Arrival Experience: Loews Regency Midtown hotel, fresh from a $100 million remodel, has its entrance directly on Park Avenue, which is a claim that only few hotels can offer. Its intimate lobby boasts a contemporary scheme with tucked-away corners for seating and a front-and-center reception desk. The entire property has emerged from a fresh renovation that brings a renewed spirit to its public areas, guest rooms, and dining areas. Notable of the hotel is its partnership with Fiat cars to offer transportation anywhere within a specific radius of the hotel free of charge. The service is available between 1pm and 8pm, and reservations are necessary. During our visit, everything was booked up far in advance demonstrating its popularity with guests.
Dining: The Regency Bar & Grill handles all meals with excellent streetfront views while also providing enough creativity to lure the local business crowd on this world-famous street. Its "power breakfast" is especially popular with the area's big shots that descend upon the hotel for coffee or to close a power deal without anyone else noticing. A coffee bar keeps everyone satisfied no matter what their corporate level or time of visit. Regular diners here can include Katie Couric and Larry King. Room service here runs nonstop.
Accommodations: Loews stands out with special touches like complimentary pressing of garments upon arrival and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel for up to four devices. Rooms are some of New York's most spacious, many of which have absolutely perfect views of Park Avenue. King or queen beds are wrapped in sumptuous Italian Frette linens and thick duvets. Armoires facing the beds feature flat-screen cable TVs and contain coffeemakers and minibars. Bedside iPhone docking stations are of the latest variety showcasing ports for the iPhone 5 (something that most hotels lack). Work desks with ergonomic chairs, by the windows, are immense with ample power outlets, speaker phones with voice mail, and wired Internet access. Armchairs with ottomans are well positioned by the windows to take in the views, and closets feature safes, robes, slippers, and full-length mirrors. Bathrooms boast marble surfaces from walls to floors with vanities sporting Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa designer skin and hair care products. Shower stalls are spacious, hairdryers and makeup mirrors are in place, and thick terry cloth towels are plentiful. With 58 suites in total, there are numerous options for upgrades upon check-in for those willing to fork over for premium views.
Conclusion: Following such an intense renovation, this hotel is one of the area's best bets for modern furnishings, friendly (and proud) service, and world-class amenities. Even the nearby Waldorf-Astoria cannot match the level of bespoke service and mew furnishings that have resulted from the full Loews investment here. Guests that make frequent visits to New York are welcome to long-term storage of garments at the hotel. Plus, the Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa boasts a long list of beauty and massage treatments to pamper weary travelers. Even the relaxation lounge has boutique touches with a double-sided glass fireplace. Four meeting rooms accommodate small to medium-sized groups. This modern property is a favorite of business travelers thanks to its location, but it is a popular spot for tourists because it is within close proximity to Fifth Avenue and most of the area's main sights.