Whether you know it as the Oscars of fashion or the biggest party of the year, the Met Gala is, as my colleague Laird Borrelli-Persson has previously written, the “hottest ticket in town.” This year, the starry event is back on the first Monday in May, and celebrities are beginning to turn towards New York City for the evening of mesmerising fashion.
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably champing at the bit, waiting impatiently for the exhibit, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” to open on 5 May so that you can make your way to the museum to feast your eyes on the iconic designer’s detailed legacy—from the statement-making pieces that were brought to life on the runway to the pages and pages of his initial sketches. Or, perhaps you’ll happen to be in town the weekend leading up to the fête, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star-studded red carpet—where there’s always inevitably some sort of surprise—before the fundraising event begins that evening. For such an endeavour, it only seems apropos to stay where luminaries have made their way in and out. Below, some of our favourite hotels with an impressive client list.
The Standard, High Line
Since 2010, the Standard’s lounge on the 18th floor has been the after-party spot. The Top of the Standard instantly commands your attention with the bar’s gilded centrepiece, reminiscent of a trumpet flute, and its floor-to-ceiling windows that provide incredible panoramic views of New York City and the Hudson River. (Plus, remember when Madonna made this hotel the set for her electrifyingly OTT “Bitch I’m Madonna” music video?) After a massive dance party, imagine being able to conveniently take the elevator down a few floors to your room, waking up to the same vista you partied away with.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel
Since its opening in August 2016, the fashion set have been flocking to The Beekman. Not only was it the location for Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2017 show and Billy Reid’s Fall 2017 Menswear collection, but even before the hotel’s arrival, it was also where the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M launch party was thrown. Here, comfortable rooms are characterised by velvet and leather furnishings and the rooftop dining experience on a wisteria-adorned terrace has turned into one of the most sought-after reservations downtown. But before you leave, don’t forget to capture a photo of the vertigo-inducing atrium.