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September 25, 2012

The Bentley Suite at The St. Regis

By Ingrid Skjong | Hotels

The Bentley Suite at The St. Regis
Bruce Buck

Driving a luxury car and relaxing in a high-caliber hotel suite are two experiences worth doing often. Thankfully, they blend into one at the new Bentley Suite at The St. Regis New York—a partnership that pulls hallmarks from both brands into a 1,700-square-foot abode that echoes the British carmaker’s wares.

The one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath suite sits on the 15th floor. (New York–based Wimberly Interiors collaborated on the design.) Wood, metal and Bentley Motors leather combine for a masculine feel with muscle that stays comfortably rich, thanks to high ceilings and silk wall coverings. A custom sleigh bed in the bedroom highlights Bentley burled wood, and the entryway wall features a diamond pattern stitched into tan leather in green—a signature of Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England. A chandelier over the dining room table calls to mind the insides of an engine.

“The goal was to produce a one-of-a-kind experience, only to be found in The St. Regis New York, which expressed the essence of each brand in a contemporary context,” says Paul H. F. Nash, general manager of the hotel.

Butler service and an in-suite Champagne bar are a few of the perks here, but access to the hotel’s 2013 Bentley Mulsanne—the first in the U.S.—might top them all. Guests can make use of the car, outfitted with the St. Regis crest on its headrests and crystal Champagne flutes, by driving it a few blocks around the hotel or hiring a private driver for longer spins. What a ride. From $9,500; 2 E. 55th St.; 212-753-4500; stregis.com/newyork.