Maybe you've seen the New York Palace Hotel featured on popular television shows such as Gossip Girl or Law & Order. You may remember it from feature films such as 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl. Or you may simply know the Palace Hotel from hearing about its rich history as one of New York City's finest hotels. One thing you may not know is that the New York Palace Hotel is also one of the greenest hotels in New York City. From its 55-story exclusive Tower, to the rare and beautiful artwork and historical decorations, the New York Palace Hotel offers a slice of history, a dash of luxury and a splash of green right in the heart of downtown Manhattan.
The history of the New York Palace Hotel goes back to 1882, when financier Henry Villard began construction on his grand residence. Over the years, the property changed hands, from Villard to the Archdiocese, to various corporate offices, but always retained a sense of luxury and historical importance. During the 1970's, the owners decided to turn the "Villard Houses" into a hotel, and construction on the iconic 55-story tower addition began. The Palace officially opened as a hotel in 1980, and underwent a multi-million dollar restoration in the 1990's, after which it became the iconic landmark we know today.
A stay at the Palace Hotel is a stay like no other, in part because guests can choose from two distinct options. Guests have a choice of the main rooms and suites, or the exclusive Tower rooms and suites. Guests staying in the main hotel area will be treated to concierge services, room amenities including hi-speed WiFi and room service, and a selection of luxury bath products. Rooms at the Palace are pet friendly and can accommodate dogs under 25 pounds, so your pet can enjoy your companionship while you enjoy your stay. If you choose the Tower as your lodging preference, you will experience full Manhattan skyline views, a separate reception area with a private elevator, separate concierge services and a butler service, just to name a few.
While the Palace Hotel has long been recognized for top quality luxury and hospitality, the Palace has been gathering praise more recently for its environmental policies. In 2011, the Palace received a 4 Green Key Rating through a collaboration with Healthy Buildings for its comprehensive sustainable practices. The Palace operates using 100% renewable energy through the purchase of energy certificates. This helps the 1.2 million-square-foot facility offset 22 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The hotel also partners with Clean the World, the first New York City Hotel to do so. Through this collaboration, 500 pounds of soap and other leftover room amenities are donated monthly to homeless shelters and the world's poorest nations.
A stay at the New York Palace Hotel puts you right in the heart of downtown New York City, for a getaway you won't soon forget. With a prime location on the corner of 50th & Madison Avenue, you are steps away from St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. During your stay at the Palace Hotel you will want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. However, you may wish to eat at the 2 Michelin Star restaurant, GILT, or make use of the hotel's fitness center and spa. The Palace offers ample meeting space in addition to the over 800 rooms and 80 suites, so your corporate meeting, wedding, or special event can be held in New York style. To really experience all the City has to offer, why not stay in a truly green, truly iconic hotel?