The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
History - written by Chris Buchner (used with permission)
The St. Moritz was located on a site originally occupied by the New York Athletic Club until the late 1920s in a building designed by W.A. Cable. The firm of Emery Roth & Sons designed and built the hotel as it stands today. It became known as the bargain hotel of Central Park South, running a famous sidewalk cafe and Rumplemayer's, it's famous ice cream parlor.
In the 1990s when the city was in the midst of a major real estate boom, a bidding war erupted over the hotel. Donald Trump had announced plans to add it to his portfolio, but was beaten out by former Studio 54 co-owner, Ian Shrager. In 2000, a new deal was announced and the hotel was renovated with 12 new floor-through apartments developed by Millennium Partners to become part of the Ritz-Carlton chain.
The Ritz-Carlton is a 33-story building with 227 guestrooms and 11 luxury residences with an Atelier restaurant, exclusive Ritz-Carlton Lounge, upscale New York bar and a world class La Prairie Spa. The Hotel also boasts the best service in the city.