Sometimes the easiest getaway plan is not to leave at all. And while midtown isn't normally our jive, we love disappearing into the crowds for an overnight of art, eating and sleeping in a bed with much, much more expensive sheets than our own. Tip: even if you can't stay the night, stop in for a drink. Passported HQ agrees that if you need a cool place to grab a cocktail in this 'hood, the Baccarat is the way to go.
- The first hotel from the legendary crystal maker opened in 2014 across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and around the corner from Fifth Avenue shopping and theaters.
- The 114 rooms feature four-poster beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, cashmere throws and, of course, Baccarat accents plus a minibar stocked by Maison Laduree (dieters, beware); note that the hotel occupies only the first 12 floors of the building (residences are above), so don’t expect high-floor skyline views.
- Chevalier, the hotel’s main restaurant, is manned by a Michelin-starred chef, but the coziest places to dine are in the salon or bar; balance a champagne-and-caviar diet with a trip to the gym (spacious), a swim in the pool (50 feet for lap swimming) or a jog in Central Park (a few blocks away).
- The bar, with its arched ceilings, black-and-white tiled floors and deep settes feels achingly Parisian and so romantic; come for a drink even if you’re not staying.
- The La Mer spa, the brand’s first US outpost, is next to a cozy indoor pool, perfect for settling in for a sip and a swim after a massage.
- Need a lift? A vintage red Citroën will ferry guests within a 15 block radius and is the ultimate way to arrive to dinner in style.
Baccarat also topped our Valentine's Day round-up. See where we picked in other cities for a romantic night away without boarding a flight: get a room!