In the heart of Manhattan, the revered Waldorf Astoria hotel is preparing for a triumphant return in 2025. After nearly a century as a symbol of luxury and cultural importance, this landmark has undergone an extensive renovation, guided by the visionary Dajia Insurance Group and renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Their painstaking work honours the hotel’s original Art Deco allure while introducing it to a new era.
Upon reopening, the Waldorf Astoria will unveil 375 luxurious hotel rooms and 375 residences as part of “The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria” project, redefining residential living in the heart of Manhattan. Residents will relish exclusive services synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria, blending luxury and convenience seamlessly.
“The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria” reinvigorates a city block, masterminded by the Dajia Insurance Group, who acquired the property in 2014 for a record-breaking $1.95 billion, marking the highest-priced hotel acquisition in U.S. history.
The restoration process has been a labour of love, preserving iconic elements like the “Spirit of Progress” statue at the Park Avenue entrance. The result is a harmonious blend of enduring elegance and contemporary sensibilities.
Attention to detail is evident, with 10-foot ceilings, and some upper-level apartments reaching heights of up to thirteen feet. Advanced soundproof windows, designed to replicate the originals from 1931, ensure tranquillity in the heart of the bustling city. An exceptional feature is the butler’s closet integrated into each residence’s entrance, providing secure and private delivery access from both the corridor and the interior.
Custom-designed lacquered wood kitchens, crafted by Italian firm Molteni&C, cleverly conceal high-end German Gaggenau appliances. Luxurious main bathrooms feature radiant floor heating, a shower panel, and custom Italian sinks. Craftsmanship, natural materials, and subtle nods to Art Deco create a historic ambiance within these contemporary spaces..
The Towers will offer over 50,000 square feet of exclusive residential amenities, from wellness facilities to entertainment and business spaces, all meticulously designed by Jean-Louis Deniot. The crown jewel is the 25th-floor Starlight pool, a 25-metre spectacle with views over Park Avenue, illuminated by a restored skylight, revealing the architects’ original vision after seven decades.
In addition to private residential spaces, residents will have access to 100,000 square feet of facilities in the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel, including restored heritage spaces, a spa, and the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants and bars. The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria boasts the highest staff-to-resident ratio of any ultra-luxury residential building in New York.
True to its tradition, the Waldorf Astoria showcases a curated art collection by renowned art collector and auctioneer Simon de Pury. Artists from around the world have created specific works for residents’ private leisure spaces and common areas.
The Waldorf Astoria has always been a cornerstone of the brand and New York’s history. Its reopening heralds a new chapter, inspiring the brand to elevate its iconic “True Waldorf Service” for residents, according to Dino Michael, Global Head of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
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