The Loews Regency
A landmark among New York’s collection of classic hotels since opening its doors back in 1963, The Loews Regency has enjoyed the favour of film stars, socialites and royalty over the years. But this is not a hotel to rest on its laurels. Following an extensive refurbishment, $100-million-dollars was spent on hauling this hotel out of its comfort zone and into the 21st century with a bright, contemporary colour palette and plenty of modern amenities. The 379 guestrooms feature earthy, mineral tones, vast white marble bathrooms and large windows looking out onto Park Avenue. The Signature Suites, meanwhile, offer a more personalised aesthetic dreamed up by a small selection of New York designers such as Mayer Davis and Rottet Studio – The Davis-designed Bohemian Suite is modelled after a SoHo loft apartment, with an eclectic mix of artwork adorning the walls and a stylish open-plan living area and kitchen.
Downstairs, a sleek marble lobby strikes just the right balance between business and pleasure, while an army of attentive staff ensure a warm welcome and highly efficient service throughout. Just off to the left is the new Regency Bar & Grill, formerly the Library. The home of New York’s first “power breakfasts”, this is still a popular choice for high-powered business meetings, which makes for wonderful people watching. Come evening, the area is transformed with low lighting, expertly mixed cocktails and a menu of American classics, from mini corned beef Reubens to the Regency Bar & Grill burger and a selection of grilled meats and steaks. The wine list is also worth a mention, with an impressive range of wines by the glass and by the bottle, as well as a small selection of exclusive wines available by the ounce. If you’re in any doubt as to what wine to order with your meal, enlist the help of the sommelier, who will ensure a perfect pairing.