This highly anticipated suite at the pinnacle of Manhattan’s tallest hotel is a collaboration between owner Ty Warner, designer Peter Marino and architect I.M. Pei, who came out of retirement to join in the creation of America’s most exclusive accommodation. With cantilevered glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows, set beneath 25-foot cathedral ceilings, the Ty Warner Penthouse offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of all Manhattan. Custom-commissioned in every detail, from semi-precious stone surfaces to fabrics woven with platinum and gold, the nine-room suite creates the sense of living within a multilayered work of art. It raises the bar for even the most seasoned travellers. Penthouse guests enjoy amenities as impressive as their quarters: TVs programmed for every channel worldwide, unlimited global telephone calling, the services of both a personal butler and a personal trainer/therapist, and a private chauffeur for unlimited travel during your stay in your choice of a Rolls Royce Phantom or a Mercedes Maybach.
The décor is contemporary and understated, featuring the finest handcrafted furniture, English sycamore panelling and imported fabrics in light, soothing colours.
All accommodations offer an oval desk with two leather-upholstered chairs. Standard amenities to maximise productivity and relaxation include wired or wireless Internet access, a refrigerated private bar, CD and DVD players and all-news cable network service. Other signature features include Florentine marble bathrooms with a glass-enclosed shower stall, a deep soaking tub that fills in 60 seconds and a private changing area.
When the hotel was announced in January 1989, it was to have a main tower of 46 stories and a smaller tower of some 20 stories, with a total of 400 rooms. Completion was planned for late 1991. Construction was financed by a loan from a consortium of six Japanese banks, led by the Long-Term Credit Bank. The others were the Ashikaga Bank, Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation, Mitsui Trust and Banking Company, Nippon Credit Bank and Sumitomo Trust and Banking Company. The hotel was named Regent New York Hotel and managed by Regent International Hotels of Hong Kong, in which EIE International had a 30 percent interest.
When the Japanese real estate market imploded in 1990, the hotel was sold to the Four Seasons group to recover from bad loans. Today the hotel is owned by Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts.