Winter in New York requires your warmest coat and sturdy boots. Yet there is a majesty about the cashmere-bundled grand dames of the Upper East Side, the elegant ice skaters in Central Park and the festive cheer on Fifth Avenue. And from the glitzy malls to the independent boutiques, it’s a great place for Christmas shopping or New Year sales.
The comfort of The Lowell, one block east of Central Park, makes this a glorious winter bolt-hole with staff who display an old school gentility. The recent refurbishment by Michael S Smith has seen the Club Room transformed into a flower-filled regal hideaway and the restaurant is splendid with its alabaster chandeliers and blue and white marble floor tiles. Choose one of his suites, with triple aspect views of the city. The floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms are stocked with customised DDC28 products, while bespoke cashmere blankets add a cosy flourish.