New York is filled with luxury hotels with incredible amenities like individual terraces, indoor pools, and mattresses worth thousands. But there is only one property that offers access to one of the most coveted spots in the city. Gramercy Park Hotel is the only (and will always be the only) hotel to give guests access to Gramercy Park, the last remaining private park in Manhattan.
The only people who can enjoy the two-acre pristine plot are those who live around the park and pay an annual fee to have a key. But Gramercy Park Hotel, located on the north side of the park, provides guests the rare opportunity to step inside. Upon request, guests of the hotel are escorted over to the park by the concierge team. You can spend as long as they like. But then when it's time to go, you need to call the hotel to come to collect you since they do not give the keys out, and you need a key to exit the park.
The opportunity is so rare, even New Yorkers book a stay at the hotel specifically for this perk. Park proposals are very common among locals who book the hotel just for this reason. Unfortunately, a park picnic is not possible as guests cannot take food into the park.
“Getting into Gramercy Park, the only private park in New York City, is on many people’s bucket list. It is an exclusive perk we offer to hotel guests,” Danielle Choi, Director of Sales and Marketing told Departures. “Our park-facing rooms also offer primary vantage points of the pristine gardens, so guests can also soak in the beauty of the park without ever leaving their rooms.”
Aside from the park access, the Gramercy Park Hotel is known for its extensive art collection, making it one of the best unofficial museums in the city. In fact, it boasts the largest hotel art collection in the city. It has over $50 million worth of art on-site at any given time.
“The other special experience is a complimentary private art tour of the Hotel’s museum-quality collection which currently includes works of Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Urs Fischer, and David Salle,” added Choi. “The collection is constantly revolving, allowing guests to enjoy and experience new art.”