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Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York Reimagines the Elegance and Perfection of the Legendary French Crystal Maker into a Luxury Lifestyle Hospitality BrandStarwood Capital Group, the private equity real estate firm, announces the March 18th opening of Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York is the first hotel and global flagship for the 250 year-old Baccarat crystal brand. Directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and steps away from Fifth Avenue’s legendary shopping, the hotel occupies the first 12 floors of the split level tower that rises 550 feet above West 53rd Street.

Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York features 114 sensationally appointed guest rooms and suites and a new modern French restaurant, Chevalier, overseen by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante. Legendary New York restaurateur Charles Masson will curate style and service in Chevalier and in the hotel’s second-story lobby salons and bar. The Bar at Baccarat, just off the opulent Grand Salon, is an epic space featuring barrel-vaulted ceilings, a 60-foot bar and an outdoor terrace overlooking the MoMA. The hotel also features a 50-foot indoor pool, an elite fitness training facility and the first Spa de La Mer in the United States.

Paris-based interior design firm Gilles & Boissier led the creation of the hotel’s interiors, which combine Baccarat’s French classic aesthetics with a fanciful modern sensibility.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill served as architects for the 50-story tower, while New York-based designer and member of the Architectural Digest 100, Tony Ingrao, led the residential design. The tower’s sixty private residences are accessible through a separate entrance and will have access to all of the hotel’s amenities. Celebrated decorator Stephen Sills created the elegant setting for the street-level Chevalier, which also has its own separate entrance.

An intimate spa, fitness center and indoor pool will open in the month following the hotel’s debut. Baccarat has partnered with the ultra-prestigious skincare brand La Mer to create Spa de la Mer, its first spa in the United States. Designed to recall a luxurious European seaside retreat, the four treatment rooms beckon guests and locals who crave revitalizing treatments and soothing respites.

“We are so thrilled to bring to life the new ‘House of Baccarat’- to take this legendary brand which has for centuries stood for perfection in crystal, and has never been compromised, to create its first modern lifestyle hotel masterpiece. I wanted to celebrate light, and to produce a hotel that glowed, and was shimmering, sensual, elegant but still functional, fun, comfortable, and not overly formal,” says Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the parent of SH Group, a lifestyle hotel brand management company who will manage the hotel.

Baccarat SA is majority owned by Starwood Capital Group. Baccarat employs nearly 550 employees at its factory in Baccarat France near the Alsace-Lorraine border. Baccarat is a storied luxury brand whose artisans have produced custom designs since King Louis XV founded the company in 1764. Baccarat has created exquisite products for the world’s most discriminating figures including kings, queens, tsars, sheiks, emirs and sultans, modern moguls, designers and rock stars. The opening of the hotel marks the brand’s new evolution into a perfectly crafted lifestyle and hospitality brand.

Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York is located at 20 West 53rd Street. Rates begin at $899. To reserve, guests may call 1-844-294-1764 or visit http://www.baccarathotels.com.

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