One block from Central Park and Museum
Mile, the Hotel Wales has been a part of the Upper East Side Carnegie Hill
neighborhood for 105 years. Recently renovated to reveal its original
details including wrought iron handrails and intricately carved wood trim,
the hotel mixes the intimacy of a historic boutique hotel with modern
services perfect for the contemporary New York visitor and the surrounding
Carnegie Hill neighborhood. New services include: open to the public
dinner series on the rooftop terrace—the return of afternoon tea—new
hotel package and in-room spa services.
Set in Carnegie Hill, a neighborhood with a much slower pace than most of
New York City, the Hotel Wales provides a civilized alternative to midtown
stays for either business or pleasure trips. The Hotel Wales is now part
of the Luxe Worldwide Hotels’ Elite Collection, an assemblage of
outstanding independent hotels offering distinctive accommodations with
local charm and personalized services in extraordinary historic settings
with unique dicor.
Rooftop is Neighborhood Respite
The rooftop at the Wales is a charming neighborhood hideaway with views of
Madison Avenue, Central Park, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis
Reservoir. The rooftop terrace opens this season with a Tuesday evening
dinner series by Chef Coleman Foster whose experience includes Chanterelle
and the Gramercy Tavern. The menu features a fine grilled cuisine such as
Wild King salmon, Atlantic lobster and Southern Barbeque. The cost is $60
per person and reservations can be made up until the Monday prior by
The hotel’s internal marketing, “Don’t go Out, Go Up!” entices guest to
enjoy Tuesdays on the Terrace or to have room service delivered rooftop
for a relaxing meal before or after sightseeing.
In addition to this dinner series, the roof is gaining notoriety as a
terrific venue for private parties, both traditional and unexpected. Small
weddings are a natural choice, but the roof’s secluded setting, adjacent
suite and hotel spa services combine for the perfect setting to host
open-air spa parties.
New American Tea Culture
As the tea trend takes hold, tea service comes back to the Wales under the
direction of premier tea consultants Ellen Easton and Tracy Stern. Ellen
Easton is a renowned tea authority and book author on tea history. Tracey
Stern is founder of SALONTEA and is a modern day tea hostess with a custom
line of estate teas. Together they will provide special event tea services
and afternoon tea service open to the public. Special event tea services
start in May and can be served in the Pied Piper Room, rooftop or in a
private suite. Afternoon tea begins in September bringing the
neighborhood, hotel guests and museum goers together in the hotel’s second
floor parlor, the Pied Piper Room.
It Takes Two Package
Beginning June 1, the Wales launches the new “It Takes Two Package.” This
package features double occupancy suite accommodations with an array of
daily amenity choices including, breakfast or dinner for two at a Carnegie
Hill restaurant or a gourmet picnic basket for two and more. Also included
in the $299 per night package rate is a turn down service of rose petals,
music selection and mini cupcakes.
Every Room can be a Spa
With just 90 minutes notice guests can experience massage, aromatherapy
and beauty treatments in the privacy of their room from a highly trained
Cortiva Group massage therapist. For example, “The Traveler Unraveler(TM)”
treatment helps the guest recover from the ravages of travel and jet lag
with carefully chosen aromatherapy and massage oils and massage
techniques. Scheduling an in-room treatment is a great way to transition
from a travel day to the start of a business or pleasure trip.