New York’s Waldorf Astoria is one of the most famous hotels in the world, and with good reason: It’s huge, it’s lavish, it’s ornate, it’s opulent, the restaurants there are great, and its level of service can’t be beat. While it’s a great place to stay for any out-of-town visitor, staying at the Waldorf – or, more specifically, the “hotel within a hotel” Towers of the Waldorf Astoria – is a must-do if you’re getting married in New York and are looking for a luxe spot to spend your wedding night or are passing through the city on your honeymoon. We stayed there for three nights last month, including the evening of our wedding, and never wanted to leave.
The Waldorf Towers, which occupies the top 15 floors of the hotel, has its own separate entrance on the side of the building on 50th street (as well as a dedicated elevator bank off the hotel’s main lobby), and, as opposed to the grand lobby of the main hotel, this lobby (above) is much smaller but still ornate and elegant. Bellmen collect your bags and deliver them to your room, and our Presidential-style suite (which we learned upon check-in that we’d been upgraded to) was stunningly beautiful. A marble foyer gave way to the master bedroom, a huge boudoir/powder room, and a large master bathroom to the right with Ferragamo amenities; a full kitchen and butler’s pantry to the left, and continued into a spacious living room (below) with fully-stocked bookshelves, rich draperies, a fireplace, two plush couches and plenty of comfortable chairs, and a breakfast table in one corner. It connected to a large dining room that can accommodate up to 12, which was itself connected to the kitchen. While this room went above and beyond what we were expecting, even the Towers’ other offerings — Luxury Rooms, One and Two-Bedroom Suites, and Residential-Style Apartments — are decorated with just as much care and attention to detail.
But the amenities at the Towers don’t just end with the rooms; staying there also grants you access to the fitness center and the Astoria Lounge (above), where complimentary breakfast and light lunch is served, as well as special privileges at the hotel’s Guerlain Spa (a couple’s massage is a great way to spend the afternoon after your wedding day). Head concierge Michael Romei is on call as a great resource for all things New York, And as the Waldorf is renowned for its service, if you want anything brought up to your room, be it an ice bucket and glasses for Champagne or chicken fingers and fries at 2 a.m., all you have to do is call.
The Towers of the Waldorf-Astoria has hosted everyone from presidents (it’s where they all stay when they’re in town) to the Queen of England, and both Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra lived in Suite 33A at different times. The Waldorf and its hotels around the world are committed to providing what they call “True Waldorf Service,” and while it’s good to know that it’s always there, is especially nice to know that it’s essentially custom-tailored for newlyweds looking for something special.