keeping and garden-tending to good use for hotel guests, especially to those visiting for the world-famous treatments inside the Guerlain Spa. The spa (one of the best in the city) now offers a one-of-a-kind, fresh-from-the-rooftop Milk, Haute Honey and Rooftop Herbs treatment. And their Abeille Royale facial uses royal jelly, the most precious take from any hive. Royal jelly, produced for the queen bee herself, is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense substances, rich in amino acids, minerals and B vitamins that are fantastic for the skin. Of course, honey, too, is a skin superfood.

Join Guerlain Spa’s honey-bee facial with an herb garden treatment: Their fresh lemon sugar scrub is rosemary infused and their in-spa cocktail menu is filled with garden-fresh ingredients. We love that!

To book a treatment with Guerlain, find out more about their appointment times here. To book a room at the iconic Waldorf Astoria find out more here.

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Honeybee Hotel

Uncovering the honeyed history of the iconic Waldorf Astoria, Leslie Day explores the transformation of its rooftop garden from a place of leisure to an innovative beekeeping center, cultivated by executive chef David Garcelon. Introducing numerous honeybee hives to this landmark’s rooftop garden inspired a community to utilize the urban environment to provide meals, services, and educational opportunities for guests at the Waldorf Astoria and people living in the surrounding areas.

About the Speaker

Skilled urban naturalist and author Leslie Day offers educational nature walks throughout New York City and teaches courses at The New York Botanical Garden. She has also written a popular series of books about the natural world in the middle of the Metropolis, including Field Guide to Neighborhood Birds of New York City, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, and Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.


Designer of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria on Paying Homage to an Iconic Property—And Giving it an Update

Paris-based Jean-Louis Deniot is designing the interiors for the condominiums and amenities at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The project offers buyers the first opportunity in nearly 100 years to buy a residence at the legendary hotel.

Mr. Deniot, 46, has paid great attention to the hotel’s original Art Deco design, making sure each residence is both aesthetically pleasing and practical, handpicking every fixture and finish, and creating many custom items specifically for The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Custom cabinets, vanities, light fixtures, and mosaics honor the building’s history.

After establishing his firm in 2000, Mr. Deniot’s work has expanded across six continents, with his portfolio encompassing opulent homes, boutique hotels, yachts, and residential interiors and amenities at new development properties.

In addition to the residences, the Towers will have 50,000 square feet of private residential amenities, ranging from health and wellness to entertaining and business spaces, all designed by Mr. Deniot. New amenity spaces will include the Starlight Pool, a 25-meter private swimming pool with a skylight in the space of the original Starlight Roof, a Winter Garden bar and lounge, a Grand Salon for entertaining, and the Presidential Library, a nod to the presidential history of the hotel, where every president from Hoover to Obama has stayed.

We caught up with Mr. Deniot to discuss the challenges of designing for such an iconic property, the focus Covid-19 has put on interiors, and more.

Mansion Global: What is it like to design for a property as iconic as the Waldorf Astoria?

Jean-Louis Deniot: What makes it interesting about working on such an iconic historical institution is that you need to be infused by its history and DNA, and yet come up with a completely different recipe assemblage to create great energy.

We cannot simply recreate the past, but we can envision how we will enjoy the Waldorf Astoria in the future. What I have conveyed is a sense of theatricality, fantasy, and surrealism, because, in my mind, these elements are what the Waldorf is about.

MG: What kind of look were you trying to achieve?

JLD: I took inspiration greatly from the exterior of the Waldorf Astoria, created in the 1930s, and greatly inspired by European style and standards so that it is almost Art Deco, yet also echoes Louis XVI style. The Waldorf Astoria was extremely French, to the extent that they installed French chandeliers, French deco and so on, but there was a paradox within this inspiration the Louis XVI period was set in the 1770s, 250 years before the construction of the Waldorf Astoria began.

I acknowledge that French style represents grandeur, aristocratic refinement and style, but in my mind, it didn’t make sense, so rather, my point of inspiration was the idea to complement the building and its epoque instead.

This period of time saw industry booming—which is what we are going through with technology these days—so I focused more on the Waldorf Astoria as it is, in New York, a place for New Yorkers, where every nationality is welcome.

My work is past, present and future, timeless. If you stand there and look at the amenities, you may find it hard to place exactly at which moment in time you are. That is what I enjoy the most.

MG: How do you cater those condos to suit the tastes of prospective buyers? How do you imagine what they’ll want?

JLD: When I imagined the life inside the Waldorf Astoria, I wanted each owner in their private space to have a perfect canvas to work with.

I never wished to use any pastiche of the Art Deco era, I didn’t want a copy or pastiche I wish to assure a fresh historical take and design, specific custom-made architectural profiles, and silhouettes, moldings, proportions that remind us, that tease, play and pay homage to Art Deco. The outcome is therefore something that fuses classical with contemporary, injected with a great dose of life and energy.

MG: Do you expect design tastes to change a lot as a result of Covid-19?

JLD: Yes, I do. People are now more focused on their direct environment, their private world, their home. They will be selecting purchases based on craftsmanship, quality, lifestyle and longevity.

MG: Is there anything being quarantined has made you notice more?

JLD: YYou get to appreciate what you accumulated or collected until now, and it makes you more appreciative and selective of your own extra needs for the future.

MG: How do you define luxury in real estate and in design?

JLD: All the skylights so I can follow the sun during the day, and the moon and stars at night.

MG: What's your favorite part of your home?

JLD:It is when the exceptional becomes extremely natural, almost invisible, defusing chic and style effortlessly.

MG: How would you describe your personal dream property?

JLD: Dreams are made to be executed and performed. What happens in your dreams is always achievable as it all comes from you. I had a dream of a glass atelier hanging on a cliff over the ocean, and this is now actually happening. Let’s make all dreams happen.


Watch the video: New Yorks iconic Waldorf Astoria launches sales of high-end residences (August 2022).