Inside The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York, A New Level of Luxury Living
An iconic symbol of luxury, Waldorf Astoria New York is one of the most coveted landmarks in the world. And now for the first time in the hotel’s storied history, you can call it home. Read on and discover The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. With over 50,000 square feet of amenities and, of course, the Waldorf Astoria’s unrivaled service, The Towers brings an unprecedented residential lifestyle to Midtown Manhattan. Oh and wait until you see the gorgeous interiors by the fabulously talented Jean-Louis Deniot!
The Story Behind The Waldorf Astoria New York
The Waldorf Astoria has been a globally-renowned beacon of timeless glamour and luxury for nearly a century. Frequented by Hollywood’s elite, and host to countless world leaders. And the site of cultural events and galas that hold a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers and international visitors alike. When the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in 1931, it was the largest and tallest hotel in the world. Today it remains one of New York City’s most prominent landmarks.
A New Future: Restoration & The Towers
The property is in the midst of an unprecedented restoration, undertaken with care by developer Dajia Insurance Group and renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with great attention given to the original Art Deco design. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon is spearheading the luxurious hotel interiors. While renowned designer Jean-Louis Deniot is in charge of the residential interiors. This talented team has invested years of work to understand the building’s history and maintain its heritage for future generations while bringing it into a new age.
The full-block property, which will include 375 condominium residences atop the 375-key Waldorf Astoria New York hotel, will welcome residents and guests in 2022.
The Towers’ Interiors by Jean-Louis Deniot
Jean-Louis Deniot is a visionary behind some of the world’s most opulent private homes. And now The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria! Read on to explore The Towers and hear what Jean-Louis replied when we asked him about this amazing project.
What went through your mind when you learned you had secured the bid for the interiors of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York?
“When you think of New York, one of the first places that springs to mind is the Waldorf Astoria, is that it is one of the biggest symbols of New York. Like King Kong – even though that was on the Empire State Building – I feel as though it should have been at the Waldorf. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was at the Waldorf, all the most beautiful fun parties have been at the Waldorf!
“It is such an iconic building that as a Frenchman being able to produce the ideal product that complements the existing history of the building is really something incredible. I used the history of the Waldorf Astoria, studying all its symbols, events, histories, stories, the amazing people that stayed at the Waldorf, the personalities, the list goes on; I wanted to use this wealth of inspiration to emphasize this incredible way of living.
“For over 20 years now I have been living in New York, based in Paris, but always in and out of this marvelous, energetic city. For me, getting the Waldorf Astoria was like winning the biggest trophy in all of New York. With this in mind, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with this trophy. It isn’t just about getting the prize, it’s about having the utmost respect for this trophy.”
What was your vision for the space?
“When I imagined the life inside the Waldorf Astoria, I wanted each owner to have a perfect canvas to work with, I wanted the history of the Waldorf to continue, whilst enabling new histories to evolve and be created within its walls.
“I never wanted to use any pastiche of the Art Deco era, I didn’t want a copy; I designed specific custom-made architectural profiles and silhouettes, moldings, proportions that remind us, that tease, play, and pay homage to Art Deco, but never mimic this style. The outcome is therefore something that fuses classical with contemporary.
“Every individual has been accommodated for, they can be themselves no matter what mood they are in. None of the art deco vocabulary was used within the amenities, it is my translation, my design, reminiscent of art deco yet refraining from pastiche, it is not an imitation of history, this is respect for history, brand new design that fits the past, present as well as the future in order to become timeless.”
Inside the Residences at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria
From gracious studios to opulent four bedrooms, magnificent penthouses, and several marquee residences with expansive private outdoor spaces, The Towers offers a variety of styles ready to become unique homes.
Each interior features high ceilings, sound-attenuating windows, herringbone floors, and state of the art Gaggenau appliances.
In addition, Jean-Louis carefully considered each detail, designing his own custom creations for The Towers that include: solid custom-paneled interior doors with bespoke antique bronze hardware, custom cabinets manufactured by Molteni&C in Italy, vanities with polished marble countertops, custom forged polished nickel fixtures, and tile mosaics featuring a Waldorf Astoria-inspired pattern, done in a modern style with a nod to French Art Deco, further complimenting the building’s history.
The Residential Experience
While unified with the hotel in many ways, The Towers also offers a very separate residential environment. Starting with a dramatic porte cochère, followed by two fully-staffed discrete residential entry lobbies.
Although feeling a sense of separation from the hotel is paramount, access to the hotel’s numerous food and beverage venues and world-class spa is essential as well. Thus, through a private access entrance residents can enter the hotel.
In addition to the hotel amenities residents will have exclusive access to over 50,000 square feet of private residential amenities. Ranging from health and wellness to entertaining and business spaces, also all brilliantly designed by Jean-Louis Deniot.
“Life at The Towers was designed to offer the height of luxury, service and leisure and achieve a lifestyle at the apex of wellness,” says Jean-Louis. “I think what’s fantastic is that you have your own private world in the building with all the enjoyments, distractions, and entertainments. If you have to be enclosed somewhere, be in the most beautiful building on earth!”
The stunning 25-meter Starlight Pool will overlook Park Avenue in a dramatic double height-space, illuminated by a restored skylight that allows the original intent of the architects to be observed again for the first time in 70 years.
The verdant Winter Garden and the Starlight Lounge, connected to the Starlight Terrace soar above Park Avenue. Just two of the four private bars to residents, a nod to the famous entertaining spaces at the original Waldorf.
A state-of-the-art fitness center with training studios and a cardio gallery overlooks the pool. And there are opulent private spas for men and women, each featuring a changing room and lounge. And complete with sauna, steam room, showers, and treatment rooms. There are also numerous entertaining spaces, beautifully designed to support private functions. These include the Grand Salon, a private dining room, wine tasting room, billiard’s room, and game room.
A selection of the remaining private amenities include a curated library and lounge. Along with a children’s playroom, theater with performance stage and grand piano. And private workspaces with boardrooms and meeting rooms as well as a co-working space.
Hello luxury living!!
For more information, please visit waldorftowers.nyc.
By Anna Beck Bimba
Image Credits: Renderings by Noë & Associates / The Boundary, All Photos and Renderings Courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria New York