Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

A crystal Palace with a $60 million dollar Penthouse

We’ve all been sufficiently warned about living in glass houses, but what about fine crystal?

In March, the legendary French brand Baccarat will open its first hotel and residential space in New York—in an impressive 50-story tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. And if you’re the type of person who thinks it’s perfectly reasonable to check out with a hotel towel or shampoo bottle in your bag, imagine how tempting it would be to find a pair of Baccarat crystal tumblers in your bathroom.

Then again, what else would you expect for rooms costing upwards of $800 a night—let alone $60 million for the residential penthouse.

The 114-room hotel clearly spared no expense. Baccarat Hotel and Residenceswill be home to the first Stateside La Mer spa and Chevalier—the signature restaurant that will be helmed by executive chef Shea Gallante and restaurant director Charles Masson (of La Grenouille fame).

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the structure that houses Baccarat Hotel and Residences. There are three separate entrances: one for the restaurant, one for the hotel, and one for the residences.

Designed by Paris-based duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, the petite and grand salons are spectacularly appointed with lavish treatments such as fur-upholstered seating, pleated silk walls, silver-leaf wood paneling, and sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceilings. And grand chandeliers and crystal objects accent every space. There’s also a particularly fun detail that plays off Baccarat’s meticulous design archive: 250 blank bound volumes (one for every year the crystal maker has been around) sit in chronological order, waiting for guests to fill them with stories.


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