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Reviews Luxurious Hotel Gramercy park in The United Kingdom

A choice hangout for the hip, beautiful, and famous, this totally unique hotel has three happening bar/lounges, handsome and luxurious rooms, and state-of-the-art business and fitness centers.

The hotel itself was built in 1925 and is steeped in bohemian history. (Humphrey Bogart got married here and the bar was a favorite haunt for Babe Ruth.) In 2006, having recruited the artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel as the interior designer, Schrager reopened the Gramercy Park Hotel, offering a redesign heavy on velvet, old-world goods — like the matador’s jacket in the lobby — and world-class art. (Warhols litter the top floor, and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring pieces seem almost casually placed.) However, Schrager has since parted ways with the hotel. All this comes at a very high price, of course. But for those looking to place themselves in the center of cool, the Gramercy Park Hotel is one of the places to stay in New York.
An excellent choice for parents with big budgets and a desire to make the scene while the kids are safely sleeping upstairs. Double rooms are available and some rooms, like the deluxe loft, have pull-out couches. Cribs and are free upon request and will fit into most standard rooms. Child-appropriate DVDs are available at the front desk. And one mother I spoke with said the hotel booked a really wonderful babysitter whom she planned to use again the next night.

Was that Sting? “I’m good with faces,” says an Australian shooting pool in the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel. “And that was Sting.” That’s all the confirmation I could get for my celebrity sighting — staff at the hotel are forced to sign confidentiality agreements, so they’reh no help — and it’s so uncool to start asking questions anyway.
A hip spot, people are clamoring to drink $18 cocktails and be part of this celebrity-studded scene. One would expect no less from Ian Schrager, the architect of culture who brought the world Studio 54 in the ’70s and practically invented the hipster boutique hotel in the ’80s and ’90s.

But this place isn’t just about the lounge scene; it takes its other responsibilities seriously as well. The rooms are luxurious, handsomely designed, and state-of-the-art. The business center has 24-hour secretarial staffing and enough equipment to support a modest business titan in a pinch. And the fitness center is well-equipped and enjoys dynamite views of Gramercy Park across the street.

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