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Five-Star Residences: The Comfort of Home, the Luxury of a Hotel

By: Will Noble

There’s no place like home, but what if you could combine it with the opulent trappings of a blue-chip hotel? Recent years have seen a surge in prestigious hotel brands creating residences that feature everything from 24/7 concierges to exclusive dining. Here are three residences offering the five-star treatment.

Mandarin Oriental, Fifth Avenue, New York City

685 Fifth Avenue, one of the latest residences to be added to Mandarin Oriental’s roster, stars an exclusive rooftop pool, an impeccably curated furniture package, and a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. The 69 residences—ensconced in an elegant 1920s building—also offer the kind of round-the-clock concierge service you’d expect from a Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Adelina Wong Ettelson, Global Head of Residences Marketing at Mandarin Oriental, tells LX Collection: “Purchasing a residence at Mandarin Oriental provides significant advantages such as the assurance and management of a five-star hotel group, dedicated 24/7 service, luxury amenities at your fingertips, and hassle-free living.”

While Mandarin Oriental’s first residences—also in New York City—opened almost two decades ago, the brand continues to push its residential agenda with gusto; Fifth Avenue aside, two more residences will open in 2022 alone, in Beverly Hills (also with a Daniel Boulud restaurant) and Barcelona (34 luxurious homes overlooking Gaudi’s iconic Casa Batlló). 

Photo Credit: Four Seasons One Dalton Street, Boston

Four Seasons One Dalton Street, Boston

One hundred and sixty private residences occupy what is the tallest residential tower in New England, at One Dalton Street. The unparalleled views are one of many perks for residents, who also get to enjoy “50/50,” its 50th-floor private lounge with bar and terrace, a 65-foot indoor lap pool, and a pet grooming and washing station. 

Richard Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter & Company, lead developer of Four Seasons One Dalton, tells LX Collection that the project has “redefined the market” with a level of luxury “never seen before.” Its success also owes something to the buyers’ familiarity with—even loyalty to—Four Seasons. Says Friedman, “It’s a globally recognized brand that discerning buyers and seasoned travelers seek out for its proven luxury and five-star service.”

Again, One Dalton is just one of an ever-growing category of hotel-branded residences; among others bearing the Four Seasons hallmark are 30 Park Place in New York City and Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel & Private Residences, housed in the stunningly transformed World Trade Center New Orleans.

Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

Another reason for the success of hotel-branded residences is their “turnkey” nature. Both Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons offer fully furnished residences, and that “hassle-free living” Adelina Wong Ettelson speaks of. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach is another; these 111 ocean-view residences come ready to live in, with Groundpiece sofas, Crino armchairs, Fly coffee tables, and Bangkok ottomans. 

The service is synonymous with any Ritz-Carlton hotel: a concierge who’ll take care of dinner reservations, an on-site spa with a treatment suite, a poolside restaurant, two 24-hour attended lobbies—the list goes on. Except, the residences here are “standalone”—a full 10-minute drive from the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Miami’s South Beach. In fact, this seems to be a trend; 685 Fifth Avenue in New York, for example, is one of Mandarin Oriental’s first standalone properties for the U.S. By separating the residences from the physical hotel—but retaining everything from the hotel experience—says Adelina Wong Ettelson, buyers get heightened privacy and exclusivity, yet with all the five-star amenities of a luxury hotel.